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Our memberships team are ready to help you with your application:



General FAQs

Awarding organisation certificates display some or all of the following:

  • Awarding organisation’s logo e.g. Active IQ, YMCA Awards, Innovate Awarding, Focus Awards, VTCT
  • Award title e.g. Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN) e.g. 600/4941/8
  • Date of issue
  • Certificate number
  • ’Ofqual’ logo

Please note: A Unit Credit certificate, letter of confirmation or certificate issued by a Training Provider are not accepted to ensure a standardised and robust application process.

If your CIMSPA recognised entry qualification is dated over 5 years from the date of your application, you will be required to evidence:

  • At least 1 CPD point of endorsed
  • Or 4 hours of non-endorsed CPD.

Your account will be required to be linked your employer’s organisational account to issue your membership at the discounted price. If your account is not currently linked, we will require some information from you. Please email us on 

Membership join FAQs – Practitioner


We have an agreement with and can accept a Letter of Portability during your membership application from the following organisations, providing it is transferrable to your chosen CIMSPA membership category:

Other countries

If your qualification was completed in a country outside the above organisations’ jurisdiction, please email with a copy of your letter of portability or qualification, confirming the country of issue, for further support.

If you have successfully met the professional standard following completion of your CIMSPA endorsed course for your chosen practitioner category, your professional qualification certificate issued by CIMSPA and awarded by your education provider will clearly confirm this and should be submitted with your application.

If your qualifications have not been mapped to the industry professional standards, they may be submitted for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. For further information, please email

Your membership will be approved within the affiliate membership category to bring you onboard as a CIMSPA member. We will email you with guidance to support you with your next steps towards becoming a practitioner or associate member.

Membership join FAQs – Manager

If you have successfully met the professional standard following completion of your CIMSPA endorsed course and met the Management Professional Standard(s), your Professional Qualification certificate issued by CIMSPA and awarded by your institute will clearly confirm this.

If you are unsure whether your qualification meets the professional standards, please email a copy of it and your CV to for review.

There are 2 application routes into Management membership as outlined within the Entry Requirements above to ensure those with and without an endorsed qualification can be rewarded and recognised.

Your CV is required for both routes to ensure that your experience to date can also be reviewed, considered and recognised.

We require the contact details of your referee should additional verification be required for audit purposes. The following reference details will be requested:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Job role
  • Organisation
  • Your relationship

Membership join FAQs – Associate

If your entry qualification was not issued by an awarding organisation (see FAQ above), the letter of support aims to recognise the diversity of approach across all comprehensive courses, whilst ensuring core consistency and providing employers confidence that they are employing competent individuals. Once submitted, your letter of support will be reviewed by the Membership Services team. For confirmation of the requirements of the letter of support, please see Entry Requirements.

A signed letter of support will be required for alternative qualifications from your Training Provider or Teacher on letterheaded paper confirming that you have achieved the minimum areas of practice:

  • 200 hours of training with 160 hours of direct contact with your mentor or teacher
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Self-awareness
  • Safety and care
  • Practical skills of teaching, planning, evaluation, adaptations

Membership join FAQs – Student and Graduate

The name of your educational institute can range from the university, college or training provider that you are currently completing your course with.

Membership join FAQs – Affiliate

Professionally qualified practitioners hold qualifications which meets the professional standards. If you have achieved qualifications from an awarding organisation and are unsure of your membership options, the Membership Services team are on hand to support. Please email your query and attach your certificates in a PDF, JPEG or PNG format to for assistance.