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TIME TO COMBINE

CIMSPA and UK Coaching are combining REPs and the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory. Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA and Mark Gannon, CEO of UK Coaching, explain what it means for exercise professionals and employers What’s the plan?

How will it work internationally?

Tara We’re very pleased to announce that CIMSPA and UK Coaching have reached an agreement to combine the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) with the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory, creating a single directory for all exercise and fitness professionals, which will be hosted and managed by CIMSPA.

Tara CIMSPA has a partnership with Europe Active and EREPS, which gives CIMSPA membership international portability – allowing our members to work in many countries around the world.

Mark UK Coaching will in turn provide all CIMSPA members with access to its learning and development platform, which holds a wealth of resources for all those who deliver physical activity and sport. In order to maintain their professional status, exercise and fitness professionals are required to commit to their own learning and development through CPD and our platform will provide CIMSPA members access to CIMSPA-accredited learning and development. This agreement enables members to access our system as a one stop shop for CIMPSA-endorsed CPD, together with a whole host of professional career development learning and tools.

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What are the benefits?

Tara Ultimately, this is about the two organisations working together to create, for the first time, a unified recognition system for the sector, together with a single endorsement mechanism for training providers. This will help CIMSPA and UK Coaching provide the best possible service to the workforce and will also realise important elements of the Government’s 2015 Sporting Future strategy and Sport England’s 2016-2021 Towards an Active Nation strategy. What will this mean for REPs members?

Mark Nothing will change immediately and, as it’s a requirement of the sector for fitness professionals to maintain their professional status and insurance while being deployed in their job role, all exercise and fitness professionals should continue to register with their respective membership bodies for the time being, while plans are swinging into action.

UK Coaching and CIMSPA are working together to ensure a seamless transition to a single system. We’ll be communicating to our respective members over the coming months and will be doing all we can to make this as smooth a transition as possible. Tara This is a really exciting opportunity for all of us – simplifying the process around professional recognition and providing a clear pathway for learning and development, along with other benefits. The big picture is ultimately about elevating the status of the profession; giving employers and customers confidence that anyone who’s a CIMSPA member is a trained professional who will deliver a quality service. REPs members won’t notice any immediate change. There’ll be a transition of membership. One of the most important outcomes of the partnership will be the recognition of the new CIMSPA Kitemark for professional status and recognised CPD, which UK Coaching will host. How will this impact employers?

Tara We see a big benefit for employers in simplifying and bringing clarity to the system. CIMSPA membership will become the only professional recognition that employers need to look for when engaging new team members.

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Health Club Management March 2020  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

Health Club Management March 2020  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.