News and Updates

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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Industry Gives STA’s New Pool Plant Qualification the Green Light

Posted on 29th November 2017

This month STA has launched a new Pool Plant Operations qualification, which will provide the industry with a more user-friendly, robust and technically advanced syllabus. Covering all aspects of running a modern pool, spa or interactive water feature plant, the content also follows PWTAG guidelines and the new National Occupational Standard SKA PPO1. STA has…

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New STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations Launched

Posted on 8th November 2017

STA is delighted to announce the launch of the new STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations qualification. The new qualification replaces the previous Pool Plant Operations qualification. The new qualification has been developed in consultation with industry experts and frontline staff responsible for pool plant operations. The material developed follows PWTAG guidelines and…

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First Aid Resources Updated

Posted on 2nd November 2017

Please note that we have reformatted and refreshed some of our first aid resources. Below is a list of the updated resources: Emergency First Aid at Work Practical Marking Sheet Emergency First Aid at Work Worksheet and Worksheet Answers First Aid at Work Practical Marking Sheet First Aid at Work Worksheet and Worksheet Answers We…

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Updated Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults CPD

Posted on 2nd October 2017

In accordance with the latest reports from the NSPCC and the government as well as changes to legislation, STA has updated the Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults CPD. STA is committed to safeguarding all those we have contact with including children, young people, vulnerable adults, and the aquatic teacher. For STA safeguarding is…

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