HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines
HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines
HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines

Level 2 Gym Instructor Course

Kickstart your career and become a fully qualified fitness instructor

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Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

£545.00

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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £517.75 5% discount £27.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £75 and 5 x £74 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £545

This is the industry's most popular entry-level qualification and a must-have if you want to advance to Level 3 and become a personal trainer.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    N/A

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are fully endorsed by REPs HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

Learn More About Becoming a Gym Instructor

Intro

Gyms, leisure centres and health clubs are vibrant and fast-paced places to work. Every client that walks through the door is different and for a fitness instructor, no two days are ever going to be the same.

Many see becoming a gym instructor as a stepping stone to advancing to personal training, and while it is an entry requirement for that course, it’s an incredibly rewarding job in its own right. Day to day, gym instructors find themselves performing inductions for new members, maintaining exercise equipment, giving diet advice, planning sessions, ensuring the environment is clean and tidy at all times, and much more.

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by REPs and CIMSPA, which means the door is open to use this qualification internationally. Delivered via blended learning, this flexible approach combines home study with unlimited phone and email support, bespoke learning resources, and practical attendance at one of our nationwide venues.

Looking for more? Well, that’s what we’re all about. Why not have a look at our gym instructor career guide or take a mock exam to get a flavour of the course.

What You'll Learn

From theory to practical, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to become a leading gym instructor. Below is a selection of the topics you’ll encounter on course:

  • Principles of Exercise and Fitness

  • Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology

  • Resistance Training Concepts

  • Cardiovascular Training Concepts

  • Planning Fitness Training Programmes

  • Teaching and Instructing Exercise and Fitness

Plus, you’ll also gain vital knowledge of effective warm-up and cool-down methods, bodyweight and free weight exercise techniques, all-important health and safety, and much more.

How You'll be Assessed

We’ve split the course into multiple components which will challenge you and assess you in a range of exciting theoretical and practical ways.

Regardless of your learning style and speed, you’ll receive as much support as you need in order to pass.

  • Workbook 1

    Demonstrate your knowledge of health and safety in a fitness environment

  • Workbook 2

    Show your understanding of how to support clients on their fitness journey

  • Theory Exams

    Both Anatomy and Physiology and Principles of Exercise and Fitness require a 70% pass mark

  • Lesson plan

    Outline what you plan to teach during your practical assessment

  • Practical Assessment 1

    A practical rehearsal of the skills you've learned so far

  • Practical Assessment 2

    Perform a gym-based induction, just as you would in the real world

Entry Requirements

Every fitness professional has to start somewhere and as this is an entry-level course, there are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites.

What will help you get off to flying start however is some experience of using cardiovascular and resistance equipment, as well as free weights, in your local gym.

Timetable

Before your first practical course weekend, we recommend 6-8 weeks of home study (based on an hour a day).

That will give you plenty of time to read through your Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology and Level 2 Gym Instructor manuals, try out the practice tests on LES (the Learner Engagement System) and complete the various workbooks.

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  • Weekend 1

    You'll hit the gym floor and learn the basics of becoming an instructor in a range of engaging and practical ways

  • Weekend 2

    Put all your learning into practice with your theory exam and practical assessments

For a full gym instructor study guide and course timetable, call our Careers team on 0800 612 4067 or send us an email with the button above.

Upgrade Your Gym Qualification

Take your qualification further by combining it with personal training and you'll save money and benefit from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.

  • Essentials Diploma

    £1595.00

    Brand new to PT? This is the perfect starting point. Complete Level 2 Gym and advance straight onto Level 3 Personal Training.

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    Courses

    • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
      • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
      • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £1515.25 5% discount £79.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £225 and 5 x £224 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £1595
    • 12 month payment plan

      1 x £113 and 11 x £112 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £1595
    • Military approved

      Enhanced Learning Credits Resettlement Contact our Careers Team for more information
  • Premium Diploma

    £1995.00

    The step up. Combine the Essentials Diploma with business skills and advanced techniques such as kettlebells, suspension training and foam rolling to really get ahead.

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    Courses

    • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
      • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
      • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
    • Business Skills and Digital Marketing
    • Advanced Trainer Module
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £1895.25 5% discount £99.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £295 and 5 x £290 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £1995
    • 12 month payment plan

      1 x £150 and 11 x £145 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £1995
  • Master Diploma

    £2795.00

    Go all in. Become a fully qualified personal trainer, upskill with Exercise Referral and advance to Level 4. This is your ticket to the top.

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    Courses

    • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
      • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
      • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
    • Advanced Trainer Module
    • Business Skills and Digital Marketing
    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
    • Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £2655.25 5% discount £139.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £425 and 5 x £424 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £2795
    • 12 month payment plan

      1 x £213 and 11 x £212 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £2795
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