EA – Fitness – European Accreditation

  • Promoter: Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ)
  • EOSE role: Dissemination, Consultation process (questionnaire & report), Conduct of an LMI Research
  • Duration: 24 months (03/10/2008 to 30/09/2010)
  • Partnership: 10 partners from 9 countries
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning programme, Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Scope: Health and Physical Activity Sector

Both employers and employees in the health and fitness industry are no longer confined by national boundaries. This provides a compelling problem: how can employers across Europe have confidence in the competence of their potential employee if they were trained outside of their national system and how can employees ensure that their qualifications are recognised wherever they decide to ply their trade. In partnership with the Directorate-General Education and Culture (DG EAC), the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) has developed an innovative solution that maps the provision of training across Europe to ensure that agreed common pan-European levels of competency are in place thus promoting transparency and mobility of workers.

Building on prior projects, this application aimed to provide a catalyst to the implementation of this solution by accrediting 14 institutions in 7 countries to the agreed European standards and establishing 7 national centres for the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS).

Additional work packages catalogued existing national training systems and providers, as well as revised the agreed standards and created new standards to meet emerging industry needs.
The project mission had been to provide a catalyst to the transfer of innovative accreditation and verification solutions for vocational education and training in the field of exercise and fitness qualifications across Europe.


EOSE was in particular involved in:

  • The LMI Research: responsible to conduct a research on situation, trends and perspectives for employment, mobility, VET systems and training programmes within Fitness in 8 EU countries
  • The Research methodology development and validation: online questionnaire, survey put online, analysis, production of a report
  • The Dissemination process


EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

A new wave for the sport and active leisure sector

Ensuring the right skills in the right place

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