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Active IQ partners with EMD UK to create new, fit-for-purpose Group Training qualification

Posted on 03 Oct 18

Active IQ is introducing a rigorous, robust and fit-for purpose Level 2 group training qualification in partnership with EMD UK, the national governing body for group training.

The Active IQ Level 2 Group Training qualification hasn’t come a day too soon, given that the original Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification was developed over 10 years ago by Skills Active. Since then both the industry and group exercise have changed dramatically leaving traditional training outdated.

Dynamic, flexible learning path
The new qualification successfully updates the original Level 2 Exercise to Music and meets the growing industry demand for training and assessment that support the diversity of group exercise in today’s gyms and clubs.

The result of close collaboration between Active IQ and EMD UK, this new qualification gives instructors a dynamic and flexible learning path, combining teaching units based on the type of group training they want to teach.

This includes ‘Group Training’ (for classes like high intensity interval training, bootcamp or circuits) and Group Training (to Music) which adds on the skills needed to plan and teach sessions to the beat and phrase of music (such as Zumba® or Les Mills classes).

Firm foundations
The training of entry level gym instructors and group exercise instructors is key to the industry. Not only is this level of qualification an entry point for many fitness professionals, group exercise is also the start point for many people embarking on their fitness journey. Group Exercise remains consistently one of the top five most popular exercise formats in the UK and its popularity is set to grow as the diversity of classes welcomes more and more people into physical activity.

Getting the training right at Level 2 establishes firm foundations for trainers to build an excellent career – and supports clubs to offer well-taught, well thought-out classes to engage and retain members.

Step up and step forward
“The new Level 2 Group Training qualification ensures specific, tailored and fit-for-purpose training for group exercise instructors,” says Sarah Edmonds, Active IQ’s Director of Quality and Standards.

“Demand from operators and CIMSPA for more robust training and rigorous assessment is met by this new qualification which we believe will bring skilful group exercise instructors into the sector. It will ensure instructors deliver group exercise at a high level, using skills learned through a comprehensive course combining theoretical and practical learning and assessment with valuable case study work. It is a genuine step up and step forward for group exercise instructors and the operators who employ them to deliver engaging, effective classes.”

Coming Soon

EMD UK has exclusivity to deliver the new Active IQ Level 2 Group Training qualification until December 2018 at which time it will become available to all other providers across the industry.