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Welcome to the August edition of YMCA Awards' newsletter!

Fair pricing for all

Earlier this week, we got in touch with main centre contacts to announce our new fair pricing strategy. We believe that some awarding organisations over-complicate qualification fees through inflated advertised prices and hidden discounting.

Fair, transparent pricing is the lifeblood of who we are: open, inclusive and welcoming. As we celebrate twenty years of awarding qualifications, we’ve updated our prices to be true to our philosophy.

Read the full announcement

Introducing the YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Group Exercise to Music (Freestyle)

Earlier this week, we announced the first of our new Group Exercise qualifications. Fully redesigned to map to the CIMSPA Core Group Exercise professional standard, our new Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Group Exercise to Music (Freestyle) increases the emphasis on customer experience during group exercise sessions whilst refreshing the exercise to music specific content.

The qualification is structured to ensure that, once certificated, learners can continue building their skills by qualifying in other group exercise specialisms without having to repeat work.

Find out more


In case you missed it...

We’ve simplified our existing guidance on external assessment to create our new External Assessment Policy. The new policy replaces the:
  • external assessment procedure
  • invigilation procedure for eAssessments
  • role of the invigilator guidance.

If you’re involved in external assessment, you need to ensure you’re familiar with the requirements of this document.

Planned service outages

Our support team will be unavailable from 13:00-15:00 on Wednesday 22nd August whilst we complete our monthly team training. The team will be back in the office from 15:00 and available to take calls. We will reply to emails as soon as we can.

Wherever possible, please ensure that any paper-based assessments scheduled during this time are printed in advance.

Our eLearning platform will be unavailable 09-10:00 am on Thursday 9th August whilst we carry out essential maintenance.

We’re excited to confirm that we’re expanding our suite of Gym and Personal Training qualifications. From 1 September 2018, your learners will be able to take advantage of larger diplomas. Combining our latest Gym and Personal Training qualifications with instructing outdoor exercise, sports conditioning and use of portable equipment, we’re providing your learners the opportunity to gain additional skills at no extra cost.

Check out a summary of our Gym and PT qualifications new for 2018