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Becoming a fitness instructor, also known as a gym instructor, is a starting point for your career in fitness. Our gym instructor courses aim to provide you with the skills and knowledge to plan and prepare gym-based exercise programmes for apparently healthy adults, to conduct consultations, and to communicate with and motivate clients effectively.
Our gym instructor course exceeds the Level 2 standards set out by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and CIMSPA, and meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status◊.
You can choose to study full or part time with one of our top tutors, or via distance study.
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What you'll study
The content of this course includes:
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All of our Gym Instructor courses have online course material that you will complete as home study before you perform an assessment or attend a clinic. Once enrolled you can log on to our website or mobile app*, access the online course material and start your course.
We offer three study options for our Gym Instructor courses – Distance, Part Time and Full Time. For more information, visit the FAQs How is the Gym Instructor course delivered? and What do I need to attend?
Home study. As the most flexible option, you can complete the course at your own pace within the course term. There’s no clinic for you to attend and you can submit your practical assessments by video with your completed portfolio, or book onto and attend a scheduled assessment day/s (for an additional fee).
Home study plus a Part Time clinic. Ideal for those looking for face to face contact with a tutor and other learners, but who are unable to commit to full time study. Those that enrol on a Part Time Saturday course will book onto and attend a 5-day clinic normally held on consecutive Saturdays; those that enrol on a Part Time Sunday course will book onto and attend a 5-day clinic normally held on consecutive Sundays; and those that enrol on a Part Time Evenings course will book onto and attend a 5-week clinic normally held on consecutive Monday and Tuesday evenings.
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Once you’ve enrolled you can log onto our website and access your Student Desktop. Through it you’ll be able to complete the online course material and, depending on the study option you choose, either book onto optional assessment days, optional training days or a clinic.
Using the TRAINFITNESS app* you can also do all of this on the move via the Mobile Student Desktop.
If you’ve chosen our Distance study option, you’ll complete as home study the online course material, workbook and portfolio, and you’ll complete the 20 hours of practicum required by REPs (where you observe a qualified personal trainer in a commercial fitness facility). You’ll send to us either by post, email or the Help Desk evidence of your completed practicum. As an alternative to performing the practicum, you can book onto and attend a scheduled Level 2 Gym training day for an additional fee. You’ll then submit to us a video of your practical assessments along with your completed portfolio. As an alternative to submitting a video of your practical assessments, you can book onto and attend a scheduled assessment day/s for an additional fee.
If you’ve chosen our Part Time or Full Time study option, you’ll complete as home study the online course material and specific sections of the portfolio, and you’ll then attend the scheduled clinic you’ve booked onto. You’ll finish and hand in your portfolio while on clinic.
Regardless of the study option you choose, there is no difference in the certificate you receive upon completion of the course: the certificate does not state the study option. Before you can request the certificate; however, you must satisfy and complete all course requirements. This includes, for example, the online course material which you will complete as home study before and outside of any attendance requirements.
A PDF copy of the portfolio, workbook and static online course material is included in the course fee and which you can print directly from the Student Desktop. You may purchase a printed copy of the portfolio and workbook from our webstore for an additional charge.
If you’ve chosen Distance study the method of your practical assessments is your choice. You can submit the practical assessments by video (for which you’ll need three clients) and no additional charge will be made. Or, you can book onto a scheduled assessment day/s to perform your practical assessments for which an additional fee is payable at the time of booking. If you choose to book onto a scheduled assessment day/s, you’ll need to bring a client with you. You must complete the online material for the course before performing any of the assessments or attending an optional training day.
If you’ve chosen to study Part Time you’ll need to book onto and attend a clinic scheduled at one of our course venues. We offer Part Time Saturday, Part Time Sunday, and Part Time Evenings clinics. Those that enrol on a Part Time Saturday course will book onto and attend a 5-day clinic normally held on consecutive Saturdays; those that enrol on a Part Time Sunday course will book onto and attend a 5-day clinic normally held on consecutive Sundays; and those that enrol on a Part Time Evenings course will book onto and attend a 5-week clinic held on consecutive Monday and Tuesday evenings. You’ll perform the relevant training and assessments on these clinic days and also complete and hand in your portfolio. You must complete all of the online material for the course and specific sections of the portfolio before commencing a Part Time clinic.
If you’ve chosen to study Full Time you’ll need to book onto and attend a clinic scheduled at one of our course venues Monday to Friday. You’ll perform the relevant training and assessments during this period and also complete and hand in your portfolio. You must complete all of the online course material and specific sections of the portfolio before commencing a Full Time clinic.
Learner Support – As well as the support you receive from your tutor on a scheduled clinic or optional training day (if applicable), you’ll also have access to our Learner Support team, dedicated to assisting you with study questions and queries. The team is generally available via phone, email or through the Help Desk Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm; and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm GMT, excluding Bank holidays and office closures.
eClasses – This course includes optional eClasses to assist you in preparation for your theory assessment(s). There is an additional charge for these eClasses as they are not a requirement for completion of the course. You have the option of enrolling on one or more eClasses and once enrolled you can attend that eClass as many times as you like within the course term. To enrol on an eClass, simply go to the Paperwork & Portfolios section of your web-based Student Desktop (not the app version) and click the Enrol button next to the eClass you would like to enrol onto.
Feedback Service – During your Gym Instructor course you’ll be assessed in various ways, including via portfolio, and theory and practical assessments. If you choose the Distance study option, you’re able to send us a video of what you intend to do for your practical assessment and or what you intend to submit as your portfolio beforehand and one of our qualified assessors will arrange a time to call you to discuss feedback. You need to do this at least three weeks prior to the due date of the assessment or the submission date of the portfolio. Additional fees apply.
Optional Training Day – If you enrol on the Distance study option and would like extra help or guidance with the more practical elements of your course, we have optional training days scheduled around the country which you can book onto and attend. On these days you can receive valuable tutor feedback and a day of face-to-face practical training in a gym environment. An optional training day will also cover the practicum (work experience) requirement of your course, if there is one. Optional training days are not included in your course, nor in the cost of your course. Additional fees apply.
No prior fitness qualification is required before starting one of our Gym Instructor courses.
A basic level of English and Maths will be necessary to understand the content.
The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is mandatory, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary. Relevant personal experience of the subject is helpful. For example, prior participation in gym sessions will be helpful for our Gym Instructor courses.
◊ The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “Train Fitness International LTD” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2016 – December 2019). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Providership # 775727