Last month Julian Berriman, Director of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with REPs UAE, the register of exercise professionals in the United Arab Emirates. EuropeActive has accredited more than 100 training providers across Europe against its own European Qualifications Framework (EQF) referenced qualification standards. The experience and expertise of its verification team means that EuropeActive is well placed to deliver this service and to support REPs UAE in ensuring the highest quality of training provision for the UAEs existing and future health and fitness professionals.
“This MoU is an important step forward in the desire of EuropeActive and the Committee to secure greater communication and collaboration between its own European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) and other similar international registers,” said Julian Berriman.
In the accreditation process EuropeActive has been using for eight years, each submission is considered on its merits by one or more independent expert assessors who evaluate the content, delivery, assessment and examination to check that the programmes are fit for purpose in producing graduates that can demonstrate the skills and competence required and as identified in the EuropeActive Standards. “If clear standards of accreditation and quality assurance can be mutually adopted across such registers this can only support and hasten the further professionalisation of the health and fitness industry workforce to the benefit of workers, employers and consumers alike,” continued Mr. Berriman.
REPs UAE was launched in 2013 as an independent public register and has the same values as EuropeActive’s EREPS: to recognise the qualifications and expertise of fitness professionals. Both agree that a firm quality assurance process is key to ensure that exercise professionals are qualified to do their job, which ultimately leads to the fact that consumers, employers and partners in medical professions have the necessary level of confidence in their professionalism.
“REPs UAE relies on international accreditation for fitness qualifications being delivered in the UAE,” Catherine Hanson-Farid responded. The register was initiated and established by the Dubai Sports Council. Mrs. Hanson-Farid has been the Director of Operations at REPs UAE for three and a half years and looks forward to the collaboration: “We are pleased to work with EuropeActive to develop a bespoke approval scheme which UAE-based training providers have the option of choosing as their accreditation pathway. We hope this MoU can lead to further collaboration activities at the international level.”