Become a industry recognised fitness instructor ready to work in a gym based role
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Become a Fitness Instructor
The essential qualification you need to start your fitness career
Our cutting edge Fitness Instructor certifications will truly develop your talent teaching you the all important theory and practical skills so you’re work ready. You’ll qualify as a CIMSPA and REPs recognised level 2 Fitness Instructor, the perfect stepping stone into your new career. Here you will use your skills to design and instruct exercise programs and offer support and motivation to gym members so they achieve their fitness goals.
Our unique approach means there are no high pressure exams to pass. Instead, you complete workbooks and practical’s that develop your skills in readiness for the workplace.
Once you have achieved your Fitness Instructor Certificate there are numerous ways to progress. Popular choices include; exercise to music instructing, teaching kids fitness, running circuit and boot camp classes, Yoga and Pilates teaching and training to become a Personal Trainer.
Our CIMSPA and REPs recognised level 2 certificate in fitness instructing delivers everything you need work in a level 2 gym role. The full course involves 6 theory modules, practical videos and an optional workshop day with no exams. Or, if you already have a level 2 fitness qualification in another specialism complete 2 theory modules and your practical with our fast track study route.
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FAST TRACK OPTIONS
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Portfolio based learning
A CIMSPA & REPs recognised certification
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Start when it’s best for you with weekly enrolments
Why a level 2 certificate in fitness instructing?
This Fitness Instructor certificate equips you with the skills to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise programmes for gym members. Carefully designed by our team of industry experts it incorporates the very latest in exercise techniques giving our graduates a solid foundation in fitness from which they build a rewarding career in fitness.
Is this course for me?
This is a internationally and industry recognised Fitness Instructor qualification ensuring you’re ready to secure work in a gym or leisure based role. The course comes with CIMSPA recognition which means once qualified you can choose to become a CIMSPA affiliate. What’s more this course is also REPs recognised enabling you to join the REPs register as a level 2 Fitness Professional. If you’re looking to qualify from 6 weeks our best value Fitness Instructor certification teaches you all the theory and practical knowledge you need to qualify and launch your exciting new fitness career.
Once your course is booked we simply arrange your enrolment and course welcome and you’re ready to start. When qualifying with us here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals there’s also the peace of mind that course materials, tutor support, workbooks, assessments and certification fees are all included as standard.
When you have completed your course you will gain your level 2 certificate in fitness instructing for gym based exercise. You’ll be a recognised fitness professional ready to start working in the fitness industry. Here you will assist your clients with inductions, safe exercise, programme design, instructing programs and providing lifestyle advice to help them achieve their personal goals
How to become a fitness instructor
Working as a fitness instructor is the ideal way to launch your gym based career. It also offers an exciting pathway to career progression in the future. We provide a range of level 2 fitness instructor certifications that fully meet industry requirements. Our courses are structured with step by step learning with the emphasis on developing your skills and talents so that your credentials meet the standards and expectations employers are looking for.
When your course is complete you will receive your fitness instructor certification and are ready to work in a gym. Here you will offer expert advice to assist members with achieving their health and exercise related goals.
Here’s a checklist of the industry requirements you’ll need to meet.
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It’s the person that makes a great fitness instructor.
If you’re a fitness enthusiast, enjoy keeping fit and staying active and love the idea of helping others then becoming a fitness instructor is a great career choice.
Our certified fitness instructor course will equip you with the industry knowledge, skills and confidence so that you are ready to gain employment in a Fitness Instructor or Gym Instructor role. Here you will use your talents helping a wide range of clients make a meaningful difference to their exercise habits, enabling them to achieve their fitness goals.
You will be learning from qualified expert Personal Trainers who have many years of fitness industry experience to share with you. What’s more, your course tutor will oversee your progress and be on hand to support your learning journey every step of the way.
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Working as a fitness instructor is an entry level job within the gym team. You will be a key team player carrying out a wide range of duties that ensure the smooth and efficient day to day running of the gym. You will play an essential part in supporting gym members with inductions and exercise programme reviews so that they can progress their fitness levels and achieve their goals.
If this is the ideal career for you then you will need an industry approved level 2 fitness instructor certification.
Check out some of our industry recognitions below.
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Level 2 Fitness Instructor Certificate
Full Course Fees
Choose your preferred study and payment method
Fast Track Fees
If you have a level 2 fitness qualification study our fast-track route by completing modules 5 and 6 and your course practical
*You will need to provide a copy of your level 2 certification as part of our fast-track enrolment process.
Fitness Instructor Certificate
This comprehensive, easy to follow course contains 6 theory modules as detailed below. Each module is assessed by completing a workbook that contains short answer questions and exercises which you submit to your tutor. When this is complete you then move on to your course practical which can be carried out by video or by attending our one day workshop. Our Fitness Instructor certifications can be completed full time, part time or at your own pace and are designed to equip you with the skills and confidence to plan and deliver effective exercise sessions to gym members.
Once you have gained your level 2 fitness trainer certification you will be equipped with the talent, skills and expertise to plan, demonstrate and coach gym members on exercise programming. You will be ready to work in a gym instructor role offering members advice and support tailored to their fitness levels and goals.
Anatomy and physiology for exercise
Acquire the key Fitness Instructor knowledge of how anatomy and physiology relates to exercise programming for healthy adults of different ages.
How to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
Gain the must have on-going customer service skills to support a wide range of clients taking part in exercise and physical activity.
Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
Gain an understanding of the health benefits of physical activity and nutrition and how to apply this to a wide range of client groups with carrying needs.
Principles of exercise, fitness and health
Gain the knowledge and understanding that Fitness Instructors need to maintain health, safety and welfare in a fitness setting, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
Planning gym-based exercise
Understand how to plan and prepare a gym based exercise programme for healthy adults, both individual and groups.
Instructing gym-based exercise
Develop your talents with instructing and supervising gym-based exercise for individuals and groups.
Level 2 Fitness Instructor - Course Delivery
This fitness instructor course comes with the choice of two study pathways so you can choose the one that suits you best.
Online Study Pathway
Complete 6 theory modules and workbooks from home.
Fast track course – Complete 2 theory modules and workbooks from home.
Work through our step by step Fitness Instructing practical skills pack which you submit to us via video clips. Complete 20 hours of work experience shadowing a qualified fitness instructor.
Practical Attendance Pathway
Complete 6 theory modules and workbooks from home.
Fast track course – Complete 2 theory modules and workbooks from home.
Attend your fitness instructing workshop day to develop your practical skills.
This course comes with full tutor support by phone or email. Sometimes it’s handy to be able to ask a question, check you’re on the right lines with an answer, or just have a friendly chat. Whatever it may be, your course tutor is there to lend a hand.
There are no exams involved in gaining this qualification.
Once everything is complete you will receive your level 2 fitness instructor course certificate in the post. This is endorsed with the NCFE, REPs and CIMSPA logos demonstrating you have gained a fully recognised level 2 qualification.
How to get started?
It’s easy to book your place. You can pay by debit or credit card online, or call Customer Services on 0845 270 1990.
Choose from our pay in full payment options which save you 20% on your course fees, or spread the cost with our flexible payments.
Once your booking is processed we will register you as a student with the Academy of Fitness Professionals and arrange your course welcome and enrolment.
If you are studying the fast track route we will also ask for a copy of your level 2 qualification which may be from the exercise to music, children’s fitness or aqua pathway so please ensure this is to hand.
You can then access your course materials and start studying your fitness instructor course.
Fitness Instructor Certificate - FAQ’s
The most common questions we’re asked about becoming a fitness instructor are listed here. If your question isn’t covered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Why choose our Fitness Instructor Certificate course?
If you’re seeking to become a Fitness Instructor or Gym Instructor then this is the perfect course for you. You will be able to study at your own pace and build your own portfolio of evidence to showcase your new skills:-
- Qualify as an industry recognised level 2 fitness instructor
- There’s no need to sit examinations
- You can join CIMSPA and REPs
- Develop the need to know skills and talent to succeed in a gym based role
- Advance to a Level 3 Personal Trainer course
- Work internationally via ICREPS
As you progress through your course, the learning materials will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence step by step in readiness for your practical assessment. This can be completed by attending a workshop or by video.
Which fitness qualification will I achieve?
You will gain the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and will be awarded 10 CIMSPA and 20 REPs CPD’s. In addition by successfully completing this qualification you will be able to gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2 and join CIMSPA as an affiliate member.
How is the course assessed?
As part of your course you’ll compile your own portfolio of evidence in order to showcase your learning. In addition with our practical attendance pathway you will attend a one day practical workshop where you learn how to instruct gym based exercise. Alternatively, you can opt for our online pathway and demonstrate your practical skills through video submission, plus 20 hours work shadowing. You can study and complete your portfolio at a pace that’s right for you.
Do I need any existing skills or sports abilities?
No previous qualifications are required. However, a keen interest in fitness is important when pursuing this career. Our courses are about training you to become a Fitness Instructor and at no time will your fitness level determine your progress.
What previous education is required?
Ideally you would of studied one of our Level 1 courses although no previous fitness or exercise qualification is required.
How old do I need to be?
The minimum age for this course is 16.
How long does the course take to finish?
Many of our students complete this course from 6 weeks, however there is no set time limit enabling you to study at your own pace with the peace of mind that you have a maximum of two years to become qualified.
Is there any expiry date?
No. You will always have this nationally recognised NCFE fitness qualification to hand.
What’s the best fitness instructor certification?
The best fitness instructor certification is the level 2 certificate in fitness instructing for gym based exercise. This fully industry recognised qualification will open the right doors to your new job and start your career. It is also accredited through an approved awarding body and recognised by CIMSPA and REPs.
Browse our course options which offer all these benefits as standard.
What fitness instructor qualifications are required to work in the UK?
The qualification you need to work in the UK is the level 2 certificate in fitness instructing – gym based exercise. See ‘What’s the best fitness instructor certification’ for details of the criteria you need to meet.
Are your qualifications recognised overseas?
Absolutely. Our fitness instructor certifications are recognised through ICREPs which means they are portable overseas to the recognised countries. This includes; Europe (including Ireland and Poland), Australia, India, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
Can I gain my fitness instructor certification online?
Yes. Our courses are designed to offer students complete flexibility and to ensure you learn how it suits you best. Our online fitness instructor route allows you to study the course theory online and submit workbooks to show your learning. You then submit your practical by video. As this is a fully industry recognised course there is also a requirement to complete 20 hours work shadowing which you can do in your locality at a time and place that suits you best.