GRAFTS receives Level 5 'Weight Management' Accreditation
The Greek Athletic & Fitness Training School (GRAFTS), a training provider from Greece, has recently been accredited against EuropeActive standards for delivering its Weight Management Exercise Specialist course. All new graduates will be registered onto the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) at EQF Level 5 from now on through this occupational role. Professionals who seek to get this advanced certification should hold an accredited Personal Trainer EQF Level 4 certification as prerequisite.
The EuropeActive standards are fully referenced to the European Qualifications framework and range from levels 2 to 6. They are based on the identification of learning outcomes designed around occupational roles within the health and fitness industry, but also form the basis for the ESCO classification of the health and fitness sector at a European level. GRAFTS was already providing the accredited ‘Fitness Assistant’ (EQF Level 2), ‘Fitness Instructor’ (EQF Level 3), ‘Group Fitness Instructor’ (EQF Level 3), Personal Trainer’ (EQF Level 4), and ‘Pilates Teacher’ (EQF Level 4) courses as the 1st accredited vocational training provider in Greece since 2013. All graduates from the above courses get a global recognition and an international certification through their registration onto EREPS, which is EuropeActive’s independent system for the registering of instructors, trainers, teachers, and specialists working in the European fitness sector.
Key player in Greece
GRAFTS is the oldest and largest training provider for exercise professionals in Greece and Cyprus since 1992. It operates in 10 different cities, 2 countries and has provided the national fitness market and its network of 200 affiliated fitness clubs with more than 18,000 qualified graduates in the last 25 years. Moreover, GRAFTS is an Approved Continuing Education Provider of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and launches some high-quality, innovative, and worldwide recognized educational courses that are developed by the global leader in certification, education and training within the health and fitness industry in the last 30 years.
Raising the bar
In summary, Mr. Alexis Batrakoulis, GRAFTS Personal Training Education Director, stated about this achievement: “We strongly believe that education, certification and continuing training are some powerful weapons for improving the status of exercise professionals and the whole fitness industry. Therefore, our priority as the national leader in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) is to raise the bar higher and develop the most credible and innovative educational courses for fitness professionals who seek to get a qualification with a global recognition that is based on the latest scientific evidence and combined with practical skills and hands-on training”.
Mr. Batrakoulis is also a member of EuropeActive’s Professional Standards Committee (PSC). This committee oversees the accreditation of exercise courses, though independent expert assessors work to review each submission. Julian Berriman, Director of the PSC: “Accredited training providers work to our common pan-European educational standards and thereby ensure that their graduates have the best possible start to their career in fitness. I would like to congratulate GRAFTS on becoming the first accredited EuropeActive provider in Greece that is able to provide the Level 5 standards and support the professionalism in our industry. We look forward to welcoming their Weight Management Exercise Specialists onto the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS).”
If you wish to apply for EuropeActive’s Accreditation, please see our Standards website: www.ehfa-standards.eu.
For more information on the Greek Athletic & Fitness Training School (GRAFTS) and this course, please see this website.