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YMCA Awards Level 2 & 3Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer Combined Course

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£87/month interest-free



Total Price
£1,299 £1,039

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Average completion time10 months

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Support periodL2 6 months, L3 9 months

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Learn onlinewith unlimited 1:1 tutor support

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Start anytime& study at your own pace

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Additional fees£70 YMCA Awards registration and certification fee, £15 online exam fee per sitting

  • Become a REPs-recognised personal trainer with no previous experience
  • Save money by studying both essential qualifications in one
  • Work in a gym or start your own personal training business
  • 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 flexible & 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 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.


Course content

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:

  • 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

Then, you'll study 4 units at Level 3:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Programming personal training with clients
  • Delivering personal training sessions

For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our Level 2 & 3 Combined course guide.

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Sabrina Cham, Level 2 & 3‘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

Reid Hale, 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

Alicia Wilkins, 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

  • 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 3.

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.

This Level 2 & 3 Combined Course is perfect if you want to become a personal trainer but don't have the necessary Level 2 qualification to move straight to Level 3.

Most of our students choose the combined course, as studying both levels together lets you save money and transition smoothly.

Plus, you don't need to wait til you've finished both courses to begin your fitness career. You can become a gym instructor as soon as you complete Level 2.

You can go straight to the Level 3 Personal Trainer course if you already 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

The standalone Level 2 Fitness Instructor course is ideal if you're looking to become a gym instructor, not a personal trainer.

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

While you're completing Level 2, you'll need someone already 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 Level 3, you'll need equipment to create client profiles:

  • Blood pressure monitor and cuff
  • Skin-fold calipers
  • BMI monitor
  • CV fitness testing (such as step test app) 

These can be borrowed from your gym or purchased if not available.

For a full list of the equipment your gym needs to have, download our Level 2 & 3 Combined 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
  • A case study in which you build a client profile, develop and carry out a training programme, and evaluate your results 
  • 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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