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YMCA Awards Level 2Fitness Instructor Course

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£79/month interest-free



Total Price
£600 £480

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Average completion time4 months


Support period6 months


Learn onlinewith unlimited 1:1 tutor support


Start anytime& study at your own pace

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Additional fees£35 YMCA Awards registration and certification fee, £15 online exam fee per sitting

  • Your essential first step into the fitness industry
  • Become a fitness or gym instructor with no previous experience
  • Progress to the Level 3 Personal Training qualification
  • Study online and film practical assessments at your local gym
  • Learn anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet

Why is this course right for you?

Love your job: turn your passion for fitness into a fulfilling new career

Shape learning around your life: you control where, when, and at what pace you learn

Gain a respected qualification: 9.6/10 Trustpilot score from 2500+ independent reviews

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Get REPs-approved: join the essential Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). This is a requirement for working in most UK gyms, and it also gives you international accreditation in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, South Africa and more.

Entry requirements

You don’t need any professional experience or qualifications to study this Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise).

You should be over 16, live in the UK, and have a reasonable level of fitness and gym experience. All filming of practical sessions must take place in a UK gym.

If you’re planning to use this qualification to progress to the Level 3 Personal Trainer course, you can save money with our Level 2 & 3 Combined Course.

If English is your second language, we recommend you have IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we’re happy to review your case on an individual basis.


Course content

The Fitness Instructor course and assessments are all online.

You’ll take your theory exams securely online, film practical assessments at your local gym, and upload the videos to your tutor for marking.

You’ll study 6 units:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • How to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Instructing gym-based exercise

For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our Level 2 course guide.

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  • Contact your personal tutor anytime online or by phone
  • In-depth feedback on practical assessments so you’re constantly improving
  • All our tutors are hand-picked for their extensive fitness and education experience
  • Our friendly student services team are on hand for non-academic questions


Yes! This course will allow you to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 2.

The qualification is accredited by YMCA Awards, the UK’s leading fitness organisation. They award over 20,000 certificates each year and are recommended by 96% of students.

Plus, as pioneers in flexible learning for 130 years, we’re a highly respected YMCA Awards provider. Our Trustpilot rating is 9.6/10 from over 2500 independent reviews.

The Level 2 Fitness Instructor course is the ideal first step into the fitness industry. It’s the foundation qualification you need to join REPs and progress to Level 3.

You can go straight to the Level 3 Personal Trainer course if you have a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) that covers the necessary units: 

  • Health, safety & welfare in a fitness environment
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise & physical activity
  • Principles of exercise, fitness & health

If you’re planning to study both courses, most students choose the Level 2 & 3 Combined Course. It allows you to save money and transition smoothly between levels.

Still not sure? Our expert course advisors will be happy to talk through your options with you.

You’ll need the following to access and complete your coursework, online exams, and practical assessments:

  • A computer or laptop with internet access
  • A webcam and microphone
  • A printer and scanner
  • A smartphone, tablet or camera that shoots video
  • Access to a UK gym
  • Authorisation to film within the gym
  • A gym buddy (with access to your gym) to participate in practical sessions

You'll also need someone qualified at Level 2 to be within the area while you're filming your practical assessments. This can be your gym buddy, a member of gym staff, or a personal trainer.

For a full list of the equipment your gym needs to have, download our Level 2 course guide.

Right away! When you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started within an hour.

There are no set start dates or timetables – everything is shaped around you.

  • Unlimited 1:1 tutor support online or by phone
  • Interactive online content including videos, quizzes, mock tests and more
  • Study materials specially designed for online learning by fitness experts
  • 24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one online learning platform
  • Student forum so you can share advice and support with other fitness students
  • In-house student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

There are no workshops or in-person exams on this course. You’ll be assessed through:

  • Worksheets submitted to your tutor online
  • A proctored online multiple-choice theory exam
  • Filmed practical assessments in which you deliver a training session to your gym buddy

Our dedicated app lets you upload videos straight from your phone or tablet to your tutor for marking.

Get in touch with our Fitness Advisors on 0800 027 6960.

They’ll talk through your qualifications and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with an interest-free payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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