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Joining with Qualifications from Overseas

Health and fitness instructors with overseas qualifications may be considered for Provisional Membership Status on REPs, subject to the nature of their qualifications and experience.

Provisional status is awarded for a maximum period of 12 months. During this period individuals will be required to prove that their skills meet the nationally agreed UK standards through one of the following options:

Option 1 – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – Carried out by a training provider which is accredited by an awarding organisation to deliver the qualification you wish to achieve. RPL enables you to sit the final assessment without undertaking the whole qualification. Your provider will measure your current skills and knowledge in health and fitness against the requirements of the full qualification, and will then support you to fill any gaps to ensure you have the best chance of successfully completing the assessment. The training provider will charge a fee for the RPL process. You should speak to a number of providers in order to choose the one that best suits you, as they will have different delivery methods and pricing structures.

Option 2 – Complete a full qualification through an accredited training provider.

Once you have passed the assessment the training provider will provide you with the official awarding organisation qualification certificate which can then be used to join the register.

Find an accredited training provider

Visit the Quality Training Portal to find an accredited training provider that has been endorsed by PD:Approval and is recognised by REPs. Simply insert a relevant word (ie gym, music, personal trainer) into the Keyword Box and select ‘qualification’ under Training Type. This will result in a list of endorsed providers able to offer you either the full qualification or just the final assessment with the RPL process. You should speak to a number of providers in order to choose the one that best suits you, as they will have different delivery methods and pricing structures.

Joining Checklist –

To complete your membership application you will need:

• Register Online

• Copies of certificates for all your industry qualifications ready to upload

• All members of the Register, regardless of which pathway you register through, are required to hold a minimum of £5 million civil liability insurance. This may be purchased through REPs. For details of REPs Insurance please check details of our insurance policy here.

• Translation of any documents to English – where required

• Payment online by Credit or Debit card

Due to the complexities of assessing overseas qualifications, processing time may take longer than the usual 28 days. Once approved, we will post out your membership information.

Important registration notes:

  • You are not covered on the REPs insurance until your membership has been verified and confirmed by the REPs team.
  • When signing up to the Register, you are agreeing to abide by the REPs Code of Ethics and Conduct and declare that all information provided is correct and true, and that no material facts have been omitted or mis-stated.
  • Members of the Register must be able to demonstrate they remain in good professional standing by engaging in appropriate continued professional development (CPD) activities.