Who is this qualification for?
The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Instructing Gym-based Exercise is a VRQ aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career as an employed fitness instructor of gym-based exercise. The qualification is based on the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for instructing gym based exercise. This Qualification is an entry level into specified Level 3
What are professional standards?
A professional standard is a framework which defines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to perform certain tasks relating to a job role. These standards will gradually be embedded into qualifications by Awarding Organisations to replace the current qualifications that are underpinned by National Occupational Standards (NOS). Within the sport sector these standards are employer led and facilitated by CIMSPA. The CIMSPA professional standards outlines the knowledge and skills required to underpin the occupations and job roles within the sport and physical activity sector.
What does this qualification cover?
The qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a gym instructor.
Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:
- Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness professionals
- Professional practice for exercise and fitness professionals
- Exercise, fitness and lifestyle consultation and management
- Planning and instructing gym-based exercise programmes
Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to pre-screen clients and check their readiness to exercise, health and safety and induct individuals and small groups to gym equipment. They will also plan and instruct gym-based exercise programmes. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working skills and research skills will also be developed.
What could this qualification lead to?
This qualification is fully endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a fitness instructor and register to become a member of the chartered institute for the management of sport and physical activity (CIMSPA).
As a fitness instructor, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:
- Commercial gyms
- Public leisure centres
- Private health and fitness clubs
- Armed forces
- HM prison service
- Cruise liners
Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing additional qualifications at level 3 in the following areas:
- Personal training
- Exercise referral
- Exercise to music
- Physical activity programmes for antenatal and postnatal clients
- Physical activity programmes for older adults
- Mat-based Pilates
- Aged 19 Years & Above
- UK Resident
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