Be a pioneer with the Register of Aquatic Professionals

28 March 2013

The ASA has been working in conjunction with the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) and The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) to herald an exciting new development for the aquatic industry, The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs)

Owned and operated by SkillsActive, this new professional register for the aquatics sector will look to provide verification that those working in the sector are fully qualified to perform their role.

The three industry bodies have designed the new single qualification framework as part of efforts to provide structure to training and consistency to employers to drive forward professionalism in the sector. It is hoped that increased professionalism and standards will lead to greater staff retention and increased participation in swimming, benefitting both the industry and the sport.

RAPs is currently undergoing a four-month pilot phase in England ahead of a formal launch across the UKthis summer. This will be followed by a transition to the new single qualification framework by 2014.The initial launch will be based primarily on existing qualifications from the ASA, STA and RLSS. RAPs members will also have the opportunity to progress to The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Ian Taylor, CEO of SkillsActive, said, "This significant step will introduce a new fit for purpose sector qualification framework, which has a single qualification structure for each aquatic job role. It will give clarity and consistency to employers for the first time in regards to qualifications."

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