Occupations, job roles and specialisms explained

CIMSPA has defined the sector's boundaries and the occupations and job roles which sit within it. Sector employers and education bodies are now working with CIMSPA to create professional standards for these, so that we can create great career pathways for everyone working in sport and physical activity. Scroll down to see our progress.

Occupations and job roles

Occupation: Group Exercise Instructor
Example job roles: Exercise to Music Instructor; Circuit Training Instructor; Boot Camp Instructor; Kettlebells instructor; Group Cycling
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Core Group Exercise Instructor

Occupation: Gym Instructor
Example job roles: Gym Instructor; Fitness Instructor
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard:  Gym Instructor

Occupation: Personal Trainer
Example job roles: Personal Trainer
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Personal Trainer

Occupation: Wellbeing Practitioner
Example job roles: Pilates instructor; Yoga instructor; Tai Chi instructor
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: TBC

Occupation: Swimming Teacher
Example job roles: Swimming Teacher; Assistant Swimming Teacher
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Swimming Teacher

Occupation: Lifeguard
Example job roles: Pool Lifeguard; Beach Lifeguard
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Lifeguard

Occupation: Senior Coach
Example job roles: Senior Sports Coach; Senior Community Coach
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Standard under development

Occupation: Coach
Example job roles: Community Coach; Sports Coach
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Coach

Occupation: Coaching Assistant
Example job roles: Coaching Assistant; Activity Leader
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Coaching Assistant

Occupation: Senior Manager
Example job roles: Group Manager; Head of…; Director of…; Senior…;
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: TBC

Occupation: Operations/Department Manager
Example job roles: Leisure Facility Manager; Fitness Facility Manager; Service Manager;  Development Manager
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Standard under development (due Summer 2018)

Occupation: Entry Manager
Example job roles: Duty Manager; Membership Co-ordinator; Team Leader; Co-ordinator; Maintenance Manager
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Standard under development (due Summer 2018)

Occupation: Aspiring Manager
Example job roles: Any frontline role
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Standard under development (due Summer 2018)

Occupation: Recreation Assistant
Example job roles: Recreation Assistant
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Recreation Assistant

Occupation: Recreation Maintenance Operative
Example job roles: Pool Plant Operator
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: Standard under development

Occupation: Elite Performance Assistant
Example job roles: Assistant Sports Analyst; Strength and Conditioning Assistant; Assistant Coach (Performance)
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: TBC

Occupation: Elite Performance Specialist
Example job roles: Sport Scientist; Sports Analyst; Strength and Conditioning Specialist; Coach (performance)
Relevant CIMSPA Professional Standard: TBC

Specialisms

Population specialisms

Environment specialisms

Technical specialisms