Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (QCF) is a substantial vocational qualification that develops the knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed for a career in sport and active leisure as an employed/self-employed fitness instructor. This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16+ age group. The qualification is based on fitness National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's lead professional association, the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

This qualification coverswhich include:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Principles of exercise
  • Health and fitness
  • Knowledge of how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity and health
  • Safety and welfare in a fitness environment. 

Learners will develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan and instruct exercise programmes for gym based exercise for apparently healthy adults of all ages; they will also learn how to provide effective support for clients who take part in exercise and physical activity.

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a Level 2 member under the category of Fitness Instructor, specialising in their chosen area of expertise.

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (QCF) will prepare you for a career as a personal trainer. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a personal trainer in a variety of work settings, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. A Level 2 fitness instructor qualification must be held prior to undertaking this qualification.  

It includes the following mandatory units:

  • Anatomy and exercise for exercise and health
  • Applying the principles of nutrition
  • Programming personal training sessions
  • Delivering personal training sessions

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning science and principles which underpin safe and effective exercise, as well as nutrition to support a physical activity programme. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients. 

The practical units will prepare you to programme personal training, and in particular, collect client information, agree goals with clients, plan, manage and review programmes and adapt and modify programmes accordingly. 

Furthermore, you will be prepared to instruct personal training, in particular, planning and preparing sessions, preparing clients, instructing and adapting exercises and bringing sessions to an end.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a personal trainer. You will also be eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a personal trainer

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Combine both courses with the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

If you are interested in becoming a personal trainer and don't already have a level 2 qualification then this is the option for you. This course comprises both of the level 2 and 3 qualifications in one long course lasting 14 weeks.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively and competently as a personal trainer in gym based exercise setting, which includes: anatomy and physiology for exercise and health, principles of exercise health and fitness, know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity, health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment and nutrition for physical activity.

Learners will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan and instruct gym based exercise programmes and personal training programmes

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to join REPs and become a Level 3 member as a personal trainer