FAQs – sport and physical activity practitioner




I hold an overseas qualification that is not recognised by CIMSPA, can I still access membership?

UK qualifications and degrees

For qualifications issued in the UK that are not currently recognised by CIMSPA, you need to complete a mapping exercise to indicate how your qualification aligns to CIMSPA’s professional standards. This process is usually referred to as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) . You can apply for this process via approved training providers here. If successful, your qualification will be added to our approved list and you will be able to apply for CIMSPA membership.

European qualifications and degrees (excluding ROI)

If you hold a European qualification that is not currently recognised by CIMSPA, you must first join EREPS (European Register of Exercise Professionals). EREPS membership validates the qualification you hold against UK standards and allows entry into CIMSPA membership. To join EREPS, please visit http://ereps.eu/

Once your qualification has been assessed by EREPs and you have joined their membership, please upload your EREPS membership certificate and details of the qualification you hold using your CIMSPA Tahdah Account. Our membership team will then be able to add your qualification to the list of CIMSPA approved qualifications, which will enable you to apply for CIMSPA membership.

Overseas qualifications and degrees (non-European & ROI)

For overseas qualifications that are not recognised by CIMSPA, we need to collect some further information from you to assess your eligibility for membership.

If you hold a qualification from one of the following countries, you need to contact the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) authority in that country and request a ‘letter of portability’.
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • Canada
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI)

This letter will confirm that your qualification is ‘portable’ to other countries and allow access into CIMSPA membership. Once you have obtained the letter of portability, simply upload it via your CIMSPA Tahdah Account along with a copy of your qualification. Our membership team will then add your qualification to the list of approved entry qualifications and you will be able to apply for membership.

For qualifications issued from other countries not listed above, you need to complete a mapping exercise to indicate how your qualification aligns to UK standards. This process is usually referred to as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You can apply for this process via approved training providers here.

Once you have completed this process with the Training Provider and have received an Awarding Organisation certificate upload it along with a copy of your qualification using your CIMSPA Tahdah Account.


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