Focus Awards Qualification of the Month – September

Introducing a new blog feature in which we highlight one of our qualifications. This month it’s the turn of our Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) (RQF).

Focus Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) (RQF)

Who is this qualification for?

The Focus Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) (RQF) is perfect for those learners looking to start their fitness career and gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor.

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to a professionally competent level, enabling them to plan, deliver, and evaluate safe and effective fitness instruction sessions, unsupervised via the context of gym-based exercise.

Students can look forward to learning the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology including:
    – Heart and circulatory system
    – Respiratory system
    – Structure and function of the skeleton
    – Musculoskeletal system
    – Postural and core stability
    – Nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • How to maintain health, safety, and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity, and the importance of healthy eating.
  • 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 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups also covered are older adults, ante- and post-natal clients, and disabled clients (provided the relevant contraindications and key safety guidelines are observed).

What do I need to do this qualification?

  • 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 also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading, and writing) involved so learners should have basic skills in communication at Level 2.

I’ve passed! Now what…

Learners wishing to progress from this qualification could undertake the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations
  • Level 2 NVQ in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 National Award/Certificate/Diploma in Sport
  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness – Instructing Exercise and Fitness

You can see the qualification specification here.

If you have any questions about this course, or any others, please call us on 0333 3447 388 or email on