NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

Our course code: X203

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Do you have an interest in exercise, training or the fitness industry? Maybe you’re thinking about starting a brand new career, and are looking for an effective way to widen your existing fitness knowledge? If so, then our Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing was made for you! Fully accredited by NCFE, it’s suitable for beginners without prior qualifications or training, and will help you develop the skills and confidence to work with clients to help them reach their full fitness potential.

This course breaks down the basics you need to know before starting out. First, you’ll explore the key frameworks and systems that make up the human body. Then, you’ll go on to study the role of a gym instructor in detail – you’ll learn how to support the health and wellbeing of your clients by working on tailored fitness plans, discover safe exercise plans for all ability levels, and find out how to conduct health screenings to make sure you’re offering your clients the very best advice. After you’ve completed this course, you can progress to our NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training to enhance your skills and knowledge.

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

Please note: You won’t be able to start this course until 01/08/2021. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

Master key aspects of gym instructing, and discover how to help clients reach their full fitness potential!

  • 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
  • Our course code: X203
  • Qualification code: 603/3931/7
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

NCFE are a national awarding organisation, passionate about designing, developing, and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

Study Hours

It should take you around 185 hours to complete this course, which is around half an hour of studying per day.

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

Please note that you can enrol today, but this course starts on 01/08/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of one year from your course start date.


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, you’ll receive a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing from NCFE. These training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - We recommend 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

In the opening unit, you’ll gain a detailed insight into the bodily systems and structures involved in exercise. You’ll study the circulatory, respiratory, and muscular, nervous, and digestive systems, along with how these systems can vary in different age groups.

2: Maximising the customer experience in a gym environment

In unit two, you’ll take a look at how to interact well with customers in a gym environment. You’ll study effective communication techniques, how to incorporate feedback into your work performance, and gain an insight into national legislation and guidelines. You’ll also gain an understanding of how to undertake routine cleaning and maintenance in a gym environment.

3: Supporting client health and wellbeing

Moving on, you’ll discover how to work with customers to understand their health complaints, and improve their general level of fitness in accordance with their abilities. You’ll examine the physical and mental benefits of physical activity, as well as how to effectively offer health and wellbeing advice. Finally, you’ll study motivational techniques, and goal setting.

4: Conducting client consultations and gym inductions

In unit four, you’ll take a look at how to conduct client consultations, plan exercise programmes for your clients, and set professional boundaries. You’ll look at pre-exercise and health screening methods to ensure you’re offering the most appropriate advice, and how to introduce clients to the gym environment.

5: Planning and reviewing gym-based exercise programmes

Moving on, you’ll discover how to plain and tailor safe and effective gym-based exercise programmes for your clients in line with their physical abilities. You’ll understand how to review your programmes to ensure success, and how to monitor exercise activity to check for over-exertion.

6: Instructing and supervising gym-based exercise programmes

In the final unit, you’ll look at how to prepare for, deliver, and supervise gym-based exercise training programmes. You’ll learn appropriate warm-up methods, safe lifting techniques, how to encourage dynamic flexibility, and how clients should use exercise equipment such as treadmills and rowing machines. Finally, you’ll discover how you can continue your professional development as a gym instructor.

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!