A key principle of the EHFA process is for accredited training providers to register all a successful candidates onto the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) with the status that they have achieved. This is now a condition of EHFA accreditation.
Many training companies already do this which is adding significantly to the numbers of exercise professionals who are registered and recognised through the EREPS Programme which is working positively towards the professionalising of the European Health and Fitness Sector. Members of the Register are listed on the public directory click here to view and this also gives their individual status of registration.
The Benefits of EREPS
The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) is an independent process for the registration of instructors, trainers and teachers working across Europe in the exercise and fitness sector. It is a pan-European system, based on independent national registers, culminating in a central European database. It already operates across 28 countries, improving mobility for workers and it also harmonises with other international fitness registers. EREPS works on the principle of self-regulation.
Through its quality assurance process, EREPS recognises that exercise professionals are qualified to do their job giving consumers, employers and partners in medical professions the necessary level of confidence in their professionalism and in a structure for increased mobility of workers. Registration means that an exercise professional has met prescribed minimum standards of good practice including the adoption of a Code of Ethical Practice. Members also have to commit to meet their Lifelong Learning requirements (incorporating CPD) and to have adequate and appropriate liability insurance cover. This is to ensure that they are safe, legal and effective in their supervision of their clients exercising.
EREPS is a central platform in the professionalising of the sector and in developing its capacity to improve skills so that its members are better able to work with other professionals and especially with partners in the delivery of health-enhancing physical activity. The health and safety of consumers is of utmost concern and the qualifications required for registration have concise requirements for adherence. Members are issued with their own unique certificate of registration.
Some key points of the benefits of EREPS:
- The European fitness industry needs to professionalise and to raise its standards
- Great clubs need great staff and EREPS can direct towards targeted training solutions
- Industry moving quickly towards health agenda requiring higher skilled exercise professionals
- It is important to continually improve customer safety and experience
- Stimulate the demand for training in the health and fitness sector across Europe.
- Improve (international) mobility of professionals and the labour pool of high quality exercise professionals.
- Provides a career structure for lifelong learning and continuous professional development improving the chances of retaining staff in the industry and will help drive up overall standards
- Improve business performance and the retention of technical skills
- Increase the range of products and services available to consumers
- Gives “protection of title” for exercise professionals
- Provides a career structure
- An independent resource centre for producing skills information for Governments, agencies, operators, etc.
By becoming an EHFA accredited training provider the organisation agrees to register all candidates who have successfully completed a training programme that gives entry to EREPS or change in their status – for example moving from EQF level 3 to EQF level 4.
The usual annual registration fee is 49.50€ but through this process the fee is discounted to just 30.00€. Many training companies add this fee to the course charge so it is fully recovered. When the provider is accredited EREPS will establish a process whereby personal details of successful candidates are sent for processing in an agreed Excel file template that is uploaded onto the EREPS database. The information required is, as follows, and the permission of each individual should be given for their personal details to be passed in this way:
- Name of Training Organisation
- Date of submission of candidates for registration
- Family Name
- First Name
- Middle Initials
- Date of Birth
- E-mail address
- Address line 1
- Address line 2
- Zip/post code
- Qualification level 2,3,4
- Context (e.g. fitness instructor, group fitness instructor)
Most training companies include a suitable statement when enrolling candidates that depending on a successful outcome their details will be transferred to EREPS for the registration purposes only. EREPS does not disclose any personal information to a third party.
EREPS will issue an invoice to the training provider for the number of candidate returns.
When registered, each member receives a unique registration number which is prefixed by their country of first registration, with a certificate of registration and registration card. They can then add a personal statement and their contact details to the on-line directory.
Within the training programmes, there is an expectation that EREPS will be introduced, together with the importance of registration, abiding by its Code of Ethical Practice and making sure that individual exercise professionals have adequate and appropriate liability insurance.