IoS enters partnership with CIMSPA and IQL

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29 August 2014

IoS Training has entered into a partnership with two other aquatic training organisations, the Institute of Qualified Lifeguards (IQL) and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

The new partnership will see IoS Training deliver all CIMSPA qualifications, which will allow more tutors and resources to be made available, providing a greater number of opportunities for learners. External quality assurance and certification will be provided by IQL.

IoS Training is at the forefront of aquatic education, ensuring all of our courses and qualifications meet the needs of the ever changing face of the leisure industry.

Moving away from delivering the qualifications will allow CIMSPA to focus on setting the highest standards for training in the sector. The three-year agreement will see CIMSPA working to review and develop their qualifications, to ensure they remain the best in the industry.

“CIMSPA has more than 40 years’ experience in providing pool and spa plant training. This new partnership is great news for the institute and pool plant operators. The IoS and IQL are the leading organisations in the aquatics industry and by working together we can ensure that CIMSPA pool plant operator qualifications will continue to be recognised as the gold standard for training and education in the industry,” says Tara Dillon, CIMSPA’s interim chief operating officer. 

“We are delighted to be working with CIMSPA and the IoS on these qualifications, which will provide operators with a one-stop shop for aquatics qualifications. We look forward to working with CIMSPA to uphold the standard of the qualifications and to develop them to meet the needs of pool plant operators now and in the future,” says Martin Symcox, head of business development at IQL.

“IoS Training has worked to set the standards for aquatic education across the country, ensuring our training and qualifications meet the needs of an ever evolving leisure industry.’ says Jane Nickerson, chief operating officer of the ASA.

“We are pleased to announce the new partnership with CIMSPA and IQL. Not only will this increase the accessibility of tutors and resources, it will also provide a greater number of training opportunities for learners delivered to the same high standards they have come to expect from our organisations.”

The partnership with CIMSPA and IQL will start on the 1st September 2014 and to minimise the impact on the current customers and candidates, prices, discounts and course content will not change for the next 18 months.

Any CIMSPA courses already registered will continue as planned; course organisers and candidates will receive confirmation of the changes and an outline of the process from the 1st September.

Any candidates with qualifications due for renewal under the Register of Pool Plant Professionals (RoPPPs) between September 1st and 31st December will receive an extension and will be informed of how to renew these qualifications later in the year.

If candidates are looking to begin a qualification for the first time should visit any of the IoS, CIMSPA or IQL websites and book a course in the usual way using the course finder.

“This move away from providing training is the final part of CIMSPA’s transition as the institute enters a new era becoming the strategic lead for professional development in sports and physical activity.’

“As a result of this and other recent improvements, we can focus on driving standards in the sector and members can look forward to more activity in the nations and regions, a new professional development framework and enjoy further benefits. It’s a great time to be a member of CIMSPA,” says Dillon.

  • If you have any questions or queries about the new qualifications, please email:
  • You can find and apply for the new qualifications here.


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