International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) is an international partnership between registration bodies around the world that register exercise professionals. An important aspect of ICREPS is promoting partnerships between registration bodies around the world to provide portability of professional qualifications. Members of ICREPS operate independent registrations based on established qualification standards within the country.
ICREPs has recognized the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals® (USREPS®) as a full member since 2014. ICREPs spans 5 continents, and has 9 full members, collectively registering over 300,000 exercise professionals around the world." For more information visit www.icreps.org.
International Portability (Registration): Seeking to work overseas?
Are you seeking work overseas as a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor OR hoping to work in the US as a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor but have an international qualification?
Find out how to transfer your Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor registration or check to ensure your qualification is eligible.
You can gain international recognition and transfer qualified certifications to work in other countries through a USREPS and ICREP's member country portability agreement. It is the exercise professional’s responsibility to meet the specific criteria of the Register where they intend to gain employment. While each country has specific requirements, USREPS provides the foundations for registration in the majority of ICREPS Registers. A full list of Registers can be found here.
Note: Qualification for registration does not replace the need for meeting a member country’s visa and immigration laws.
ICREPs' global matrix maps each register's certification and registration levels against others, which provides a clear pathway for exercise professionals who are considering working overseas.
How to transfer your registration
To register with an international ICREPs country, you will need to provide a letter of portability from USREPS to verify that your qualification(s) meets current registration requirements in the United States. This letter will be recognized for provisional registration in ICREPS member countries to enable you to apply for registration. To request this letter, contact us at
There is no fee. The letter should be provided to the country’s register where you choose to work to confirm you meet the qualifications in the United States. You may be asked to complete additional requirements in the country based on the standards set by the national register. This letter is only confirmation of the registration requirements you have met in the United States.
Hoping to work in the United States but have an international qualification?
If you have an international qualification and you wish to register with USREPS, you will first need to check that your current professional credential is included within USREPS. Review the list of USREPS
To be eligible for registration with the United States, you need the following:
1. A current professional credential included within USREPS.
2. A letter of portability from your local register verifying that your qualification meets their registration requirements and states which registration categories you are eligible for in their country.
3. A verifiable United States address.
A full list of Confederation Members can be found here on the ICREPS website. The ICREPS website has a complete, up-to-date listing of full members, associate members, and applicant countries.
For more information, contact the office.
Newly certified exercise professionals are added to the Registry once vetted through the member organization. The Registry represents qualified professionals from member organizations only and therefore should not be considered a comprehensive resource to identify all exercise professionals with NCCA-accredited or ISO 17024-compliant certifications. For a comprehensive list of NCCA-accredited or ISO 17024-compliant exercise certification programs please visit: