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RAPs to recognise new Statement of Competency for swimming teachers

27 February 2014

The ASA’s main training partner, the Institute of Swimming (IoS), has today announced details of how practicing swimming teachers can achieve the new RAPs approved ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification.

Following feedback from our teachers and the industry, the ASA has been working alongside SkillsActive to establish an additional way for existing ASA Level 2 swimming teachers to meet the agreed standard set out by the Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs).

As an alternative to achieving the brand new certification for the RAPs approved Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification, a process will be introduced whereby ASA Level 2 swimming teachers (enrolled or registered for the qualification post 2001) will be able to obtain a Statement of Competency. 

The purpose of the Statement will be to verify that the swimming teacher meets the assessment criteria of the new Level 2 Certificate, which is not covered by their existing qualification. This will then enable them to join RAPs and also stay on the register post 31st December 2015, without the need to achieve new certification. The statement will be free of charge and will need to be completed by the swimming teacher’s current employer (or other equivalent role to be specified). 

Those who hold an ASA Level 2 Teaching Aquatics qualification achieved pre 2001, should contact the IoS or another ASA approved centre for information on an approach most suitable to them. It will continue to be possible for existing swimming teachers to up-skill and achieve the new ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification. The cost and process will depend on the title of the qualification held, and also whether it was awarded by the ASA or another UK awarding organisation (prices and details below).

RAPs is an independent, government supported, public register. It is owned and operated by SkillsActive, and has been created to provide a system of regulation to ensure individuals working in the aquatics industry meet agreed professional standards. A key part of this has seen SkillsActive, in consultation with the ASA, RLSS UK and the STA, as well as employers, develop the Single Qualification Framework (SQF). This means a consistent standard for qualifications in aquatics has been set, providing clarity for employers and consumers.

IoS members that have opted in or paid the discounted rate have been recognised by RAPs and provided with membership up until 31st December 2015. As of 1st January 2016 those who wish to remain on the register will need to, depending on the qualification held, achieve a Statement of Competency or gain the RAPs approved ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification (however, they must also renew membership annually).

Prices and details for Statement of Competence only

Category Qualifications Price
ASA Post 2011 ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (QCF) January 2011 – to date FREE
2001-2011

ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (NQF) Sept 2007 – Dec 2010

ASA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming Units 1-3 2001-2007

FREE
Pre-2001 or other UK awarding organisation

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming NVQ 1995-2001

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming 1989-1994

ASA Teachers Certificate Swimming 1984-1988

STA Level 2 Full Swimming Teacher NQF - All dates

STA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

STA Level 2 Award Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

Any Overseas qualification – All dates

Please contact the IoS

 

Prices and details for new certification

Category Qualifications Price
ASA Post 2011 ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (QCF) January 2011 – to date FREE
2001-2011

ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (NQF) Sept 2007 – Dec 2010

ASA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming Units 1-3 2001-2007

£360
Pre-2001 or other UK awarding organisation

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming NVQ 1995-2001

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming 1989-1994

ASA Teachers Certificate Swimming 1984-1988

STA Level 2 Full Swimming Teacher NQF - All dates

STA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

STA Level 2 Award Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

Any Overseas qualification – All dates

£595

 

FAQs

What are the differences between my qualification and the single qualification?

Standards have developed and changed over the last 20 years. We have mapped all the previous versions of our aquatic teaching qualifications to the new single qualification specification to identify similar criteria and gaps in assessment outcomes. Each aquatic teaching qualification is slightly different to the other and the RPL process we are offering will match your skills, knowledge and understanding against the new qualification.

I am an IoS member and I was told I had been automatically enrolled on to RAPs, do I still need to up skill?

Yes you do. You have been added to the RAPs register temporarily. If you wish to stay on the register you will need to obtain the new Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) by 31st December 2015.

 I am not currently a swimming teacher, what is my route now?

Those entering the profession for the first time are still required to undertake the Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification before progressing to the Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification. 

From January 2014 it will become industry standard for the Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification to be achieved, regardless of the awarding organisation. 

The ASA is currently the only awarding organisation that offers the Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification.

Why is RAPs important?

  • It provides the aquatic industry with a single qualification framework for aquatic roles for the first time, meaning employers can be assured that individuals are all working to the same level of competence.
  • It provides a system of regulation to ensure that individuals working in the aquatic industry meet agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS) which describe the knowledge, competence and skills needed for good practice.
  • It recognises the expertise and qualifications of individuals and offers assurance to consumers and employers that all RAPs members are appropriately qualified and have the competence to perform their specific roles

What are the benefits to becoming a RAPs member?

  • Competitive advantage in a challenging employment environment
  • Recognition in the industry as someone who is committed to continued professional development
  • Reassurance to your clients, parents and the public that you are qualified to perform your role
  • Discounts on leading high street and sporting brands, equipment, nutrition, health care and more
  • Lively debate, discussion and interaction with fellow professionals through social media
  • Regular blogs, newsletters and journals on the latest industry news from leading professionals
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