YMCA Training
A face to face training programme delivered 3 days per week, approximately 10.00am-4.00pm over a period of 12 weeks.

Content: Level 1 Community Activator, Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Exercise & Disability

The course is designed to give participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin their fitness career and includes comprehensive learning resources and all the guidance and support needed to pass the course. Successful completion will lead to an internationally recognised qualification, the CYQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and a Level 3 qualification to support disabled people in exercise. Please not this is not a Level Personal Trainer qualification.

Placement Local project leads organise a work placement. Once qualified, instructors will undertake a twelve week (3 days/week) voluntary industry work placement. Volunteer instructors will undertake community outreach to engage other disabled people in fitness and exercise sessions. Each instructor has a target of getting at least 10 other disabled people physically active.

On completion of the programme instructors are encouraged to continue volunteering or progress into paid employment.

What can the programme lead to?

  • Full-time or part-time work as a gym instructor within a health and fitness club.
  • Become a gym supervisor or fitness manager within a health and fitness club.
  • Deliver popular group classes (by taking CPD modules) including Circuit Training, Keiser Cycle or Core Stability.
  • Build towards becoming a level 3 personal trainer by completing the remaining personal trainer modules.

Who is eligible?
How to apply
Find a course

Work placements
Getting a job