From qualifications in nutrition and physical activity to training in how to improve the mental wellbeing of others, the new CPD point accreditations will give learners the best possible experience of studying with RSPH.

Having accredited courses recognises the need to support the professional development of people working in vital public health industries like fitness and nutrition. The qualifications have been accredited by The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)

It’s never been more important to have highly-trained health and fitness professionals to help people improve their health as well as their fitness. Figures suggest that by 2050, the number of adults in the UK with obesity will rise by 73% to 26 million if no action is taken.

Increased media coverage and health campaigns have helped make the public aware of the importance of looking after their mental health and wellbeing. And according to NICE figures, more money and resources are being invested in mental health services than ever before (nearly £12 billion in 2016/2017). However, the rates of mental illness are still staggeringly high. According to the NHS, 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children experience mental health issues. Fitness professionals are ideally placed to help their clients improve and maintain their mental wellbeing.

Richard Burton, Director of Qualifications at RSPH said ‘CIMSPA members need to acquire 10 CPD points per year, and health improvement is of growing importance to all those working in the fitness industry, so these qualifications with their valuable CPD points will help our approved centres that deliver these valuable qualifications to enter the training market for fitness professionals’.

Qualifications and their CPD points

Qualification CPD points
Level 2 Award in Understanding the Delivery of an NHS check 3.5
Level 2 Award in Mental Wellbeing 3.5
Level 2 Award in Encouraging a Healthy Weight and Healthy Eating 3
Level 2 Award in Encouraging Physical Activity 3
Level 2 Award in Supporting Behaviour Change 7
Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement 8
Level 2 Award in Improving the Public’s Health 10
Level 4 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity and Sport 5
Level 4 Award in Nutrition 5
Level 3 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Improvement 10
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Improvement 10


To find out more about booking onto one of RSPH’s qualifications or becoming an approved centre, visit our qualifications homepage.