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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE - CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM EMD UK

The Instructor Ready standard mark is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by EMD UK to provide a level of ‘confidence’ for all group exercise instructors in the fitness industry.

The scheme also provides reassurance to venues that instructors have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.

As an instructor, you can confirm that you have taken the necessary measures and are operating in line with Government guidelines, Public Health guidance , and our own Roadmap to Group Ex guidance which was signed off by Sport England and DCMS.

Upon successful completion of the application, you will be sent a secure link to download your Instructor Ready proof of completion and digital stamp to use to promote this to your attendees.

The application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will need to make sure you have read the relevant Government and Public Health guidance for your region before you begin.

Before submitting, you will need to ensure you have following in place:

  • Proof of relevant training
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment
  • COVID-19 PAR-Q form
  • Current and relevant insurance for the classes you teach
  • NHS QR Code (if required)

Please also make sure you have read the FAQs below.

For more information on restarting your classes, including links to our Roadmap to Recovery guidance, please visit the COVID-19 Guidance page .

For information on the CIMSPA ReTrain initiative, click here.

Disclaimer

By issuing the Instructor Ready Mark, EMD UK does not guarantee, certify, or imply that the instructor or their group activity is COVID-19-safe and risk-free.

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I am a venue

The “Instructor Ready” standard mark is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by EMD UK to provide “confidence’ for all group exercise instructors in the fitness industry, as well as providing reassurance to venues that instructors have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.

What you need to know?

Users and hirers of a venue have responsibility for managing risks arising from their own activities when they have control of the premises and should take account of any guidance relevant to their specific activity and sector.

Group Exercise instructors teaching in the facility should be following the EMD UK Return to Play guidance which has been approved by DCMS and Sport England.

Venues can download a copy of this here free of charge.

The “Instructor Ready” Standard Mark checks the instructor can:

  1. Show evidence of relevant training of the activity they are going to teach.
  2. Is covered by insurance to teach their class and can provide evidence of this.
  3. Has a COVID-19 Risk Assessment for each venue that they teach in
  4. Has an updated copy of a COVID-19 Par Q to share with participants.
  5. Ensure that all participants undergo a self-assessment of any COVID-19 symptoms before attending each class.
  6. Ensure their participants arrive and leave wearing face coverings.
  7. Ensure strict hand hygiene protocols throughout the duration of their classes.
  8. Abide by the social distancing guidelines as per EMD UK Return to Play guidance
  9. Ensure participants do not mix to perform exercises as partners or in groups.
  10. Abide by maximum capacity numbers as set out by government guidance for their region.
  11. Evidence a checklist is in place for each class to ensure all COVID-19 measures are in place.
  12. Ensure ventilation in the class area is up to COVID-19 measures.
  13. Use their best endeavours to limit time congregating prior to and after classes, advising participants to arrive 5 minutes prior to the class and prohibit physical contact and limit talking to other participants.
  14. Evidence that they will keep a list of all participants for 21 days for the purpose of test and trace and provide all data to NHS Test and Trace if requested.
  15. Evidence they have a valid First Aid Certificate and are aware of the guidelines set out for COVID-19 safe treatment of participants.
  16. Ensure that equipment is not shared during the class and is thoroughly cleaned after each session.

EMD UK advise all venues to ask instructors to provide the following evidence.

Checklist for Venues

  • Certification of relevant training
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment
  • COVID-19 PAR-Q
  • Certificate of current and relevant insurance
  • NHS QR Code (if required) see link
  • Instructor Ready Proof of Completion

Venues should also ensure that they comply with the latest government guidance for COVID-19 safety.

If you require any further information on the Instructor Ready Mark please contact EMD UK via info@emduk.org

FAQs

What is the Instructor Ready mark?

The Instructor Ready mark is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by EMD UK, the Sport England national governing body for group exercise, to provide a level of confidence for all group exercise instructors in the fitness industry, as well as providing reassurance to venues and attendees that they have clear processes in place that follow industry and Government COVID-19 guidance.

How long does the online assessment take to complete?

The online assessment is only 17 questions long and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

How do/will the self-assessments align with UK Gov/PHE guidelines? 

The process aligns to latest UK Government guidelines at the time of writing and therefore it is a requirement that all instructors signing up, have read the relevant public health guidelines and understand the need to ensure social distancing, cleanliness, and all other COVID-19 practices.

What happens if the Government guidance changes? Will I need to do this again?

No – but you will be sent a notification of those changes and we will need confirmation that you have understood and made relevant changes.

What do you get to show you have completed the self-assessment? E.g., a sticker you can display.

Once you have completed the self-assessment you will be given the ‘Instructor! Ready!’ mark that can be used across your marketing channels and signage, plus a downloadable Instructor Ready Proof of completion for display on the premises and can be given as evidence to venues.

I run classes in multiple venues – do I need to do an application for each one?

No, but you must provide separate risk assessments to each venue and provide evidence stated in the self-declaration to each venue if asked.

I teach in Scotland, England, and Wales – is it the same process for each?

It is the same process, but you must abide by each country’s guidelines.