FITNESS REGULATION NEWS
Below you will see a list of Pilates news articles.

Fitness Regulation update

The implementation of the Fitness Regulation has been delayed. This was announced by SRSA (Sport and Recreation SA), the government organization responsible for drafting the Fitness Regulation. The reason for the delay is the State Law Advisors' finding that the Fitness Regulation cannot be promulgated according to the Bill (law) it was based on.

The Fitness Regulation has three main components:

1.      The Bill (or law) that it is based on,

2.      The Fitness Regulation, and

3.      The Fitness Board (Fitness SA) – the governing body that will implement the regulations for Fitness Professionals and Fitness Facilities

SRSA now has to develop a new Fitness Bill to enable the Fitness Regulation to be implemented. According to SRSA the entire regulation process will be postponed to 2012 and once the new Fitness Bill is finalized, the process of finalizing the Fitness Regulation and Fitness SA will continue – all comments received and changes made to date will stand and the process will move forward.

SRSA has confirmed that the Fitness Regulation process will go ahead in 2012, it is incorrect to assume that the Regulation is abandoned in any way 

Quote from a SRSA statement 8 Sept 2011: ‘I wish to state the following which, to my mind, is still the current status quo relative to the consideration to draft and promulgate the fitness legislation: 

Scope of Fitness Industry Legislation

n      To determine, maintain and ensure that adequate measures (administrative, safety and health) are in place to serve in the best interests of all role players and participants in the fitness industry, thereby aligning  their actions and line of business to harmonize with the proposed legal framework of the Regulations. 

 

Reasons for drafting Fitness Industry Legislation:

n      Create a new dispensation to govern and regulate the fitness industry in the best interest of all role players;

n      Create greater certainty and clarity with regard to issues pertaining to registration of fitness professionals and accreditation of fitness establishments respectively;

n      Ensure compliance with the proposed legislative framework by all role players and participants in the fitness industry; and

n      Promote and enforce administrative, safety and health issues applicable to fitness professionals and fitness establishments respectively.’

Fitness SA Constitution for feedback

5 July 2011

1ST DRAFT OF CONSTITUTION OF FITNESS BOARD RELATIVE TO DRAFT FITNESS REGULATIONS

SRSA (the government) distributed the draft constitution of Fitness SA (the Fitness Board as specified by the Fitness Regulation) for comment to reach them not later than 31 July 2011.

Where does Fitness SA come into the picture?

The Fitness Regulation stipulates registration of Fitness Professionals and Facilities (gyms and studios). The register will determine the qualifications required for each level of fitness professional.  Education providers will have to accredit themselves (with THETA/CATHSSETA) in accordance with the stipulations of the register to provide the qualifications required. Fitness SA (the Fitness Board) is the association that shall govern the fitness industry in terms of the Fitness Regulation.

Fitness SA’s constitution must be finalized before the Fitness Regulation can be promulgated, therefore SRSA is asking for comments on this constitution by end July 2011, and will hold a 2 day workshop in Gauteng during September/October to finalise the constitution.  Thereafter the Fitness Regulation promulgation process will proceed.

In all healthy industries, the association controlling the industry (such as Fitness SA) is separate from the Register - almost like keeping the referee (Fitness SA) and players (the professionals on the register) separate. In the medical profession HPCSA is the register and the SA Medical Association represents the industry. It is very important to most role players that the register be separate from the Association as in the examples from other industries.

What do you need to do?

Considerations when commenting on the constitution of Fitness SA is inserted into the document, so please review – you can delete, change and insert your own comments if you wish. You can find the document here: http://www.pilatesinfo.co.za/download/CONSTITUTION_FITNESS_SA_16052011_with_considerations.doc

The considerations inserted in the document are intended to raise some issues for you to think about – if you have more questions, please forward to:  info@pilatesinfo.co.za

 It is important to get your response to SRSA noted  email your reply to us so we can ensure it was received and that it is noted.

 If you are in agreement with the comments inserted in the document, you can just email us with your consent to add your name to our submission – we need your name & surname, your  email address & contact number, and your designation (e.g. Pilates instructor). Please ensure that we receive your email by 25 July 2011.

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The SA Pilates Association (SAPA) will prepare a formal response on this 1st Draft Constitution – if you are unsure how to make comment yourself and have some points to make, please email them to us. If you’d like to add your name to our response, please subscribe on www.sapilatesassociation.org.za

Fitness Regulation as presented by SRSA May2011

SRSA(Gideon & Nkosana) listed the following as Fitness Regulation objectives/components:

·         Create a new dispensation to govern the Fitness Industry

·         Create greater certainty and clarity on how to operate in the Fitness Industry

·         Ensure compliance with the Regulation

·         Fitness Board – this is supposed to be run by industry, government do not want to ‘over-regulate’

·         Registration of Fitness Professionals

·         Grading of Establishments to address the challenges of unqualified professionals in the industry & establishments providing inferior training.

·         The regulation will also be a way to enforce measures & safety, and to allow punitive measures.

 

Grading of establishments:

·         Wording presented the same as in previous version

·         Objectives (as per SRSA) – to level the playing field, minimise the influence of monopoly players(!), customer satisfaction

·         There was lively discussion around this point and Richard Beddie received loud applause from the audience when he challenged the changes stating that they had taken out the good, being REPSSA and left in the bad, being the grading system.

·         In the interest of not wanting to ‘over-regulate’, there was a suggestion that they scrap the definition in the regulation and leave it to the Fitness Board – Gideon responded that they will give it ‘some serious thought’

 

What is the current status of the Regulation ?

·         REPSSA is no  longer stipulated as the register, the Fitness Board will decide if they have their own register or if REPSSA is the register (this is as a result of not wanting to over-regulate)

·         Nkosana stated that REPSSA cannot be in the Regulation as the State Advisor would not approve this, as they cannot regulate a Private Entity

·         Gideon stated that nothing has been added to the regulation that will stop the Fitness Board from having REPSSA as the register. In a direct quote he stated, ‘Hopefully the Fitness board will work with REPSSA in terms of registration’.

·         No other specifics of changes were given, the sections that were listed are the same as before

·         Disability definition and compliance are still the same as in the previous version

·         The regulation is currently with the State Law advisors and will only be circulated once a ‘certified version’ is received back from them

·         Further comments on the regulation will be allowed at the Parliament Portfolio committee   

 

Fitness Board

·         A draft constitution of the Fitness Board will be distributed for comment soon (?)

·         The focus of the Fitness Board is a board run by the Fitness Industry, apparently the heavy emphasis on government official participation(as in the initial constitution draft) is being removed

·         Fitness Industry players who serve on the board will be refunded for expenses only, there is no remuneration

·         There is a budget for full time staff on the payroll

·         There will be a workshop in September 2011 where the Fitness Constitution will be discussed (this is after email distribution & feedback) and board members elected. It seems that the people at the workshop will elect the board. This workshop will be widely advertised in the press, government gazette and distributed via email.

·         When challenged on creating a more democratic way of voting for the board, the answer was fairly broad and to me this is still a grey area.

·         It was confirmed that the Fitness Board supercedes everything’ (Gideon) once Regulation and Fitness Board is in place

 

General

·         Gideon pointed out that the Fitness Board will be finalised (constitution & election) before the Fitness Regulation is promulgated – not sure if this was in the presentation or just in a chat beforehand

·         This was mentioned and stated that the Fitness Regulation cannot be promulgated until the Fitness Board is elected

·         Theo asked specifically if Pilates and other mind-body modalities of exercise (e.g. Yoga) will be included, and this was confirmed by Nkosana.

·         Due to the numerous processes that still need to be followed, we are still (at best) 12-16 months away from any further progress and Promulgation

Questions & Answers about regulation

Q: It is clear that a ‘Exercise Science or a Fitness Certificate’ will be required to continue practicing as a Pilates Instructor. Although qualified, I still need to obtain this basic qualification during the 1 year grace period. I believe there are Institutions where I can pursue continued Education but am having great difficulty deciding who I should work though. Could you perhaps provide some insight?

A: It is important to note that at this stage, Pilates standards are being finalised by SAPA (SA Pilates Association), using the International REPS Pilates standards as a guideline. The members of SAPA will ensure that their respective Pilates courses meet the standard – in my view most SAPA members’ courses already meet the REPS standard.

The Exercise Science definition is also being finalised based on the REPS requirement and once this is done, there will be a list of education providers that meet the standard. At the moment you can do a Fitness Certificate at NQF level 5, but it is likely that the Exercise Science required for Pilates Instructors will be a subset of the Fitness Certificate.

 

My personal advice is to do your research on available courses, but you could wait until the requirements are accepted by SAPA and REPSSA before deciding on a course. The one year grace period will start when REPSSA starts to accept registrations from Pilates instructors. This will only be done once all the qualification levels are finalised, hopefully no later than mid-year.

 

Q: Will CPR and Insurance be required to register on REPSSA?

A: The SA Pilates Association (SAPA) is in the process of finalising the Pilates standards for SA (in line with REPS International) –once this is done, Pilates instructors may register on REPSSA. Insurance and CPR are requirements from REPS International and will be required by the Fitness Regulation once this is in place, so it will definitely be a requirement. The level of insurance cover required is being finalised at the moment. Once the level is finalised by SAPA for Pilates and other role players for the rest of the Fitness industry, then names of insurance providers will be made available. 

 

 

SAPA news February 2011

South African Pilates Association – SAPA

7 February 2011 is a day to remember for Pilates in South Africa. The first official board was chosen by Pilates educational providers, which represents the majority of Pilates instructors in South Africa. This signifies the need for a VOICE for Pilates instructors in South Africa. It has been long overdue and is finally here.

With developments in the Fitness legislation and the implementation of REPSSA, SAPA is committed to provide the South African Pilates community with information, support and guidance to comply with all the requirements set out by the authorities and SAPA. All this information will be made available in due course and will take some time to come into effect.

Part of SAPA’s vision is to be a representative organization for the Pilates community and to ensure evidence based quality education, in line with international standards. Also keeping the standards and monitoring it to ensure consumer protection.

SAPA will function as a Section 21, non-profit organization and as SAPA is still in its infant shoes there is loads of work to be done. We trust that the Pilates community will support and comply with all the requirements which will be to the benefit of its instructors, its students, its clients, its studios and of this beautiful method – PILATES.

Theo van der Riet – Botha

SAPA: Chairman

 

SA Pilates Association update

SA Pilates Association (SAPA) has been submitted as a non-profit organization and is currently being processed. The first SAPA meeting will be held at the beginning of February 2011 in Johannesburg in order to elect various positions for the board. As it stands, there are currently 17 members forming SAPA who are all Pilates Education Providers. SAPA's role will be to provide guidelines and criteria to various government bodies with regards to Pilates Education in South Africa and to also provide a platform for Pilates instructors to have a voice. Ultimately, SAPA will open it's doors to membership for Pilates professionals and also Pilates students/apprentices. We look forward to keeping you posted regarding the developments during this exciting time. 

 

What is REPS and how does it work?

REPS, the Register for Exercise Professionals, is an independent public register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health enhancing exercise instructors, currently operating around the world via affiliation to ICREPS.

 

The international picture (ICREPS):

The purpose of the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPS) is to promote portability of qualified exercise professionals through the co-operation and affiliation of national registration schemes. ICREPS exists to serve the worldwide community of exercise professionals through an agreed framework of knowledge and competency standards which are set for professionals and which are recognised through an independent registration process.

The founding members of the Confederation are the registers for exercise professionals operating in
Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and through the European Union Register which is known as EREPS. A formal affiliation agreement between these founders was signed in March 2007.
(source: www.exerciseregister.org)

 

The ICREPS criteria for a register are as follows: it should be a non-profit organisation, independent to all training providers and supported by the exercise/fitness industry. (source www.icreps.org)

 

The situation in South Africa:

SRSA has confirmed that REPS will be the Fitness register for South Africa once the Fitness Regulation is in place (anticipated 2011) – this will be prescribed in the Regulation.

 

Registration of Exercise Professionals of South Africa (REPSSA) is a training register that has been in the process of formation for a few years now. REPSSA had to meet the strict criteria mentioned above (and more), and have now secured the rights to launch the REPS register in South Africa.

 

REPSSA will follow the same standards (with consultation of the Fitness Board) as subscribed by the other REPS, thereby giving us International portability and credibility.

 

This thereby provides a system of regulation that safeguards the public, the employer and the fitness professional that all are meeting the required standard.

 

In South Africa, the Fitness Board (to be formed as per the regulation) will govern the Fitness Industry (and Pilates) standards. The Fitness board and REPS will determine the accepted national standard, with feedback and input from the industry to ensure all role players are involved in the process.

 

How REPS is anticipated to affect Pilates in South Africa:

It is anticipated that the REPS model for Pilates will be based on the UK, where specific Pilates qualification standards are in place. A Pilates instructor is a REPS level 3 qualification, which is comparable to a NQF level 5 qualification in South Africa.

 

A Pilates instructor will require an Exercise Science background as well as a Pilates qualification according to the REPS standards. The Pilates qualification standards are being distributed to education providers for comment, email us if you require a copy. As the register in South Africa does not exist yet, please forward any comment on the Pilates standards to us (info@pilatesinfo.co.za).

 

For a Pilates instructor to be registered by REPS, an accredited qualification is required. We have the opportunity now to review the international REPS Pilates standard and define a Pilates qualification in South Africa that meets this standard. Education providers can then accredit their training programs according to the Pilates qualification. Training programs in this sense refer to primary Pilates instructor training programs as opposed to workshops and short courses, which could be accredited for CPD (continuous professional development) points.

 

What if my training does not meet the REPS standard?

There will be an opportunity within a specified time period to supplement your training if required, i.e. do more courses. There will also be opportunities for RPL (recognition of prior learning) e.g. if you completed a course with an education provider that is no longer in business. In the UK a RPL process can be completed via one of two options: (1) attend an ‘assessment day’ where theoretical and practical exams can be done – if you pass the exam, you qualify to be registered; or (2) provide a body of evidence that you meet the standard via prior learning and experience. It is likely that REPS in South Africa will follow a similar route.

 

Why should Pilates be part of REPS?

 

1. Qualification standards

 

Pilates is a growing industry, which means that it is an attractive business to be part of. If there is no standard qualification defined, anyone can claim to be a Pilates instructor, regardless of their level of training. This is bad for the industry and can be dangerous to prospective clients who may get hurt by exercising incorrectly.

 

Accepting the REPS standard and defining a qualification that meets the standard should drastically reduce the incidence of unqualified Pilates instructors working in the industry and therefore lift the overall level of Pilates practiced in South Africa. Once Pilates clients understand that a REPS registered Pilates instructor underwent a certain standard of training, it will make their choice of Pilates trainer much easier.

 

The Pilates industry may well decide to define a further qualification for Pilates instructors who wish to register at REPS level 4 in future, but accepting a REPS level 3 qualification will be a great start!

 

There is an estimated 1400 Pilates sessions being presented each month in the large gym groups. Pilates in gyms is often criticized for format and presentation, especially in gyms without specialised Pilates studios. Adopting a REPS level 3 Pilates qualification standard will ensure that Pilates instructors working in the gyms will have to comply with this level of training.

 

2. International mobility

 

For South Africans specifically, international mobility is a key consideration when choosing a profession. Pilatesinfo gets a lot of emails asking about the international portability of Pilates instructor training. This may be especially relevant for students still deciding about a future as a Pilates instructor.

 

ICREPS specifically promote international mobility and their members operate in over 30 countries. If you are registered with REPS in South Africa it will be much easier to register with REPS elsewhere and therefore work in another country.     

 

The next step: email us if you want a copy of the Pilates standards and email your questions and comments. For more information about REPS, visit www.exerciseregister.org

Pilates Legislation - who governs what?

SRSA is in the process of finalising the Fitness Regulation, which will include the Pilates industry. Once this regulation is in place (planned for 2011) Pilates education providers, studios and instructors will be affected. The summary below explains the major role players as it will affect the Pilates industry.

 

From a legislative perspective, there are two distinct classifications of role players in the Pilates (Fitness) industry:

1.     Education/training providers, and

2.     Employers (studios) and Instructors

 

Education Providers

 

Any provider of education and training falls under the Department of Education (DoE). To register with DoE, Pilates training providers must be quality assured by QCTO (Quality Council for Trade and Occupation). QCTO replaces Theta in 2010 for vocational (workplace) training.

 

Educational and curricular criteria are set by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) according to levels determined by the NQF (National Qualifications Framework). For example, NQF level 4 is equal to a matric (grade 12) qualification and NQF level 5 training could be a certificate done post-matric.

 

In summary, a Pilates education (course) provider will have to accredit their course with QCTO and to do this, the course will comply with (e.g.) NQF level 5 definitions, called unit standards, as determined by SAQA.

 

After a period of time allowing education providers to comply, those providers not accredited will be illegal and will face the consequences.

 

 

Employers (studios) and Instructors

 

Employers in the Sport, Recreation and Fitness (SRF) sector are governed by the Department of Sport & Recreation, as well as other health, safety and employment laws.  The mandate of the Minister of Sport is carried out by SRSA (Sport and Recreation SA). SRSA is finalising the Fitness Regulation that will affect facilities (studios) and practitioners (instructors).

 

The SA Fitness Board will oversee the Fitness sector, setting standards for fitness professionals (instructors) and facilities (studios). Standards for instructors will be defined according to other national registers of exercise professionals (REPS) organizations, namely REPS in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union. REPS in SA will register practitioners and ensure that they provide evidence of their qualifications. To meet REPS criteria, practitioners would provide certificates of recognised qualifications by accredited providers.  After a period of time, allowing Pilates professionals to comply, it will be illegal to practice without registration.

 

REPS in SA will liaise with ICREPS, the international confederation of all REPS worldwide. This will enable Pilates Instructors registered with REPS in SA to be recognized in any ICREPS country and vice versa.

 

It is anticipated that Pilates standards in REPS SA will be similar to the Pilates standards in UK REPS, which are well defined within relatively similar legislative structures.

Fitness Regulation update 21 July 2010

Fitness Legislation - an update

 

The past 2 weeks have been busy for a number of Pilates bodies who studied the Fitness Regulation to provide feedback. We established that there are more than 2100 Pilates Instructors in SA, therefore we (Pilates instructors) represent more than 30% of the combined group of Personal Trainers and Pilates Instructors. This is good news for us, as it strengthens our case for representation in terms of the Fitness Regulation.

 

We provided feedback to SRSA (Sports & Recreation SA) who will update the Fitness Regulation after today. We will receive a copy of the amended Fitness Regulation once it is available. It is very positive that SRSA wanted feedback from the Pilates Industry - we were given an oppportunity to comment on the Regulation, which we did.

 

Once the Fitness Regulation is updated the next action from SRSA is to finalise the constitution of the Fitness Board. SRSA made it clear to us that the current draft of this constitution is a 1st draft, this will change, and we will have an opportunity to comment on the constitution. The fact that we represent more than 30% when combined with the Personal Training industry, will strengthen our case to have representation on the Fitness Board.  SRSA also indicated that SA will adopt the REPS system for registering fitness professionals. The REPS system is in use in the UK, EU, Australia and New Zealand. Adopting the REPS system means SA will be adopting internationally accepted standards and provide international mobility for fitness professionals. Go to www.exerciseregister.org if you want to know more about REPS.

 

We will post a copy of our feedback on the facebook group SOUTH AFRICAN PILATES INDUSTY REGULATION FORUM and we will email a copy to those who indicated that they are not on facebook.

 

What should we do now? 

 

Give SRSA a chance to process our feedback and update the Fitness Regulation. We will update you on the revised Fitness Regulation once the information is available.

 

Post your questions on the facebook group or email us info@pilatesinfo.co.za

Pilates & Fitness Regulation status July 2010

Background:

 

Up until now, the standards of safety, service and work quality in the large and growing SA fitness industry have been largely determined by those working in it (i.e. course providers, employers and employed). It is a valuable and expanding industry that will provide meaning and employment for many health-conscious, dynamic new South Africans. What is now required is somebody to make sure that the industry grows properly, remains safe and provides high quality services, equal or better than the standards offered in other developed countries of the world.

 

A draft Fitness Regulation, which will regulate the Fitness Industry in South Africa will be finalised by SRSA after 21 July 2010. A summary of the regulation is listed below.

 

In terms of this regulation, a Fitness Board will be formed which will determine and uphold standards within the Fitness Industry i.e. what will be required of an acceptable quality fitness professional/facility. Fitness professional refers to aerobic trainers, personal trainers, group class instructors, Pilates instructors and in fact anyone that leads an exercise session of any kind.

 

Sport & Recreation South Africa (SRSA) claims that no comment was received from the Pilates industry when the regulation was published for comment in 2009. Many people did comment but there must have been some administrative process problem that prevented the comments from getting where they needed to. We can accept this as a 'teething problem' in new legislative structures and we have been given more time - until 21 July 2010 - to provide comment.

 

The estimated time table for the legislative process provided by SRSA, is as follows:

·         The Fitness Regulation will be finalised after 21 July 2010

·         A workshop to discuss the constitution of the Fitness Board to be held around end August 2010 – attendees of this workshop will be able to provide comment on the constitution of the board

·         Fitness Board to be elected at this workshop or soon thereafter

·         The Fitness Board will represent all role players in the industry

·         SRSA aim to complete all the legislative processes by end 2010

 

Why should I care about the Fitness Regulation?

 

The Fitness Regulation will change the rules of practice in SA. You will have to register with the Fitness Board to practice as a Pilates instructor and, as the regulation stands at present, most people will not qualify! Even if you have a great education and experience, for example, unless you have cardiovascular equipment for clients to use, you will not qualify. SRSA would like to know what equipment Pilates instructors use, so they can add these details to the new regulations.

 

At the workshop (the fitness board workshop mentioned above), SRSA have asked that comments provided about the regulation should be backed up by a mandate from the Pilates industry. If you choose to do nothing about this, it will dilute the influence of our industry and we may find ourselves governed by rules that are unsuitable to Pilates.

 

How can a mandate from the SA Pilates industry be created FAST and effectively?

 

A facebook group has been created to hear your voice, it is called the SOUTH AFRICAN PILATES INDUSTRY REGULATION FORUM. The full Draft Fitness Regulation document is available on the facebook group Please join the group and make your point. Ask questions now (it may seem quite complex and full of jargon, at first) and we will get the correct answers to help you make a meaningful contribution.

 

It is critical to show support/comment from all the Pilates instructors in SA. If you do not have access to facebook please email us on info@pilatesinfo.co.za with your comments and questions.

 

What if I do not understand the document?

 

The facebook group is for discussion and questions, to create an understanding and clear up confusion around the legislation. If you decide not the read the document (it is quite long and detailed), just join the facebook group to be counted as part of the Pilates industry.

 

What about the petition being circulated?

 

The petition may not be successful, we may not have a choice about which government body regulates the industry - therefore we have to interface with SRSA and provide feedback. Being part of the petition does not mean you do not have to comment on this proposed legislation. The petition is available on the facebook group.

 

How do we ensure representation of Pilates in the legislation?

 

It is all about numbers! The latest estimate is that there are approximately 4500 personal trainers who will be eligible to register under this regulation. The Pilates industry estimates vary between 1000 and 2500, but we need to prove that we have the support of as many Pilates instructors as possible. The higher the % of Pilates instructors of the combined group of Pilates instructors and personal trainers, the stronger our case will be. The quickest way to prove our numbers is by joining the facebook group SOUTH AFRICAN PILATES INDUSTRY REGULATION FORUM - join, even if you decide not to comment, you need to be counted! We do not have a lot of time, so join now.

 

How will feedback to SRSA be compiled?

 

We intend to provide one comprehensive feedback document about the Fitness Regulation and the Constitution of the Fitness Board by the 21 July deadline. Your feedback will be included in this document, and support for the feedback will be based on members of the facebook group and emails received by Pilatesinfo. The feedback will be posted on the facebook group and circulated to interested parties who email us. You can access news about the Fitness Regulation on Pilatesinfo (red button on the home page).

 

What happens next?

 

The next step in proving support from the Pilates industry is to form a SA Pilates Board which has the mandate to represent the industry with SRSA and negotiate representation on the Fitness Board. The SA Pilates Board should comprise Pilates practitioners and education providers. Forming this Pilates Board is critical, as the Fitness Board will essentially make the rules for the industry, therefore we have to be fully represented on the Fitness Board. Pilatesinfo.co.za will initiate this process and we should aim to have this board in place by August. If you have any assistance to offer in this regard, please email us. We will circulate more details at a later date.

 

Please take action to have a say in your future

 

·         Join the facebook group SOUTH AFRICAN PILATES INDUSTRY REGULATION FORUM (or email us if you do not have access to facebook)

·        Send this information to Pilates instructors that may not be registered on Pilatesinfo - anyone can register for our newsletters, even if they are not certified yet.

Fitness Regulation summary

THE NATIONAL SPORT AND RECREATION ACT, 1998 (ACT NO. 110 OF 1998 AS AMENDED)

 

FITNESS INDUSTRY OF SOUTH AFRICA REGULATIONS, 2009 - Summary

The Minister for Sport and Recreation has under section 14 of the National Sport and Recreation Act, 1998 (Act No. 110 of 1998 as amended), and after consultation with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, made the Regulations in the Schedule.

 

n       SYNOPSIS OF REGULATIONS: To provide for-

n       The establishment of a Fitness Board to oversee the implementation of Regulations;

n       The accreditation of fitness professionals and fitness establishments (gyms/studios) as well as the grading of gyms/studios;

n       The payment of fees for such registration;

n       The prohibition for gyms/studios not to employ persons who are not legally registered or to operate as a gym/studio unless such a gym/studio has been accredited in terms of these Regulations; and

n       Disciplinary action to be taken against owners/managers of gyms/studios and fitness professionals.

n       Creation of offences in violation of the regulations

 

The Regulation specifies that a person should be registered with the Fitness Board in order to practice as a Fitness Professional (this will include Pilates instructors) and employ other instructors, for example Studio owners. The Fitness Board will keep registers of Fitness Professionals and will require specific qualifications for professionals to register.

 

A Fitness establishment (studio) must also be accredited (listed) with the Fitness Board. There are specific requirements and gradings (blue, bronze, silver, gold, platinum) for fitness establishments. Single purpose establishments (e.g. just offering Pilates) can be graded up to Gold and multi purpose establishments can be graded to Platinum. The regulation specifies equipment that should be available. It also specifies that studios will be graded dependent on the qualifications of staff and equipment available. For example, a blue grading will require at least one cardio vascular mode of equipment (e.g. cycle) and strength & conditioning modes of equipment (e.g. therabands).  A blue graded establishment’s fitness professionals must be registered at a certain level of competence, must have CPR/First aid training, only permit 'apparently healthy' clients and comply with the Occupational Health & Safety Act, as well as the act against Discrimination.

 

There are special requirements, with regard to the facility and the staff, should the facility accommodate any disabled clients.    

 

There will be a registration fee payable and a certificate will be issued once the registration is successful. There will be a specific code of conduct and scope of practice specified by the Fitness Board. The Fitness Board can take disciplinary action against a Fitness Professional that contravenes the code of conduct.

 

If you wish to have a copy of the Fitness Regulation, please email us info@pilatesinfo.co.za - we will forward the document to you.

 

Please also join the Facebook group South African Pilates Industry Regulation Forum

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