SaudiREPS would like to share the following information developed by EuropeActive to provide guidelines on course duration and content distribution
There are different ranges of learning hours in educational programmes that lead to the same/similar qualifications in the fitness market. As a leading standards-setting body, EuropeActive (EA) has initiated a process to set minimum requirements for learning hours for its accredited training providers. We strongly emphasise that we do not depart from the modern learning concept, where the most important consideration is the learning output (learning outcomes), not the education process itself.
Our aim is to make the accreditation process for training providers more transparent and the educational and vocational programmes more comparable. Using European Credit System for Vocational and Education Training (ECVET) and European Credit Transfer System (ECTS in higher Education) in EuropeActive Standards, we also want to facilitate the transferability of qualifications or individual learning units between vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) systems.
To the above ends, EuropeActive have applied the concepts of Guided Learning Hours (GLH), Self-Learning Hours (SLH) and Total Qualification Time (TQT). Values for GLH, SLH and TQT are calculated by considering the different activities that learners would typically complete to achieve all learning outcomes defined for a particular standard/qualification.
Recommended Minimum Guided Learning Hours, Total Time, number of ECVET and ECTS.
1 ECVET is approx. 8-10 Guided Learning Hours + 15-20 Self Learning Hours (25-30 learning hours in total);
1 ECTS = 25-30 learning hours;
Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
A measure of the time spent being taught or instructed live by a course supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of training. Examples of activities which can contribute to Guided Learning Hours include:
• Classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor
• Work-based learning supervised by a tutor
• Live webinar or telephone tutorial with a tutor in real time
• E-learning supervised by a tutor in real time
• All forms of assessment which take place under the supervision of a supervisor (excluding final verification of qualifications by a person not included in the training process).
Self-Learning Hours (SLH)
The estimated number of hours a learner will reasonably be likely to spend in self-preparation/study or self-assessment, as directed by (but not supervised by) a course tutor or other course representative. Examples of activities which can contribute to Self-Learning Hours include:
• Independent and unsupervised research/learning
• Unsupervised compilation of a portfolio of work experience
• Unsupervised e-learning
• Unsupervised e-assessment
• Unsupervised coursework
• Watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar
• Unsupervised work-based learning
Total Qualification Time (TQT)
A measure of a qualification size and made up of the number of Guided Learning Hours and estimated Self-Learning Hours.
Fitness Instructor or Group Fitness Instructor Standards/Qualifications
To ensure the effectiveness of the education process, we recommend minimum 3 months of learning to obtain the Fitness Instructor or Group Fitness Instructor qualification. This period also seems rational due to the time needed to accumulate knowledge and, practical and motor skills.
Personal Trainer Standard/Qualification
To ensure the effectiveness of the education process, we recommend minimum 4-6 months of learning to obtain the PT qualification. This period also seems rational due to the time needed to accumulate knowledge and, practical and motor skills.