RAPs to recognise new Statement of Competency for swimming teachers
December we announced details of how practising swimming teachers could
achieve the new SkillsActive approved ASA Level 2 Certificate in
Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification and be recognised by the new
Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs).
feedback from the industry, the ASA has been working alongside
SkillsActive, to find an alternative way for swimming teachers to join
and remain on the RAPs by recognising competence, without the need to
achieve the new Level 2 certification.
As an outcome of this the IoS is pleased to announce that there will shortly be a process whereby ASA Level 2 swimming teachers (enrolled or registered for the qualification post 2001)
will be able to obtain a Statement of Competency. This will be free of
charge and will need to be completed by the swimming teacher's current
employer (or other equivalent role to be specified).
purpose of the Statement of Competency will be to verify that the
swimming teacher meets the assessment criteria of the new Level 2
Certificate, which is not covered by their existing qualification. The
Statement will then enable them to join and/or stay on RAPs post 31st
December 2015, without the need to achieve new certification (however,
they must also renew membership annually).
who hold an ASA Level 2 Teaching Aquatics qualification achieved
pre-2001, should contact the IoS or other ASA approved centre for
information on an approach most suitable to them.
appreciate there will still be swimming teachers who wish to achieve
the new Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification. If
this is the case they will need to complete one of the three routes
announced in December 2013. The routes and prices are set on our website with the route being determined by the title of the qualification awarded, and whether it was awarded by the ASA or another UK awarding organisation.
Those who hold the ASA Level 2
Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) achieved post January 2011 can
achieve new certification free of charge by undertaking an online
hope that the Statement of Competency will be a welcome solution for
both our swimming teachers and the industry and we look forward to
announcing further details on the process shortly.
Please contact the IoS on 01509 640 640 for further information.