A new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points system has been launched by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) to ensure the offer to members is easier to understand, manage and keep up to date.
The new points requirement for REPs members is 10 CPD points over 12 months, replacing the previous 24 point requirement over two years. Health and fitness professionals on the register, owned by UK Coaching, can accrue points by regularly undertaking professional development. Activities may include reading, attending workshops and conferences, courses and qualifications, and online materials such as webinars and podcasts.
Non-endorsed training can be used for a maximum of 2 CPD points per year, whereas training that has been endorsed by REPs’ independent quality assurance mechanism for CPD, has no limit and offers peace of mind that the education has been rigorously assessed and is fit for purpose.
A points system for CPD provides assurance that members of REPs are up to date with training. The new system was agreed by the REPs Advisory Committee – consisting of health and fitness industry stakeholders including employers, healthcare professionals, and governing bodies.Andy Whiting, Group Business Development Director at UK Coaching, said:
“This is an important step for REPs and REPs members. We want to ensure we are a register with up to date health and fitness professionals, and this new system allows us to ensure that our members are remaining relevant. We simplified the existing system to ensure that we can support members to keep up to date within their specialism and widen their scope of practice with quality assured training.
“We are also taking into consideration that CPD can be completed in many ways with the increasing use of technology in education. We want to recognise these programmes through our quality assurance process, making them readily accessible to our members as part of our offer.”
The new REPs system came into place on Sunday 1 July 2018. Allowances are in place for existing members with training that has been completed in the previous two years to accommodate the transition to a 12-month system.
Answers to all REPs members likely questions are provided in the FAQs section of our website.