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Help with Registering with REPs and CIMSPA

Are you eligible for REPs and CIMSPA Level 3 Personal Trainer with your current qualifications or work experience?

Some candidates wanting to obtain REPs or CIMSPA Level 2 Gym Instructor or Level 3 Personal Trainer registered may already hold prior fitness/personal training or academic qualifications and relevant work experience. Some may have already also gained provisional level 3 status with REPs. Also, those who currently hold the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM CPT) qualification and also have certain specific gym instructor and personal trainer work experience (and appropriate BSc degrees) can get registered with CIMSPA. If you want to find out if you can register with the ACSM CPT with your current level of experience and academic qualifications, please get in touch.

HFI Training is a REPs Approved Test Centre (there isn't such a thing for CIMSPA yet). We can assess candidates’ prior qualifications, skills and knowledge and determine if they are eligible to gain the qualification by taking assessments only. This route saves money as the full taught course is not required.

To do this, we need candidates to answer a series of questions over the phone in order to decide if the candidate is eligible to apply for the assessment only route.

Click here for the QUESTIONS TO ANSWER to find out if you might be eligible for the "assessments only" route to level 2 gym or level 3 PT.

Scroll down to see the prices for assessments only and the full course route.

More information on eligibility for the assessments-only route to level 2 gym and level 3 PT.

In order to allow candidate to be issued with a full level 3 personal training status candidates must attain a full Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. 

To attain this qualification, candidates must complete either the "full preparatory course plus assessments" for the required 10 units  OR, if eligible, they can take the 10 unit qualification by an "assessments-only route”. The course and assessments or the assessments only would be taken with an approved training provider.

 

Here is a copy of the 10 units of the level 3 fitness instructing and personal training diploma.

  

These assessments are the same whether taken by the course or the assessments only route, and they include a combination of various items of coursework, a practical gym and a practical personal training session assessment and there are 4 separate theory papers. 

 

So we need to assess whether candidates’ background warrants them eligible to take the "assessments-only”  without undertaking a "full preparatory course”. The benefit of taking the qualification by “assessment-only route” is that the cost is less. The down side is that candidates require an appropriate mentor who is willing to assist them and to be responsible for their preparation for the assessments. 

 

The following are examples of who would be considered to potentially eligible to take the qualification by the "assessment-only route”:

- REPs provisional level 3 (i.e. relevant BSc degree and “passed" the higher education application) plus work experience*

- relevant UK BSc degree plus work experience*

- relevant UK BSc degree plus work experience*

- international fitness qualifications plus work experience*

- those with “old” UK fitness qualifications with work experience*

*work experience must be on an employed basis, sufficient (at least 600 hours), recent (within 5 years), appropriately supervised (by REPs level 3 PT line manager), within an appropriate environment (health and fitness club rather than strength and conditioning etc) and evidence must be provided (letter head, signed reference etc).

 

If you feel you may be eligible for the assessments-only route and would rather take the qualification this way rather than with the "full preparatory course and assessments” then please look at following details about your background and how to provide your evidence. Let me know if you have any questions about anything before you set about gathering the evidence.

 

A. Degree and REPs provisional status certificate

i) Please provide your degree certificate. If your certificate is more than 5 years old or is not specifically in “exercise science’’ or “personal training" we will need to look at the content of your degree as well (i.e. transcripts).

ii)Please provide your REPs provisional certificate

 

B. Gym Instructor Work Experience**

Please provide evidence that you have the right employed gym instructor work experience. That:

i) your role as a gym instructor consisted of specific level 2 gym instructor duties*  (includes all the knowledge and skills within units 5 and 6 of the qualification)

ii) your line manager who was supervising you at the time was level 3 personal trainer qualified (please send their certificate)

iii) you have more than 600 hours of practical gym instructor role experience 

iv) the facility that you were working in was a health/fitness club gym and not a gym where the focus was primarily on weight training/strength and conditioning or purely clinical populations environment.

v) the facility that you were working in contained at least the following pieces of equipment: –stationary bike, concept 2 rower (or similar), cross trainer/elliptical trainer, treadmill, fixed chest press machine, fixed seated row machine, fixed lat pulldown machine, seated leg press machine, seated leg extension machine, seated leg curl machine, light to moderate dumbbells, light to moderate barbells and free weight bench

vi) the programs that you were working clients with contained flexibility training using static stretches for all major muscle groups

 

C. Personal Trainer Work Experience**

Please provide evidence that you have the right employed personal trainer work experience. That:

- your role as a personal trainer consisted of specific level 3 personal trainer duties*  (includes all the knowledge and skills within units 9 and 10 of the qualification)

- your line manager who was supervising you at the time was level 3 personal trainer qualified (please send their certificate)

- you have more than 600 hours of practical personal trainer role experience 

- the facility that you were working in was a health/fitness club gym and not a gym where the focus was primarily on weight training/strength and conditioning or purely clinical populations environment.

- the facility that you were working in contained at least the following pieces of equipment: –stationary bike, concept 2 rower (or similar), cross trainer/elliptical trainer, treadmill, fixed chest press machine, fixed seated row machine, fixed lat pulldown machine, seated leg press machine, seated leg extension machine, seated leg curl machine, light to moderate dumbbells, light to moderate barbells and free weight bench

- the programs that you were working clients with contained flexibility training using static stretches for all major muscle groups

 

**Format of references. 

Please make sure that the reference come from the email address of the manager in their current role (if they are in a different role or work for a different company then you must get verification from their current or previous employer to verify this). Also please ensure that references are on appropriate the company’s headed paper must have the company address and contact details pre-printed 

 

D. Proposed Mentor

Please provide evidence that you have a suitable mentor  in place. We will need:

i) to see the mentor’s REPs recognised level 3 personal trainer certificate showing that they are currently qualified and are also on the REPs register as such

ii) a reference from them indicating that they will be supporting you fully in preparing for the 10 units of the Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training

 

E. Access to Essential Course Resources. 

i) Please verify that you have access to preparatory resource material. If you take the qualification by assessments only then you need to have full access to the two essential course manuals (the level 2 certificate in fitness instructing manual and the level 3 certificate in personal training manual). 

If you cannot source up-to-date versions of these yourself then you would need to purchase these from us (they are £45.00 each).  If you take the full course with us, then these should be included as part of your course. 

 

Let me know if you have further questions about the content and the format of the evidence required.

Please contact us for further details.

"Assessment only" prices are:

- Level 2 Certificate Fitness Instructor Assessments only - £345.00* - For those who only require Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym)

- Level 3 Personal Trainer Assessments only (ie for those with Level 2 Gym) - £545.00* - For those who require Level 3 Personal Trainer AND ALREADY have Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym)

- Level 3 Personal Trainer Assessments only (ie for those without Level 2 Gym) - £890.00* - For those who require Level 3 Personal Trainer BUT DON'T ALREADY have Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym)

*Excludes course manuals.

 

 

 

"Assessment only" prices are:

- Level 2 Certificate Fitness Instructor Assessments only - £345.00* - For those who only require Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym)

- Level 3 Personal Trainer Assessments only (ie for those with Level 2 Gym) - £545.00* - For those who require Level 3 Personal Trainer AND ALREADY have Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym)

- Level 3 Personal Trainer Assessments only (ie for those without Level 2 Gym) - £890.00* - For those who require Level 3 Personal Trainer BUT DON'T ALREADY have Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym)

*Excludes manuals.

 

Contact us if you need further help with gaining your provisional REPs level 3. 

The Register of Exercise Professionals receives many applications from individuals with qualifications, training or experience that is not recognised as meeting nationally agreed standards. These may include individuals with:

  • International qualifications
  • Higher education degree
  • Older qualifications
  • Years of experience

In order to help you gain certification and proceed to assessment, we must be satisfied that you have the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to meet the performance and knowledge criteria needed to achieve a pass and gain awarding body certification.

We will supply you with:

  • A detailed breakdown of what you should know (knowledge specific to the qualification)
  • A detailed breakdown of the performance criteria/assessment observation checklist
  • An interview/discussion to assess whether you have the appropriate knowledge, competence and skills to pass the relevant assessment
  • Literature and discussion to ensure the you fully understands the evidence requirements i.e. what is expected to pass
  • An action plan, if it is not appropriate for you to go straight to assessment due to identified gaps in your knowledge or skills you may be advised to take part in all or part of an existing training programme or distance learning course. The cost of this will be outside of the test fee and will need to be negotiated with the training centres.

Following the above guidance we will make a judgement on whether you can go straight to assessment or should undergo some more training before being assessed.  This can often be a difficult decision, HFI will not push you into further training if it is not necessary nor will we set you up to fail an assessment you are not ready for. To ensure that the right decision is made all assessment criteria will be provided and discussed. Decisions should be negotiated and agreed with the centre and most importantly documented and signed by both parties.

Once the assessment is passed we will provide you with the awarding body qualification certificate.

Materials/literature relating to assessment e.g. observation checklists, performance and knowledge criteria etc will be included in the cost and has been agreed for this scheme (see below). Learning and training materials/resources are be charged over and above the agreed fee. As a REPs Approved Test Centre HFI can assess your prior qualifications, skills and knowledge and, if eligible, you can gain your qualification by taking an assessment with us only at a fraction of the cost of the full course. 

Contact HFI through the website or call Alison on 07799 621 456 to find out if you are eligible for assessments only.  

To find out how we can help you improve your staff training and save money call Alison Hall on 0208 568 5336 or 07799 621 456,  text for a call back or email us.

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