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United States Qualifications

1.  US REPs has mapped and aligned the following training providers with ICREPs standards.  As of October 2017, these qualifications are accepted as Full Level 3 Personal Trainer provided the potential member can show evidence that a practical observation pass mark has been achieved.  If not, provisional Level 3 may be given, with the requirement to pass the practical assessment* within the following 12 months.  

Training Provider Qualification
The Cooper Institute CI Certified Personal Trainer
National Council on Strength and Fitness NCSF Personal Trainer Certification
American College of Sports Medicine ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer Certification
National Strength and Conditioning Association NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

2. The following qualifications achieved before October 2017 may be accepted onto the REPs register at provisional Level 2 or 3* depending on the qualification achieved. 

a.    American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor – Level 3
b.    American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer – Level 2
c.    National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer – Level 2
d.    American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certification – Level 3

3.    National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  NASM is not recognised as an entry qualification in itself.  If applicants have completed or are looking to complete the NASM qualification in the UK they should submit a UK Awarding Organisation Level 3 Personal Trainer certificate to register with REPs.       

ICREPs has produced a global matrix that maps each ICREPs member’s registration levels against each other which provides a clear pathway for exercise professionals considering moving countries

*Visit the PD:Portal to find a PD:Approval-endorsed provider that can take you through the assessment process using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Simply select the category you require ie Gym, Personal Trainer in the All Qualifications filter. This will result in a list of endorsed providers able to assess you in your chosen qualification.

The training provider will take you through the RPL process to identify any gaps where you require further training to achieve a UK qualification. They can then provide the training which will incur a fee. 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.