Guides, Ideas and Location of UK Training Courses
For fitness professionals, CPD courses are an essential part of maintaining professional standards. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are both an industry requirement, and also vital for fitness professionals to keep up with an ever changing environment.
The fitness industry is growing and progressing fast, and with ever more research being conducted, the level of knowledge needed, and the speed at which it can change, are accelerating.
Thus as the range of products and services on offer grows, and the base of knowledge becomes ever more technical, so the need for technically proficient professionals increases. In addition, CPD training courses are a necessity, a requirement for maintaining your registration with REPS (the Register of Exercise Professionals).
There are numerous CPD training courses on offer. This is a great way to increase your skills and knowledge - by taking a course in something like core stability or nutrition you can increase your skills, making you not only more knowledgeable, but also more marketable.
The requirements for CPD per year vary depending on your level and status on the Register. Thus if you are a level 3 advanced instructor, for example, you will be required to undertake some appropriate training or activity at level 3.
In order to ensure the quality of instructors, REPS requires that all CPD must be relevant, appropriate and affordable. If you are unsure what is available and meets those criteria, the REPS website maintains a schedule of endorsed training that is appropriate for CPD.
When you look at the listings you will see that each course is given a number of credit points. The rule of thumb is that 1 hour of relevant training/activity is equivalent to 1 CPD credit point.
Requirements vary according to your level, and are as follows:
There are various options for maintaining your CPD. In addition to formal training courses, you can also get CPD credit for workshops, seminars, trade shows, etc. that you attend, and all journals or technical books you read.
If you take any courses or obtain any new qualifications, you must, of course, keep a record of them.
Be sure to keep all your CPD information together in a way that you can easily reference it, as REPS check a certain percentage of professionals each year to ensure that they have met their CPD requirements.
Whether you work freelance, or are employed by someone else, this is a great way to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.