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Employers FAQs

Please note that PT Academy is no longer an approved centre with Active IQ (effective from 9th September 2016).

Please note that My Training Centre is no longer an approved centre with Active IQ (effective from 20th March 2017).

Active IQ is an awarding organisation that is recognised and regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA. It writes and accredits qualifications. Active IQ does not deliver any training courses. Instead its qualifications are delivered by a national and international network of training organisations called recognised centres.

An approved centre is a training organisation (e.g. employer, college, school, university, commercial training provider or adult community learning team) that has been granted permission by Active IQ to deliver Active IQ qualifications. This recognition process gives learners the assurance that Active IQ is satisfied that the training organisation has the staff, systems and procedures in place to deliver a positive learning experience. Approved centres are monitored and supported by Active IQ to ensure that standards are maintained.

Active IQ qualifications are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) which is regulated by the exams regulator Ofqual in England. Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regulator called Qualifications Wales and CCEA respectively. Active IQ qualifications are recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scotland has its own framework: the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Although they are not on the SCQF, Active IQ qualifications are widely respected by learners, training organisations and employers in Scotland.

In Europe, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) acts as a translation device to make national qualifications more readable across Europe. This comparison chart shows how, by level, Active IQ qualifications are recognised in Europe. Although there is currently no international mechanism to compare qualifications in this way, UK qualifications are well-regarded all over the world.

Successful achievement of certain Active IQ qualifications allows access to the Register of Exercise Professionals in various categories.

Active IQ Qualification REPs Level and Category
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (gym-based exercise) Level 2 Gym
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction and Self-Development in Active Leisure Level 2 Gym
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (group exercise to music) Level 2 Exercise to Music
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (health-related exercise and physical activity to children) Level 2 Physical Activity for Children
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (water-based exercise) Level 2 Aqua
Active IQ Level 2 Diploma in Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science Level 2 Gym
Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training Level 3 Fitness Instructor/Personal Training
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training Level 3 Fitness Instructor/Personal Training
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science Level 3 Personal Training
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral Level 3 Exercise Referral
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga Level 3 EMDP, Yoga, Pilates
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork Level 3 EMDP, Yoga, Pilates
Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain Level 4 Back Pain
Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Weight Management for Obese and Diabetic Clients Level 4 Obesity/Diabetes
Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Pre and Postnatal Exercise Programmes Additional Ante/Post Natal
Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults Additional Older adults
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Instructing Pre-designed Exercise Sessions Non-Levelled Physical Activity Advisor

For information and guidance on how many REPs CPD points are allocated to other Active IQ qualifications, please contact REPs.

As long as they meet Active IQ’s requirements, recognised centres can choose how they deliver Active IQ qualifications; some deliver their courses face-to-face, others deliver via distance learning (or home study) and a number choose blended learning (a combination of face-to-face and distance learning).

Active IQ Professional Recognition is an endorsement service that recognises an employer’s own bespoke CPD training, providing it meets Active IQ’s quality guidelines. This endorsement service is based on an annual renewable licence and provides a quality kite mark for in-house training.

Active IQ Professional Career Development provides training in these areas to upskill staff to deliver, assess or quality assure in-house delivery of qualifications. Training options include online distance learning and blended delivery programmes for a range of tutor, assessor and internal quality assurance qualifications.

Active IQ has a large suite of eLearning courses in fitness, leisure and wellbeing which can be used as standalone eLearning for in-house CPD. The courses can be used independently of qualifications as part of a staff training and development programme.