Love your job: turn your passion for fitness into a flexible & fulfilling new career
Shape learning around your life: you control where, when, and at what pace you learn
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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.
You don’t need any professional experience or qualifications to study the YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) & Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise) combined course.
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 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.
The course and assessments are all online.
You’ll submit written assignments and 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 at Level 2:
Then, you'll study 4 units at Level 3:
For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our Level 2 & 3 Combined course guide.
‘I competed in athletics to European level so I’m quite aware of anatomy and fitness, and I still learned a lot. I highly recommend this course. I’m a mother and work full-time, so I needed something I could fit around my life. This was perfect.’
- Sabrina Cham, Level 2 & 3
‘Really good is an understatement. The units are laid out very clearly to help people new to online study. The tutor has given me a ton of help, and I love that I can email them at 1am and get a response later that day.’
- Reid Hale, Level 2 & 3
‘The flexibility means I am still able to work on creative projects, look after my newborn and live life at my own pace. I am learning so much and have a lovely tutor. My new career will feel like a lifestyle and not like I am “at work”!’
- Alicia Wilkins, Level 2 & 3