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OCTOBER 2015 LETTERS

Write to reply Do you have a strong opinion or disagree with somebody else’s views on the industry? If so, we’d love to hear from you – email: healthclub@leisuremedia.com Six weeks is not long enough for a PT qualification Research conducted at July’s Meeting of the Minds event highlighted that a sixweek intensive diploma was not an appropriate timeframe for an individual to become a successful Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 PT. Eighty-six per cent of attendees agreed on this, with 96 per cent rating ongoing education beyond Level 3 ‘very important’. It’s our job as a training provider to ensure PTs are

Behaviour change skills are crucial to the role of a personal trainer

Baroness Tanni GreyThompson’s recent article (HCM Aug 15, p24) is a clear indication that the fitness industry is moving towards a higher level of professionalism. The standard qualification for PTs in this country – a Level 3 certificate – is on its own not sufficient to prepare people for a role that’s more dynamic and complex than ever before. A host of in-depth skills and knowledge are needed to enable trainers to support clients in their quest for health and fitness, let alone build the foundations for a successful career. 8

Behaviour change, for example, is a vital area for PTs, and one that requires more than a token mention of motivation strategies – it’s crucial to the role. Outside of technical competencies, business skills are also fundamental, regardless of whether PTs are self-employed or in a paid position. Aside from a re-evaluation of what trainers should be learning, the assessment process should also be rigorous and fit for purpose, to ensure qualifications are genuinely earned and demonstrate true capability in the workplace.

We’re pleased to be involved with the work ukactive and CIMSPA are doing to address the standards personal trainers must meet. It’s time training providers acknowledged that, although it’s important personal trainers take responsibility for their own careers, we have a duty to provide fit for purpose qualifications and courses that fully prepare people for work. We must collaborate with employers to achieve this.

Paul Swainson Head of School, School of Personal Training

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prepared for the rigours of their roles – not only for the sake of the individuals, but also the integrity of the profession and the credibility of the industry. That’s why we’re ceasing our six-week intensive Level 2 & 3 combined programme. By working with CIMSPA – which has been tasked with standardising qualifications – we can help drive quality of qualifications and improve pathways for learners to thrive. It’s only by taking positive action – a unified and simplified approach – that we as an industry can flourish.

Mike Jones Commercial director, Lifetime October 2015 © Cybertrek 2015

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HCM October 2015  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

HCM October 2015  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

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