Introducing our new fair pricing strategy

This year, we’re celebrating twenty years of awarding qualifications. We were the first awarding organisation in the fitness and active leisure sector and we’re not going anywhere.


Shaping the future of fitness education

YMCA Awards is one of the leading qualification providers in the fitness sector, having had years of delivering quality educational products that are used across the globe. Our success is based not only on the partnerships and relationships we form, but most of all, on our ability to listen and bring about real change.

As many people using, working in and interested in fitness know, the sector is going through a period of substantial change. What some might miss though is how and why.


YMCA Awards hold Vanguard breakfast in parliament

YMCA Awards and many of our partners have had enormous successes lobbying policy-makers, but what if we could combine our efforts and provide a platform whereby the industry’s highest performing providers and sector experts could speak as one?

It was this question that prompted us to launch the YMCA Awards Vanguard Group, a new, bespoke and exclusive service for YMCA Awards highest performing clients, with the aim of influencing policy-makers and driving meaningful change within the sector.


YMCA Level 1 Award in Lifestyle Management: new Rule of Combination (ROC) with updated Introduction to Nutrition unit

Even small changes can make a big difference when it comes to enhancing the learner experience, and following key stakeholder feedback, we’ve made some significant improvements to the finer details of one of our top qualifications.  


Fitness professional survey

To support the development of new qualifications and education products, we need your help to gather input from the wider fitness professional market.

CIMSPA and other industry bodies are effectively gathering the feedback and views of employers and training/education partners to develop new professional standards and define the educational landscape within the sector. We are keen to augment their work by gathering the views of the self-employed fitness professionals, who make up a significant percentage of the workforce, so educational products can better serve the whole sector.


Coming Soon……NEW Personal Training (Practitioner) qualification

Why develop a new qualification?
As industry leaders it’s a matter of pride for us to make sure our qualifications are not just fit for purpose but also follow the very latest standards and guidelines. We want to be able to offer you the most up to date material and the decision to bring out a brand new Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training qualification is not one we’ve taken lightly. 
New professional standards 

What do points make?

Points make new relationships possible!

YMCA Awards is always looking for new, creative and innovative ways of supporting our customers, and we are very pleased to announce that YMCA Awards have now partnered with CIMSPA to offer CPD points on all programmes that gain endorsement approval. Centres with quality CPD programmes can now endorse their programmes with us and gain points.

Benefits of this offer are:

· Courses listed on the CIMSPA training and events directory and displayed to CIMSPA members and partners.


New Manuals

We’re delighted to share some great news with you about three of our most popular qualifications. We now have brand new manuals available to support the delivery of: 

YMCA Level 1 Award in Fitness and Physical Activity.
YMCA Level 1 Award in Body Image and the Relationship to Wellbeing
YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates