Status of Registration

The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) is an independent process for the registering of instructors, trainers and teachers working in the European health, fitness and physical activity sector. It is a pan-European system, based on independent national registers, which culminate in a central European database.

Registration means that an exercise professional has met the agreed prescribed minimum standards of good practice, including the adoption of a Code of Ethical Practice and that they are committed to raising standards through a process of personal, career professional development.

Registration means that an exercise professional has met the agreed prescribed minimum standards of good practice, including the adoption of a Code of Ethical Practice and that they are committed to raising standards through a process of personal career professional development.

EREPS is regulated by EuropeActive’s Professional Standards Committee through the accepted European Fitness Sector Qualification Framework (SQF) which is referenced to the European Qualification Framework (EQF). The standards used for EREPS have been developed through extensive consultation and define the knowledge, skills and competencies that an exercise professionals need to achieve registration.

This is the 2015 SQF for fitness

(September 2015):

EQF/SQF Level
(Bologna Process)

General Population

Special Population

7 & 8

   

6

Advanced Health & Exercise Specialist

5 (short cycle)

  Exercise for Health Specialist
Pre-diabetes Exercise Specialist
Weight Management Exercise Specialist

4

Personal Trainer
Pilates Teacher

 
Youth Fitness Trainer (12-17 years)
Children’s Fitness Trainer (6-11 years)
Active Ageing Trainer

3

Fitness Instructor
Group Fitness Instructor
Group Exercise to Music
Aqua Fitness Instructor
 

2

Fitness Assistant  

The status of registration that EREPS grants to its members is based upon these occupations which, through the SQF, are fully referenced to the EQF levels. For example, a fitness instructor is described as being level 3, and a personal trainer at level 4.

The EQF encompasses general and adult education, vocational education and training, as well as higher education. In the chart above the higher education Bologna levels are shown in yellow. The EQF, as a means of referencing applies to all types of qualifications from those achieved at the end of compulsory education, to those awarded at the highest level of academic and professional or vocational education and training. The EQF reference levels have moved the focus away from the more traditional approach, which emphasises learning inputs (length of a learning experience, type of institution) to learning outcomes (the skills, knowledge and competencies). Learning outcomes are what a learner knows, understands and is able to do after a course of learning, and this is how EREPS recognises achievement and awards status of registration.

Since 2010 the EuropeActive standards have been referenced to the EQF and start with a clear understanding of the purpose of the occupational role within the fitness sector.

For more information on the current EuropeActive standards click here

The core of the EQF is its eight reference levels describing what a learner knows, understands and is able to do - their 'learning outcomes' - regardless of where a particular qualification was acquired. The EQF reference levels have moved the focus away from the more traditional approach, which emphasises learning inputs (length of a learning experience, type of institution) to learning outcomes (the skills, knowledge and competencies). Learning outcomes are what a learner knows, understands and is able to do after a course of learning, and this is how EREPS recognises achievement and awards status of registration. The EuropeActive standards are developed as units of learning outcomes.

Descriptors defining levels in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

Levels of the EQF Knowledge Skills Competence

Levels of the EQF Knowledge Skills Competence
The learning outcomes relevant to Level 2 are basic factual knowledge of a field of work or study basic basic cognitive and practical skills required to use relevant information in order to carry out tasks and to solve routine problems using simple rules and tools work or study under supervision with some autonomy
The learning outcomes relevant to Level 3 are knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts, in a field of work or study a range of cognitive and practical skills required to accomplish tasks and solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods, tools, materials and information take responsibility for completion of tasks in work or study

adapt own behaviour to circumstances in solving problems

The learning outcomes relevant to Level 4 are factual and theoretical knowledge in broad contexts within a field of work or study a range of cognitive and practical skills required to generate solutions to specific problems in a field of work or study exercise self-management within the guidelines of work or study contexts that are usually predictable, but are subject to change

supervise the routine work of others, taking some responsibility for the evaluation and improvement of work or study activities

The learning outcomes relevant to Level 5 are omprehensive, specialised, factual and theoretical knowledge within a field of work or study and an awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge a comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills required to develop creative solutions to abstract problems exercise management and supervision in contexts of work or study activities where there is unpredictable change

review and develop performance of self and others

The learning outcomes relevant to Level 6 are advanced knowledge of a field of work or study, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles advanced skills, demonstrating mastery and innovation, required to solve complex and unpredictable problems in a specialised field of work or study manage complex technical or professional activities or projects, taking responsibility for decision making in unpredictable work or study contexts
take responsibility for managing professional development of individuals and groups

Further information on the EQF and its descriptors (including for levels 1, 7 and 8) can be found here - http://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/en/content/descriptors-page

The EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee determines the work for its appointed Technical Expert Groups in a rolling programme of new development work and constant reviewing and updating of the existing standards. Experts who wish to be considered to join the technical groups can apply to the EuropeActive Secretariat at thesecretariat@europeactive.eu for consideration.

Full and provisional status

It is an important principle and objective of EREPS that it is able to recognise the competency of existing workers and therefore, at the discretion of the Professional Standards Committee, entry to EREPS can be on a provisional basis which allows for these members during their first period of registration (24 months) to achieve full membership.

There are many tens of thousands of existing exercise professionals across Europe who should have their competency and position within the fitness sector recognised through registration with EREPS and who are likely to find themselves given provisional entry.

Exercise professionals who have a EuropeActive approved qualification (a schedule of these training providers is listed on the EREPS website click here) are given full membership when they join. Those who hold older qualifications, non-EuropeActive approved qualifications, and have a range of training and good professional experience will usually be given provisional status.

EREPS recognises the often immense amount of experience, knowledge and skills that many provisional members have, and it is important to make sure that registration with provisional status does not adversely affect their ability to work in the industry. However, EREPS must have credibility with employers and consumers and with Governments across Europe to show that its members are competent, are working as responsible exercise professionals, and are accountable through the EREPS Code of Ethical Practice. Therefore, it is essential that individuals with provisional status are assisted so they can quickly move to become full members, and this is why usually there is only a 24 month period allowed for this to take place.

Having provisional entry does not prevent a member of EREPS from working.

Moving from provisional to full membership of EREPS

If a provisional member of EREPS stays registered, upholds the rights and responsibilities of the Code of Ethical Practice, continues with relevant industry practice and a personal programme of career progression then they will automatically become a full member within 2 years.