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Why study a CIMSPA course?

Completing a CIMSPA approved course will boost your employability, as employers (and clients) will know that you’re a fully trained and highly skilled fitness professional. Whether you’re an aspiring personal trainer, gym instructor or pool attendant, you’ll find that a growing number of employers in the fitness industry are committed to only employing exercise professionals with CIMSPA endorsed qualifications.

CIMSPA’s associate training providers offer a variety of choices when it comes to how you study. Some courses are taught in a classroom setting, but distance learning options are also widely available. These often include a combination of video guidance, online exam preparation classes and assessment days.

If you sign up to study a CIMSPA endorsed course you’ll also be eligible for membership, which recognises your professional standards and comes with plenty of valuable benefits. There are four membership levels, starting with student membership.

Student Membership

Membership requirements: You must be studying a CIMSPA-endorsed course with a CIMSPA associate partner or higher education partner.


  • Access to recognised CPD learning
  • Copies of the CIMSPA magazine and digital newsletter
  • Access to graduate work placements, internships and job opportunities
  • Guest lectures that will develop your workplace skills

Practitioner Membership

Membership requirements: You must hold a valid CIMSPA recognised qualification.


  • Entry to the CIMSPA membership This provides proof that your qualification has been validated.
  • An online shareable profile
  • Free CPD
  • A record of professional development
  • Copies of the CIMSPA magazine and member bulletin
  • Vacancy information.

Management Professional Membership

Membership requirements: General manager/senior manager members must work in a management/senior management role as well as holding a CIMSPA recognised management qualification.


  • Entry in the directory with a shareable profile
  • Access to free CPD eLearning
  • Post-nominal letters MCIMSPA
  • Right to use personal membership logos
  • Print copies of the CIMSPA magazine, newsletters and member bulletins
  • Job vacancy information

Chartered Member/Fellow

Membership requirements: 

Chartered members must have four years’ experience in middle or senior management plus a level 5 management qualification or seven years’ experience and evidence of competence.

Chartered Fellows need seven years’ experience as a strategic lead in senior management plus a level 7 management qualification or twelve years’ experience and evidence of competence.


  • Post-nominal letters MCIMSPA
  • Entry in the membership directory with an online profile
  • Access to free CPD eLearning
  • The right to use CIMSPA’s personal membership logos
  • Print copies of the CIMSPA magazine, digital newsletter and member bulletin
  • Job vacancy information

What job roles can I do?

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness instructor
  • Swimming teacher
  • Assistant swimming teacher
  • Gym instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • Yoga practitioner
  • Leisure facility manager

What courses does CIMSPA endorse?

  • Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instruction
  • Level 2 Diploma in Fitness Instruction
  • Level 2 Certificate in Exercising to Music
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Specialist Diploma
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Master Diploma
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Diploma in Obesity and Diabetes Control
  • Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates
  • Specialist Diploma in Mat Pilates
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
  • Level 4 Diploma in Nutrition for Sport