The industry's most popular entry-level qualification. Essential for advancing to Level 3 and becoming a fully qualified personal trainer.
Our Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate is the industry’s most popular entry-level qualification. It’s ideally suited for those with a passion for health and fitness, who are looking for an exciting career change. Gyms, leisure centres and health clubs are vibrant and fast-paced places to work, and they require motivated and knowledgeable professionals to teach exercise to their members.
The course also forms the first stage in achieving the highly desirable personal trainer status. More information can be found on the Personal Trainer Courses page, which combines this Level 2 qualification and the Level 3 Personal Trainer Certificate, saving you money in the process.
Certified by YMCA Awards (formerly CYQ), this course is widely recognised throughout Europe, Canada and Australia. It’s a qualification that will absolutely open doors, and set you on a path to achieving your dream career. The course is delivered via a blend of distance learning and two weekend practical workshops at one of our national venues. It’s not all about what you learn however, how you use this knowledge in the role itself is just as important.
Being a gym instructor means that no two days are the same. It’s an incredibly varied role that could have you doing anything from performing inductions for members, maintaining exercise equipment, giving diet advice, and planning sessions – the list goes on. Our qualification will make sure you can hit the ground running. Pass rates speak for themselves and we’re consistently looking to go above and beyond when it comes to delivering results. From e-learning materials to support from our experienced tutors, everything you need to achieve this Level 2 qualification is provided for by us.
From the outset of the course you’ll start to learn exactly what it takes to become a gym instructor. The course covers a wide-range of theory and practical elements of the role, and is delivered in an engaging and interactive way. To introduce you to the course, here are some of things we cover:
The course is split up into multiple components, designed to assess you in a range of practical and theoretical ways. Throughout the course you’ll be required to complete:
While there are no formal prerequisites for this qualification, experience of using a gym, and a passion for the industry will help you get off to a flying start. We usually recommend that you dedicate around 8-10 hours a week to your studies; this ensures you’ll be fully prepared for your final assessments.
This Level 2 qualification is worth 20 points with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Once complete, you’ll be able to join the Register as a gym instructor.
It also accrues 24 learning credits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
Take your qualification further by combining it with others, saving money and benefiting from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.
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