Education and Training

CIMSPA provides an employer-led and quality-assured education and training system for the sport and physical activity sector.


An educated and qualified sector

A fundamental part of CIMSPA’s work is the creation, development, and implementation of regulation, professional standards and apprenticeship Standards.

“Our vision is to professionalise the workforce to enhance the career prospects of those working in sport, leisure and fitness; change how other professions view us and to improve what we offer as healthcare issues rise further up the political agenda."

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO

CIMSPA Education Partner

The Education, Regulation and Standards team has established education partnerships with Awarding Organisations, Training Providers, and Higher Education Institutes, endorsing products and providing quality assurance to support with the mission of ensuring the availability of quality and relevant learning and development opportunities for the sectors workforce.

CIMSPA endorsement and quality Kitemark is backed by over 165 CIMSPA Employer Partners, operating across the UK. They have committed to recognising qualifications endorsed against CIMSPA professional standards for direct entry into relevant roles. These employers are actively building employability pathways and supporting the mission shared by CIMSPA Higher Education Partners, CIMSPA Training Provider Partners and CIMSPA Awarding Organisation Partners.

What this means for YOU as a sport and physical activity professional:

  • The CIMSPA-endorsed qualifications, training and CPD you complete are designed around real-world employer needs.
  • The framework will help CIMSPA create pathways to chartered status for many sector professionals.
  • If your career changes direction you will not have to repeat core learning to progress.

CIMSPA will maintain the framework through robust endorsement and quality assurance of qualifications, training, and CPD.

We also facilitate and support the development and use of apprenticeship standards.

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Professional and apprenticeship standards

Standards for the whole sport and physical activity sector.

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To support you in both becoming a CIMSPA member and maintaining your professional status.

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Quality assurance

Our commitment to quality assured training provision for the sector.

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Education policies and guidance

Policies, strategies, guidance, position statements, consultation responses and other resources.