Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

What Qualifications do I get?

With this course you gain the following qualification:

YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

 The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing  has been designed to ensure you are qualified with the most uptodate knowledge and skills to work in a gym enviroment.  This is the first stage towards becoming a Personal Trainer.



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Want to qualify as a Gym Instructor ?

YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing 

During the course you will study the following units:

  • Unit 1 Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors
  • Unit 2 Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment
  • Unit 3 Lifestyle and health awareness management
  • Unit 4 Gym -based programme planning and preparation
  • Unit 5 Gym – based programme delivery and professional instruction

Successful achievement of all units must be achieved for the full qualification

Blended Learning

    Blended learning consists of remote learning on Zoom with a tutor and face to face learning in a gym.

You can start studying at home once enrolled!

As we are in an unsettled climate presently with COVID 19 we are  teaching the course via Zoom which means you can study at home with your tutor. You can then book onto the face to face training day and assessment days from a selection of dates that will be emailed to you. Contact us with any questions laughing

Are there any Prerequisites?

You must be aged 16 plus. You should have some experience of gym-based exercises through personal practice and should have a certain amount of physical fitness

How do I book?

Stage 1. You can either complete the contact form by clicking here  ,or you can scroll down the page and click on the book course which will open up a new page. Once we have received your contact information we will email the enrolment documents to complete.

You can also telephone and we will start the process by emailing you the documents.


Stage 2. Once we have received all documents and payment you will receive the resources for the course. This will take approximately a week to process. If you would like to use our interest free payment plan please ask as details will then be emailed to you.

Stage 3. You can start learning once you have received all resources. You will  be guided how to start and what is required. You will be provided with your tutor contact details.

Stage 4. You will be emailed the course schedule which will give you the venue address and requirements.

We are happy to answer any questions you have so please do ask smile

Total Qualification Time

211 hours

This is an estimate of the total amount of time this qualification will take to achieve.

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Blended Learning L2 Gym Course Stages

Stage 1 –Once you have enrolled onto the course you will be provided with your learning resources.

Stage 2 – The schedule for your training days will be emailed to you. This process can take up to 5 working days to process. You will also be provided with your tutor details who will contact you.

Stage 3 –You can start studying once you receive your resources. Using the hard copy manuals will allow you to make notes as you work.

Stage 4– You will attend the scheduled training days where the tutor will guide you through all the skills you require to complete your assessments.

Stage 5 When you are ready we will provide you with a list of assessment dates for the theory papers, you then choose the dates you wish to attend from the list. We offer weekday and weekend choices. The practical assessment dates will be arranged with your tutor on the course.

Stage 6 – Once all units have passed and your work has been through our quality assurance process your certificate will be requested from the awarding body, YMCA Awards. Once we receive your certificate we will post to you.

Stage 7 – Once you are qualified you can apply for job as a Gym instructor and / or enrol onto our Level 3 PT  blended learning course.

We look forward to supporting you through your learning.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the qualification you must complete and pass the following:

  • Learner Assessment Record
  • Assessment Workbook
  • Multiple Choice Theory paper
  • Practical examination
  • Portfolio of evidence

There is no charge for reassessments 

Course Dates

April 2021 Dates

You attend all  training days

  • Saturday 17th April- remote learning via Zoom with your tutor
  • Saturday  24th  April  – remote learning via Zoom with your tutor
  • Saturday 1st May – Practical training in the gym
  • Assessment day arranged on the course     
July 2021 Dates

You attend all  training days

  • Sunday 11th July- remote learning via Zoom with your tutor
  • Sunday  18th  July  – remote learning via Zoom with your tutor
  • Sunday 25th July – Practical training in the gym
  • Assessment day arranged on the course     
October2021 Dates

You attend all  training days

  • Sunday 3rd October- remote learning via Zoom with your tutor
  • Sunday  10th  October – remote learning via Zoom with your tutor
  • Sunday 17th October – Practical training in the gym
  • Assessment day arranged on the course     

Course Cost

Regular Course Cost  £499.00 

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If you would like to use the payment plan option you can pay the deposit by clicking here. We then set up direct debit payment plan for the remaining payments. These are 0% payment plans and details available on request.

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Smart Qualification are a great provider of training and instruction they have helped me get the L2 Certificate in Gym Instruction also the L3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates. I have used other training providers for professional development and found most them are impersonal but the Smart Qualifications team are not. From my first contact them through every stage of training to qualification they have been so supportive and understanding always willing to help. I am looking forward to next course then any others I might need in the future.

Smart Qualifications where recommended to me so I would recommend them to anyone they made learning not just informative but fun.



After searching through the minefield of gym qualifications available online I finally stumbled upon SMART Qualifications. I sent them a message via the website and as soon as I read the reply knew that I had found the right course provider. From day one, Suzanna was more than happy to take the time explaining the course, the qualifications and spent time listening to me, asking me what exactly I wanted to achieve. Once she was sure of the path I wished to take, she got me started on the Level 2 Gym Instruction course. Since then, I have completed a number of other courses with SMART and on all occasions the instructors have been extremely welcoming and more than happy to take their time ensuring you feel confident in all aspects of the learning. Honestly, I can’t recommend SMART qualifications enough to anyone looking to get into the fitness industry.



Awarding body 

The Awarding body for our Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing qualification is YMCA Awards.  Once you have achieved all elements of the qualification and the quality assurance process has been completed your nationally recognised certificate will be processed. 


Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

This course is for adults (aged 16+) wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a Gym Instructor. This course will provide you the most up-to-date qualification at the end of your journey.


Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

The Level Certificate in Gym Instructing will enable you to gain the skills to communicate, facilitate, Instruct and support clients in a gym or health club environment.


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The training from start to finish has been first class…The price for the course is very cheap and yet the support I have had from everyone involved and the communication has been excellent and I will be looking at other courses to sign up to in future.

I can’t recommend this company and its courses enough!!!


After deciding that I wanted to become a fitness instructor I spent months plucking up the courage to find out how to do it. I saw an advert for Smart Qualifications on FB and sent them a message.
I received a lovely warm and friendly phone call about 5 mins later, arranged a visit to see Suzanna, booked my ETM course and have had an absolutely fantastic few months training. I recently qualified as a fitness instructor, kettlebell instructor and am currently doing my Gym level 2 and can honestly say it is the best thing I have ever done! My only regret is I didn’t start sooner! The support received is excellent and Suzanna and Helen are superb tutors. I just have to decide which course to book on next!!!

Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing 

You will cover:

  • anatomy and physiology including:
    • the heart and circulatory system
    • the respiratory system
    • the digestive system
    • structure and function of the skeleton
    • musculoskeletal system
    • postural and core stability
    • the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • principles of working in the gym environment, including customer service and how to maintain health, safety and welfare
  • how to conduct consultations and promote the health benefits of physical activity
  • how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults – both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 13-18 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group and older adults (50 plus).

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