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Training and Professional Development

CIMSPA has redefined its mission in education, training and professional development to play a strategic role in the development of managers and leaders in the sport and physical activity sector.

CIMSPA will be the standards setting body for the management of sport and physical activity and has developed the new CIMSPA professional development framework to fulfil this role. This new framework not only sets the standards for management and leadership in the sector, it also allows professionals to identify and achieve new skills for career progression.

CIMSPA has withdrawn from any direct delivery or awarding of education and training. This change has resulted in CIMSPA delivering a more strategic approach to education through a model of partnership and endorsement which will benefit the sector more than focussing on course delivery.

CIMSPA is putting in place a high quality scheme of partnerships and endorsement across three forms of education (development training, accredited qualifications and higher education) which will result in a wide range of sector-endorsed education opportunities giving professionals the tools they need to meet the challenges of the future.

CIMSPA professional development framework

Skills development partners

Endorsed training

Awarding organisations

Accredited qualifications

Higher / further education

Endorsed degrees



CPD policy

All members must complete 10 points of CPD per membership year, at a level relevant to their category.

CIMSPA qualifications

CIMSPA offers a wide range of vocational courses, delivered through both face-to-face training and distance learning, for staff involved at all levels of the sport and physical activity sector.


Partner qualifications

Qualification opportunities from our skills development partners, awarding organisation partners and higher education partners

Register of Pool Plant Professionals

The RoPPPs register recognises all those professionals who have qualified in pool plant operations and who have kept their knowledge up to date.


Please note

All CIMSPA pool and spa plant training is now delivered by our training partner the Institute of Swimming. Go HERE for more information, UK wide course dates and online booking.

This includes:

  • National Pool Plant Operators Certificate
  • Register of Pool Plant Professionals Update Seminar
  • National Pool Plant Foundation Certificate
  • National Spa Pool Operators Certificate