Certificate in Gym Instructing - Level 2 Certificate


Certificate in Gym Instructing

If you want to pursue a career in the active leisure industry as a Gym Instructor, this course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to make it a reality.

Next Course Dates

  • Sheffield - Start Date: 11th Sep 2021
  • Sheffield - Start Date: 22nd Sep 2021
  • Sheffield - Start Date: 30th Oct 2021

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Cost: £595.00

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Course Summary

As long as you are familiar with a gym environment and want to follow a career path in the active leisure industry, the Level 2 Certificate Gym Instructing is the qualification you need to get started.

When you successfully complete the course you will be awarded a YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing, this qualification allows you to register with CIMPSA, where you will be placed on a directory and will be able to access further CPD training. 

Completing this course allows you to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner) or the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral. Alternatively, to gain a wider range of expertise, there are other courses available at level 2 which may be of interest. Some examples include Strength and Conditioning (Trainer), Health Related Exercise for Children, Circuit Training, Group Indoor Cycling, Kettlebells & Suspended Movement Training.

Take your first step into your leisure career with this qualification.

How You're Taught

The course is a mix of self-study and then face to face learning with our expert tutors.

We advise you to take at least a week to complete the self-study part of the programme. In this time, you cover anatomy & physiology, health & safety and how to support clients in the fitness environment. There is a workbook that ideally needs to be completed prior to the start of the course. During this time a tutor will be available for support if you need it. 

The course itself runs over six days. This is usually three weekends over a four week period. We do offer mid-week courses.

Course days run from 9am until 5pm and it is essential that you attend all of these days. 


There are a number of different assessments for this course, we set assessment completion dates on your first day. We try to stagger the assessment so you're being assessed at different points as you go through your course. Here's a list of the assessments:

1. Multiple Choice Exam -  Anatomy and Physiology
2. Assessment Workbook - Completed online 
3. Programming for Client – Consultation and session plan
4. On-course Practical Assessment
5. Summative Practical Assessment 
6. Case Study
7. Written Knowledge Questions

The assessment process then culminates with two assessment days which make up the last two days of your course. On the first day of assessment, you have a short revision session followed by a multiple-choice theory paper. In the afternoon you take part in practical workshops to prepare you for the practical assessment on day two, we also give you time to complete any other outstanding assessments that might have been set for you to complete at home. Day two is a short day, you'll be there for either the morning or for the afternoon in which you will be delivering a gym-based session to a healthy client. 

Certificate in Gym Instructing

Future Career

Once you have achieved this qualification you will be able to apply for a job as a fitness instructor at any gym facility. Whether that is a private gym or a local authority run facility.

Entry Requirement

There are no previous qualification requirements for this course. We just ask that students have a knowledge of the gym environment.


An advanced understanding of anatomy and physiology including:

  • The heart and circulatory system
  • Energy systems and their relation to exercise
    • The musculoskeletal system
    • Postural and core stability
    • The nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health.

How to design, manage, and adapt a safe gym-based training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages.

How to perform group exercise in the gym environment

How to identify special populations and prepare training programmes for them within the gym

How to effectively communicate with gym members and help motivate them to perform their exercise programme to the best of their ability.

How to maintain health, safety and welfare procedures in a variety of fitness environments.

The health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating. 

Fees & Funding

The fee for this course is £575. A £100 deposit is required to secure your place on the course.

Certificate in Gym Instructing

How to Apply

Select book now and then select the dates you wish to attend the course. You will then be taken through to the payment page to secure your booking. If you have any questions you can call one of our team.

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