New FAQs for REPs members on transferring to CIMSPA


CIMSPA AND REPS FAQS



All REPs memberships will continue as normal until their next renewal date, but from 1 June 2020 REPs members will start to transfer into CIMSPA membership.

We have created a set of frequently asked questions to help explain what is happening and what REPs members need to do next.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Client Engagement Team on 03438 360200, or email info@cimspa.co.uk. You can also find more information at https://www.exerciseregister.org/

Q: What is happening with REPs and CIMSPA?

In February we announced that CIMSPA and UK Coaching have reached an agreement to combine the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) with the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory, creating a single directory for all exercise and fitness professionals, which will be hosted and managed by CIMSPA.

UK Coaching will in turn provide CIMSPA fitness and coaching members with access to its comprehensive learning and development platform, which holds a wealth of resources for all who deliver physical activity and sport, including access to CPD resources. UK Coaching will also continue to provide insurance for all current REPs members.

Q: When is this change happening?

It’s a gradual transition process, depending on your normal REPs renewal date. After 31 May 2020, it will no longer be possible to renew with REPs, but your membership will continue as normal until it becomes due for renewal. If you have consented to sharing your data, CIMSPA and UK Coaching will be in touch with you when it’s time to transfer to CIMSPA membership.

Q: I was under the impression that REP’s have merged with CIMSPA on 1st June 2020, and I have not heard anything from CIMSPA since but I have consented to my data being shared.

The transfer across is not an imminent process, CIMSPA will be in contact via email around 1-2 weeks before your expiry date with REP’s. Until then, you will be fully serviced by REP’s.

Q. I have just renewed with REPs but I’d like to move across to CIMSPA now.

Your REPs membership will continue as normal until your next renewal date, so you don’t need to do anything yet, other than consent to REPs transferring your data to CIMSPA before 31 May 2020. You are of course welcome to join CIMSPA at any time, alongside your REPs membership. If you’d like to do that, please contact our Client Engagement Team on 03438 360200, or email info@cimspa.co.uk.

Q. My REPS membership isn’t due to renew until later in 2020, or 2021. What should I do?

Your REPs membership will continue as normal until your next renewal date, so you don’t need to do anything yet, other than consent to REPs transferring your data to CIMSPA before 31 May 2020. REPs and CIMSPA will be in touch to assist you in transferring to CIMSPA membership when the time comes.

Q. Why am I being asked to share my REPs membership data with CIMSPA?

Sharing your REPs membership data will make the process of joining CIMSPA much easier and smoother, when the time comes. It means we will already have a record of your membership, qualifications and CPD, and it means we will be able to contact you to help you through the joining process.

Q: I’ve given consent to sharing my data with CIMSPA. Does that mean I’m now a CIMSPA member?

No, your REPs membership will continue as normal until your renewal date, and we will be in touch with you when it’s time to transfer to CIMSPA membership. Because you’ve shared your REPs membership data, the joining process will be much smoother, and we will assist you with that when the time comes.

Q. I haven’t received my renewal email from CIMSPA, what should I do?

If you agreed to share your data with CIMSPA, you should receive an email with a renewal link from CIMSPA to transfer. If you haven’t received that email, please give our Client Engagement Team a call on 03438360200 or email on info@cimspa.co.uk.

Q: I didn’t give my consent to data sharing before the May 31 deadline. What happens now?

Your REPs membership will continue as normal until your renewal date, and REPs will be in touch with you at the relevant time to encourage you to join CIMSPA. You will still be able to join, but the process may take a little longer.

Q: What will happen to my REPs insurance?

If you have insurance through REPs, your policy will continue as normal until the next renewal date, which is likely to be the same renewal date as your REPs membership. When the time comes to join CIMSPA, we will introduce you to insurance provided through UK Coaching.

Q. What will happen to my REPs insurance?

If you have insurance through REPs, your policy will continue as normal until the next renewal date, which is likely to be the same renewal date as your REPs membership. When the time comes to join CIMSPA, we will introduce you to insurance provided through UK Coaching.

Q: Will my REPs-endorsed training and CPD automatically transfer over to CIMSPA?

We plan to make this as smooth as possible for all members who have consented to sharing their data with CIMSPA. We will assist all members with this and will provide further details as the project progresses.

Q: Will CPD endorsed by REPs be accepted by CIMSPA?

Many of the REPs endorsed training providers - and the CPD they provide - are also endorsed by CIMSPA. Any that aren’t will have the opportunity to gain CIMSPA endorsement.

Q: Will I need to do any additional training to join CIMSPA?

In most cases the qualifications that allowed you to join REPs will enable you to access CIMSPA membership, please see for a comparison of REPs and CIMSPA membership categories. For any members who do not currently meet the eligibility criteria, we can offer associate membership and we will support you in getting to full membership as soon as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact our Client Engagement Team on 03438 360200, or email info@cimspa.co.uk.

Q: What are the benefits of joining CIMSPA?

There are many benefits to joining CIMSPA, including:
  • Your entry in the CIMSPA membership directory – a statement to employers and the public that your qualification level has been validated
  • Your verified online profile, shareable with employers and customers
  • The CIMSPA Academy – access to FREE endorsed CPD eLearning
  • Recognition and status – you will be a member of the sector’s only chartered professional body
  • Premium access to UK Coaching’s comprehensive learning and development platform, which holds a wealth of resources for all who deliver physical activity and sport
  • As a member of the sector’s only chartered professional body, you can also benefit from a pathway all the way through to chartered status and fellowship

Click here to find out more about the benefits of being a CIMSPA member.

Q: My employers have always asked for REPs membership. Will they now accept CIMSPA membership instead?

Many employers already require exercise and fitness professionals to have a CIMSPA membership, and we are engaging with employers across the sector to make them aware of this change. If you are unsure, we would recommend that you speak to your manager regarding their requirements for employment. CIMSPA is here to support you, so should you wish to discuss this matter further, please feel free to get in touch with us directly and we can liaise with your employer regarding this.

Q: I don’t know much about CIMSPA. What do you do?

CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) is the chartered professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. Our vision is to shape a recognised and respected sector that everyone wants to be part of.

We are committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed and, as a result, inspire our nation to become more active.

CIMSPA promotes recognised and endorsed qualifications, awards and continuous professional development, through its network of awarding organisations, employers and training provider partners. We provide a development pathway for members, all the way from students through to chartered and fellowship status.

CIMSPA has been tasked with creating a single set of standards which help to promote a professional sport and physical activity sector. For more detail about CIMSPA and what we do, click here.

Q: What if I don’t want to join CIMSPA?

Your REPs membership will continue as normal until your renewal date, but after that it will no longer be possible to renew with REPs. It is very important to maintain your professional status and recognition as an exercise and fitness professional through membership of the industry directory, so we would encourage you to complete our simple application process and let our team take care of the rest.

Q: I’m a member of both REPs and CIMSPA. What should I do?

Both memberships will continue to be supported as normal until your renewal dates. When your REPs membership comes up for renewal, you can let it lapse and continue with your CIMSPA membership. We recommend consenting to transfer your REPs membership data to CIMSPA to ensure that all of your qualifications and CPD can be easily transferred across.

Q: Do I need to pay any extra fees to become a CIMSPA member?

Your REPs membership will continue as normal until your renewal date. At that point you will have the opportunity to join CIMSPA, so there is no requirement to pay for both memberships at the same time.

Q: What does CIMSPA membership cost?

We have different membership categories, with fees starting from £30 per year including VAT. Click here for more information.

Q: Will my qualifications still be recognised abroad, with CIMSPA membership?

CIMSPA has a partnership with Europe Active/EREPS which means your CIMSPA membership has international portability, allowing you to work in countries including Australia and the USA. For a full list, click here: https://www.ereps.eu/content/partner-registers

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