Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate

The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction is the most popular entry-level qualification for anyone wanting to launch a career as a gym-based fitness instructor. Certificated by Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ), this is one of the most industry recognised gym courses in the UK. The course is also widely recognised throughout Europe, Canada and Australia.

The course covers all of the knowledge and skills required to become a gym instructor, and also serves as an excellent foundation for anyone wanting to progress to personal training. The course is usually the first stage to of achieving personal trainer status; as such it features in our Essentials Personal Trainer Course package.

The course combines just the right blend of distance learning with weekend attendance to give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this thriving industry. The majority of the theoretical content is delivered through home study, while the weekend attendance teaches you how to apply your newfound knowledge practically, so that you can deliver safe and effective gym-based exercise programmes.

We normally recommend that students take around 4-6 weeks to complete the distance learning, although this is a flexible programme and depending on the amount of time you can dedicate to your studies, you may be able to reduce this time somewhat.

The home-study period large focuses on the theoretical subjects, particularly the anatomy, physiology and planning gym-based exercise. The practical element is delivered over 2 weekends at one of our regional training venues. The first weekend mainly involves a range of theory and practical workshops, while the second weekend focuses largely on assessment.

If you would like to know more about this, or any of our courses, please feel free to contact one of our careers advisors today. 

Course Content

The Level 2 Gym Instructor course covers a wide-range of knowledge and skills directly related to the instruction of gym-based exercise. More specifically this programme covers:

  • Components and principles of fitness
  • The skeletal system
  • The muscular system
  • Cardio-respiratory system
  • The nervous and energy systems
  • Health screening
  • Planning exercise programmes
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Customer service
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Practical free weights and resistance machine techniques
  • Cardiovascular exercise techniques
  • Flexibility and stretching techniques

Qualification: Central YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction

Assessment Method

Prior to attending your gym instructor course you will be required to complete some multiple choice tests that are designed to prepare you for your course and ensure you have all the knowledge to pass the assessments.

You will also be required to complete 2 written worksheets in the areas of:

  • Health, safety and welfare in exercise and fitness
  • Supporting clients partaking in physical activity

During your training course you will be assessed via multiple choice theory assessments- these assessments will take place on the last weekend of the course and will focus on:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Components and principles of fitness

In the final practical assessment you will be assessed teaching a variety of gym-based exercises to a fellow student. This assessment will last approximately 60 minutes  and will be observed directly by one of our assessors.

Prior to teaching this session you will also be required to produce a lesson plan which details all of the activities you plan to teach.


There are no formal pre-requisites for this qualification however you will need some experience of using a gym. In addition you will need to be able to dedicate around 8-10 hours per week to your studies in order to ensure that you are suitably prepared for your final assessments.

You will also need to be over 18 in order to complete the practical assessment and will require access to the internet to undertake the e-learning components of the course.

REPs Information

This qualification is worth 20 professional development points with the Register of Exercise Professionals. It also accrues 24 learning credits on the qualification credit framework.

Candidates successfully completing this qualification will be awarded with the Central YMCA Qualifications Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate

Course cost:

£515.00 (inc VAT)

Reserve your place for only £100 deposit. Installment plans also available.

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Customer Reviews

  • Rating: 5 out of 5. k.lou28 2014-01-29

    “I passed - Let's party ;-)!”

    Right from the start I have has support from the call support guy, nothing was too much trouble, I did struggle trying to take part of the training in so rather than a weekly call I was then given a call every few days - it really made a difference!

  • Rating: 1 out of 5. Review Centre 2014-01-26

    “Level 2 Fitness Instructor!”

    I have enjoyed every minute of this course with HFE, i have learnt so much more and met some great people, everyone was so helpful and greeting when i first went.