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FAQs - Personal Training Industry

As an aspiring personal trainer you have probably tried to decipher the vast array of courses and qualifications out there.

You probably have many questions........here are a basic selection, but please get in touch for a no-obligation chat about what you need to do to get where you want to go.

 

- What is the Register of Exercise Professional (REPs)? 

Launched in 2002, REPs is an independent, public register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. REPs provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed National Occupational Standards. Skills Active is the organisation who formulate the qualifications that REPs recognise.

REPs provides assurance and confidence to the public and employers that all professionals on the Register are appropriately qualified and have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform their role effectively.

REPs was developed to protect the public from ‘cowboy trainers’ who do not hold appropriate qualifications. As well as protecting the public, REPs was also established to recognise the qualifications and skills of exercise professionals. 

 

- What is Skills Active?

Skills Active is licensed as the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being. The work with the industry to develop standards, the qualifications and frameworks for the fitness sector. The work with a range of Awarding Organisations (e.g. Active IQ) and Training Providers (e.g HFI Training).

 

- What is the "official" qualification that personal trainers need in the UK?  

The Level 3 Personal Trainer (either as the "Certificate" or "Diploma") is the qualification required to be recognised as a Personal Trainer here in the UK.

 

- What are Awarding Bodies? 

There are a number of awarding organisations (eg Active IQ, CYQ, City & Guilds) who are regulated by the government's organisation Ofqual.

Personal Training roles fall within the Active Leisure sector and awarding organisations design qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways. Awarding organisations offer a range of qualifications within the the sector.

HFI's awarding organisation for the UK is Active IQ who offer a wide range of accredited qualifications including QCF Levels 1-4. All of Active IQ's qualifications are appropriate to occupations within the Active Leisure and Learning Sector and they are proud to have developed the first nationally accredited Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for The Management of Low Back Pain.

 

- What are "Training Providers?

These are private companies, like HFI who have gained approval by an awarding organisation to offer the awarding organisation's qualifications to the public.

 

- Are there 'unofficial organisations" out there? 

Yes there are. Many. REPs are the only organisation that can give you professional registration in the UK that can be used to gain employment as a Personal Trainer. Make sure your training provider has an official awarding body and that the qualification you are doing will gain registration with REPs at the "level" and in the "category" you need.