YMCA Awards Certificate in Gym Instructing

This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

Throughout the course, candidates will learn:

  • 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).


REPs CPD Points: 20 points

CIMSPA endorsed


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

Entry Requirements


Progression Routes

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Course Prices

£680 £495

£680 £445 – Student Rate

A £100 (non-refundable deposit) is required to secure a place on this course.

Gym Instructor and Personal Training package:  £1600 (£1400 student rate) when booked together.

Payment plan

12 Month 0% interest payment plan available on request.

Course Dates

Ayr | TBC | Spaces Available

Hamilton | TBC| Spaces Available

Stirling | TBC| Spaces Available

Glasgow | TBC| Spaces Available

Aberdeen | TBC | Spaces Available

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