The former army physical training instructor and now training provider was given an honorary membership as part of the REPs’ 10th anniversary celebrations at the British Olympic Association on March 28.
Dame Kelly (pictured with REPs’ Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch) said: “REPs is a tick of quality that says this fitness instructor can do what they say they can.”
Delegates were able to choose from a range of practical workshops sessions on exercise for ultimate fat loss, speed training, social media, cardiac rehabilitation, ViPR, studio powerbag conditioning, creating and maintaining motivation, integrated back training, mental health issues, muscle testing and physiology, and strength and conditioning, earning them four CPD points.
They also heard from keynote speaker and weight loss guru Pete Cohen, REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch, and SkillsActive’s activepassport manager Claire Westrop.
Jean-Ann said: “Our conventions always have a good vibe but this was one of the best yet. Our members are passionate about the work they do and en masse that enthusiasm and drive is incredible to see.
“As ever our practical workshops were hugely popular and everyone left feeling tired but inspired!”
The next REPs convention will be held in Cardiff on February 8 2012. This will be followed by the South East convention planned for May 10 2012 and a new bumper National convention to coincide with Leisure Industry Week in late September.
Delegates discussed European Standards, Accreditation of European Training Providers and pre-requisites for entry into vocational and degree qualifications.
Jean-Ann says: “It is always so interesting to have the opportunity to discuss and appreciate international differences and variations. Coming together in this way moves the industry closer towards more reciprocal arrangements, to benefit members wishing to travel and work around the world.”
Also attending the summit was senior programme manager for SkillsActive Ben Gittus.
Ben added: “The EHFA International Standards event was a great opportunity to discuss education standards and qualifications with colleagues from across Europe. However, the best part of the event was the attendance and input from the main American instructor certification agencies. There were presentations from both ACE and ACSM and it was really useful to share insights and ways of working with these organisations.”
SkillsActive works with training providers to deliver a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to help staff and volunteers maintain their professional knowledge and skills and prepare them for greater responsibility.
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By endorsing individuals as having training which meets industry standards, SkillsActive's registers ensure that individuals are skilled, knowledgeable and, above all, professional about their work.
SkillsActive’s Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) focuses on those working in the fitness industry. It aims to help safeguard and promote the health and interests of people who are using the services of exercise and fitness instructors, teachers and trainers.
Those working in the fitness industry can apply to register with REPs to gain professional recognition for their skills and training.
SkillsActive is currently working with organisations across a range of different industries to create further registers. These aim to help those who wish to work in the sector access the right training, verify their completed qualifications and gain recognition as a professional.
SkillsActive has also worked with employers in the sector to develop activepassport – a verified online record of an individual’s skills and qualifications. activepassport is an integral part of SkillsActive’s work to professionalise the sector, as it allows employers to quickly and simply view the approved training that employees have completed.
Independent registers recognise the qualifications and expertise of professionals in the sector. Registers allow you to demonstrate to employers and clients that you have the right level of approved training to perform your role effectively, and that you meet National Occupational Standards for the industry.
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) aims to increase the credibility of the sector, and ensure your hard work and personal development are taken seriously. If you are a fitness instructor, personal trainer or work in any capacity as an exercise professional, becoming a member of REPs will offer you:
SkillsActive is working with organisations across the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector to create further registers. These aim to help people like you who wish to work in the sector access the right training to succeed in your career, ensure your qualifications are recognised, and prove your competence in your role.
SkillsActive has also worked with employers in the sector to develop activepassport – a verified online record that showcases your skills and qualifications and higlights your achievements to employers. Become an ActiveOnline user to get your own personal activepassport, as well as accessing a number of online discounts and benefits.
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