Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate

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  • The industry's most popular entry-level qualification, ideal for those new to health and fitness
  • Essential for advancing to Level 3 Personal Training
  • Available nationwide including Manchester, London and Cardiff


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.

course content

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:

  • Principles of exercise and fitness: Anatomy and physiology, including the cardio-respiratory, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems
  • Resistance training concepts
  • Cardiovascular training concepts and exercise techniques
  • Planning fitness training programmes
  • Teaching and instructing exercise and fitness
  • Bodyweight and free weights exercise techniques
  • Resistance machine exercise techniques
  • Warming-up and cooling-down effectively


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:

  • Worksheets – including: health and safety, and supporting and managing clients
  • Multiple choice theory exams – taken on the practical days of your course, these exams include anatomy and physiology and principles of exercise and fitness
  • Lesson plan – demonstrating your ability to effectively plan and programme gym-based exercise, and outlining the activities you plan to teach in your practical assessment
  • Continuous practical assessment – a rehearsal of the skills you’ve learned so far, demonstrating your ability to teach a range of gym-based exercises
  • Summative assessment – here you’ll perform a complete gym-based induction, just as you would in the role itself


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).


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Total Payable £570 / Minimum Deposit £125

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student reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Level 2 Fitness Instructor Course

    I was supported from the start of the course until even after I had finished the course. We would arrange a 30-45 minute call every 2-3 days and I always knew that I could call or email my tutor and receive the support that I needed.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Fantastic course!

    Fantastic course content. Loved the practical days for the L3 Exercise Referral Course led by a very knowledgeable, fun and engaging tutor! Had an amazing support tutor as well that was there to help whenever needed! Highly recommend courses with HFE!

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