2017 TRAINING PROVIDER FORUM
The first Training Provider Forum was held at the FIBO Tradeshow in Cologne on Friday 7 April. The Forum was part of EuropeActive’s drive to build a community of accredited training providers with the intention of providing a platform for the discussion of key issues facing all providers in their mission to professionalise the fitness sector workforce.
Julian Berriman, the Director of the Professional Standards Committee opened the Forum and led a lively and open debate on a number of topics of direct relevance to the future of training provision across Europe. The importance of establishing a formalised system of lifelong learning and Continuing Education Credits (CECs) was outlined and agreed, as was the importance of the involvement of employers in any future standards development. In this regard, training providers stressed their desire for a dialogue with employers and asked that EuropeActive facilitate this dialogue at future events.
EuropeActive’s on-going plans to support training providers with educational resources and quality assurance systems were described and all training providers were encouraged to keep an open dialogue with EuropeActive to ensure they fully capitalised on all the opportunities that accredited status confers. This was further underlined in a presentation by László Zopcsák of the International Wellness Institute, Hungary who spoke about the benefits of accreditation and how it had been hugely influential in the continued success of the Institute.
After a number of further informative presentations, including an insight into EMS training from Wolgang Kemmler, Professor Dr. at the University of Erlangen and Walter Hermsen, VP Product Management, Sports at TomTom on Tom Tom’s plans to support the digital development of the fitness sector, Mr. Berriman closed the Forum by urging all those present to attend the International Standards Meeting on 23 and 24 November in Rome. This meeting would provide further opportunities for training providers to directly influence the development and implementation of EuropeActive’s educational standards.
The Forum was also marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and Trust between EuropeActive and the Turkish Sports Industry Association to set up of a Turkish Register of Exercise Professionals (TREPs). This agreement is part of the on-going plans to grow the number of national registers directly aligned to EuropeActive.
Further to EuropeActive’s drive to build a community of accredited training providers we will set up a LinkedIn Group. Director of the Professional Standards Committee, Julian Berriman, will admin the group with the intention of providing a platform for the discussion of key issues facing all providers in their mission to professionalise the fitness sector workforce. If you wish to be added to this LinkedIn Group, just send a simple reply to this e-mail.