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Qualification Extensions – Update

Posted on 23rd September 2020

Safety Training Awards can confirm that the Regulators are happy to accept certificate extensions, as detailed by the HSE for first aid, for all our other regulated qualifications – this includes swimming teaching, lifeguarding, health and safety and pool plant (see full list here). In all cases, certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can…

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New £1.5m Re-training Fund Launches for CIMSPA Qualifications That Are Endorsed Against the Sector’s Professional Standards

Posted on 9th September 2020

As an official awarding organisation partner for CIMSPA, Safety Training Awards welcomes the announcement that £1.5m training is being made available to retool the sport and physical workforce. This will include funding for STA’s pool plant operator, swimming teaching, open water swimming and lifeguard qualifications as they are all endorsed by CIMSPA against the sector’s…

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Support for Providing Safe and Socially Distanced Training and Assessing for Aquatic Qualifications

Posted on 28th August 2020

Safety Training Awards has produced a live ‘Support for Providing Safe and Socially Distanced Training and Assessing for Aquatic Qualifications’ document for Approved Training Centres (ATCs), which will be continually updated in line with the government’s COVID-19 guidance. ATCs planning to re-start face-to-face aquatic training, will be responsible for performing a risk assessment to ensure…

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Emergency Paediatric and Paediatric Qualification Extensions

Posted on 23rd August 2020

Following guidance from the Department of Education, Safety Training Awards are able to grant a qualification extension for learners who hold either a Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid or a Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid qualification which is due to expire or has already expired. Due to Coronavirus, if a…

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Free COVID-19 Officer Awareness Training

Posted on 13th July 2020

STA’s new COVID-19 Officer Awareness Training programme is now live – and its FREE! By completing this online programme, you will gain the knowledge needed to provide an auditable and effective COVID-19 process, specifically within the aquatics leisure industry. The programme will show you how to keep auditable records to prove compliance with both public…

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Statement from STA

Posted on 9th July 2020

STA is over the moon with the government’s announcement today that swimming pools can finally reopen in England – it’s the news we have all been waiting for. Indoor pools in England can reopen on 25th July – two weeks doesn’t give us long to get ready, and we understand that many swim schools and…

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Lifesaving Qualification Extensions

Posted on 10th June 2020

Following on from the technical notice that was released on 23rd March regarding 3 month extensions to our suite of lifesaving qualifications, STA are pleased to confirm that this has been extended for a further 3 months, until 30th September. The qualifications the extension applies to are: STA Pool Lifeguard STA Pool Emergency Responder STA…

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New Guidance for the Delivery of Face-to-Face First Aid Training

Posted on 5th June 2020

The First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) and the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) have issued an updated statement this week to provide guidance to first aid training providers. The guidance sets out the COVID-19 measures that are needed to be implemented by training providers in order for the face-to-face delivery of regulated first aid…

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Update On Paediatric First Aid Training

Posted on 3rd June 2020

The Department of Education has provided further updates in relation to supporting early years providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note specifically in section 6.2, the information on Paediatric First Aid (PFA) training. It explains: “If PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, or by complying…

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Plans For a Return to First Aid Training

Posted on 22nd May 2020

In follow up to STA’s communication last week, in regards to the First Aid Quality Partnership discussing ideas around the phased return to first aid training, two follow-up statements have been released: First Aid Quality Partnership – Delivery of face-to-face first aid training update Their statement (21st May) confirms that they are committed to ensuring…

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