Sport & Exercise

Gym Instructor (Level 2)

This is the ideal starting point for those who wish to work as a Gym Instructor in the health and fitness industry.

Whether you are seeking a career change, wish to add to your curriculum vitae (CV) or would like to progress towards becoming a personal trainer, this course is for you. 

Our team of highly qualified and experienced tutors and assessors will support you through your training programme making each step of your journey an enjoyable experience. 

Sport & Exercise, at the University of Edinburgh, are an approved YMCA Centre and deliver a variety of instructor courses.  We are pleased to announce that we are now teaching the new YMCA Level 2 CIMSPA endorsed level 2 certification in gym instructing.

This course has been developed to meet the latest fitness industry standards. It is accredited by both REPS and CIMSPA and is internationally recognised. 


  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments.
  • How to program safe and effective exercise for a range of clients.
  • How to communicate with and motivate clients.
  • How to plan a gym-based exercise program using cardiovascular equipment, fixed and free weights and bodyweight exercises.
  • How to effectively deliver one to one gym-based sessions, consultation and group inductions.

Format & assessment

This course is tutor-led and delivered over four full days (9am to 5pm). Following registration, you will be given access to digital manuals and Anatomy & Physiology e-learning. These feature state of the art, highly detailed imagery from Primal Pictures, the world’s leading creator of complete and medically accurate models of the human anatomy.

COVID-19 CHANGES - Teaching will be delivered using a blend of digital and face to face. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students therefore assessments will take place at our Easter Bush Gym where we can have sole use of the facilities.

Assessment involves 7 elements including a theory assessment, on course formative instructing and a summative practical instructing assessment plus workbooks and other written course work.

The theory assessment is a 45-minute multiple-choice paper (30 questions): Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors. You will sit this assessment on the second day of the course.

You will be practically assessed for this course delivering one to one exercise consultation (approximately 15 minutes) and a gym instructing session (approximately 45 minutes).


  • Students - £429
  • Non Students - £489

Course location

Easter Bush Gym, Charnock Bradley Building, Easter Bush Campus, EH25 9RG


Course Course dates Assessment dates How to book?
Gym Instructor (Level 2)  28 & 29 May, 4 & 5 June 2022 17, 18 June 2022

Fully  booked (new dates to be released soon)

Booking information

  • No email or phone bookings can be taken for the courses at this time.
  • Payment must be made at the time of booking.
  • All bookings must be made online 

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