Opinion

Dennis Hosking Founder and Managing Director FITREC
Founder & Managing Director

Key to the success of a global registrar is the ability to work collaboratively with existing regional advocacy groups. By working in tandem with these entities, a global registrar can create a harmonious coexistence that respects both global and local needs.

shape-Light-Blue.pngBreaking Borders: The Case for a Global Registry of Fitness Professionals 

In a world where fitness transcends borders and cultures, the traditional framework of region-specific registration for fitness professionals is increasingly at odds with the demands of a globalised fitness industry. Employers are increasingly in need of a unified approach to recognising and regulating the professionals who are so integral to their fitness business. It’s time to consider a transformative solution — a global registrar of fitness professionals.

This approach will raise standards by increasing transparency, improving professional mobility, and it will pave the way for an industry that thrives on shared knowledge and experiences.

The Challenge of Region-Specific Registration:

The varying approach to registration across regions presents significant challenges for all stakeholders. For fitness professionals, different certification requirements cause confusion, create additional expense and restrict career progression in what is literally a world of opportunity. For employers, there’s no standardised method by which to compare professionals and their related industry accomplishments. For educators, the financial and time cost associated with gaining acceptance from different registrars often results in bypassing local registration altogether. These are challenges that exist even across regions where there is some form of collaboration between registrars.

Benefits of a Global Registrar:

Transparency and Accountability: A universal method of recognition opens the door to inspiring and connecting professionals across regions. With a globally recognised benchmark, all professionals would be able to compare their experience and education with those locally and in other regions.

Recognition of Qualifications: By establishing a universally recognised system for fitness certifications, one that emphasises transparency and integrates continuous peer review, we have the potential to substantially improve the confidence and credibility we command among the public and allied industries.

Mobility and Career Opportunities: Facilitating the mobility of fitness professionals should be paramount in a globalised industry. With a global registrar, Trainers would be able to work across borders (visa permitting) without a costly re-certification process, paving the way for new experiences, skill development, and the chance to connect with a global network.

Awareness of Industry Trends: The dynamic and ever changing nature of the fitness industry demands quick assessment and adaptation to emerging trends. A global registrar can ensure that professionals stay informed of the latest developments, trends and opportunities, both locally and abroad. A key benefit of which is helping individuals in more remote areas feel a greater sense of connection to the wider fitness industry.

Technological Advancements: A global registrar using cutting edge technology, would be able to provide professionals everywhere with access to a platform utilising, for example, AI to assist with ongoing education suggestions, provide connection to the general public and help match them to relevant employment opportunities.

Collaboration is Key:

Key to the success of a global registrar is the ability to work collaboratively with existing regional advocacy groups. By working in tandem with these entities, a global registrar can create a harmonious coexistence that respects both global and local needs.

The establishment of a global registrar for fitness professionals is more than a necessity, it’ll be a catalyst for the transformation of the industry. With a universal recognition of qualifications, enhanced professional mobility, and by embracing and democratising technological advancements, we pave the way to becoming a more respected industry where the whole is significantly greater than the sum of the parts.

The vision is clear: A united fitness industry that thrives on shared knowledge, experiences, and a commitment to the well-being of individuals worldwide. Let’s break down the barriers, embrace global fitness harmony, and usher in a new era for the fitness industry.

At FITREC we aim for a harmonious coexistence that respects both global and local needs. If you are looking to work together, please connect with me at dennis@fitrec.org.

About the Author

Dennis is the Founder and CEO of HealthyPeople.careers, specialising in recruitment, and FITREC.org, a fitness registration platform.

Drawing on his recruitment experience across commercial fitness, local government, and corporate health sectors, Dennis identified a crucial need in the fitness industry. This inspired the creation of HealthyPeople, the first dedicated job advertising service to also provide direct access to a pool of qualified candidates.

Through his work with HealthyPeople, Dennis identified the gap between registration services and the industry’s recruitment needs. This led to the development of FITREC, a registration service that improves the engagement and retention of industry talent. For employers, FITREC offers a more detailed background on professionals, encourages ongoing professional development, and offers robust support for career progression.

Dennis is deeply passionate about the transformative power of fitness. Both HealthyPeople and FITREC reflect his commitment to helping businesses and professionals positively influence the health of communities worldwide.

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