REPS Approved ONLINE Level 2 Fitness Instructor Course
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Qualification Accreditation No: (QCF) 500/8756/3
The Active IQ Certificate in Fitness Instruction (Gym) is at level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit
Framework. It also provides access onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2.
Guided learning hours: 157 Notional learning hours: 230 Credit: 24
Minimum credit to be achieved at the level of the qualification: 24
Requirements other than the award of credit which needs to be met before the qualification is awarded: None Exemptions: None
•• 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
•• Adults (aged 16+) wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as gym-based
•• Please note that 16 to 18 year-olds may need to be supervised in the workplace, once they have
achieved the qualification
•• 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
•• To develop learner’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how it relates to exercise and
•• To develop learner’s ability to plan and deliver safe and effective gym sessions
•• To provide learners with the knowledge to develop good customer service and the personal
qualities required by the exercise and fitness industry
•• To provide learners with an awareness of health and safety in an exercise and fitness environment
•• To provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further qualifications in the exercise and
•• 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
•• 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
LINKS TO NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS
There are direct links to the NOS in Instructing Exercise and Fitness:
A355 Reflect on and develop own practice in providing exercise and physical activity
C22 Promote health, safety and welfare in active leisure and recreation
C316 Work with clients to help them to adhere to exercise and physical activity
D451 Plan and prepare gym-based exercise
D452 Instruct and supervise gym-based exercise
ONLINE Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
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REPS 2 Fitness Instructor course: Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym.
A vocationally related qualification (VRQ), at level 2 on the QCF. It also provides access onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2.
This easily accessible course is the what you'll need to start your Fitness Trainer career. On completion of the course you'll be a qualified gym instructor at REPS Level 2 (Register of Exercise Professionals). From there you can progress onto REPS 3 and become a Personal Trainer, offering more career options and higher salary.
A fitness instructor’s role includes planning, instructing and evaluating gym-based inductions and
ongoing client/member programmes. They should also assist more qualified instructors in the delivery
of personal training programmes. A fitness instructor should also actively encourage potential clients/
members to join and adhere to regular exercise programmes, employing appropriate motivational
strategies to achieve this.
The fitness instructor should be involved in:
1. Collecting and checking information relating to individual clients
2. Analysing information relating to individual clients
3. Identifying and agreeing basic short, medium and long term goals
4. Planning, instructing and evaluating safe and appropriate gym-based exercise sessions
5. Providing one-to-one or group inductions and general exercise programmes, including the
introduction to new equipment where appropriate
6. Selecting relevant exercises and designing appropriate programmes which address safety at all
7. Producing suitable programme cards for a range of clients/members
8. Suggesting relevant exercise adaptations to allow for individual client differences or needs
9. Using logical and progressive teaching methodologies to introduce a range of exercises in relation
to client’s goals
10. Selecting and/or correctly demonstrating a variety of cardiovascular and resistance training methods
that can be used by clients/members
11. Providing clients/members with general advice on how to progress their individual programmes
12. Observing clients/members at all times in order to correct unsafe technique where required
13. To positively interact and motivate clients/members using appropriate strategies in order to promote
retention and adherence to exercise.
14. Acting as a positive role model at all times for all clients/members and staff
15. Proactively developing and maintaining high standards of customer care in order to facilitate the
retention of clients/members
16. Promoting healthy activities and related strategies for daily living to clients/members
17. Monitoring maintenance schedules and assisting in the upkeep and cleanliness of the environment
and all associated gym equipment
18. Working within the parameters given at Level 2, recognising the standards and professional
limitations that this provides, referring to appropriate members of staff for guidance and support
L2 Gym Instructors should:
1. Be aware of their professional role boundaries as listed.
2. Give guidance to encourage special population clients* to follow the key safety guidelines and
discourage them from anything deemed to be potentially hazardous/contraindicated to enable them
to take part in sessions.
*Special population clients including:
•• 14-16 year old young people
•• disabled people
•• older people (50+)
•• ante and postnatal women
3. Get advice from another appropriate professional if there are any objectives, physical activities or
risks that fall outside their professional boundaries or that they do not feel competent to deal with
and/or refer on to the appropriate person.
L2 Fitness Instructors (who do not posses the appropriate special population qualification/s in older
adults, ante/post-natal women and disabled people) should NOT:
•• Be a specialist instructor in the area of special populations, or advertise as such
•• Instruct special population clients 1:1 or in groups on a regular or progressive basis
•• Plan a progressive, long-term special populations exercise or physical activity programme
•• Play any role in exercise or physical activity programming or monitoring in condition management
on a 1:1 or group basis. (For this, a Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification is required and for
certain conditions, where national occupational standards are in place, a Level 4 qualification).
2. Prescribe any form of exercise session or individual exercise that they have not been trained to
3. Instruct exercise in disciplines in which they are not qualified or where they do not hold appropriate
endorsed training (e.g. a Level 2 fitness instructor should not ‘cover’ an ETM class or a spinning
class if they do not hold the appropriate certificates).
4. Provide prescriptive nutritional advice or develop bespoke individualised nutrition plans for clients.
This qualification comprises of 6 mandatory units:
Unit 1 - Anatomy and physiology for exercise
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 - Planning gym-based exercise
Unit 6 - Instructing gym-based exercise
Successful achievement of all six units must be achieved for the full qualification.
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