Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner Diploma | Innovate Awarding

Diploma for the Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner

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Diploma for the Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner

Assessment requirements Portfolio of Evidence, Multiple Choice Examination

Two units within this qualification are assessed by externally assessed Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) examination. Centres will find documentation on how to deliver MCQ examinations on the QuartzWeb portal. Remaining units are internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by Innovate Awarding External Quality Advisors (EQAs).

Aims and objectives of the qualification

The objective of this qualification is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to engage, facilitate, educate and support clients in the gym environment. This qualification further develops learners’ knowledge and skills to pursue a career as a personal trainer. Focusing on key areas such as: coaching clients towards their health and fitness goals through the planning and delivery of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management.

Entry guidance

This qualification is suitable for those who work or wish to work within the active leisure sector. Some experience of gym-based exercises would be beneficial.

Progression opportunities

This RQF qualification is designed for individuals aged 16 over who want to complete an industry-recognised qualification and pursue a career within the sector. This qualification outlines the role and scope of a Personal Trainer and the essential knowledge and skills that are needed to meet the requirements of a Practitioner membership with CIMSPA. Learners who achieve this qualification could progress into employment as a personal trainer either on a self-employed basis or within a gym or leisure organisation.

On completion of this qualifications, learners can develop their knowledge and skills further with additional qualifications such as:

  • IAO Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Ante and Post Natal Participants
  • IAO Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Older Adults
  • IAO Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Professional recognition

The agreed industry prerequisite to become a Personal Trainer is to have achieved a CIMSPA endorsed educational product that meets the requirements for a Practitioner membership of CIMSPA. This qualification combines the Level 2 Gym Instructor and the Level 3 Personal Trainer standards and so the required prerequisite will be fulfilled upon completing this qualification. On completion of this qualification, learners will also meet the requirements of CIMSPA’s professional standard for Safeguarding Adults and Adults at Risk (category 2) applicable to Personal Trainers and Gym Instructors.


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