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Graham Melstrand
President CREP Board of Directors


As we begin the new year, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the events and efforts from the previous year. In 2020, CREP was planning to execute on an ambitious agenda full of projects and engagements to advance the exercise profession. Some of the key initiatives included:
  • Introducing the update to ICREPS global standards for exercise professionals at the IHRSA annual conference in March.
  • Delivering an inter-association recommendation to the NCAA on the best practices for educating, training, and credentialing in strength and conditioning that reflected the expertise and experience of the Intercollegiate Council on Sports Medicine (ICSM) and three CREP member organizations that represent many certified strength coaches. The recommendation was intended to enhance athlete safety during conditioning programs.
  • Supporting the introduction of new occupational roles on other global registries.
  • Working in leadership roles in the Physical Activity Alliance’s (PAA) efforts towards the integration of physical activity and exercise into the care continuum and positioning exercise professionals as a key deliverer of physical activity/exercise programs and interventions.
  • Engaging actively in advocacy on behalf of registered exercise professionals to enhance recognition of their expertise and protecting their scope of practice.
It would be an understatement to say that none of us could have imagined how dramatically the COVID-19 pandemic would impact every aspect of our personal and professional lives, as well as the livelihoods of exercise professionals across every job role.  While the pandemic may have attenuated some of the visibility of these initiatives, CREP was able to continue our work and to participate in others that position the Coalition and its members for future collaboration.  Some examples include:
  • Development and publication of return to work guidelines, after COVID-19 closures, for exercise professionals.
  • Participation on a World Health Organization (WHO) task force that created recommendations for a safe return to physical activity.
  • Collaboration with trade organizations to ensure that exercise professionals and facility owners were included in pandemic-related stimulus programs and had access to information on how to secure the benefits that they were eligible for.
With the prospect of widespread vaccination by this summer, CREP believes there are significant opportunities to capitalize on the elevated interest in health and wellness and position exercise professionals for their leadership and expertise in this space. Our focus in 2021 will be on working collaboratively with the employer and referral communities to position registered exercise professionals for an expanded employment opportunities; enhancing the functionality and utility of the USREPS register; and advancing the athlete safely initiatives for adoption/implementation in for fall semester.
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The United States Registry of Exercise Professionals® (USREPS®) provides verification of valid credentials for the largest number of exercise professionals in the world.

With nearly 200,000 certificants, representing five fitness professions, USREPS® serves as the sole clearing house for verified NCCA-accredited or ISO 17024-compliant certifications for Group Exercise Instructors, Personal Trainers, Pilates Teachers, Strength and Conditioning Professionals and Clinical Exercise Specialists.

USREPS offers the most efficient and streamlined method of positively verifying the current professional credentials of prospective and existing staff. Employers may verify a single professional or verify a large group of professionals at one time.
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