NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Instructor)

Do you have an interest in exercise, training or the fitness industry? Maybe you thinking about starting a career and are looking for an effective way to widen your existing fitness knowledge? If so, then our Level 2 in Fitness Instructing was made for you. Fully endorsed by NCFE, become a REPs recognised Gym Instructor when you complete our course. In addition, our course is suitable for beginners and students without prior qualifications in fitness training. To sum up, we’ll teach you the basics of the human body.

If becoming an instructor is your goal. Our Fitness course breaks down the basics you need to know before starting out. First, you’ll explore key frameworks and systems that make up the human body. Then you’ll go on to study the role of fitness instructor. Some areas you’ll cover include planning, instructing and evaluating gym-based inductions, sessions, as well as ongoing client or member programmes.

Learn the importance of instructing and supervising gym-based exercise safely and effectively. See why instructors should spur people to join and adhere to regular exercise programmes, employing inspiring strategies to achieve this. Train to a professionally competent level. Our course is a stepping stone to a brighter, healthier future. Discover how to prescribe, plan and deliver exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment by enrolling today!

This Level 2 in Fitness Instructing (Gym Instructor) course will enable you to:

  • Gain access to the REPs register to become a recognised Gym Instructor
  • Be able to work in a gym, health club or even start your own business
  • Access Public Liability Insurance to practice as a Gym Instructor

On this course, you will:

  • Gain insight into anatomy and physiology and how it relates to exercise and fitness
  • Develop your ability to plan and deliver safe and effective gym sessions
  • Discover what good customer service is in relation to the fitness industry
  • Acquire awareness of health and safety in an exercise and fitness environment
  • Enjoy opportunities to progress to further qualifications in the fitness industry

Master key aspects of fitness instructing, from planning to evaluating inductions and client programmes in any gym setting.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X203
Qualification code: 500/8756/3
Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

The guided learning hours for this course is 157 hours. However, there may be additional hours required for additional research and writing.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course, this is usually ample time for learners, even with full time jobs and other commitments. However, should you require long, please contact one of our course advisers with regards to an extension.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This is a blended learning course, which means some of your study will be done at home, some will be done face to face with your tutor, and all of your practical assessment will take place at our Birmingham-based assessment centre.

All information about your course will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.


This course is assessed in three different ways: 2 two multiple-choice examinations, a practical assessment and a portfolio which you work on during your course. Successful completion of all six units must be achieved for the full qualification.

Assessment Day

On the assessment day, you will complete the remaining mandatory units of your course with your course tutor. These units will be 1, 4 and 6. Our practical days run on an “on demand” basis in small groups. You may have to wait a short time while we fill the other practical spaces. Our assessment centre is based in Birmingham. How many times you’ll need to come to our assessment centre in Birmingham will relate to how well you progress on your course. On the days where you attend to partake in your practical assessments/exams at our centre, you will complete the following:

  • 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)

Each assessment day you attend will cost £100.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction. This means that you will achieve a Level 2 qualification on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Your qualification is accredited by NCFE, one of the UK’s leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies in the health, fitness and active leisure sector. This qualification will provide level 2 entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). REPs are an independent public register which provides regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet National Occupational Standards agreed by the health and fitness industry. This will enable you to obtain public liability insurance to practice as a Gym Instructor.

Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability, and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
Level 2
Entry requirements
It is also recommended that you have some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights, and basic level communication and personal skills.
Minimum Enrolment Age
16 years
Section 1
Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
  • Structure and function of the skeleton
  • Joints in the skeleton
  • Muscular system
  • Nervous system
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Energy systems
  • Life-course of the musculoskeletal system and its implications for special populations

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

In addition to your course fee, you will need to pay £100 for each assessment day you attend. How many days you need to attend will be dependent on how you progress on the course, students normally need between 1-3 assessment dates.

Yes, there will be short tests that you will sit on your assessment day in order to pass this qualification.

The theory aspect of the course, which takes the majority of the study hours can be completed from anywhere in world. However, you will need to be able to attend our practical assessment day based in Birmingham, UK to complete your qualification.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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