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Entry fitness instructor qualifications

How do you gain entry as a fitness instructor? This is a competitive field that appeals to many people as a career path, so it's important to understand what you have to do to gain entry as a fitness instructor.

The first thing to know is that you have to be over 18, in addition you will be required to hold a current first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate. For some jobs you might also need lifeguard qualifications.

The key qualification for working in this field is a recognized REPS Level 2 certificate. REPS (the Register of Exercise Professionals) are the governing body responsible for safeguarding the health and interests of both clients and trainers in the fitness industry.

You'll be able to study at a variety of colleges and private training providers, but be sure to check that their courses lead to a recognized qualification. The main qualifications include:

  • 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)
  • Active IQ Certificate in Gym Instructing
For more information on these courses, and for details of your local providers, the first port of call should be the REPs website.

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