1. Exercise and Fitness Survey – National Occupational Standards Review

Welcome to the Survey for the review of the Exercise and Fitness National Occupational Standards 

Skills Active, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being who have been commissioned to review the Exercise and Fitness National Occupational Standards.

Why complete the survey?
· To share your expertise to raise skills and standards in the sector
· To support and shape future qualifications 

Purpose of the survey:
During these unprecedented times brings an increased necessity to do what we can to ‘support’ and ‘future proof’ businesses and safe practices. Over the past few months, we have worked with teams of industry experts to develop the draft National Occupational Standards for Exercise and Fitness, creating a robust and coherent set of standards in light of ‘new ways of working’. We would now like your views on what is being proposed.

A summary of the key changes/additions to the draft NOS to date:

  • strengthening the requirement for health and safety and risk assessment in light of the current situation
  • the inclusion of supporting and/or working with disabled clients as standard working practice for Exercise and Fitness professionals
  • the inclusion of dealing with safeguarding issues for those that are involved with children and/or vulnerable adults
  • reference to reflective practice and evaluation for continuous improvement
  • the emphasis on professionalism and softer skills amongst fitness instructors and personal trainers
  • the emphasis on referral or signposting procedures to a reliable source
  • the emphasis on more business acumen among personal trainers
  • the addition of new ways of working to include use of technologies and group personal training
  • the inclusion of key functions to include cleaning and maintenance of equipment and facilities
  • a more flexible approach to fitness instructing based on instructing both individuals and groups of people
  • the merge of NOS for design and deliver exercise and physical activity to clients with medical conditions


How long will the survey take to complete?
Following the review of the draft NOS, approximately 20-30 minutes

How long will the survey be open?
This questionnaire is available from Monday 21st December 2020 until Monday 1st February 2021. Feedback from this UK wide consultation will then inform the final drafting of the NOS. This NOS project is due to conclude in March 2021 following which the new NOS will be made available.

Additional to the online Consultation, SkillsActive will be conducting ‘Telephone’ Surveys and a remote event on the 12th January 2021. Please contact Beccy Poole, Project Manager for details: beccy.poole@skillsactive.com

If you know others who may be interested, please pass on the survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FWMXM6M