Registry to aid recognition
In its first major move to advance exercise professionals as health providers, an all-new coalition of the America’s top fitness certification organizations launched its U.S. Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS) today. Now, fitness facilities, healthcare providers, health advocacy organizations, insurers and consumers can identify and verify qualified fitness professionals in their local communities using the nation’s first searchable database of those certified by the most respected, reputable organizations in the field.
The introduction of the USREPS registry is the product of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP, pronounced C Rep). CREP is comprised of exercise certification organizations in the United States that offer certification programs accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the recognized standard in the United States for validating the assessment of professional competence.
Graham Melstrand, CREP Board of Directors president, said:
Melstrand said the move is a logical progression due to the unique expertise fitness professionals have in prevention and wellness intervention.
The CREP organization, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation headquartered in Olathe, Kan., will maintain USREPS and advocate on behalf of exercise professionals who hold current, NCCA-accredited exercise certifications and those who support them. Current member organizations of CREP include:
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- The Cooper Institute (CI)
- National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
- National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)
USREPS provides the best opportunity to establish a regulatory standard that recognizes exercise professionals as health providers.
The USREPS registry provides assurance of the validity of an individual’s credentials and ensures ongoing competence related to those credentials through accepted best practices consistent with other allied health professions. This significant resource offers a cost-effective, strategic means for states considering regulation of the exercise professional to establish and verify eligibility for a license or right to practice.
Among other benefits of USREPS, membership-based fitness facilities and other organizations that hire exercise professionals now have a single destination to easily verify uniformly qualified candidates.