Level 2 Certificate Fitness Instructing (Gym)

Start date(s):
08 Sep 2020
17 weeks
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Active IQ (Active International Qualifications)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
Full Cost Course - £497
(previous year's fees)


This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective group exercise to music sessions.

This qualification will provide entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 2 and is achieved in the context of gym.
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You will have access to excellent training facilities, physical resources and industry standard fitness testing equipment.

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The aim of this Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing qualification is to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor.


This qualification comprises of six mandatory units:
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Instructing gym-based exercise.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete a 1hr theory paper consisting of 25 multiple choice questions, plus a 1hr 45 minute theory paper consisting of fifty multiple choice questions.

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This qualification provides progression to Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Instructing Exercise and Fitness, for learners who wish to develop and demonstrate occupational competence in gym instruction.
Alternatively, it provides progression to Level 3 qualifications in Personal Training for learners who wish to further their knowledge and skills and become personal trainers working with specialist populations as well as the general population .
Learners may also progress on to the Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage, where they will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practice sports massage alongside gym instructing in the health club environment.
Learners may also broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing to Level 2 qualifications in Instructing Circuits, Exercise to Music and Aqua.

You could progress to Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Instructing Exercise and Fitness, Level 3 Personal Training or the Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage at New College Durham.

Meet our students

Mathew Cahill

Mathew Cahil

Mathew Cahil is now a qualified Fitness Instructor.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

No funding is available as this is a Full Cost Course.
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Fees and funding

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited into college for an informal interview.

Entry Criteria

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 pitched at Level 2.