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New RAPs approved ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics launched

7 January 2014

From today the ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics will be Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) approved – meaning that those swimming teachers successfully achieving the qualification will automatically hold the required standard for entry onto the register.

The ASA’s main training partner, the Institute of Swimming (IoS), is currently offering 122 Level 2 courses available throughout the country with registration now open at theiosonline.com.

RAPs has been created by SkillsActive to provide a system of regulation to ensure that 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, developing the Single Qualification Framework (SQF).  This means a consistent standard for qualifications in aquatics has been set, providing clarity for employers and consumers.

The new ASA Level 2 Certificate available from today will meet the Single Qualification Framework standards and therefore provide entry onto RAPs. 

For those who already hold a Level 2 qualification, the IoS is offering the opportunity to achieve the new RAPs approved ASA Level 2 certification. Three routes have been established, based on the length of time since the swimming teacher gained their original qualification, and whether they achieved it through the ASA or another UK awarding organisation, determining which route must be taken. All routes are built on the principles of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), which takes into account a swimming teacher’s prior learning and practical experience.

Those swimming teachers who achieved an ASA Level 2 qualification between 1st January 2011 and 31st December 2013 will be required to undertake an online learning module if they wish to achieve new certification. The IoS is waiving the £115.00 charge until 31st December 2014 meaning that teachers can currently up skill free of charge.

Further information on the other routes for existing Level 2 qualified swimming teachers can be found on the IoS website at theiosonline.com.

From January 2014 it will be an industry requirement for all those entering the profession for the first time to achieve a Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification before progressing to the new Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification. The ASA Awarding Body is currently the only awarding organisation to award this qualification, with the IoS currently offering hundreds of courses throughout the UK.

Commenting Rebecca Cox, Head of the IoS said, “We are delighted to announce that the ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics that we will offer from today will meet the requirements of the Single Qualification Framework and provide entry onto RAPs.

“We have agreed with SkillsActive for IoS members to have their existing ASA Level 2 qualifications automatically recognised by RAPs for a period of two years.  However if they wish to remain on the register they will need to ensure they achieve the new industry standard qualification by 31st December 2015.”

The IoS is the largest approved provider of ASA qualifications and training.

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