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Fitness Instructing Certificate

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Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

If you want to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in gym-based exercise, this CYQ course gives you the fitness instruction training you need.

Providing fitness instructing services is a rewarding and responsible role, and you can apply the skills within a range of different environments. The qualification also develops communication and problem solving skills.

What I'll learn

You will learn and complete three units:

  • anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • health, safety and welfare
  • principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • know how to support your client
  • planning gym-based exercise
  • instructing gym-based exercise


How I'll learn

You learn through a mixture of practical and theory-based sessions utilising case studies, discussion groups and lectures on the core content.

Successful completion helps you to seek employment (paid or unpaid) as a fitness instructor within the fitness environment.  You could also progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is through the development of a portfolio of evidence, two worksheets, two one-hour multiple choice exams, continuous assessments and practical assessment.


Entry Requirements

You need to be 16 years of age or above and have an interest in working within the fitness industry.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.