For many years the health and fitness industry was largely unregulated. But now with the Register of Exercise Professionals in place, there is a central body that is looking after standards and looking after the public and trainers.
While training has previously been available from a range of sources, and for coaches, instructors and trainers, there was no one able to reconcile the various certifications. That deficiency has now been remedied by the Register of Exercise Professionals ( or REPS).
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) was set up to help safeguard the interests of people using the services of trainers, exercise and fitness instructors, and teachers. The REPS uses a process of self-regulation that recognises industry-based qualifications and practical competency, and requires fitness professionals to work within an industry-wide Code of Ethical Practice.
Members of the Register are given a card and registration certificate to prove their qualification and membership. In the UK, a qualification is certified by an awarding body (City and Guilds, CYQ, EdExcel, NCFE, OCR, Premier IQ or SQA) through an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or an RVQ (Related Vocational Qualification). Courses are delivered by approved training providers, and there are three levels of instructor.
- Level 1 - Assistant Instructor
Level 2 - Instructor
Level 3 - Advanced Instructor
For each successive level, the quantity of training increases. REPS level 3 is considered the standard by organisations such as the NRPT (National Register of Professional Trainers). The NRPT, who are the premier referral organisation for personal trainers, will only recommend trainers who are certified to level 3, carry personal liability insurance, and are trained and certified in first aid.
If you are looking to work with a trainer or instructor in the fitness industry, checking their registration with this reputable industry body is the first step in ensuring that you are working with a trained, qualified professional.