We are thrilled to announce that following the success of the qualification funding through the CIMSPA ReTrain scheme (a £1.5m training initiative designed to retool the sport and physical activity workforce - funded by The National Lottery through Sport England); we are launching phase 2 of the RLSS UK funding.

Phase 2 allows all RLSS UK Approved Training Centres and Providers (ATC/Ps) to apply for funding for RLSS UK and IQL UK qualification candidate packs.

We understand the challenges our industry faces, and this funding is designed to help, by providing ATC/Ps with free qualification candidate packs to help reduce the cost of essential training required during COVID-19.

To apply for the funding, please complete the application below. Applications must be completed, by the ATC/P Coordinator.

Applications are managed on a first-come-first-served basis and are open until Monday 23, November 2020 5pm (or when funding is used-up).

Funding must be claimed, by Monday 30, November 2020 5pm, and qualifications must be used and submitted to RLSS UK by Friday 30, April 2021 (payment, will be required for any qualifications not used).

The funded qualifications are listed below and include renewals:

  • Level 2 National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches LIGHT (NRASTC LIGHT)
  • Emergency Response Pool (ER-Pool)
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
  • Level 3 Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis
  • RLSS UK TA Core
  • RLSS UK TA Specialism- NPLQ, NRASTC, ER-Pool or First Aid

Click here to apply 


If you need Pool Plant Operators, you can also take advantage of £1.5 million allocated in Phase 2 of the ReTrain training initiative funded by The National Lottery through Sport England.

All training provided through ReTrain must be delivered by CIMSPA Training Provider Partners.

Our partners, Institute of Swimming, who deliver courses for Pool Operators including the Pool Plant Operator Certificate, are an approved supplier of the scheme. Their courses cover everything you need for the safe maintenance of swimming pools, spas, and other water features.

For more information about the Pool Plant Operator Certificate, click here

To apply for fully-funded training, click here 


Additional qualifications are available for funding through the ReTrain scheme, for more information, visit www.cimspa.co.uk/retrain.

All enquiries, please go directly to RLSS Direct on 0344 824 3440 or [email protected].