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Fitness Instructing

Fitness Instructing

This qualification is designed for people at the start of their health and wellbeing career, who would like to embark on a new career in the fitness industry.

Welcome to the world of fitness

This qualification is designed for people at the start of their health and wellbeing career, who would like to embark on a new career in the fitness industry.

This course allows you to work as a gym instructor within a gym or health club setting. It delivers a sound foundation in the principles of exercise, fitness and health, as well as how to create and lead a fitness program. By the end of this training you will be ready to begin working as a fully qualified gym instructor.

Who is this course for?

This course is an entry qualification into the world of health and fitness. The qualification is appropriate for anyone wishing to work professionally as a gym instructor. It is targeted at students with no prior knowledge, however it is also useful for people who are already working in associated fields (yoga teachers, pilates teachers, etc), who wish to offer a cross-training approach.

In detail

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to deliver safe and effective fitness instruction. By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the key principles of exercise, fitness, and health
  • Plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme
  • Understand anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Maintain health, safety, and welfare in a fitness environment

Progression Routes

Students who have completed this qualification go on to study nutrition, health and wellness coaching, or to specialised fitness qualifications. The next logical progression is the Personal Training qualification.

Recognised by

This combined fitness instruction and personal training qualification is regulated by OFQUAL and fully recognised by REPs and CIMSPA.


What are the entry requirements for this course?

There are no prescribed entry requirements for this course. There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading, and writing) involved so students should have basic skills in communication at Level 2 (GCSE level English skills). You also need to love fitness and wellbeing.

How old do I need to be to take this course?

Young and old will all benefit from this course, but all students should be a minimum of 16 years old to undertake this qualification. Please note that 16 to 18 year-olds may need to be supervised in the workplace, once they have achieved the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

The Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (RQF) is internally assessed.

The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:

  • Assessor observation – completed observational checklists on related action plans  
  • Coursework – worksheets, assignments, projects or reports
  • Record of oral and written questioning  
  • Learner and peer reports
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

The evidence used in assessment portfolios will preferably be drawn from actual situations, but may be based on simulated situations where appropriate and where permitted by the relevant Sector Skills Council or Sector Skills Body.

How long with the course take?

Starting September 2021, we will offer this training course in a number of format to suit your needs. As well as scheduled training sessions, you will need to complete independent study.

The overall guided learning hours (GLH) estimate for this training course is 158 hours. It may take you more or less time to complete.

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Who is this course recognised by?

Our Fitness Instructing Certificate is fully accredited by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity). This means that on completion, you can register as a member of CIMSPA, the sector’s only chartered professional body, and achieve recognition and status within this field. We also report to Focus Awards, our governing body.

What if I am already a gym/fitness instructor?

If you have a recognised fitness instructor training at level 2, you can move straight on to learning how to become a personal trainer.

Our Certificate in Fitness Instructing consists of 6 modules that each focus on a specific area of fitness and wellbeing.

Unit Title Unit Ref Level GLH
Principles of exercise, fitness and health A/600/90176 2 28
Anatomy and physiology for exercise H/600/9013 2 41
Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity M/600/9015 2 13
Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment T/600/9016 2 16
Planning gym-based exercise F/600/9018 2 23
Instructing gym-based exercise A/600/9020 2 37