Can I work as a personal trainer overseas?
A common question we’re asked is whether personal training qualifications gained in the UK are recognised abroad. Until relatively recently, it was generally the case that if you wanted to work in another country you’d have to do another certification that met their standards. However, as more and more countries have organisations that seek to standardise and regulate their own qualifications, similar to REPS in the UK, it has become easier to facilitate a system to allow trainers to work around the world. The International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) is a partnership between the various registration bodies which means qualifications gained in those countries are transferable and recognised.
These are the current ICREPs member registers:
United Kingdom: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) - UK
Ireland: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) for Ireland
Europe: The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS)
USA: US Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS)
Australia: Fitness Australia
New Zealand: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) - New Zealand
South Africa: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) - South Africa
United Arab Emirates: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) - U.A.E.
Canada: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) - Canada
Together they register over 200,000 exercise professionals (130,000 of which are on USREPS). A UK Level 3 personal training qualification, such as that you gain from either of the School of PT’s diplomas, is recognised and accepted in all of these countries.
Interestingly, Fitness Australia and REPs New Zealand do require REPs UK registered trainers to take business skills continuing education within the first one to two years of registration with them. Current UK standards don’t require business skills to be included in level 3 qualifications but we recognise their importance which is why we have a dedicated course covering business set up, administration, marketing and sales included in our diplomas, as well as our unique Career Accelerator Package which gives you access to expert advice, training and resources to establish a successful personal training business.
To transfer your qualifications, all you need to do is submit your current REPs certificate to the register of the country you are moving to. Are you planning to work abroad? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook