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Course Overview:

Regulated by OFQUAL and recognised by REPs and CIMPSA, The Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) is aimed at those learners looking to gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor. 

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to a professionally competent level enabling them to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective fitness instruction sessions unsupervised via the context of gym-based exercise.

The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing is worth 20 CIMPSA CPD points

Course Structure:

In order to achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) learners must complete the below mandatory units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment

  • Principles of Exercise Fitness and Health

  • Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity

  • Planning Gym-Based Exercise

  • Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

These units will be assessed through a range of methods, including a portfolio (workbook), online multiple choice exam and practical assessment


Entry Requirements:

  • Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended

  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

  • There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication at level 2

Employment Opportunities:

On successfully achieving this qualification learners could potentially gain employment as a

  • Fitness Instructor/gym instructor

  • Recreation assistant

  • Exercise instructor

  • Leisure centre assistant

Progression Routes:

Learners wishing to progress from this qualification could undertake the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ in sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations

  • Level 2 NVQ in Instructing Exercise and Fitness

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

  • Level 3 National Award/Certificate/Diploma in Sport

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness – Instructing Exercise and Fitness

course methods:


The online version of the course requires you to study all aspects of the course from home, using our dedicated student platform. You will be required to attend an assessment day where you will be assessed in delivering gym-based exercise.




£55.44 a month


With the mentored version of the course, you are allocated a tutor/mentor who will guide you through the course from start to finish. Contact days can be taken at one of our many dedicated centres or your own fitness centre and these days are arranged between you and the tutor.




£77.67 a month