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Fitness instructors can find opportunities in gyms, leisure centres, and health clubs, working with groups and individuals in.

The work can be varied, and are likely to include:

  • Overseeing clients using the facility
  • Conducting group exercise classes
  • Providing inductions for new members
  • Designing personal programmes
In many clubs fitness instructors will also have routine responsibilities including sales, basic equipment maintenance, and health and safety checks of appropriate areas. The standard qualification for a fitness instructor is at level 2, which allows entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

There are a number of ways of achieving a Level 2 qualification that will give full entry to the REPS:
  • Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ) Certificate in Fitness Instructing (gym, exercise to music and aqua)
  • OCR Certificate in Teaching Exercise and Fitness (exercise to music, gym, and aqua)
  • Premier IQ Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Teachers Certificate from the Keep Fit Association
  • PTI Class 3 Certificate from the military

These courses are offered by numerous providers, both college and private, but it is essential to be sure that any course you take leads to a recognized national qualification.

In addition to your level 2 certification you will also need to hold a current first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate. Finally, for those under 24 it is also possible to enter the field via an apprenticeship.

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