NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Instructor)

Our course code: X203

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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 online 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 a 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. This online 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.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X203
  • Qualification code: 501/1996/5/GYM
  • 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.

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.

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. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


As you study, you will submit coursework that will be marked by your tutor. You’ll also be required to attend an assessment day at the end of your course.

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 Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) 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)

Difficulty - 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

Credits - 24

Course Content

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
2: Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and Physical Activity
  • Forming effective working relationships with clients
  • Addressing barriers to exercise and physical activity
  • Support clients in their adherence to exercise and physical activity
  • Provide ongoing customer service to clients
3: Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Emergency procedures in a fitness environment
  • Health and safety requirements in a fitness environment
  • How to control risks in a fitness environment
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
4: Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Components of fitness
  • Effects of exercise on the body
  • Principles and variables of fitness in an exercise programme
  • Health benefits of physical activity
  • Monitoring exercise intensity
  • Contraindications and key safety guidelines for special populations
  • Importance of healthy eating
5: Preparing for gym-based exercise
  • Understanding how to collect and use client information
  • Physical assessments
  • Understanding how to plan gym-based exercise
6: Instructing gym-based exercise
  • Preparing for gym-based exercise
  • Instructing and supervising gym-based exercise and supporting clients
  • Ending a gym-based session and reflective practice
  • Appendix 1: Exercise archive

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

In addition to your course fee, you will need to pay £250 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.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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

There’s no exam, but you will need to attend an assessment day at the end of the course.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

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

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!