Qualification Expiry Dates

To support Approved Training Centres/Providers (ATC/Ps), and candidates, IQL UK and RLSS UK have already announced that with the support of the qualification regulators (Ofqual, QiW, and CCEA), all workplace qualifications with an expiry date between 16/03/20-30-09/20 will be extended until 30/09/20. This includes:

Regulated Qualifications

  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • National Pool Supervisor Qualification (NPSQ)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Basic Life Support for Adults, Children and Infants
  • Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis
  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

Unregulated Qualifications

  • Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award
  • Emergency Response Swimming Pool (ER-Pool)
  • National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP)
  • National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (including LIGHT)
  • Open Water Lifeguard (OWL)
  • Life Support 3
  • Pool Plant Operator/Foundation

Trainer Probationary Status

Trainer Assessor (TA) qualifications that are in probationary status will be extended by 6 months.

All qualification holders and employers are responsible for ensuring that competency is maintained. IQL UK and RLSS UK recommend additional competency assessments, such as return to work assessments, for anyone who is working using an extended qualification, and that the qualification is renewed as soon as possible.

Adaptations to the Administration of Assessments

To facilitate an increased number of assessments when Centres reopen, and to support the requalification of staff and safe operation of facilities, the following adaptations to the administration of assessments have been approved via the VTQ Extraordinary Framework.

These adaptations are designed to reduce the administrative burden on Centres and Assessors whilst maintaining robust assessment standards during this short period only (06/07/2020- 30/11/2020):

1. Theory Assessment Papers

For assessments which include theory Assessment Papers (NPLQ only), the adaptations are:

  • The course trainer may invigilate and mark the theory assessment question papers.
  • Theory assessments may be invigilated at a ratio of 12 candidates to one invigilator (the Trainer or an Assessor)
  • The independent assessor is required to verify the correct marking of each theory assessment question paper and countersign the paperwork before the results are reported to IQL UK via the normal process (Assessment Form or online forms).

2. Four Consecutive Assessment Rule

For qualifications which permit an Assessor to complete a maximum of four consecutive assessments for the same Trainer, this rule will not apply during this period

3. Requirement for CPD for renewal of some qualifications

For qualifications that require CPD hours to allow a candidate to complete a renewal assessment, the period in which CPD hours will be collected has been extended in line with extended qualifications.

For example if a candidate holds a NPLQ that was due to expire on 10 April 2020, this has been extended to expire on 30 Sept 2020, CPDs can be collected from 11 April 2018 (when they were awarded the NPLQ) through until 30 Sept 2020.

All other assessment requirements remain the same.

The ATC/Ps should include information on the course records when these adaptations have been applied. This is required the auditing process.

This policy expires on 30/11/20.

Should you have any questions please e-mail [email protected]