News & Updates

Updated Pool Plant Operations Qualification Set to Launch

Posted on 30th November 2019

Following feedback, industry consultation and over a year of development with educational assessment experts, Safety Training Awards is set to re-launch the STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations next month. The updated qualification comes with an all-new, learner-friendly examination assessment, which uniquely can also be taken online with remote invigilation, and a colourful…

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Explore and Expression – The Joy of Artistic Swimming

Posted on 5th November 2019

Following on from the success of the leisure industry’s first online artistic swimming CPD, ‘Experience’, STA with Aquabatix are launching the next CPD in the series titled ‘Explore and Expression’, which is further supported with six downloadable lesson plans. Written by Aquabatix, the world’s leading professional artistic swimming company, ‘Explore and Expression’ focuses on the…

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Technical Notice: SQA Accreditation

Posted on 4th December 2019

Safety Training Awards is pleased to confirm the following qualifications have been accredited by SQA Accreditation: • STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Swimming at SCQF level 6 • STA Award in Pool Lifeguarding at SCQF Level 6 • STA Award in Paediatric First Aid at SCQF Level 6 • STA Award…

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Assessment Materials Timeframes and Approved Training Centre Procedures

Posted on 4th November 2019

Technical Notice Launch Date: 1st January 2020 Safety Training Awards (STA) would like to inform all Approved Training Centres (ATC’s) of the revised requirements for registering courses with sufficient notice in order for STA to despatch assessment materials. Ideally STA requires ATC’s, where possible to register courses with at least 5 working days notice. This…

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STA Launch New Baby and Pre-School Qualification

Posted on 14th October 2019

New Baby and Pre-School qualification launches today with learner-friendly updates, high quality resources and a colourful new book-bound teaching manual! In accordance with Safety Training Awards commitment to ensuring qualifications continue to meet the needs of the industry, employers and learners, today the team are launching the new STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching…

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Technical Notice: Completion of Award Course Portfolio to Access the STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming

Posted on 23rd September 2019

To support learners and ensure standards and quality are maintained, learners who hold the old STA Award in Swimming Teaching qualification must complete the NEW STA Award Question Portfolio before attending the STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming course. The New STA Award in Teaching Swimming Question Portfolio needs to be completed prior to attending the STA Certificate in…

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Technical Notice – Reminder: Practical Pool Sessions on STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Course

Posted on 18th September 2019

As per our initial Technical Notice posted on February 21st 2017, to maintain the high standards of the STA Baby and Pre-School Award Qualification, STA requires all learners to have access to babies and pre-school pairs during the pool practical teaching sessions. It is the responsibility of the Approved Training Centre’s (ATC) Centre Co-ordinator to…

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Changes to Internal Quality Assurance Requirements

Posted on 28th August 2019

Following a consultation with members, Approved Training Centres (ATC) and external stakeholders we have carried out a full review of the Approved Training Centre (ATC) and Quality Assurance model to streamline the process and ensure it is not over burdensome. Safety Training Awards would like to announce that new Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) requirements will…

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Changes to Pool Lifeguarding and Safety Award for Teachers MCQ Pass Marks

Posted on 27th August 2019

Following an assessment review, Safety Training Awards (STA) have made amendments to the pass marks for the STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding and STA Level 2 Award in Safety Award for Teachers qualifications, with immediate effect. The new pass marks are as follows: STA Award in Pool Lifeguarding STA Award in Safety Award…

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