Here you can find answers to all frequently asked questions about various aspects of REPs.
Please select a topic below to view the different FAQs
REPs is a public register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. Read our About REPs page for more information.
There is no legal requirement for fitness professionals to be members of REPs. However, membership signifies that a fitness professional;
- has met nationally agreed occupational standards
- holds recognised and approved qualifications
- is independently verified as being competent in the work place
- is committed to ongoing professional development, and
- is legally covered to practice by appropriate insurance
We strongly recommend that members of the public looking to employ the services of an exercise professional should check to see if they are registered by searching our Member Directory.
Non Levelled - Covers the following:
- Student - Student members are not yet qualified and must be supervised by a qualified member of staff.
- Physical Activity Advisor
- Fitness Manager
- Fitness Tutor/Assessor
Level 2 - Covers the following:
- Water Based Exercise
- Exercise to Music
- Gym Instructor
- Physical Activity for Children
Level 3 - Covers the following:
- Advanced Fitness Instructing
- Advanced Group Exercise to Music
- Exercise Movement & Dance Partnership Teacher (EMDP)
- Personal Training
- Pilates Teacher
- Yoga Teacher
- Exercise Referral
Level 4 - Covers the following:
- Cardiac disease
- Falls prevention
- Mental health
- Back pain
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Cancer rehabilitation
- Long term neurological conditions
- Accelerated rehabilitation (military only)
REPs does not develop standards. The National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to perform specific job roles, they are developed by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Wellbeing. SkillsActive represents the employers in the sector and consults with the whole industry to ensure that these standards meet the industry’s needs.
These standards are developed into qualifications by awarding organisations, placed onto the National Qualifications Framework/Qualifications and Credit Framework, which are then delivered by training providers and quality assured by the awarding organisations.
It's simple. All current registrants are displayed within our Members Directory, which you can access here.
In order to become a fitness professional and register with REPs you must hold a recognised qualification from an approved training provider. To search for approved training providers visit our Training Provider Directory.
If you have a complaint against a REPs member, please go to our Concerns or Compliments page.
Qualifications accepted for registration are detailed within our Qualifications & Training Portal. This list is subject to amendment and regular updating. If you hold a Higher Education degree you can register by following our online process for Joining with Higher Education Qualifications.
REPs look at each application on an individual basis. If you have older qualifications and wish to register you will be required to send evidence of your current competence e.g. a CV and evidence of CPD undertaken.
All overseas applications are individually assessed REPs UK is recognised by international registration bodies who are members of the International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPS).There are currently reciprocal agreements in place with the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPs), Fitness Australia, REPs New Zealand and REPs South Africa where your membership can be transferred to the country you are working in. Therefore, if you hold a qualification from Europe, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa you will be required to submit a current registration certificate or letter of International Portability from EREPs, Fitness Australia, REPs New Zealand or REPs South Africa with your application to REPs UK.
There are presently Level 2, 3, 4 and non-levelled categories. The registration level is shown on the individual certificate of registration. It is not possible to list all training on the membership card other than the main categories of entry underpinned by the National Occupational Standards (NOS). This list is subject to change depending on current industry standards.
As an exercise professional and member of the Register, keeping your skills and knowledge up to date is vitally important. Personal or professional development is seen as being complementary to how you develop your career and is seen as an important principle in professionalising the health and fitness industry. To deliver the services that clients expect and demand, personal development should be taken seriously. This is what we call CPD – Continuing Professional Development.
Further information relating to CPD will be provided upon acceptance to the Register.
There are many enquiries to the Register about the old Level 2 Pilates course and this is intended to clarify the position with regards to recognition on REPs. Each REPs category is based on agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS) which are produced by SkillsActive, the sector skills council for the active leisure sector. These standards define the knowledge, competence and skills needed to perform the various roles that gain entry to the Register. REPs is unable to change these and can only accept people onto the Register in the various categories if they can prove that they meet these standards. This is usually done by providing REPs with an awarding organisation certificate that meets the NOS.
The current Pilates standards were produced and agreed by many Pilates and industry experts including the major training providers and awarding organisations that provide training in Pilates. It was agreed that this role and the relevant knowledge and skills are at level 3. These standards were revised and consulted on recently and updated accordingly.
For this reason REPs can only accept qualifications that meet these Level 3 standards. The Level 2 Pilates qualification was created before these industry standards were agreed and for a short time were accepted on the Register under an ‘Exercise and Movement’ category which no longer exists. These Level 2 qualifications can no longer be accepted as they do not meet the agreed National Occupational Standards and do not equip the instructor with the agreed relevant knowledge, competence and skills required to perform the role.
From the 1st April 2014 the registration fee is £40.00 per annum
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If you already have REPs membership and would like to purchase insurance, this is not a problem. We will refund a percentage of your current membership and you can re-join adding on insurance at the same time. This is in order to align your annual membership to your annual insurance dates.
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Yes. Employers can submit applications for registration on behalf of their employees. See our information on Corporate Registration. If the employer is not part of the Corporate Registration scheme they can still pay the registration fee. The most commonly used process is for the employer to submit a purchase order with the application. They will then be invoiced for the registration fee.
14 – 21 days for qualifications from our list of published qualifications. Applications sent with ‘other’ or ‘non listed qualifications’ will take longer. These can take up to 3 months depending on the evidence provided and if the application needs to be assessed by an independent panel.
Yes, through your tax return.
The standards are determined by the Industry itself. National Occupational Standards are agreed and qualifications that meet these standards are recognised and accepted as entry on REPs.
Yes you can. Appeals are to be submitted in writing to the Compliance and Standards Manager and sent to the address on the website.
You will receive an email informing you that we have received your application. You will then receive another email once you are accepted on to REPs. If you purchase insurance you will receive an email cover note within three days of the policy commencing.
You are not obliged to purchase insurance from REPs; however we do offer very competitive prices. If you do not take up insurance provided by REPs please ensure that the insurance you get meets our minimum requirement of £5million cover, and operates for the whole period of your registration.
Further details can be found on our Insurance page.
Yes, every fitness professional should be insured which is implicit within the REPs Code of Ethical Conduct which reflects on the core values of rights, relationships and personal responsibilities, professional standards and safe working practise.
All members are required to hold adequate civil liability insurance which covers legal liability for death, injury or illness to others and loss of, or damage to, third party property. The Register requires fitness professionals to hold an annual liability policy with a minimum indemnity of £5,000,000.
Yes, subject to your insurance having a minimum indemnity of £5 million.
Yes, but your employer must countersign your registration or re-registration form confirming that you are fully insured under their policy for the duration of your registration.
Yes, the REPs insurance scheme does cover you to work overseas (with the exception of USA and Canada) for up to six months in any 12 month period subject to your home remaining in the UK.
No. The REPs insurance covers you to instruct in those areas for which you hold an 'approved' qualification in the context of exercise and fitness only.
No, in order to take out REPs insurance you must register.
Any insurance policy purchased through REPs includes Personal Accident Insurance. More information on this can be found on our Insurance page.