Code of Ethical Practice

SAUDI REPS CODE OF ETHICAL PRACTICE – NOVEMBER 2018

The Saudi Register of Exercise Professionals (Saudi REPS) is an independent process for the registering of instructors, trainers and teachers working in the Saudi health, fitness and physical activity sector. Registration means that an exercise professional has met the agreed prescribed minimum standards of good practice, including the adoption of a Code of Ethical Practice and that they are committed to raising standards through a process of personal, career professional development.

Saudi Reps is regulated by Leadership Institute’s Saudi Fitness Standards Committee through the accepted Saudi Fitness Standards Qualification Framework which is referenced to the European Qualification Framework (EQF). The standards used for Saudi Reps have been developed through extensive consultation and define the knowledge, skills and competencies that exercise professionals need to achieve registration.

It is important to establish, publicise and maintain standards of ethical behaviour in fitness instructing practice, and to inform and protect members of the public and customers using the services of exercise professionals. This Code of Ethical Practice defines what is best in good practice for professionals in the fitness sector by reflecting on the core values of rights, relationships, responsibilities and standards.

Registration is achieved and maintained through the gaining of qualifications and training, which are recognised through the Saudi Reps Programme and which are internationally benchmarked. Members of Saudi Reps also have to respect any specific laws and requirements of the country they are working in and where required will also hold appropriate liability insurance.

There are four principles to the Code:

PRINCIPLE 1 – RIGHTS

‘Exercise professionals will be respectful of their customers and of their rights as individuals’

Compliance with this principle requires exercise professionals to maintain a standard of professional conduct appropriate to their dealings with all client groups and to responsibly demonstrate:

1. Respect for individual difference and diversity.

2. Good practice in challenging discrimination and unfairness.

3. Discretion in dealing with confidential client disclosure.

PRINCIPLE 2 – RELATIONSHIPS

‘Exercise professionals will nurture healthy relationships with their customers and other health professionals'

Compliance with this principle requires exercise professionals to develop and maintain a relationship with customers based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect and to responsibly demonstrate:

1. Awareness of the requirement to place the customer’s needs as a priority and promote their welfare and best interests first when planning an appropriate training programme.

2. Clarity in all forms of communication with customers, professional colleagues and medical practitioners, ensuring honesty, accuracy and cooperation when seeking agreements and avoiding misrepresentation or any conflict of interest arising between customers’ and own professional obligations.

3. Integrity as an exercise professional and recognition of the position of trust dictated by that role, ensuring avoidance of any inappropriate behaviour in all customer relationships.

PRINCIPLE 3 – PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

‘Exercise professionals will demonstrate and promote a clean and responsible lifestyle and conduct’

Compliance with this principle requires exercise professionals to conduct proper personal behaviour at all times and to responsibly demonstrate:

1. The high standards of professional conduct appropriate to their dealings with all their client groups and which reflect the particular image and expectations relevant to the role of the exercise professional working in the fitness industry, and not to smoke, drink alcohol or take recreational drugs before or whilst instructing.

2. That they never advocate or condone the use of prohibited drugs or other banned performance or image enhancing substances.

3. An understanding of their legal responsibilities and accountability when dealing with the public and awareness of the need for honesty and accuracy in substantiating their claims of authenticity when promoting their services in the public domain.

4. A responsible attitude to the care and safety of client participants within the training environment and in planned activities ensuring that both are appropriate to the needs of the clients.

5. That at all times there is adequate and appropriate liability and indemnity insurance in place to protect their clients and any legal liability arising.

6. An absolute duty of care to be aware of their working environment and to be able to deal with all reasonably foreseeable accidents and emergencies – and to protect themselves, their colleagues and clients.

PRINCIPLE 4 – PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

‘Exercise professionals will seek to adopt the highest level of professional standards in their work and the development of their career’

Compliance with this principle requires exercise professionals to commit to the attainment of appropriate qualifications and ongoing training to responsibly demonstrate:

1. Engagement in actively seeking to update knowledge and improve their professional skills in order to maintain a quality standard of service, reflecting on their own practice, identifying development needs and undertaking relevant development activities.

2. Willingness to accept responsibility and be accountable for professional decisions or actions, welcome evaluation of their work and recognize the need and when it is appropriate to refer to another professional or specialist.

3. A personal responsibility to maintain their own effectiveness and confine themselves to practice those activities for which their training and competence is recognised by the Register.