Once the candidate completes the application process they will get access to resources to help them prepare for the course and their assessments.
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 complete an online mock 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.
Candidates will study some of the course through home study as well as four days of face to face delivery through an online platform ZOOM. See below the course structure:
Day 1 Online Delivery
Introduction/Day to Day structure
Assessment requirement/ LAP and folder discussion
Health and safety of facilities
Collecting information/fitness testing – demo’s/Behavioural changes/Stage of change/SMART goals and goal setting
Day 2 Online Delivery
Importance of healthy lifestyle, healthy eating, and hydration
Understanding how to plan and instruct gym-based exercise
Cardiovascular methods, demo’s/videos, intensities, RPE, Heart Rate and pulse raising
Pre stretch static/dynamic – videos
Resistance methods – Resistance Machines, free weights
Day 3 Online Delivery
Body weight exercises
Cool down and flexibility
Consultation Observation Assessment – client complete programme
Instructing safe and effective gym-based exercise/Teaching sequence
Monitoring the safety and intensity of the exercise
Adapting exercise to accommodate different client needs
Day 4 Online Delivery
Discussion of group training assessment
How to plan home based programming 1-1 sessions and group fitness classes
Home based training considerations
Practicalities Insurance, Parq and use of technology for supporting clients and safeguarding yourself
Programme card for group assessment
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.
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.
Worksheets and Assignments
Throughout the online delivery course candidates will be set coursework/assignments, worksheets etc and will be marked by their course tutor.
Practical Assessment (Face to Face at a venue)
All practical assessments need to be assessed in person at one of our locations. When booking each course has an allocated location.
There are two practical assessments and an evaluation:
Modular summative observation
Summative observed session
Session self- evaluation
Other assessment options are available. Please contact the office for more information on [email protected] or 0141 250 7772.
Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
Online delivery: 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th of December 2023
Online Theory Assessment: Thursday the 14th of December 2023
Assessment Date: 16th and 17th of December 2023 in Livingston
Online delivery: 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of February 2024
Online Theory Assessment: 17th of February 2024
Assessment Date: 24th and 25th of February 2024 in Perth
Online delivery: 1st, 2nd 8th and 9th of June 2024
Online Theory Assessment: 15th of June 2024
Assessment Date: 22nd and 23rd of June 2024 in Aberdeen
Online delivery: 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th of October 2024
Online Theory Assessment: 19th of October 2024
Assessment Date: 26th and 27th of October 2024 in Inverness
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.
Due to the course being delivered via Zoom, we ask all learners have a good stable internet connection, and use of a PC, Laptop or Tablet with webcam.
On completion candidates will be awarded with an Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing e-certificates. Active IQ are no longer offering hard copy certificates.
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.