Certification Requirements to Become a Fitness Instructor

Are you a fitness enthusiast? Do you spend time working out at the gym, keeping your body in great shape? If you do, you may want to consider it as a career. You can actually be paid to keep fit, by aspiring, motivating, and teaching others, how to keep their bodies healthy, and their figures trim.

That’s not the only areas that fitness instructors work in though. There are also other sectors out with private gyms. You can find work with…

  • Hospitals
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Sports venues
  • Health clinics
  • Rehabilitation centres

Even cruise ships are equipped with fitness equipment and they need fitness instructors too, so there’s an extremely diverse range of areas and opportunities you can work in as a fitness instructor.

Certification Requirements to Become a Fitness Instructor

If you do fancy this as a career, there is some study involved. While it’s not intensive, it is mandatory. The certifications for fitness instructors will get you onto the “Register of Exercise Professionals. For short, it’s referred to as REPs. You don’t have to be on the register, but being on it gives your career a professional edge over other candidates who aren’t.

It’s essentially a badge of honour to show that you’re a competent fitness instructor, qualified to teach exercise and fitness, with professionalism.

The minimum fitness instructor certification needed to start work

You only need one certificate to become a fitness instructor.

  • A Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

The qualification can be gained through any of the following 4 awarding bodies, and they can be accessed through your local college.

1)     Active IQ

2)     City & Guilds

3)     CYQ

4)     YTCT

The training will educate you on the important areas that you need to be knowledgeable to ensure you’re equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach fitness, and ensure safety regulations are adhered to, around fitness equipment.

Once you’re qualified to Level 2 in fitness instructing, you’ll be able to register on the REPs service. This can also be beneficial to help you find work, as it can act as a reference for you, when you approach employers with your CV, and let them know you’re on the Register of Exercise Professionals, which guarantees that you’re fully qualified to work as a fitness instructor. You will also need to get your first aid certificate to show that you can carry out CPR if required.

The main areas of study are going to be on diets, nutrition, and exercise. Fitness instructors need to know about key health issues and have the ability and skills to develop nutritional meal plans, in line with their clients’ requirements.

Further education and certificates fitness instructors can do

A level 3 certificate in fitness instruction will progress your career to work with focus groups. That can be working with

  • Young people
  • Elderly
  • Women during pregnancy
  • Those with disabilities
  • … and also be able to take on GP referrals

If you choose to further your education with a level 4 certificate in fitness instruction, you’ll be able to work as a specialist fitness expert, dealing with diabetes patients, helping them with nutrition issues. Another group of people who you could be working with, through GP referrals are those who suffer from chronic back pain, as a result of obesity.

A career as a fitness instructor is one with a great deal of job satisfaction, from knowing you’re helping people live a healthy life, and assisting them as best you can. You can choose to work in an area of fitness you love, such as giving dance classes, water aerobic lessons, or weight training classes.

You can also expand into different areas, where people don’t just want to get in shape and eat more healthily, but with patients who really need your expert advice and instructions, to improve the quality of their lives. If you do choose to get your certification in fitness, and become a fitness instructor, you’ll definitely find yourself making a huge impact on the lifestyles of those who work with you.