What We Do Our Qualifications Become a Lifeguard National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) Through IQL UK, the leading provider of lifeguard training, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK pool lifeguards trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). IQL UK is the awarding organisation recognised and monitored by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and accredited by SQA Accreditation in Scotland. Find a Lifeguard Course near you! What's being a lifeguard like? How do I become a lifeguard? The course content About the assesment About the renewable Approved prior learning (APL) NPLQ 8th Edition accredited details with Ofqual and specification NPLQ Generation 9 accredited details with Ofqual and specification What’s being a lifeguard like? Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which you can easily fit around your other commitments, working within a team and there’s also the opportunity to progress your career within the leisure industry as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards. If you’d like to learn more about being a lifeguard read Katie’s story here. Find a Lifeguard Course near you! Learn skills for life There is the option to obtain additional qualifications during an NPLQ course, these will include additional hours: Emergency First Aid at Work First Aid at Work Certificate Automated External Defibrillation Certificate (AED) Management of Anaphylaxis Benefits Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards Varied working hours Work within a team The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel Great way for students to fund studies Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR How do I become a lifeguard? Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to: Jump / dive into deep water Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water Tread water for 30 seconds Surface dive to the floor of the pool Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits Find a Lifeguard Course near you! Course content The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification. Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool SupervisionElement 1 – The Lifeguard and the LawElement 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control MeasuresElement 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action PlansElement 1 – Intervention and RescueElement 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal InjuryElement 3 – Emergency Action Plan Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First AidElement 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)Element 2 – First AidElement 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED) About the assessment Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment. The assessment is split into three sections: Practical pool assessment Theory Assessment for all 3 sections Practical First Aid & CPR assessment About the renewal NPLQ renewal candidates may renew their qualification within the period of validity of their existing qualification as stated on their certificate. This will include a full assessment of lifeguard knowledge and skills by an independent assessor. Candidates must have access to the most up to date copy of ‘The Lifeguard’ manual prior to assessment. The following is required to be completed by candidates prior to the renewal assessment of their qualification to demonstrate their ongoing professional competence: 20 hours Continued Professional Development within the last two years from the date of previous assessment covering content from the NPLQ syllabus: In-water swimming pool rescue skills (at least 4 hrs) CPR (at least 4 hrs) First Aid (at least 4 hrs) Lifeguard theory (at least 4 hours) Continued Professional Development can be achieved by: Attendance at Lifeguard ongoing training and competency assessment* (strongly recommended) Attendance at alternative training, face-to-face or online, relating to In-water swimming pool rescue skills, CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard theory Approved prior learning (APL) In some circumstances, candidates may be able to show evidence of prior achievement to exempt themselves from sections of the course. Exemptions may apply to holders of the following awards and qualifications (guided learning time credits are shown in brackets): RLSS UK National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (12 hours) RLSS UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (6 hours) RLSS UK Emergency Response Pool Qualification (5 hours) RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard Qualification (5 hours) Regulated First Aid at Work Certificate or Occupational First Aid Certificate (9 hours) Regulated Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate (3 hours) Regulated Paediatric First Aid Certificate (6 hours) Regulated Emergency Paediatric First Aid Certificate (3 hours) STA Pool Lifeguard Qualification (9 hours) HABC Pool Lifeguard Qualification (9 hours) Where candidates wish to claim a training exemption, they must provide the course trainer with original qualifications prior to the start of the course. A maximum of 12 hours accreditation for prior learning may be claimed. NPLQ 8th Edition accredited details with Ofqual Specification The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the marketing name for this qualification – its ‘accredited title’ as listed with Ofqual is: IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue (QCF) qualification number 600/7437/1 Note. the minimum number of credits required to achieve a ’pass’ = 6 credits This qualification is made up of the following units: The Lifeguard and the Law: Swimming Pool Operation and Supervision unit number D/503/7642 QCF credit value = 2 Intervention, Rescue and Implementing Emergency Action Plans unit number R/503/7069 QCF credit value = 2 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – CPR and First Aid unit number M/504/5325 QCF credit value = 2 Optional unit Safe Use of Automated External Defibrillation – AED Equipment unit number Y/504/5321 QCF credit value = 0 IQL is the Awarding Organisation of the Royal Life Saving Society UK Specification To download the qualification specification for IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding Intervention Supervision and Rescue click here. NPLQ Generation 9 accredited details with Ofqual and Specification The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the marketing name for this qualification – its ‘accredited title’ as listed with Ofqual is: IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue qualification number 603/3309/1 Note. the minimum number of credits required to achieve a ’pass’ = 6 credits This qualification is made up of the following units: Swimming Pool Safety Operation and Supervision unit number J/617/0924 credit value = 2 Pool Lifeguard Emergency Rescue Skills L/617/0925 credit value = 2 First aid, illness and Injury Management in a Pool Environment R/617/0926 credit value = 2 Specification To download the qualification specification for IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding Intervention Supervision and Rescue click here.