EuropeActive has developed a system of independent quality assurance that has been in use since 2007 and has successfully accredited over 100 training companies across Europe. In response to the principles and aspirations established in the Copenhagen Declaration for third party verification of training providers, EHFA developed a system of improving quality assurance for VET (vocational education and training).
During the accreditation process, each submission is considered on its merits by one or more of EuropeActive’s expert assessors who evaluate the content, delivery, assessment and examination to check that the programmes are fit for purpose in producing graduates that can demonstrate the skills and competence required and as identified in the EuropeActive Standards.
A summary of the current EuropeActive standards can be found here
The EuropeActive standards have been agreed as the minimum requirements for an individual to be called an exercise professional and who are then able to apply for registration with the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) and the national registers working within its Programme.
To find out more about EREPS click here
Training providers (which can include both VET and higher education institutes) who submit an application and which are subsequently successfully accredited hold this status for 2 years following which they will need to apply for re-accreditation. Accreditation means that the training organisation can successfully deliver the learning outcomes of the EuropeActive standards and that they have been independently verified and are entitled to use the EuropeActive standards and EHFA approved logos.
EuropeActive accredited training providers are listed on an open web-based directory on the EREPS website for further information click here
Further information on the EuropeActive accreditation process
The accreditation process has been developed to provide an independent evaluation of vocational education and training programmes to establish whether they develop competent people to meet or exceed the EuropeActive Job-purpose standards which are based on the Fitness Sector Qualification Framework which is fully referenced to the European Qualification Framework (EQF).
For more information on the EuropeActive Sector Qualification Framework click here
What does the EQF mean for the European fitness sector?
Raising and developing skills for exercise professionals is more important than ever with new opportunities and responsibilities for the fitness industry to play its part in getting more people, more active, more often. Training organisations must adapt and develop to deliver the skills that the industry and employers want and expect. Importantly, individual exercise professionals want their achievements recognised through an independent process based on accepted European standards and to be registered with the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) at www.ereps.eu If there are common standards and processes then the outcomes can be the same and are transferable.
As a European solution, the EQF is the backbone of this process and there is good progress with the referencing of national qualification frameworks (NQF) to the EQF.
For more information at a European level on the EQF and NQF’s click here
For more information on EuropeActive standards and sector qualification framework and other European policy areas affecting education and training click here