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Let’s make this perfectly clear: The difference between qualifications and CPD courses

We all do courses and training to improve our knowledge and skills, but what do these terms mean? Do they result in you being appropriately qualified to teach the new skill to your clients and customers? Tom Bell, Director of PD:Approval, with experience of endorsing REPs-recognised training for over 12 years, will tell you everything you need to know about choosing the appropriate piece of training…

In the course of our work as the endorsement body for REPs, we come across many fitness professionals, training providers, employers and general public who are unclear about the difference between a qualification and a piece of continuing professional development (CPD) training, or indeed realise there is a difference.

The simple explanation is that qualifications are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which is the national framework of UK qualifications, and the certificate of achievement is issued by an Awarding Organisation. Your certificate means you are ‘qualified’ in that subject. Certificates for qualifications included in the REPs framework will include the REPs CPD point logo.

CPD can be developed by any individual or organisation, but unless it is endorsed by a recognised body, ie PD:Approval, does not come with any safeguards in quality for learners or any support for the learner if things go wrong. The certificate will be issued by the endorsed provider and means you are ‘certified’ in that subject. Certificates for PD:Approval endorsed training will include the REPs, CPD point, and PD:Approval Endorsed logos.

There is also a lack of understanding about what learners should know about the training they are undertaking – will there be an assessment, what does the certificate mean, is my insurance affected? We hope to be able to provide a clear picture to help you in the training choices you make.

Education and training is an essential part of any profession and most professional membership bodies require a qualification or degree to gain entry. Each profession and sector is different and all have their own ways to protect the integrity of their industry and qualifications. But they all recognise the importance of the provision of recognised skills for employment so that the learner is competent as well as confident in what they are doing.

REPs and PD:Approval champion the provision of recognised skills and aim to ensure that we continue to drive up achievement within the UK through the REPs framework of qualification categories (Level 2, 3 and 4). Coupled with PD:Approval endorsed CPD training to support ongoing learning, this offers a clear career pathway for REPs members to progress whilst gaining recognition for their efforts. More importantly, it gives them peace of mind knowing that all endorsed training is covered by their REPs insurance (REPs members can use other bodies to provide their insurance but REPs insurance guarantees cover for REPs recognised training).

To be able to make a more informed choice it is important to understand the detail behind the different levels of learning.


Vocational Qualifications:

Vocational qualifications provide the skills for employment

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Stephen Hughes Landers, the UK’s #1 ranked calisthenics athlete, is bringing calisthenics and street workout to FitPro LIVE for the first time. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the training methodologies of this exciting new sport from the country’s best practitioner. In this practical workshop Stephen will demonstrate the progressions and regressions needed to master the most iconic calisthenics move, the muscle up. Stephen will also provide details of his REPs accredited one-day Calisthenics for Fitness Professionals workshop, worth 6 CPD points, designed in partnership with training provider Sideways 8 Training.



There’s still time to book your ticket to this year’s FitPro Live if you haven’t already, visit for more information.

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REPs is pleased to announce that MOVE IT 2015 is the latest event to be endorsed so that members can gain CPD points for attending. 

‘MOVE IT’ is the UK’s largest dance event, with over 20,000 dancers and performers expected at this year’s event which runs from the 13th-15th February at London’s Olympia venue. The show provides opportunities to get involved and try the freshest dance crazes as well as watch performances from Twist & Pulse, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, the Strictly Come Dancing team and many others.

With dance-based fitness classes rocketing in popularity, this year a number of REPs-endorsed Training Providers will be showcasing their products through demos on the Dance Fitness Demo Stage. This provides a great opportunity for REPs members to sample classes that they may wish to teach themselves. FitSteps®, TOMBOOGIE, SOSA Dance Fitness and Gemma Quinnell's Fitness will all be running demos across the 3 days so why not try them out? Attendees can claim 3 CPD points for attending the show which can be claimed after the event in your Members Area.

Tickets for an Adult pass start from £15 so to find out more or to book tickets for the show, visit the MOVE IT 2015 website -

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BHFNC conference

REPs are delighted to be endorsing the British Heart Foundation National Centre’s annual national conference, which is taking place on Thursday 20th November at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire.

This year’s conference will be taking a look at the concept of stealth interventions and exploring how the latest research, theory and practice can be applied to the promotion of physical activity. REPs members will be able to gain 3 CPD point by attending, so please make sure you provide your membership number when booking.

SkillsActive’s Head of Professional Development Tom Bell said:

“It’s fantastic to be endorsing The British Heart Foundation annual conference 2014. This is a great opportunity for those REPs members who practice in this field to be able to up skill their knowledge in new research, as well as gaining recognition through Continuing Professional Development points.”

Leading the Keynote presentations will be Professor Tom Robinson, Endowed Professor of Child Health, Stanford University, California. His presentation will outline the background and conceptual model behind using stealth interventions to harness motivations to promote sustained behaviour changes. It will explore ideas and opportunities for piggybacking onto existing social causes or movements to effect behaviour change and look at some live health by stealth interventions.

There will also be keynote presentations from Peter Gilheany, Director of Foster Communication, who will be exploring what we can learn from commercial marketing techniques to sell the benefits of physical activity to an audience who may be resistant to the whole issue. Smorgasbord will be delivering the final keynote which includes a series of exciting short talks about a range of projects that have encouraged people to become more active by stealth.

Delegates will leave the conference with the following:

• Knowledge of how stealth interventions can help to encourage people to become more active
• Ideas for promoting physical activity through conservation, nature, fundraising, volunteering, education, arts, culture and history
• An awareness of how we can tap into people's values, interests and motivation to encourage people to become more active
• Ideas for building partnerships with organisations, movements or causes that could use physical activity to achieve their key objectives
• Practical tips on how to design and evaluate a stealth intervention.

Tickets will cost £195 full delegate rate and £165 students and the voluntary sector. For more information and to book your place visit 

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Screenshot REPs Mini Modules

Recently we have launched a brilliant tool called Mini Modules, which enables REPs members to quickly become an expert in certain areas and to earn up to 4 CPD points a year.

Modules are provided by REPs approved training providers and are free to complete online. Currently we’re offering a great variety from “Exercise for Ultimate Fat Loss – Myths and Misunderstandings” and “The Muscular System” to “Food Labelling” and “Healthy Eating Guidelines”.

Completing them you can achieve 4 of your CPD points a year (1 CPD point per module).

Visit our website and see which Mini Module you could take today!

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