In the UK, as with Australia, challenges to the traditional model of fitness registration are taking place.
Following a change in support from Sport England, the UK fitness industry has been presented an alternative to REPs (part of ICREPs) – They now have the CIMSPA directory.
- Fitness registration in the UK is not a legal requirement (as in AUS).
- REPs (in the UK) was owned and run by SkillsActive.
- SkillsActive received funding from Sport England.
- Sport England are a government body that allocates grants to “…get more people active across England – regardless of age, background or ability.“
In May 2016, Sport England “…confirmed that its funding to SkillsActive has now ceased, with no plans to extend the … agreement between the two organisations.” (1)
This was a blow to REPs which, in April 2016 was apparently forced to deny suggestions it might close. (2)
After the announcement, “CIMSPA then made its intention clear that it would create an alternative register to REPs.” (2)
Then, in January this year, SkillsActive sold REPs “in it’s entirety“ to Sports Coach UK. (2)
Sports Coach UK has since “poured cold water on the prospect of merging its Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) with the CIMPSA Directory.” (3)
So it looks like multiple registration options are now available to the UK fitness industry.
For a local registration option that provides support, recognition and the opportunity to display all learning, experience, references and achievements, join FITREC.