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Active IQ – the UK’s leading Ofqual-recognised Awarding Organisation for the Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing Sector – is introducing a refreshed, distinct Level 2 Gym Instructor course.

For the first time, Active IQ has separated the traditional Level 2 formula which usually combines the two pathway choices of Gym Instructor and Group Exercise Instructor qualifications. In keeping with the drive towards more in-depth training, higher standards and ‘fit-for-purpose’ qualifications, Active IQ is giving clear and separate focus to each of the two realms of instructing. Previously, gym instructors and group exercise instructors took the same overarching course (with individual pathway contexts), but Active IQ believes splitting these into two separate strands will ensure bespoke training better suited to each role. First to launch is the Level 2 Gym Instructor course: the Level 2 Group Exercise Instructor course will follow later in the Spring of 2018.

“We believe providing specific, tailored and fit-for-purpose training reflects today’s industry needs and meets operators’ demands while ensuring both Gym Instructor and Group Exercise Instructor roles have value in their own right,” says Sarah Edmonds, Active IQ’s Director of Quality and Standards. “Level 2 qualifications are the entry point to the active leisure industry so it is key that this foundational level of training is specific, robust and thorough to ensure trainers have a firm foundation on which to build their career. To meet this need, our refreshed qualifications comprise more vigorous and detailed training, specific course work and case study evidence requirements,” continues Sarah.

“It has been over 10 years since the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Group Exercise Instructor models were developed and our industry has changed dramatically in that time,” says Sarah. “Splitting out the two strands into discrete, role-specific skills will ensure that both Gym Instructors and Group Exercise Instructors have clear training, assessment and skill development in their chosen field.”

The Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing qualifies learners to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment. There are no pre-requisites, making this an ideal entry level course. Career progression for instructors after gaining this qualification includes further Level 2 qualifications in instructing circuits, group exercise, instructing exercise to children and aqua, advancing their knowledge and skills to potentially accessing level 3 qualifications in personal training, exercise referral or sports massage therapy.