As the UK and Ireland’s market leader in aquatic qualifications we are committed to ensure everyone has access to the very best pool lifeguard training to keep customers safe.  The changing landscape within the leisure sector such as the evolution of modern technologies, the introduction of the CIMSPA professional standard for Lifeguards, increased requirements for first aid treatments and the implications of the revised HSG 179 guidance published earlier this year all have an impact on helping to keep swimming pools safe.

9 new changes to NPLQ

  1. AED basic training and assessment in every qualification
  2. First Aid content which mirrors the content of a First Aid at Work qualification
  3. New anaphylaxis management available as a bolt-on regulated qualification
  4. More flexible assessment options and new assessment strategy with multiple choice questions for theory assessment
  5. New simple, easy to use guidance for Trainer Assessors with:
    Clear guidance on skills required to pass each assessment criteria
    Candidate and casualty briefs and details to set up each assessment section
  6. Electronic candidate resource option for those candidate that want to use a device
  7. Electronic certificate for all candidates
  8. Integration of information about technology systems to support Lifeguards working in swimming pools that use technology
  9. Approved Training Centres/Providers will now receive copies of candidate’s certificate for personnel records


Access to a revised suite of excellent training materials once they have completed an online update – unlike previous updates there is no requirement to attend face to face sessions. Trainer Assessors will be able to do this update via your RLSS Direct account from 9.09am on 9 July.

Other Useful Information

As NPLQ Generation 9 content includes basic training and assessment of AED Trainer Assessors will require access to training AEDs. These can be purchased from RLSS Direct and IQL UK recommend 1 training AED per 4 candidates. 

Click here to purchase your AED

Approved Training Centres/Providers can exchange NPLQ 8th edition assessment report forms until Tuesday 9 October 2018.

Important Dates

Friday 29 June 2018

  • NPLQ Generation 9 pre-launch at IQL UK Conference
    Opportunity for attendees to complete a TA update (included in the price of the conference)

Monday 9 July 2018

  • Online TA update available from 09:09, login to your RLSS Direct account to complete the update
  • Sales of NPLQ Generation 9 candidate packs will be available from RLSS Direct

Monday 9 July – Tuesday 9 October 2018

  • You can return NPLQ 8th Edition assessment report forms to RLSS Direct to exchange for NPLQ Generation 9 assessment report forms.

September – November 2018

  • Free IQL Face 2 Face Forums delivered in 24 locations across the UK and Ireland with NPLQ Generation 9 as the focus (dates to be released soon).

Tuesday 1 January 2019

  • NPLQ TAs that have not completed the NPLQ Generation 9 TA update will no longer be qualified to deliver NPLQ.
  • Only Generation 9 version of NPLQ can be delivered.
  • RLSS Direct will only sell NPLQ Generation 9 candidate packs.

Please do not hesitate to call on 0300 3230096 or e-mail [email protected] if you require any assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

For all the Generation 9 frequently asked questions click here.