Not all personal training courses are created equal. Here are three important questions to ask when choosing a personal training course.
- Does the personal training course include both level 2 and level 3 qualifications
- What qualification does the personal training course lead to - a certificate or diploma
- Are the CPD courses recognised by REPs
1. Does the personal training course include both level 2 and level 3 qualifications?
In the UK today, to register as a personal trainer with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) you generally need to hold two qualifications: a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-based Exercise; and a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.
Be on the lookout for personal training courses that offer just a Level 3 personal trainer qualification. They don’t always include the necessary Level 2 qualification, the price for which you’ll have to add on. Not quite the bargain you thought you’d bagged. Always ask the training provider if the personal training course you’re looking at contains both the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications above.
All of our personal training courses include both of these qualifications as standard.
2. What qualification does the personal training course lead to - a certificate or a diploma?
‘Certificate’ and ‘Diploma’ are not interchangeable terms – there’s a difference between them. A personal training course that leads to a REPs-recognised diploma qualification covers more information than one that leads to a certificate qualification. Unfortunately, some training providers advertise courses as diplomas when those courses actually lead to a certificate qualification.
Always ask the training provider for the official name of the qualification you’ll receive from the awarding organisation when you complete your personal training course. Hint - if diploma isn’t in the title of the qualification, it’s not a diploma qualification.
Our personal training certificate course leads to a certificate qualification, and our personal training diploma courses lead to a diploma qualification.
3. Are the CPD courses recognised by REPs?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and CPD courses offer fitness professionals the opportunity to upskill and further their education. The Register of Exercise Professionals, or REPs, is an independent, public register that recognises certain fitness qualifications and CPD courses in the UK. Although it’s not compulsory for you to join REPs, doing so shows employers and clients that you meet a certain standard of competency.
To join REPs you need to submit proof of the relevant REPs-recognised Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications you’ve achieved. To stay on the Register you need to achieve 24 REPs CPD points every two years, and you do this by completing REPs-recognised CPD courses. Each REPs-recognised CPD course carries REPs CPD points.
IF A CPD COURSE ISN’T RECOGNISED BY REPS, YOU WON’T GET REPS CPD POINTS. You can find out if a training provider’s CPD courses are recognised by REPs here https://qualitytraining.skillsactive.com/
All of our CPD courses are recognised by REPs.