Just what the doctor ordered!

Check out the following article from the Fitness Industry Associations Chief Medical Officer – and regular REPs Journal contributor, Dr John Searle.

Click here to access the article.

Changes to REPs Level 4 Eligibility Requirements

From 30 September 2011, the Level 3 exercise referral qualification will be a pre-requisite to gain entry onto the Register at Level 4.

The requirements for registration at Level 4 on REPs will be changing from 30 September 2011.  From this date Instructors will not be able to register at Level 4 on REPs unless they hold a Level 3 exercise referral qualification. Other Level 3 qualifications (such as Personal Training or Advanced Instructor) will not be accepted by Level 4 training providers from this date; it is expected that candidates will possess a Level 3 exercise referral qualification prior to enrolling on a Level 4 course.

For further information about the pre-requisite requirements for registration at Level 4 please refer to the Steps to Level 4 guidance published on the REPs website at www.exerciseregister.org



Family Fitness?

The Daily Express carried an interesting article yesterday about the amount of *good* exercise the average family clocks up on a weekly basis. The results make interesting reading – how well would you and your family, or your clients’ compare?


National Apprenticeship Awards

England’s top apprentices and apprentice employers will be heralded at the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony in London on 29 June 2011. This annual competition run by the National Apprenticeship Service is the most prestigious event in the Apprenticeships calendar. Applications are now open to all apprentices and organisations that employ apprentices. Apply now for the chance to be awarded at this fantastic event.

John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning said:

“I have put Apprenticeships at the heart of our skills strategy because they encourage ambition and enterprise, and help drive economic and social progress.  These awards offer a great platform for young people and employers to gain recognition not just for excelling in their chosen field, but for playing a leading part in that vital process.”

For the 2011 Apprenticeship Awards, the National Apprenticeship Service, in partnership with City & Guilds will be listing England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship employers.  As well as four employer category winners, the 24 best other employers in each category will be honoured in the published Top 100 Apprenticeship employers list.

Categories for 2011 are: Small Employer of the Year, Medium Employer of the Year, Large Employer of the Year and Macro Employer of the Year.

Categories are: Young Apprentice of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year and Higher Apprentice of the Year.

The closing date for applications is 25th March 2011.

For more details please visit The site.


North of the Border

The REPS team (Registrar Jean- Ann Marnoch and External Liaison Manager Rebecca Weissbort) visited Scotland at the beginning of the month (February) as part of a drive to raise awareness of the Register. They met with senior representatives from training providers and the NHS Scotland to discuss the recent changes to the REPs structure, CPD opportunities as well as issues pertinent to Scotland.

Jean-Ann Marnoch said “There is a really positive reception to REPs in Scotland with a desire to work together to increase awareness both with the public and the medical profession”.

Rebecca Weissbort added:  “We always enjoy coming to Scotland and especially with a view to helping our members north of the boarder find solutions for issues such as accessibility to CPD training”.

REPs Customer Satisfaction Survey

Happy with the service REPs provides? Let us know what you think by taking part in the annual REPs customer satisfaction survey by clicking here http://www.skillsactive.com/survey/reps_satisfaction2011/.

The last two customer satisfaction surveys have proved invaluable in helping the team improve the service it provides and we’d love to know how we can continue that improvement. The 15 minute survey will ask for your feedback on topics such as the registration process, which services you use and value, and anything else you would like to see REPs offering.


The survey will be conducted independently by SkillsActive’s Research team to guarantee you anonymity.  The results will be treated confidentially in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of practice.  SkillsActive will report the aggregated results to REPs, and no individual responses will be identified unless you tick the box that states you would like to be contacted.


And as a special thank you’re offering a free bottle of champagne to one lucky respondent. Be sure to fill in your email address at the end of the survey to be in with a chance to win!


World Expert To Speak in Wales

World-expert Dr Darren Warburton, co-Director of the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is to present at the REPS Welsh Convention on February 18th in Cardiff.

As well as writing for publications including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the American Journal of Physiology he is director of the Sports Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Assessment Research Team (SMART 1010) for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, and is heading the revision of the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR_Q) and the Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (PARmed-Q).

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch said: “This is unique opportunity for members to listen to one of the world’s top experts talk about the role exercise can play in preventing chronic disease. We are thrilled and honoured that he’s taken time out from his busy schedule to join our convention and know all who hear him speak will be inspired.”

For more information on the convention, including how to buy tickets, visit the REPs website – www.exerciseregister.org

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