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 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 delivers various CIMSPA-endorsed instructor courses.  

By completing this qualification, you will meet industry requirements to become a Gym Instructor, as set out within the CIMSPA professional standard.

The purpose of this qualification is to enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills to engage, facilitate, educate and support clients in a gym or health club environment.

Completing this qualification allows learners to access Gym Instructor jobs.


  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in various 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, consultations and group inductions.

Format & assessment

This course is tutor-led and delivered over four full days (9am to 5pm). Following registration, you will receive course materials. 

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 be practically assessed for this course by delivering a one-to-one exercise consultation (approximately 15 minutes) and a gym instructing session (approximately 45 minutes). You are only required to attend one of the instructing assessment dates for approximately 2-3 hours. 


  • Students - £440
  • Non-students - £540

Course location

Day 1 - Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym, 46 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ

Day 2, 3 & 4 - Easter Bush Gym, Charnock Bradley Building, Easter Bush Campus, EH25 9RG


Course Course dates Assessment dates How to book?
Semester 2 Gym Instructor Course (Level 2)  20-21 & 27-28 January 2024 15, 16, 17 or 18 February 2024

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Booking information

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

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