1st4sport Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Operational Services (QCF)

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The objective of the 1st4sport Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Active Leisure Learning and Well being Operational Services is to provide a benefit to learners through an introduction into the principles/practice of safe, ethical and effective Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Operational Services, and to confirm competence to the required standard in an appropriate environment.

This qualification has been developed by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being, in consultation from industry experts in the area of sport and active leisure. It is therefore supported by industry experts.  

This qualification provides learners the opportunity to be assessed in their own work environment to confirm occupational competence in operational services within a leisure facility. Learners will need to be working or on an appropriate long term work placement in a relevant role, in order to be assessed in the work environment over a period of time, and be at least 16 years of age to register for this qualification. This qualification can also be accessed as part of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Leisure Operations.


This qualification can lead to paid or voluntary employment as a recreation assistant, leisure attendant, receptionist or lifeguard in a sports or leisure facility. The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used to enable learners to progress to other industry-relevant qualifications in activity leadership. After working in the industry for a period of time and having built on current level of knowledge and experience, some learners might wish to progress to supervisory/management roles, which the level 3 qualifications in Leisure Management can support.

  • 1st4sport Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Leisure Management

Other roles that the learner may consider exploring to include:

  • Recreation assistant
  • Leisure centre receptionist
  • Lifeguard

Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees, and these will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification, a 1st4sport Learner Pack and an appropriate learning resource. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre. Opportunities for funding may be available via a recognised centre, if you are eligible.