What Qualifications Do I Need to Work at a Gym?

In this article we will explore exactly what qualifications are required to work in a gym and what the key differences are between our Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification and our Level 3 Personal Training Course.

Gym Instructor Qualification

Required Qualifications to Work at a Gym

To work in a gym environment, and attain the adequate insurance you will need to graduate with a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification at a minimum.

This is your first step into the industry, there are no Level 1 Personal Trainer or Level 1 Gym Instructor Qualifications that you must first gain before beginning at Level 2.

You can choose to study your Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification as a standalone qualification or you can study it within our packaged Diploma that includes Level 2 Gym Instructing and Level 3 Personal Trainer.

The Qualifications

The way you achieve your qualifications is completely up to you, whether it is part-time, full time, or completely online.

To become a Qualified Fitness Instructor, you need to complete a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing course, also known as a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing.

These qualifications show that not only are you professionally competent but also that you have the relevant knowledge needed to safely work in a gym or fitness studio environment.

In most cases, a Level 2 qualification is the minimum requirement to work in a gym, and you can get qualified in a number of ways – on a college course as part of your further education upon leaving school, through a specific apprenticeship at participating gyms, or even through the workplace as professional development.

If you are thinking of changing your career or want to complete a Fitness Instructing class at your own pace, then you might be best using a private training company – like us here at The Fitness Group UK.

Our Level 2 courses are designed to take beginners right through to certification in range or different schedules – full time, part-time and online. If you are looking to further your education, you can take the next step with Level 3 – a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training will allow you to move into one-on-one coaching as your next career step, and then the world will be your oyster in terms of careers.

Beyond Level 3 you can choose to move on to study our Level 4 Personal Training Course and you can also specialise in areas like Pre and Post Natal or becoming a Spin Instructor

Possible Career Options When Qualified

Working in a gym is not the only thing that you could do once you are qualified. With some further learning, you could become:

  • A Personal Trainer, running your own personal training business
  • An expert in pre-and post-natal fitness
  • A specialist in working with children, the elderly, or the disabled.
  • A sports fitness trainer
  • A physical therapist
  • An occupational therapist
  • A Fitness consultant
  • A gym manage
  • A strength and conditioning coach with our Level 4 Personal Training Course

Future-proofing your career choice by achieving a recognised qualification means that in the future, if fitness teaching becomes a regulated industry, you will be protected – and it also gives you more freedom to choose where you work – and how much you can charge.

Alongside basic requirements to work at a gym or a studio, your clients are going to want the reassurance that you are fully qualified to teach and encourage them – and if they feel that you are not knowledgeable enough, they might choose someone else.

Get qualified for your career today with a course from The Fitness Group UK.

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