Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Course code: QCF418
Official REPs recognised Active IQ qualification

This combined ActiveIQ-accredited course is designed for those wishing to become both a qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Fitness Trainer.

  • Discover all you need to know to become a qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Gain entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Levels 2 and 3
  • Study the theory course at home
  • Receive 3 days of practical training at a gym in Birmingham
This course is only available to study online.
Course overview

Become a REPs recognised Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer!

This combined ActiveIQ-accredited course is designed for those wishing to become both a qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. It is suitable for beginners and students without any prior qualifications in fitness training.

Once you have completed the Level 2 qualification, you are fully qualified to work in a gym or fitness centre. On completion of the Level 3 qualification, you are fully qualified to run fitness classes, deliver one-to-one personal training sessions, offer nutrition advice and even start your own business.

You will have 2 years to complete the course so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be handed in by email. You will also have a personal tutor who offers you support every step of the way.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your success!

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Study Hours

Approximately 660 hours.

Course Outcome

You receive the Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing qualification and Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. You will be a fully qualified gym instructor and personal trainer.

Entry Requirements

Recommended that students have experience of gym based exercises.

Assessment

Exams, practical and video assessments. Coursework.

Course content

Qualification codes

Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing – 603/2692/X

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training – 603/0895/3

Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

  • The skeletal system and the effects of exercise.
  • The neuromuscular system and the effects of exercise.
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the effects of exercise.
  • How energy is produced in the body and the effects of exercise on energy production.
  • The structure and function of the digestive system.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • The components of fitness and the effects of exercise.
  • The legal and professional requirements for fitness instructing.
  • How an instructor can help all types of customer to have a positive exercise experience.
  • Products and services offered by fitness instructors and facilities.
  • Skills and behaviours needed to deliver effective customer care.
  • The value of first impressions.
  • How to communicate clearly and effectively with customers.
  • Personal and professional development.
  • Health and safety in the workplace.
  • Hazards and risks in a fitness environment.
  • Normal and emergency operating procedures in the workplace.
  • Maintaining a safe and effective fitness environment.
  • The cleaning requirements in fitness environments.
  • Safe working practices relating to the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) Regulations.
  • How to consult and support clients to change behaviours.
  • The importance of a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating.
  • How technology can be used to support exercise adherence.
  • Established protocols for health screening and fitness assessment of gym-based clients.
  • Consult/interview and support clients to change their exercise behaviour.
  • Planning a safe and effective gym-based exercise session.
  • Planning a safe and effective gym-based session.
  • Delivering a safe and effective gym-based session.
  • Encouraging clients to increase physical activity and exercise adherence.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

  • Structure and function of the cardiovascular system in relation to health and fitness.
  • Structure and function of the skeletal system structure in relation to health and fitness.
  • Structure and function of the myofascial system in relation to health and fitness.
  • Structure and function of the nervous system in relation to health and fitness.
  • Structure and function of endocrine system in relation to health and fitness.
  • The role of the energy systems in relation to physical activity, exercise, and training.
  • Structure and function of the digestive system in relation to health and fitness.
  • How to access credible information about nutrition for health and exercise.
  • Common nutritional terms related to health and exercise.
  • The nutrients needed to maintain health.
  • How nutrients from food are used to fuel and recover from physical activity.
  • How to estimate daily energy and nutrient requirements for clients with different goals.
  • The risks of poor nutritional and lifestyle practices.
  • Nutritional considerations for specific client groups.
  • Analysing client’s dietary habits and identify areas for improvement.
  • Lifestyle factors that affect a client’s health and wellbeing.
  • Commonly medical conditions and how they may impact a client’s lifestyle. Inc Hypertension, Obesity, Cardiorespiratory disease, Diabetes and Stress.
  • How to risk-stratify and when to refer clients with common medical conditions.
  • The importance of communication skills to effectively communicate and engage with clients.
  • Techniques used to effectively communicate and engage with clients.
  • Techniques used to support clients making lifestyle behaviour changes.
  • Communication style
  • How to create a positive environment that motivates and empowers clients, to meet their desired goals.
  • How to collect and interpret health screening and fitness assessment data.
  • Technological advancements that can help clients increase their activity levels and stay motivated and focused.
  • How to monitor and interpret client data from a range of current information technology (IT) applications.
  • Facilitating goal setting and action planning.
  • Principles of safe and effective personal training programme design.
  • Principles of periodisation and how they can be used effectively to meet client’s goal and needs.
  • Integrating the use of alternative environments safely and effectively into personal training sessions.
  • Considerations for planning and delivering group personal training sessions.
  • The scope and professional boundaries of personal training pre- and post-natal women.
  • The scope and professional boundaries of personal training older adults.
  • Designing safe and effective personal training programmes and session plans.
  • Instructing safe and effective exercise technique.
  • Monitoring and motivating clients during exercise sessions.
  • Reviewing a client’s progress and satisfaction
  • The legal and professional requirements for personal training.
  • Health and safety in the workplace.
  • The requirements of a self-employed individual.
  • The legal and professional requirements for the management of personal information and records.
  • Marketing techniques and tactics.
  • How to close a sale.
  • How to set budgets and manage finances in a personal training business.
  • How to monitor and interpret business data from a range of current information technology (IT) applications.
  • How information technology (IT) applications are used to support effective business planning and delivery.
  • The professional and personal importance of continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Strategies to develop a successful personal training business.
Extra info

Course Duration

You will have up to 2 years to complete both courses. This is plenty of time to study in as much or little time as you need. You will also receive 12 months tutor support for each course, so you can feel confident that you’ll get the help you need.

The Level 2 course will take you approximately 230 hours to complete and the Level 3 course will take you approximately 430 hours. Studying around your work and family commitments has never been easier.

Study Method

You will study this course online, which will enable you to learn when and where you want, as long as you have access to an internet connection you are able to study.

You will receive access to an online learning platform including a variety of visual, audio and text-based presentations. You will also have a personal tutor to support you through your course, so help is only a click away!

Assessment

Level 2 Certificate

This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including a multiple-choice examination, practical assessments, video assessment and coursework.

On your assessment day, you will be assessed on:

  • Principle of anatomy, physiology and fitness (multiple choice exam)
  • Programme delivery
  • Group induction

Once you have completed and passed the theory, you can book their practical day. The exam and practical sessions are run depending on student demand and will take place at a venue in Birmingham. You must make sure you are able to travel to Birmingham in order to attend your practical day.

Level 3 Course

This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including a multiple-choice examination, practical assessments, video assessment and coursework.

Practical assessments will take place across two assessment days. During these assessment days, you will be required to complete two multiple choice exams and will be assessed on session delivery and training techniques.

Once you have passed all of your e-learning units and assessments, they will be able to book on for their practical days. The exam and practical sessions are run depending on student demand and will take place at a venue in Birmingham.

Course Outcome

Once you have passed your theory and practical elements to your courses, you will receive your  Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training qualification. These are fully recognised by REPs.

This qualification enables you to become a fully qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Awarding Body

Active IQ are one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector and are recognised and regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA. They design qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways for the active leisure sector.
Your qualification is accredited by Active IQ, 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 is 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 practise as a Gym Instructor.
Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability, and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Open Study College is endorsed by PD: Approval and our qualifications are recognised by REPs.

Q&As

This course comprises the Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. You must pass the Level 2 course before proceeding onto the Level 3 part of the course.

Students must be 16 or over to enrol on this course and a degree of physical fitness is necessary to complete the practical assessments. It is also recommended that you have some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights, and basic level communication skills.

You may start at any time and have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course). This bundle is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

Once you have passed your theory, you may book to confirm your attendance. Simply email your tutor who will advise you on assessment dates. Alternatively, call us whenever you’re ready and we’ll provide you with the details for arranging this. The practical sessions are run on a student demand basis, with 8 students taking the practical sessions at a time.

  • Practical assessments & examination based in a fitness centre in Birmingham
  • Comprehensive study materials
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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