Get your children’s fitness qualification and teach classes for the 5-15 age range
Become a Kids Fitness Instructor
Love fitness and working with kids? Whether you’re already qualified as a Personal Trainer looking to expand your business or are just starting out, this industry accredited kids fitness course will truly develop your talents. You’ll qualify as a CIMSPA and REPs recognised level 2 Kids Fitness Instructor and will be ready to teach exercise classes for children within the 5-15 years age range. Our students coach kids fitness classes within schools, holidays camps, gyms, halls, leisure centres and boot camp settings, running their own successful businesses. Or, if you’re looking for the employed route working as a children’s fitness instructor, junior activities co-ordinator or children’s fitness and well-being instructor are all popular jobs.
Our CIMSPA and REPs recognised kids fitness courses cover everything you need to become a kids fitness instructor, gain insurance and be work ready. All wrapped up in our great value, exclusive study packages with no exams. Choose from the full course option which includes six modules, or the fast-track option if you’re already qualified in fitness.
ALL INCLUSIVE FEES
Includes course materials, workbooks, assessment & certification
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FAST TRACK OPTIONS
Save on course fees if you are level 2 qualified
Portfolio based learning
A CIMSPA & REPs recognised certification
WEEKLY START DATES
Start when it’s best for you with weekly enrolments
Why Choose Our Kids Fitness Course?
This children’s fitness course will provide you with the skills to plan and deliver safe exercise and programme design for children aged five to fifteen years of varying fitness abilities and run your own classes.
Inactivity and obesity amongst children and young adults is rapidly increasing and you will look closely at how to support these growing markets together with sports talented kids.
Carefully designed to incorporate the very latest in exercise application our graduates gain a solid foundation in kids fitness from which they build a successful Kids Fitness Instructor career. You will be qualified in teaching kids fitness able to choreograph and deliver classes tailored to group needs that develop physical activity combined with maximum fun.
Our kids fitness course graduates progress to run their own kids fitness boot camps, weekend multi-sport exercise classes, school holiday activity camps and assist schools with exercise for the less active. Here your expertise and encouragement can make a real difference. You’ll support children with learning to adopt positive habits through games and exercise based activities that develop fitness, self esteem and improved confidence with sport.
Is this course for me?
You will gain a Certificate in Instructing Exercise and Physical Activity for Children. Once your course is complete you can join CIMSPA with affiliate status and REPs as an approved level 2 kids fitness instructor, ready for the workplace.
Once your course is booked we will 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.
Children's Fitness Instructor - Industry Requirements
Instructing children’s fitness classes is a great way to start your fitness career and establish your own business. You will be qualified to teach children’s fitness running your own carefully designed classes to meet the needs of different groups within the five to fifteen age range. You will use your own energy and motivation to maximum effect delivering fun and engaging sessions that help children get fit and commit to exercise. Ready to get started? Here’s the industry requirements you’ll need to meet.
We’re here to provide the education you need to meet kids fitness instructor industry requirements
Your Children’s Fitness Course Start Point
Follow your passion
already a PT
Complete 2 modules and a video practical with our fast-track qualification
Complete 6 modules and a video practical with our full children’s fitness course
If you aspire to teach and coach kids fitness this course is for you
You will qualify with a certificate in instructing exercise and physical activity for children. This will enable you to advance your career running individual and group based children’s fitness classes and exercise programmes. Once you have completed your six easy to follow course modules and practical video you will be ready to work in kids fitness roles.
There is also the potential to work with specialist groups including inactive kids and obese kids both of which are rapidly expanding sectors.
Teaching kids fitness is all about keeping them engaged, busy and active. Classes should be tailored to appeal to different abilities and fitness levels with the emphasis on teamwork, participation, burning off energy and heaps of fun.
Many of our graduates set up their own kids fitness business running a range of exercise related classes and holiday camps. What’s more if you’re already a qualified Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer this is a great way to expand your services and grow your business by offering personal training for kids on a one to one or group basis.
Children's Fitness Instructor - Awards and Recognition
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Teaching kids fitness classes is a great way to motivate and inspire children to get active, become fitter and build positive exercise habits that last a lifetime. Having gained your children’s fitness instructor certification the fun really begins. You are work ready and once you’re insured can choreograph, teach and instruct your very own classes carefully designed to suit group needs. Check out some of our industry recognitions below and rest assured you’ll be learning with industry experts in kids fitness every step of the way.
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Kids Fitness Course Fees
Full Course Fees
Pay in full
A 20% saving on course fees
Pay over 3 months
£206.25 per month
Total course fees £618.75
Pay over 6 months
£103.13 per month
Total course fees £618.78
Fast Track Fees
* If you have a level 2 fitness qualification study our fast-track kids fitness trainer route by completing modules 5 and 6.
** You will need to provide a copy of your level 2 certification as part of our fast-track enrolment process.
Pay in full
A 20% saving on course fees
Pay over 3 months
£123.00 per month
Total course fees £369.00
Kids Fitness Course - Structure
Our kids fitness course is a great option for Fitness Professionals seeking to run one to one and group based kids fitness sessions. If you’re already a Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer there is also the option to qualify by completing Modules 5 and 6 together with the course practical DVD enabling you to expand your skills and services by working with this growing market.
Anatomy and physiology for exercise
Acquire the key Fitness Instructor knowledge of how anatomy and physiology relates to exercise programming for healthy kids 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 age groups taking part in exercise and physical activity.
Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
Gain the knowledge and understanding that Kids Fitness Instructors need to maintain health, safety and welfare in a fitness setting, including the safeguarding of children.
Principles of exercise, fitness and health
Learn how to programme safe, effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity together with the importance of healthy eating.
Planning health related exercise and physical activity for children
Understand how to plan and prepare a range of different exercise programmes for healthy kids, both individuals and groups.
Instructing health related exercise and physical activity for children
Learn how to instruct, motivate and inspire children with physical activity building positive connections for their long term future.
How is this course delivered?
Our online kids fitness course is delivered by home study and a video based practical. You study your theory modules and then fill in a workbook which contains short answer questions and case studies. When complete this is submitted to your tutor for assessment.
When you have finished the theory part you move onto the course practical. This gives you the opportunity to run your own mini class where you are instructing exercise and fitness to a group of children in the five to fifteen years age range. You follow our step by step guidelines for this and record evidence of yourself instructing the class.
As this course is fully REPS and CIMSPA recognised you will also need to attend twenty hours of classes at your local gym or in your local area to develop your kids fitness instructor experience and skills. This is an industry requirement and you can arrange this at times that work best for you.
This course comes with full tutor support by phone or email. Sometimes its helpful to ask a question, check you’re on the right lines with an answer, or just have a quick chat and your friendly course tutor is there to lend a hand. There are no exams involved in gaining this certification. Once everything is complete, you will receive your official level 2 Certificate in Instructing Exercise and Physical Activity for Children in the post.
This is embossed with the awarding body, CIMSPA and REPS logos indicating the high standard of your qualification. You will also be awarded a credit and unit summary certificate which details all the course modules you have passed.
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 or three and six month flexible payment options. We also offer a fast-track kids qualification route if you already have a level 2 fitness certification or above. Here you complete the last 2 modules of the course and the practical, covering the industry specific subject matter for your children’s fitness instructor certification. This comes with pay in full and 3 month flexible payment options.
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. You can then access your course materials and start studying your course.
Kids Fitness Instructor Course - FAQ’s
The most common questions we’re asked about our Kids Fitness Instructor course are listed here. If your question isn’t covered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Why choose this Kids Fitness Instructor course?
This specialist qualification is perfectly suited to those interested in working with children instructing exercise and fitness.
If you are just starting out you can complete the full course, or if you have already completed your Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer course you can gain your certification by completing Modules 5 and 6 together with the course practical video.
- Qualify as an industry recognised Kids Fitness Instructor
- Gain your Level 2 Instructing Exercise and Physical Activity for Children certification
- Gain access to CIMSPA and REPs as an industry endorsed Fitness Professional
- Gain the accredited kids fitness qualification you need to start or advance your career
As you progress the course materials will help you develop your knowledge and confidence which you’ll be able to demonstrate in the portfolio assessment video.
Which kids fitness qualification will I achieve?
On successful completion of this course you will receive the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Instructing Exercise and Physical Activity For Children. In addition by successfully completing this qualification you will be able to join CIMSPA and gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2.
How is the Kids Fitness Instructor course assessed?
You’ll compile your own portfolio of evidence to gain this kids fitness qualification. In addition, you will complete a portfolio based video where you will learn how to instruct health related exercise and physical activity for children. You can both study and complete your portfolio at a pace that’s right for you.
As this course is fully REPs and CIMSPA recognised you will also need to attend 20 hours of classes at your local gym or in your local area to develop your kids fitness instructor experience and skills. This is an industry requirement and you can arrange this at times that work best for you.
What does the video practical involve?
The practical involves instructing your own kids fitness class with a minimum of four participants in the five-fifteen years age range. You will demonstrate your skills by following our step by step criteria and film either a series of clips or the entire class. Most students use their smartphone for the filming.
Popular venues used include halls, fitness studios, schools, local park or beach, or space permitting your own home or garden.
Can I study the children's fitness course online with home study?
Yes – this online children’s fitness course is perfectly suited to home study with full flexibility for students to choose study times that work best for them. Once you have booked your course and your enrolment is complete, your tutor will arrange your induction telephone call. They will explain how to complete your online study workbooks for each course module and how to evidence the practical by video.
Do I need any existing skills or sports abilities?
No previous fitness or exercise qualification is required. However a keen interest in health and fitness is important when pursuing this career. It is likely that you will have a certain level of fitness, but our courses are about training you to become an accredited Kids Fitness Instructor and at no time will your fitness level determine your progress on any course.
What previous education is required?
No previous fitness or exercise qualification is required. However, an interest in working with children and enthusiasm for exercise is helpful when pursuing this career.
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.
How long is the kids fitness certification valid for?
There is no expiry date meaning you will always have this nationally recognised NCFE fitness qualification to hand. This is also a great way of gaining additional continuing professional development (CPD), building your fitness knowledge.
Can I teach kids fitness classes without a specialist qualification?
At the Academy of Fitness Professionals we advise against this.
The industry standard is to gain a level 2 instructing exercise and physical activity for children certification, or equivalent. This qualifies you to run kids fitness classes for the five to fifteen years age range. You will also be able to obtain insurance, so you are covered to practice. What’s more you can join professional bodies demonstrating you are properly trained and of good reputation.
Do I need insurance to offer personal training for children?
If you are planning to widen your services by offering personal training for children it’s important to check your policy carefully and speak to your insurer about the cover you have in place. There may be certain exclusions regarding children or certain age ranges.
When you gain your children’s fitness certification you can easily speak to your insurance company and upgrade your policy.
Teaching Exercise Classes for Kids – Your Responsibilities
Working as a kids fitness coach or kids personal trainer is highly rewarding and offers great potential to expand your business and client base. Many gyms are offering memberships with dedicated time slots in the gym as well as a range of exercise classes for both teens and children. This is aimed at encouraging them to try new things, be more active and commit to regular exercise activity. As this trend continues there’s a growing demand for qualified instructors to teach exercise classes for kids. If this is the career for you, here’s some of the responsibilities that go with the role.
New member enrolment and sign off
Ensure you have robust procedures in place for new starters joining your kids exercise classes.
- Joining form
- PAR-Q and medical clearance, if required
- Parental sign off for under 18 year olds
- Exercise history, limitations, preferences and goals
Running the children's fitness class
Plan ahead with the focus on class safety, exercise techniques and lots of fun and enjoyment.
- Warm up, main activity and cool down
- Adapting exercises to ensure safe technique
- Adjusting goals
- Recognising limitations and not pushing too hard
Feedback and reflective practice
Seek regular feedback from class members and parents.
- Your own notes on the class
- Parental feedback form
- Asking a colleague to observe