YMCA Award in Fitness Instructing, Gym-Based Exercise Certificate Level 2

The YMCA Award Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym Instructor, is the entry level qualification required to gain employment as a Gym Instructor within the Health & Fitness Industry. This qualification will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills you require to work safely and effectively within a busy gym environment. The course will teach you how to screen clients, provide gym inductions, design basic training programs, and develop an understanding of how the body responds to exercise.

Who is the course for?

This qualification is aimed at anyone, including fitness and nutrition enthusiasts, bodybuilders, athletes and non experienced learners, who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

Successful completion of this course will give 20 credits towards the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

Membership of REPs signifies that a fitness professional;

  • has met nationally agreed occupational standards
  • holds recognised and approved qualifications
  • is independently verified as being competent in the work place
  • is committed to ongoing professional development, and
  • is legally covered to practice by appropriate insurance

Entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) can lead to jobs as Gym Instructors or Aerobics teachers. Once qualified, many Level 2 qualifications offer routes into teaching different disciplines such as studio cycling, step and circuits.

What will I learn?

The YMCA Award in Fitness Instructing, Gym-Based Exercise Certificate Level 2 course is 120 hours long and based around three modules.

These are Exercise and Fitness Knowledge (50 hours), Health, Safety and Professionalism in Exercise (10 hours) and Fitness Instructing Gym Based (60 hours).

Candidates will gain exercise and fitness knowledge covering: Bones and joints, muscles and muscle actions, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and components of fitness.

Fitness Instructor Students will also cover the following topics:

  • How to plan and teach safe and effective exercise sessions
  • The principles of training
  • How to adapt exercise to suit varied fitness levels
  • How to use a range of teaching skills
  • The body’s systems and its response to exercise
  • Health and safety factors such as how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme

The course is assessed internally and an external theory exam is also set.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification; however candidates should have some awareness of using a gym or participating in group fitness instruction or exercise classes or equivalent.

What can I do next?

Successful learners can progress onto a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

How To Apply

The application window for part-time courses starting in September and October 2022 will be open from January 4th 2022.

Applications for this course are made via our online application form and you will be able to access it from this course page.

Once we are accepting applications and you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Apply Online‘ button which will appear below in the next menu.

Upon successful submission of an application you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Admissions team. If you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received.

We will begin to process applications for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year from January 2022.

During the spring-term applicants will receive further correspondence from the College about the next stages of the admissions process. These will include details about interviews with the course tutor or any pre-assessments and trades tests, which start to take place from May.

If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

YMCA Award in Fitness Instructing, Gym-Based Exercise Certificate Level 2
LevelLevel 2
Duration20 Weeks
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateOctober 2022 - Applications open on 4th January 2022
AttendanceOne day per week: Wednesday 14:00-20:00.
Fee(s)19+: £441*

*An additional fee of approx £50 is required for course books.


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