GO fit – a leading health and fitness club provider in Spain and Portugal – has recently signed up more than 280 employees to EREPs. By becoming part of the register, the company wants to increase the prestige and quality of its services and gain competitive advantage on the market.
The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) is a pan-European independent process for the registering of instructors, trainers and teachers, so that their credentials are recognised throughout the European health, fitness and physical activity sector.
EREPS is regulated by EuropeActive’s Professional Standards Committee through the accepted European Fitness Sector Qualification Framework (SQF) which is referenced to the European Qualification Framework (EQF).
Registration with EREPS means that an exercise professional has met the agreed prescribed minimum standards of good practice and is committed to raising standards through a process of personal and career development. This gives consumers, employers and partners in medical professions the necessary level of confidence in the professionalism of the people they work with.
More than 280 GO fit employees went through the accreditation process. They have been attributed across a range of EQF levels, from Level 3 to Level 6, illustrating the broad skill base across the company’s health and fitness team.
According to GO fit, the company opted for EREPS for three particular reasons:
Their customers demand accredited professionals
There is a significant difference in quality between accredited and non-accredited professionals
Having accredited professionals provides a competitive advantage and improved member experience
The move sends a strong message to the customers about the quality of the instruction and service they can expect to receive. GO fit’s decision also shows the value of EREPS in providing a measure of workplace competencies for prospective employees.
“I am delighted that GO fit have committed themselves to EREPS,” says Julian Berriman, director of the Professional Standards Committee. “EREPS memberships is a benchmark of quality and it will support GO fit in communicating the value of their service to their consumers. We are looking forward to working closely with GO fit in the future to ensure the continued development of their workforce.”
Owned by Ingesport, GO fit operates 13 clubs in Spain. Last year the company expanded to Portugal, with the opening of its first club there. Its centres typically offer two swimming pools, five group exercise studios, a HIT area and a gym.
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