Achieving Chartered status in the sport and physical activity sector

Professionals discussing Chartered status

On the 27 February 2019, CIMSPA and Quest will be hosting our annual joint conference. One of the conference’s exciting sessions is ‘Sector managers – earning your royal Chartered status’. Explaining the significance of Chartered status for the sport and physical activity sector, this session will be delivered by CIMSPA’s Chartered experts Nick Sellwood, Lead Chartered Assessor, and Danielle Peel, Head of Organisation, Design and Development.

What is Chartered Status?

Chartered Membership is a well-recognised term across many different sectors including physiotherapy, science, engineering, banking, accountancy, human resources and governance (to name just a few). Receiving the accolade of ‘Chartered’ is a common occurrence across all professional bodies and their associated sectors. This unified language identifies professionals with a status that sets them apart from their competition. It recognises their skills, knowledge and behaviours and their professional contributions, that are often activities, that others aspire to achieve.

The professional status that CIMSPA members receive identifies them for their capability in the sport and physical activity sector, drawn from disciplines such as leisure, exercise and fitness, health and wellbeing, physical activity, sport performance or community sport. Professional statuses such as student, graduate, associate, affiliate, member and fellow all recognise how a person has met the professional standards of the sector, studying or achieved relevant qualifications or, has sufficient experience that enables them to participate in a specific role. But as the self-proclaimed most competitive sector in the UK, is a professional status enough?

For the outstanding

For members of the sport and physical activity sector who strive for excellence, progress and innovation, Chartered status is a must have. Receiving Chartered status identifies you as a professional whose outstanding contribution to the sector puts you as the top percent, high-achieving and most in-demand for recruitment, people in the sector. In a competitive market with a history of conflicting standards, the designation of Chartered is recognised by other professionals, employers and society at large as the pinnacle of the workforce.

Why are we talking about Chartered now?

A quick history lesson… In order to provide a person with a Chartered designation, a Chartered body such as CIMSPA, must have received Royal Charters from the British Monarch and the approval of designations comes from Privy Council or Royal approval. On June 12, 2019 at the meeting of the Privy Council held at Buckingham Palace in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, the Orders approving the changes to CIMSPA’s Charter and Statutes were granted. These changes included expanding designation to not only members with experience in leisure operations and sports development, but to all professionals in the sector including those who participate in roles such as coaches, personal trainers, managers, health and wellbeing professionals and many others.

With more professionals now able to access Chartered status with CIMSPA, now is the perfect time to invite applications from professionals who are the most successful in their role within the sector.

How do I apply and where can I find out more?

It would be wonderful to say that achieving Chartered status is easy, but it isn’t and nor should it ever be, as being identified as the most extraordinary people in our sector should be achieved by those who have earned it, continue to inspire others to be better and drive our sector forwards. If the thought of a challenging process has put you off, then you probably aren’t ready for Chartered status, but for those who have read this far, we will be opening the applications for the first Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows of our new categories at the CIMSPA conference. Come and hear more about how to achieve this remarkable status and how it can help your career?


CIMSPA and Quest NBS conference 2020

CIMSPA and Quest NBS will be delivering our most comprehensive and impressive conference to date. With a total of eight themes and a programme packed full of high profile and inspiring speakers, including Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA, Caroline Constantine, Company Director of Right Directions (NBS and Quest) and behaviour change expert David Thomson – this is not one to miss. The agenda promises to educate, discuss and debate the best practice and the latest work within the sector.

Management stream:

Understanding the new CIMSPA management pathway Phill Wright, Business Transformation Manager, CIMSPA Helen Hiley, Education officer, Higher Education, CIMSPA

Kitemarking our sector’s success – behind the CIMSPA shield Colin Huffen, Head of Regulations and Standards, CIMSPA

RD Dash Gill Twell, Head of Operations, Right Directions Utku Toprakseven, Partner & Director of Sport Intelligence, 4 Global

Additional content streams:

Additionally, CIMSPA will host other sessions exploring: Education, Leadership and Business of Fitness.
Quest NBS will host sessions exploring: Engagement, Operations, Customer Services and Partnerships.

When and where?

All of this will be taking place at Pride Park Stadium, Derby on 27 February 2020

Incorporated by Royal Charter Charity registration number 1144545

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