News and Updates

Changes to Learner Portfolio Distribution

Posted on 5th April 2018

The process for distributing learner portfolios for Safety Training Awards courses is changing following a review of the existing procedures. As learner portfolios contain worksheets and course documentation which are part of the qualification assessment, they should not be given to a learner prior to the course commencing or to people who are not registered…

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Policies and Procedures for ATC Application Process

Posted on 22nd March 2018

Through feedback from our members, it has been highlighted that developing the required policies and procedures to support the mandatory ATC approval process from Safety Training Awards is delaying our members from completing their ATC agreements and submitting their applications to us. As previously stated Safety Training Awards’ aim is to support and guide you…

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Approved Training Centre Application Update

Posted on 9th March 2018

Following on from last month’s announcement that STA’s Approved Training Centres (ATCs) will be implemented in 2018, Safety Training Awards would like to inform our course organisers that the ATC model will be mandatory and anyone who wishes to deliver our qualifications must apply to become an ATC. If you have not already received an…

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Changes to the Marking of Multiple Choice Question Papers

Posted on 1st March 2018

In order to make our current assessment process more robust with regards to the marking of the multiple choice question papers (MCQs) for aquatic qualifications and the Pool Lifeguard qualification, Safety Training Awards now requires the assessor to take the answer paper with them to the assessment. The answer paper will be sent directly to…

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STA Approved Training Centres (ATCs) Will Be Implemented in 2018

Posted on 8th February 2018

Due to regulatory requirements STA’s Approved Training Centres (ATCs) will be coming soon. Our aim as an awarding organisation is to promote consistency, high standards and learner/public confidence in the qualifications that are made available; this will be achieved by implementing a robust quality assurance model. Safety Training Awards’ ATC model has been designed to…

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STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations Gains CIMSPA Endorsement

Posted on 31st January 2018

The STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations is the latest qualification to be endorsed by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity). With CIMSPA’s aim being to develop a UK wide, vibrant and professional workforce through the provision of quality qualifications, endorsement gives added credibility to STA’s newest qualification.…

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STA Quality Assurance Procedure Update

Posted on 19th January 2018

Update: 1st February 2018 Following on from the communication sent 19th January 2018 regarding changes to STA’s quality assurance model and moderation procedures (available below), STA would like to issue an addendum to the incoming changes. STA has made the decision to extend the original deadline date of 12th Feburary 2018 for which course organisers…

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Total Qualification Time for STA Swimming Teaching Courses

Posted on 20th December 2017

Due to Ofqual regulatory requirements, STA has conducted a review of qualification contact hours. Ofqual regulated qualifications are now measured using total qualification time (TQT). Included within TQT are guided learning hours – face-to-face learning with a tutor, and directed assessment and learning hours – work a learner undertakes at home or without a tutor…

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Registration of Optional Units for Pool Lifeguard Courses

Posted on 7th December 2017

Following the recent implementation of revised first aid qualifications, and to better enable us to monitor learner completions, the option to register the following optional units as part of the Pool Lifeguard qualification have been removed: First Aid at Work Emergency First Aid at Work CPR and AED CPR and Anaphylaxis The Backboard Application Within…

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