Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills that are needed to plan, deliver and supervise safe but effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 11026
Campus: Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Sport & Recreation
Course Overview

10 week pathway

The course is offered on two evenings per week over 10 weeks. One evening is delivered face to face with the second online (supported by virtual learning content).  

Intensive pathway

The course is offered in a 1-week intensive format. A ½ day Introductory Session is offered two weeks prior to the commencement of the course with further assessment windows completed on completion of the intensive week. The course is supported by virtual learning content

During the qualification learners will cover: 

  • Anatomy, physiology and nutrition and how they relate to exercise and fitness
  • Health and safety in the fitness environment
  • The skills to conduct client and group inductions in a gym-based environment and support exercise adherence and a healthy lifestyle
  • The skills to plan, instruct and supervise safe and effective exercise and physical activity sessions
  • Professionalism for fitness instructing  
  • Personal and professional development
  • Delivering exceptional customer service

 You wish to pursue a career in the fitness industry, want to work in a gym or fitness environment or learn more about your own training needs. 

The skills required to plan, deliver and supervise safe and effective exercise programmes for clients in a gymnasium / fitness suite environment.  

The course content and the practical aspects of the course. 

A wide number of progression routes are available on completion of the Level 2 qualification, including: 

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuits
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebells
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Group Exercise)
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Exercise and Health  

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.

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