Sport and physical activity practitioner

Membership for personal trainers, gym and group exercise instructors, swimming teachers, activity coaches, frontline leisure staff and yoga, pilates and wellness practitioners.

Join CIMSPA for support throughout your career, recognition of your status as a professional and clear guidance from your chartered institute.

Membership benefits

  • Your entry in the CIMSPA membership directory – a statement to employers and the public that your qualification level has been validated.
  • Your verified online profile, shareable with employers and customers.
  • CIMSPA Academy – access to FREE endorsed CPD eLearning.
  • Eligible practitioner categories have access to the UK Learning and Development platform with exclusive resources such as tips, guides, videos and webinars.*
  • Recognition and status – you are a member of the sector’s only chartered professional body.
  • Record of professional development – share your recognised status with employers and customers.
  • Digital copy of S&PA Professional, the quarterly CIMSPA magazine, and access to our online archive.
  • CIMSPA member bulletin – curated selection of guidance, useful resources and news.
  • S&PA Extra – our magazine’s monthly digital newsletter.
  • Sector job vacancy information.

*Access to the UK Coaching Learning and Development platform is available to the following Practitioner membership categories: Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor, Group Exercise, Exercise Referral, Swimming Teach, Yoga Instructor Associate, Pilates Instructor Associate, Coach, Coaching Assistant and Senior Activity and Health.

Membership fees

From £30 per year (inc VAT)

Membership requirements

Confirm your membership category eligibility via the options below. To remain in membership you will need to complete CPD each year.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If your qualification is not listed, please email in a copy of your certificate to as you may need to complete the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mapping process. For further information click here.

Overseas qualifications

If you qualification was awarded overseas, please find further information here.

Our quality standard

All members are subject to the CIMSPA member code of conduct. Most membership categories require annual CPD.

Membership application

Step 1 - Preparing for the membership application

Before beginning the membership sign up process please ensure you have access to:
  • Your email.
  • A copy of your certificates, awards, degrees, and/or CPD.
    If your qualification is not listed you may need to complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mapping process. For further information click here.
    If you qualification was awarded overseas, please find further information here.
  • A debit or credit card.

For the simplest sign up experience we recommend using a laptop, desktop or tablet.

Step 2 - Sign Up

  • Once you have identified a membership category and read the membership category eligibility criteria please create an account on Tahdah.
  • If you have previously been or are currently a CIMSPA member please select the click ‘Yes’.
  • If this is the first time you are applying to become a CIMSPA member please click ‘No’.
  • You will need to enter your details into the ‘Sign Up’ section and if you have previously used the Tahdah platform with another membership body you will need to enter in your Existing Candidate ID.

Step 3 - Receive a verification email and follow the instructions

  • Once you have received the verification email please follow the instructions and click on the link to verify your account.

Step 4 - Welcome to your profile membership home page

  • You will then be directed to your profile membership home page. From here you can continue your membership application by clicking on the ‘join now’ or the ‘membership’ tab.
  • Once here you will be guided through filling in your remaining details, selecting the right membership category and type, filling in prerequisites for qualifications and CPD, email preferences and payment options.

Step 5 - CIMSPA will review the application and approve it via email

  • Once your application has been completed it will be reviewed and approved by the CIMSPA Client Engagement Team.

Join CIMSPA today
For further information on completing your account and starting your membership application please see the user guide below.

Document Membership sign-up user guide

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