Sports Coach


for individuals

Becoming a CIMSPA member signals an individual’s dedication to best practice, developing themselves and being qualified to tackle the challenges faced by the sector and the nation.

Why become a CIMSPA member?

We represent everyone working in sport and physical activity.

From fitness instructors to CEOs, CIMSPA helps to nurture talent, develop careers, inspire professionalism and set clear standards for success right across the sector. Over 18,000 professionals working in our sector have already taken advantage of the benefits of being a CIMSPA member – join us today.

Together we’re developing a vibrant, UK‑wide sport and physical activity sector, delivering to the highest standards. We are backed by HM Government and Sport England and are supported by over 400 partner organisations.

Joining the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity is the smart choice for career progress and professional recognition.

Be part of a recognised and respected professional workforce

By qualifying as a CIMSPA member* you will be part of the chartered institute which represents the best people working in sport and physical activity. Isn’t it time you were recognised for the important work you do?


  • Allow individuals to realise their potential by having a clear route into and through our sector.
  • Provide employers with the best people.
  • Ensure the availability of quality and relevant learning and development opportunities.
  • Represent our members as the lead organisation for sport and physical activity workforce policy.
  • Give the public confidence in our work and our people.


*Must have a UK address at the point of application for membership to appear on the CIMSPA Directory of exercise professionals.


Our member benefit structure


Take complete control of your career progression and stay at the forefront of the sector.


Benefit from a range of discounts and offers across key categories identified by members.


Build your professional network through CIMSPA's community of members, partners and events.


Contribute to the continued improvements of the sport and physical activity sector.

Find the right type of membership

There are 5 routes based on your career situation - please choose the one that best describes you.

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Membership for personal trainers, group exercise instructors, gym instructors, sports coaches (including advanced), coaching assistants, swimming teachers, lifeguards, recreation assistants, tai chi and qigong instructors and exercise referral professionals.

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Membership for all managers – from aspiring to senior

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Yoga Associate


Associate membership for yoga instructors and pilates instructors

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Student or Graduate

Membership for those starting their careers

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Our join option for those who are unqualified but want to keep updated on our sector.

How much will my membership cost? From £36* per year

*Inc VAT. Further discounts apply if your organisation is a CIMSPA employer partner

Need to discuss your membership?

If you’re unsure on any aspect of your CIMSPA membership application, get in touch or call our membership hotline on 0343 836 0200