About this course

The Level 2 Gym Instructing Certificate will provide you with the best possible foundation to start your career within the fitness industry.

Our gym instructing course is delivered with face-to-face training to give you the confidence and practical experience of communicating, motivating, and interacting with customers. We believe that training you in a gym environment will give you the right experience and provide you with the qualification you need to get employed.

This course has been developed to meet the latest industry standards. It’s CIMSPA accredited and is internationally recognised.

Key Takeaways

  • This course is delivered full-time (weekdays) or part-time (weekends/weekdays/evenings)
  • Learn how to deliver basic health assessment techniques such as blood pressure and BMI tests
  • Gain the tools to develop and plan gym programmes to a wide range of customers
  • Learn the skills needed to deliver one-to-one consultations and group inductions
  • This course will qualify you to work in any gym across the UK.

This course will qualify you to work in any gym across the UK.


Full-time / Weekdays
  • 7 days face-to-face tuition
  • More face to face content with one online unit to study at home
  • 1 day practical assessment
Part-time / Weekends or Weekdays or Evenings
  • 3 days face-to-face tuition
  • More online course content to study at home than the full-time format to give you a more flexible learning experience
  • 1 day practical assessment
Theory modules
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Level 2)
  • Gym Based Planning, Preparation, and Delivery
  • Providing a Positive Customer Experience
  • Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
Practical modules
  • Level 2 Gym Based Programme Delivery and Professional Instruction
Develop your gym knowledge to provide a positive customer experience
  • Learn how to instruct effective exercise sessions in the gym in a safe environment
  • Learn how to deliver basic health assessment techniques such as blood pressure and BMI tests
Develop your communication skills
  • Learn how to communicate with customers effectively and motivate them to follow their programmes
  • Learn how to promote wellness and exercise to a wide range of clients
  • Learn the skills needed to deliver one-to-one consultations and group inductions
Develop your knowledge of the body with anatomy and physiology modules
  • Understand the heart and circulatory, respiratory and digestive system
  • Understand the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise

A combination of practical and written assessment methods including:

  • Practical assessments
  • Multiple choice theory papers
  • Worksheets

This combined course is accredited and endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and will give you a total of:

  • 10 CIMSPA points

The certificate you will receive is:

  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Anyone over 16
  • Must have experience using cardiovascular equipment as well as fixed and free weights within a gym environment

Funding Available


As part of a Government-backed initiative, the Advanced Learner Loan provides a flexible way for students over the age of 19 to pay their course fees. You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,000 a year. There are no credit checks and applications are not dependent on your income.


Level 3 & 4 courses with funding

The Advanced Learner Loan is available on the following level 3 & 4 courses and will cover the cost of your full course. To find out how much your deposit and the maximum loan will be, see the ‘How to book’ section of your chosen course.


Who can get this loan?

In order to qualify for the loan you must be either be:

    • 24+ years of age on the first day of your course, or
    • 19 to 23 years of age and have already completed a level 3 qualification

You will also need:

    • A National Insurance number
    • To have been living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
    • Be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)

You may also qualify if you’re:

    • An EU national or a family member of one
    • A refugee
    • A migrant worker
    • The child of a Swiss national
    • The child of a Turkish worker

How to apply

    1. Book onto a course
    2. Let the adviser know that you’re interested in applying for the Advanced Learner Loan
    3. You will then be asked to pay a deposit of £125-£375 depending on the course – this is refunded upon receipt of full funding
    4. The adviser will arrange for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter to be sent to you – you’ll need this for your application as it contains the details of your course
    5. After this, you can register and apply on the gov.uk website. If you can’t apply online you can download the application form and send it to the address on the back
    6. If you need to send evidence to support your application, you can fill in the evidence return form
    7. You will receive a letter confirming your loan – usually within 2 weeks if you apply online (postal applications may take up to a maximum of 20 working days)

You’ll find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan on the gov.uk website, but here are some guidance notes to help with the application.

Forgotten to sign your form?

Fill in the signature form and send to the address on the back. 

Changed your mind about the loan amount?

You can change the amount you have applied for by filling in the loan request form.

How to pay back your loan

You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,000 a year. 

Key information about paying back the loan

    • Your repayments won’t start until a year after you finish your course, in April
    • Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £25,000 a year
    • Your monthly repayment will be 9% of any income you earn over £25,000
    • If you’re an employee, your employer will work out your repayments and take them out of your salary with your tax
    • If you’re self-employed your repayments will be paid as part of your Self-Assessment tax return. You can also pay some or your entire loan at any time without any extra charges.

For more information about repayments visit the gov.uk website.


If you are interested in applying for the Advanced Learner Loan, here are some useful forms and information available: 

Loan Request Form

Learner Signature Form

24+ Evidence Return

24+ Advanced Learning Loan

24+ Application Guide Notes


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