Course Details

This qualification gives students the knowledge and skills needed to plan, deliver, and evaluate safe and effective fitness instruction. The qualification is an entry requirement to the level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

Entry Requirements

Students must be 16 years and above.

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; learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.

Qualification Structure

Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health

Unit 2: Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity

Unit 3: Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment

Unit 4: Principles of exercise, fitness and health

Unit 5: Preparing for gym-based exercise

Unit 6: Instructing gym-based exercise


This qualification is assessed by:

  • Coursework
  • Multiple-choice exam
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration/assignment

Study Options

Mentor: Study with a personal mentor for one-to-one support though your qualification. Further support is also available to all our learners via email, phone, or Skype appointments to successfully complete their qualification. You will attend 16 hours of coaching in exercise prescription; coaching, programme design, and d fitness instruction over four workshops of 4 hours with your personal tutor. This study option is perfect for those looking to study with complete flexibility around their work and personal commitments. 

If you would like to attend group coaching it may be possible for you to attend the level 2 elements of our full PT Skills Diploma in Personal Training. For availability please contact our enrolment team or request a call back. 

Study Progression

Once you have achieved your Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym), you have the opportunity to progress and broaden your knowledge in the study options below: 

  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Suspended Movement Training
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebells
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Sessions
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Studio Cycling

Career Options

Our industry has evolved over the years, the minimum education requirement to obtain employment or self employment within the industry is Level 3. Your level 2 qualification is an excellent grounding for instructing fitness and supporting people in the community. If you would like to progress to level 3 speak with our enrolment team for upcoming level 3 course options.

Level 2 Fitness Instructor Course

2-4 weeks
    • Flexible study
    • Student Discount Available
    • From Only £594