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Certificate in Gym Instructing Active IQ Level 2

At a glance

  • Part Time

  • 4 hours per week for 16 weeks

  • Graig Campus

Do you want to help people achieve their fitness goals and help motivate them into a healthy lifestyle?

Some people need a boost of confidence to show up at the gym and then they might need to know how to exercise properly and effectively, which is where you come in.

The Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing will develop learners’ knowledge and skills in gym instruction to enable them to pursue a career as a gym instructor. This qualification will provide a combination of knowledge and skills to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes to a range of clients.

This is an industry recognised qualification and successful achievement will provide entry to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as an affiliate member (exercise and fitness).

Programme Features

The qualification provides learners with a good insight into the skills and knowledge they require, not only for working in this sector, but generic, transferable skills that all employers would welcome. The choice of units offered across level two gives learners the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of transferable skills that employers are seeking.

During the qualification learners will cover the following:

  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology that is applicable to gym instructing.
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health.
  • Health and safety in a fitness environment.
  • Customer care.
  • Effective communication skills for client consultations to support positive behaviour change.
  • The skills needed to plan and conduct gym based exercise sessions with individuals and groups.
  • Legal and professional requirements for fitness instructing.
  • How to manage, evaluate and improve their own performance.
Programme content

To achieve the qualification learners must complete the five mandatory units: 

  • Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
  • Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors
  • Health and safety in the fitness environment
  • Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
Progression and employment

This qualification provides progression to:

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise Programmes.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Disabled Clients.

Other related Level 2 and/or Level 3 qualifications, for example:

  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuits.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebells.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Suspended Movement Training.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Group Exercise).
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Promoting Community Health and Well-Being.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Exercise and Health.
Method of assessment

You will be assessed via:

  • Coursework/Project.
  • Multiple Choice Examination.
  • Portfolio of Evidence.
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment.
Entry requirements
  • Learners have to be at least 16 years old.
  • 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 an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.
Additional costs

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Coleg Sir Gar is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08539630 and is a registered charity No. 1152522. 
The registered office is at The Graig Campus, Sandy Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4DN