Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction


Program Description

  • Qualification: Fitness Instruction Level 2 Certificate
  • Awarding Body: Active I
  • Support: 12 months
  • RQF Listed: Yes - 23 credit points (500/8756/3)
  • Reps Recognised: Yes -20 CPD points
  • Ofqual Recognised: Yes
  • Estimated Study Time: 157 hours

Payment details

  • Paying in Full: £699
  • Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £149, then a direct debit will be set up for six monthly payments of £100. Only available to students with a UK bank account.

What do I learn?

On the Fitness Instruction Level 2 Certificate course you will become fully qualified to work in a gym or fitness centre. It is most suited for:

Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in fitness instruction

  • Students who want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Students aspiring to become a fitness instructor
  • Students who are beginners and have no prior qualifications in fitness training

The course and qualification will allow you to:

  • Become a REPs recognised gym instructor
  • Understand all you need to know with regards to becoming a qualified gym instructor
  • Gain entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 2
  • Gain 20 CPD points for REPs membership

*Please note you will be required to attend a 1-day practical assessment/exams at a gym in Birmingham

How it works

Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 157 hours so if you average around 5 hours a week study you would complete in 8-9 months.

The course is delivered through an online learning platform which includes a variety of visual, audio and text-based presentations.

Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone.

The course is split into six units. There are a variety of ways in which you are assessed including two multiple-choice exams, a practical assessment, coursework and a portfolio.

Units 2,3 & 5 you will complete via E-Learning and submit your work to your tutor. If there are any areas for improvement or anything you have misunderstood you will be given feedback and the opportunity to re-submit.

Unit 6 requires a formative assessment which is assessed via a video. Students are asked to film themselves instructing five exercises taken from their program cards in unit 5. Upon completion of these units, you are ready for the assessment day.

Assessment day

To attend an assessment day you must have submitted and passed your E-Learning, Units 2, 3 and 5 and your formative assessment.

Once you have passed these assessments you may book your exam/practical assessment. Simply call us whenever you are ready and we will provide you with the details for arranging this. The exam/practical sessions are run on a student demand basis with eight students taking the exam/practical sessions at a time. The practical component will take place at a venue in Birmingham.

On the assessment day you will complete the remaining mandatory units of your course:

  • Unit 1 - Anatomy and Physiology for exercise (multiple-choice exam)
  • Unit 4 - Principles of exercise fitness and health (multiple-choice exam)
  • Unit 6 - Practical assessment - Instructing a client through 11 exercises taken from your program cards in Unit 5

Entry requirements

Students must be 16 or over to enrol onto this course. A degree of physical fitness is required to complete the practical assessments. It is also recommended that you have some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights and basic level communication skills.

You will need Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. You will also need to ensure your computer is able to play sound as some of the videos include audio.


Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

  • Structure and function of the circulatory system
  • Structure and function of the respiratory system
  • Structure and function of the skeleton
  • Joints in the skeleton
  • Muscular system
  • Life-course of the musculoskeletal system and its implications for special populations exercise
  • Energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • Nervous system and its relation to exercise

Unit 2: Know how to support clients who take part in Exercise and Physical Activity

  • Form effective working relationships with clients
  • Address barriers to exercise/physical activity that clients experience
  • Support clients to adhere to exercise/physical activity
  • Provide on-going customer service to clients

Unit 3: Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment

  • Emergency procedures in a fitness environment
  • Health and safety requirements in a fitness environment
  • Control risks in a fitness environment
  • Safeguard children and vulnerable adults

Unit 4: Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health

  • Effects of exercise on the body
  • Components of fitness
  • Apply the principles and variables of fitness to an exercise programme
  • Exercise contraindications and key safety guidelines for special populations
  • Safely monitor exercise intensity
  • Health benefits of physical activity
  • Importance of healthy eating

Unit 5: Preparing for Gym-Based Exercise

  • Collect client information to play gym-based exercise
  • Use client information to plan gym-based exercise
  • Plan gym-based exercise with clients
  • Collect and use client information to plan a gym-based exercise programme
  • Plan a safe and effective gym-based exercise programme with clients

Unit 6: Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

  • How to provide gym-based exercise
  • Prepare self and equipment for gym-based exercise
  • Prepare clients for gym-based exercise
  • Instruct gym-based exercise
  • Supervise clients undertaking gym-based exercise
  • Bring a gym-based exercise session to an end
  • Reflect on providing gym-based exercise
  • Support clients taking part in gym-based exercise

Course outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction. This means that you will achieve a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualification Framework.

Your qualification is accredited by Active IQ one of the UK's leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies in the health, fitness and active leisure sector. In addition, you will gain 20 CPD points for your REPs membership.

This qualification will provide level 2 entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). This will enable you to obtain public liability insurance to practise as a Gym Instructor.

REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) is the largest public independent register which provides regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet National Occupational Standards agreed by the health and fitness industry. Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Last updated Jan 2020

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