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Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing Payment Plan

From: £98.75 / month and a £100.00 sign-up fee

£100 non-refundable deposit then £98.75 for 4 months

This Level 2 Certificate has been designed for individuals who wish to develop their skills and knowledge to work and/or seek employment as a gym instructor. You’ll be equipped with the skills to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes to a range of clients.

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Home Study

Once the candidate completes the application process, they will get access to resources to help them prepare for the course and their assessments.


Manual– Candidates will receive a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing manual when booking and be asked to read through specific sections prior to the delivery of the course. The manual has end of section questions after each section, this helps the candidate check what knowledge they have retained and areas they may need to focus on.

Videos–Candidates will get access to all practical videos of demonstrations and correct techniques for mobility exercises, cardiovascular machines, pre and post stretches, resistance machines, free weights, body weight exercises and functional exercises.

Mock theory paper- Candidates will receive a copy of an example theory paper to help with revision.

Course work required before the course commences – There are worksheets that are required to be completed before the course starts. Candidates will receive guidance on this when booking.

In Person Delivery

The practical element of the course is delivered over the five days where the following elements will be covered. (This may vary).

Day 1- Introduction, Day to Day structure and Assessment requirements Health and Safety of facility, Customer Care, Gathering Information, Consultation, SMART goals, and Fitness Testing.

Day 2- Completion of Consultation Observation, Introduction to CV machines, Mobility, Pulse Raiser, Stretches, Training Zones and Planning CV Training.

Day 3- CV Practice (Mobility, Pulse Raiser, Stretches and Main CV), Introduction and Practice of Resistance machines, Free weights, Functional and Body Weight exercises. Plan Group Programme.

Day 4- Practise 1-1 programme, Completion of Session evaluation questions, Cool Down and Post stretches, Cool Down and Post stretches

Day 5- All day – Group Induction practical Assessments

*Homework tasks will be given out after each day of delivery

Course Dates

Aberdeen GYM0224
2nd, 3rd, 4th 10th and 11th of September 2022
Assessment Date: 24th and 25th of September 2022

Livingston GYM0225
7th, 8th, 9th 15th, and 16th of October 2022
Assessment Date: 29th and 30th of October 2022

Perth GYM0226
4th, 5th, 6th, 12th 13th of November 2022
Assessment Date: 26th and 27th of November 2022


Candidates are assessed throughout the course by written questions and practical continuous assessment. The final assessments normally take place two weeks after the last day of the course, and they consist of:

Online Theory paper – The theory assessment is completed Online, the assessment is multiple-choice, there are 50 questions and the allocated time to complete it is 1 hour and 45 mins. The pass mark is 35/50.
A date is set for each course.

  • Principles of anatomy, physiology, and fitness

Practical Assessment:

Within the course delivery days candidates will be assessed working in a small group delivering a range of exercises.

A practical day will be set so that the candidate can complete their summative assessment. From a planned programme that is devised by the candidate on the course, the candidate will induct a client safely and effectively onto a range of equipment. Afterwards they will evaluate the session.

Entry Requirement

Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended.

The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.

Progression Routes

This qualification provides progression to the following qualifications:

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal Clients with Exercise and Nutrition.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuits.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebells.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Exercise and Health.


REPs CPD Points: 20 points

On completion candidates will be awarded with an Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing e-certificate. Active IQ are no longer offering hard copy certificates.


The eLearning tool is not a mandatory studying resource. It is designed to offer a different learning style from the manual as some of our learners prefer visual and interactive learning as they struggle to study from the book alone.

The content within the eLearning is not different to the content within your manual, the eLearning, however, is laid out to break down each unit within the qualification and quiz yourself to let yourself know if you are getting the answers correct.

Active IQ has advised that you would require a laptop or computer to access your eLearning account as an iPad or mobile phone would not have the full capability to perform all the functions within the eLearning.

Please note eLearning this is not included in the price of the course, when booking you can include eLearning at the checkout for the reduced price of £35.00, if you pay for this separately the price will increase to £70.00.

Customer Testimonials

Over all, a great course, enjoyed it every day. Would definitely recommend this course to all my friends. Paul is very relaxed and knowledgeable.

Arkadiusz – Dundee 2018

Enjoyable course – feel like I have gained a lot of knowledge throughout. Good Instructor and an adequate help provided throughout.

Eilidh – Aberdeen November 2018