Answers to Frequently Asked Questions relating to endorsement applications for the Register of Exercise Professionals
- How do I get my training endorsed?
- How much does the endorsement process cost?
- What documents do I need to submit to gain endorsement?
- How do I get my REPs entry qualifications listed on to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)?
- If I am linked with an awarding body can I still get my own training endorsed?
- What is the difference between accreditation and endorsement and how do I get my training endorsed as a qualification?
- Why should I get my training endorsed?
- How do you judge the amount of CPD points that get awarded?
- Does the license price include the first course submission price?
- Who is on the endorsement panel? Do I get to meet them to discuss my feedback?
- What can I get from the standardisation training day?
- How much does the standardisation training day cost?
- What can I get from the consultancy day and what is the price?
- How often do you have submission dates?
- Is the submissions process the same for level 4 training?
- Where can I find out which training is recognised by REPs?
- What are the national occupation standards (NOS) and how can I access them?
- How do I know where to map to?
- Is there a minimum requirement of mapping?
- Are assessments required for workshops (Category 2)?
- For a course (Category 1c) status do I need to include both practical and theory assessments?
- Can the assessments for Category 1c be completed throughout the training day?
- Is there a minimum requirement of theory questions I have to include?
- How much detail do I need to include in my delegates manual?
- Does SkillsActive accept online CPD training for endorsement?
- What are pre-requisites for developing a CPD course?
- What happens if my course isn’t approved?
Information can be found on the SkillsActive website at www.skillsactive.com/fitness/endorsement
Please follow the correct link for the products you specialise in.
- Training Provider Licence for multiple submissions
- Employer licence for in-house training
- General course endorsement for an individual submission
- HE training provider licence for higher education training
The pricing varies depending on the category you are submitting for, the length of endorsement and the amount of training you want to put forward.
All our prices can be found in our submissions guidance pack. This is a great tool to help ensure you are following the correct criteria to make a submission, as well as listing all our products and services to help you with your application.
To know exactly what evidence you need to send in to SkillsActive for endorsement, we have developed evidence checklists for each category.The evidence required is different depending on what category you are applying for.
How do I get my REPs entry qualifications listed on to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)?
To become a centre of an awarding body and deliver REPs entry qualifications please click the links below:
A training provider linked to an awarding body can still submit individual CPD training as well as their qualifications that are accredited. If you provide a lot of training you may want to consider the training provider licence, but all submissions can be made following the individual course endorsement procedure. All information on licencing and individual submissions can be found on the endorsement pages.
What is the difference between accreditation and endorsement and how do I get my training endorsed as a qualification?
It is important that we all start using the correct terminology.
Endorsed training only relates to training that is approved by the Sector Skills Council (SkillsActive) it is not a qualification, the endorsed training once approved will then be listed on the REPs website for the 30,000 members to search.
A qualification is a piece of training that sits on the National Database for Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ). The qualification will also offer credits that sits on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).
Should you wish to make your training into a qualification then you will need to speak with an awarding body.
Please note that they will not look to take on qualifications in areas where there is already an entry qualification on REPs. For example, Level 2 Gym Fitness Instructor or Level 3 Personal Trainer as common units have been developed for all awarding bodies in these areas.
Endorsed training allows an employer or training provider to receive REPs CPD credits for their course, and be listed on the REPs training course website.
If you are still considering whether endorsement is the right option for you then please contact our endorsement team on 0207 632 2000 who can assist you further.
Depending what Category you apply for will determine how many points you gain.
- Category 1c is between 8-16 points (1 point = 1 hour training)
- Category 2 is between 4-6 points
- Category 3 between 1-4 points
The endorsement panel has the final decision on how many points are awarded and if the provider has met the required criteria.
Yes, if you apply for any of the training provider licenses the first submission is included within the price.
However, if you are referred for further information after the endorsement panel has met then this will incur an additional fee.
We have a team of technical experts within the fitness industry who make up the endorsement panel. If your submission gets referred for additional information you will get to see your report and have access via email to an evaluator who can help you gain approval.
This day goes through how to get a course approved and looks at other areas including assessment strategies, internal verification etc ensuring that you put forward a sound submission so that you might avoid being referred for further information incurring an additional cost.
- £140 SkillsActive non member (Including free SkillsActive affiliate membership usually £100)
- £90 for SkillsActive members.
These prices do not include VAT.
An active consultantcy is able to take you through the application process and give you in-depth knowledge surrounding continued professional development and your application.
If you require half a day then the price is £250, for a full day the price would be £400. These prices do not include VAT
We have quarterly submission dates for categories 1c and 2 throughout the year. The endorsement process lasts eight weeks from the submission deadline to gaining your feedback. Forthcoming dates are found here.
For Category 3 training there are no specific deadlines to work towards, these submissions can be made anytime throughout the year.
To gain a level 4 status you must have both experience and qualifications under the Category that you are applying for:
- cardiac disease,
- falls prevention,
- mental health,
- back pain,
- accelerated rehabilitation (military only),
All the NOS can be found here.
You need to decide what level of knowledge a delegate needs to know prior to your training. For Category 1c courses you need to decide who you want to accept on your training to ensure you map to the correct level on the national occupational standards. Category 2 and 3 do not require mapping.
To help we have created a mapping pre-requisite table in the submission guidance pack for you to go through and find out where your piece of training best fits.
If you can not see where it fits are if it will map then please contact endorsement team on 0207 632 2000 who can assist you further.
There is no minimum requirement needed but you do need to ensure it is completed correctly to the units required as a pre-requisite and Health and safety units are included.
If you map to the wrong units, then this may lead to a “refer for further information”. Please note that you need to map the whole of your course but not to 100% of the NOS. If you map completely to the NOS then this becomes the qualification that learner will have already done and will be of no benefit. Only map to the areas which are relevant to your course.
It is not a requirement for workshop submissions to include a summative assessment, but you may want to include formative assessments throughout the day to check the groups learning.
If you are submitting a theory-based course you only need to include a theory assessment ensuring it covers the learning outcomes. With practical courses you need to have both theory and practical summative assessments.
The summative assessment needs to be completed once all the learning is taught on that subject. If you breakdown your learning into smaller modules then you can assess that area once completed rather then at the end but there can be no more learning on that topic after the assessment has been completed.
No, there is no minimum requirement, but they must have met a 70% pass mark. Ensure it matches all your learning outcomes.
You need to include all the information delivered on the training so the delegates have a reference to what is being taught. If practical then the use of images is important (ensure you have the authority to use the image or create them yourself, if not then this could lead to legal issues surrounding plagiarism).
Yes, SkillsActive does accept online applications. We encourage online CPD training as we can reach REPs members in all regions.
Guidelines for online CPD training can be found in our submissions guidance pack.
All CPD that doesn’t offer entry or give an additional category on REPs is underpinned by a pre-requisite. Therefore, when developing CPD training there will always be a mandatory pre-requisite for REPs members.
For example, if you are developing a pre-postnatal CPD course the learner would have to hold the pre-postnatal qualification before being able to attend the piece of training as CPD builds on the fundamentals of a qualification. If a provider is found not to be adhering to this principle then they are in breach of their code of practice for training providers.
A full action plan will be supplied along with the evaluator’s email address. You can communicate with your evaluator to send further evidence to ensure success. There may be additional costs to this.
Full details are described in the submissions guidance pack.