EREPS is regulated by EuropeActive’s Professional Standards Committee through the accepted EuropeActive educational standards. These standards have been developed through extensive consultation and define the knowledge, skills and competencies that an exercise professional needs to achieve registration at a particular occupational level. For more information on the current EuropeActive standards click here.

Since 2010 the EuropeActive standards have been referenced to the EQF and start with a clear understanding of the purpose of the occupational role within the fitness sector. The status of registration that EREPS grants to its members is based upon these occupations. For example, a Fitness Instructor is described as being Level 3, and a Personal Trainer Level 4.

The EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee determines the work for its appointed Technical Expert Groups in a rolling programme of new development work and constant reviewing and updating of the existing standards. Experts who wish to be considered to join the technical groups can apply to the EuropeActive Secretariat at for consideration.

EuropeActive Standards

(January 2018):

EQF Level
(Bologna Process)

General Population

Special Population

7 & 8


Advanced Health & Exercise Specialist

5 (short cycle)

Exercise for Health Specialist
Pre-diabetes Exercise Specialist
Weight Management Exercise Specialist
Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Specialist


Personal Trainer
Pilates Teacher

Youth Fitness Trainer (12-17 years)
Children’s Fitness Trainer (6-11 years)
Active Ageing Trainer


Fitness Instructor
Group Fitness Instructor
Group Exercise to Music
Aqua Fitness Instructor


Fitness Assistant

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

The EQF encompasses general and adult education, vocational education and training, as well as higher education. The core of the EQF is its eight reference levels describing what a learner knows, understands and is able to do - their 'learning outcomes'. The EuropeActive standards take a learning outcomes-based approach and this is how EREPS recognises achievement and awards status of registration.

Further information on the EQF and its descriptors can be found here -

Full and provisional status

Most graduates of EuropeActive accredited training companies (click here for a current list of accredited training) are given full membership when they join. Their details are sent direct to EREPS for registration and each trainer will be sent a separate email confirming their status, together with their unique Certificate of Registration.

Those who hold older qualifications, non-EuropeActive approved qualifications, and have a range of training and good professional experience will usually be given provisional status.

It is an important principle and objective of EREPS that it is able to recognise the competency of existing workers and therefore, at the discretion of the Professional Standards Committee, entry to EREPS on a provisional basis allows these members during their first period of registration (1 year) to achieve full membership.

Having provisional entry does not prevent a member of EREPS from working.

Moving from provisional to full membership of EREPS

If a provisional member of EREPS stays registered, upholds the rights and responsibilities of the Code of Ethical Practice (including the requirements of the EREPS Lifelong Learning Programme),  and continues with relevant industry practice then they will automatically become a full member within 1 year.