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Shared Values

CREP® is committed to quality practices within the health and fitness industry embodied by the registration of exercise professionals ​on the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals® (USREPS®). To promote public confidence and a positive experience when engaged in structured physical activity, CREP® member organizations hold the following shared values for U.S. registered exercise professionals in their interactions with clients, other allied health professionals, and the public.*

USREPS® Registered Professionals observe the shared ethical principles of our members:

  • Respect the rights, welfare, privacy and dignity of all individuals.
  • Use sound judgment while interacting with clients.
  • Assess clients to ensure that they are presented with appropriate physical activity programs and recommendations.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of client information consistent with applicable laws.
  • Practice within the clear professional boundaries established for the profession.
  • Maintain ethical relationships and honor contracts with clients and other professionals.
  • Provide competent, fair, and equal treatment to all individuals.
  • Provide services and techniques within the parameters of qualifications established by appropriate education, credentials, training or experience.
  • Do not diagnose an injury or medical condition.
  • Refer clients to more qualified fitness, medical or health professionals when appropriate.
  • Stay up-to-date on scientific and professional knowledge through continuing education activities and only implement new techniques or therapies after training or study has been completed.
  • Provide and maintain a safe training environment.
  • Never misrepresent any skills, training, credentials, identity or services.
  • Strive to protect the public against anyone who is engaged in unethical conduct; address unethical or illegal behavior through the appropriate channels.
  • Do not practice or attempt to provide professional services while impaired by any physical, mental, or emotional condition. If experiencing mental or emotional impairments or engaging in substance abuse, seek appropriate assistance.
  • Avoid engaging in any behavior or form of conduct that could be construed as a conflict of interest.
  • Resolve conflicts with the best interest of the client in mind.
  • Withdraw immediately as a service provider if conflicts of interest cannot be resolved.
  • Comply with all applicable laws, including business, employment, and intellectual property laws.
  • Remain in good standing with the credentialing organization, and meet any requirement that is necessary for recertification.
  • Maintain ongoing knowledge and skill to handle emergency situations when providing professional services.
  • Support and participate in health programs, practices, and activities that contribute to the welfare of clients, the health fitness community, and the public good.

*The shared values is not an exhaustive list of expectations or standards; which may vary between professions. Registered professionals may be subject to additional ethical requirements and practice standards as specified by the USREPS® member organization. All USREPS® Registered Professionals are expected to practice with high ethical regard for all stakeholder groups.​​​​​