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19 Sep 2012

RAPs for swimming professionals launched at LIW
BY Tom Walker



Image: The single qualification framework is set to come into force in 2014

SkillsActive has launched a new professional register for the aquatics sector, designed to become the single qualification framework structure for the industry.

Called Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs), the scheme will be owned and operated by SkillsActive and developed in partnership with employers.

RAPs will look to provide verification that those working in the sector are fully qualified to perform their role.

The qualifications accepted by RAPs will only include courses offered by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA) and The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS).

The three industry bodies are currently working together as equal partners to develop a new qualification framework for each aquatic role (teaching, coaching, maintenance and lifesaving), as part of efforts to provide consistency across the sector and clarity to employers.

The initial launch of RAPs will be later this year and will be based primarily on existing qualifications from ASA, STA and RLSS.

This will be followed by a transition to the new single qualification framework by 2014.

RAPs members will also have the opportunity to progress to The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) upon obtaining relevant qualifications and experience.



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