The Standards Council is responsible for the direction and strategic thinking for the developing regulatory framework, which underpins public confidence in the work and development of the European Health and Fitness industry, and in a complex environment of European dimensions. It works closely with the European Commission, especially in support of its Lifelong Learning Programme.
The main functions of the Standards Council are:
- To monitor the developments across and outside the industry to ensure that the European framework and standards for the fitness industry are fit for purpose and up to date.
- To develop and monitor a work programme for the Technical Experts Group (TEG) in terms of standards development.
- To provide the technical support and structure to ensure the development of the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) is in line with the standards process.
- To oversee the EHFA Accreditation Process of training providers.
The current Chairman of the Standards Council, Professor Thomas Rieger, elected in 2012, developed a 3-year strategic plan (2012-2015) which provides seamless continuity to the activities of his predecessor Professor Alfonso Jimenez. By today the following standards have been established;
- Fitness Assistant (EQF level 2) - click here to download
- Fitness Instructor (EQF level 3) - click here to download
- Group Fitness Instructor (EQF level 3) - click here to download
- Personal Trainer (EQF level 4) - click here to download
- Youth Fitness Instructor (EQF level 4) - click here to download
- Active Ageing Trainer (EQF level 4) - click here to download
- Exercise for Health Specialist (EQF level 5) - click here to download
- Pilates Teacher (EQF Level 4) - click here to download
- Pre-Diabetes Exercise Specialist (EQF Level 5) - click here to download
- Weight Management Exercise Specialist (EQF level 5) - click here to download
- Anti-Doping Standards - click here to download
This is the current position of development for the European fitness Sector Qualification Framework (SQF) as referenced to the European Qualification Framework (EQF):