Fitness and Health Awards

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Training Courses

Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise)

Overview

This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

Learners will cover:

  • anatomy and physiology including:
    – the heart and circulatory system
    – the respiratory system
    – structure and function of the skeleton
    – musculoskeletal system
    – postural and core stability
    – the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults – both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups also covered are older adults, ante and postnatal clients and disabled clients provided the relevant contraindications and key safety guidelines are observed

Course Structure

Mandatory units

(Learners must complete all units to achieve 14 credits)

Credits

GLH

Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

6

41

Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment

2

16

Principles of Exercise Fitness and Health

4

28

Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity

2

13

Optional units

(Learners must complete all units to achieve 10 credits)

Credits

GLH

Planning Gym-Based Exercise

4

23

Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

6

Accreditation

  • Level of entry onto REPs: Level 2
  • REPs CPD points: 20

Entry Requirements

  • multiple choice theory paper/eAssessment
  • practical examination
  • worksheets

Certificate in Personal Training

Overview

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.

Learners will cover:

245 Guided learning hours

  • anatomy and physiology including:
    – the heart and circulatory system
    – the musculoskeletal system
    – postural and core stability
    – the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • how to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages

Course Structure

Mandatory units

(Learners must complete all units to achieve 36 credits)

Credits

GLH

Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health

6

43

Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment

2

16

Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health

4

28

Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity

2

13

Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme

6

40

Programming Personal Training with Clients

7

47

Delivering Personal Training

9

58

Accreditation

  • Allows entry to REPs level 3
  • REPs CPD points: 20

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent

Assessments

  • coursework
  • multiple choice theory paper/eAssessment
  • practical examination
  • worksheets

Nutrition for Healthy Living

Overview

This award is for suitable for learners of all ages, who wish to gain knowledge in diet and nutrition for their own use, as well as learners who wish to enhance the role they already have in the fitness industry.

Learners will cover:

30 Guided learning hours

  • structure and function of the digestive system
  • the glycaemic index
  • the role of cholesterol, macro nutrients and micro nutrients
  • guidelines for a healthy, balanced diet
  • obesity and weight management

Course Structure

Mandatory units

(Learners must complete both units to achieve 5 credits)

Credits

GLH

Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Living

3

17

Food Groups and Digestion

2

13

Accreditation

  • REPs CPD points: 16

Entry Requirements

  • None

Assessments

  • Worksheets
  • presentation

Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity

Overview

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme.

Learners will cover:

30 Guided learning hours

  • applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • collecting, analysing and utilising nutritional information
  • the principles of nutritional goal setting with clients
  • providing nutritional advice in line with nationally recommended best practice

Course Structure

Mandatory units

(Learners must complete the mandatory unit to achieve 6 credits)

Credits

GLH

Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme

6

40

Accreditation

  • REPs CPD points: 16

Entry Requirements

None, however it is recommended that learners hold YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent

Assessments

  • multiple choice theory paper/eAssessment
  • coursework

Diploma in Exercise Referral

Overview

Aimed at qualified fitness professionals who wish to learn how to provide assistance/advice and design exercise programmes for people with certain medical conditions which put their health at risk.  

Learners will cover:

242 Guided learning hours

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification

  • the heart, circulatory system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, endocrine system, and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health. Posture and core stability.
  • how to collect and use information relating to nutrition.
  • the relationship between nutrition and physical activity, the principles and guidelines relating to nutrition and nutritional goal setting with clients, and the nationally recommended practice to provide nutritional advice
  • the principles of collecting information to plan an exercise referral programme, the principles of risk stratification in exercise referral and the principles and procedures of record keeping
  • how to identify goals with exercise referral patients and instruct, adapt, and review exercise session with these patients. How to plan, prepare, monitor and adapt an exercise referral programme with patients and understand the importance of long term behaviour change for these patients
  • the current healthcare systems in the UK, the exercise referral process, the roles and responsibilities of the professional within an exercise referral scheme and the role and importance of exercise referral, related policies and key documents
  • the concept of a patient centred approach
  • the clinical features of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes, the relationship between exercise and specified exercise referral medical conditions, the accepted methods for treatment/management of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes and how to programme safe, effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions

Skills relating to the qualification

  • collect and analyse nutritional information and apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • collect information about exercise referral patients and prepare patients and resources for exercise referral sessions
  • instruct, adapt, conclude and review exercise referral sessions. Agree goals, plan, manage, review progress and adapt an exercise referral programme with exercise referral patients

Course Structure

Mandatory units

(Learners must complete all units to achieve 38 credits)

Credits

GLH

Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health

6

43

Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme

6

40

Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients

9

58

Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors

2

14

Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral

7

35

Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients

8

52

Accreditation

  • Allows entry to REPs level 3
  • REPs CPD points: 20

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Any other qualifications which give entry to the REPs Physical Activity Advisor

Assessments

  • coursework
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical demonstration/assignment
  • practical examination

Award in Instructing Circuit Training

Overview

The aim of this qualification is to provide those learners who already possess a valid fitness instructor qualification with the additional knowledge; understanding and skills required to plan and instruct group circuit training sessions.

Learners will cover:

61 Guided learning hours

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification: 

  • Methods of collecting participant information
  • Principles of screening participants prior to exercise including the use of the physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q)
  • How to use participant information to assist with the planning of safe and effective group circuit training sessions 
  • How to use music to enhance group circuit training sessionsFundamentals of sports massage treatments

Skills relating to the qualification:

  • Assessment and screening of participants
  • Preparing self, equipment and environment for group circuit training sessions
  • Instructing group circuit training sessions
  • Evaluating own performance

Course Structure

Mandatory units

Credits

GLH

Planning group circuit training sessions

4

24

Instructing group circuit training sessions

6

37

Accreditation

  • REPs CPD points: 16

Entry Requirements

Learners need to have achieved all of the following pre-requisite units:

  • A/600/9017 – Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • H/600/9013 – Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • M/600/9015 – Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • T/600/9016 – Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment

Assessments

  • Coursework
  • Practical examination

Instructing Outdoor Fitness

Overview

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to design and deliver safe and effective fitness training sessions to groups of participants in outdoor environments.

Learners will cover:

  • the considerations involved in working with groups in outdoor environments
  • planning a range of exercises relevant to groups of participants outdoors, using body weight, environment, and small equipment
  • planning appropriate exercise sessions, taking into account the opportunities and limitations presented by the environment
  • instructing safe and effective group exercise sessions in outdoor environments

Course Structure

22 Guided learning hours

Mandatory units

(Learners must complete the mandatory unit to achieve 3 credits)

Credits

GLH

Planning and Delivering Group Exercise Sessions in the Outdoor Environment

3

22

Accreditation

  • REPs CPD points: 16

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent

Assessments

  • practical examination