YMCA

ABOUT YMCA

YMCA Awards (YMCA Awards) was launched in 1998 and is the UK’s leading health, fitness and wellbeing specific awarding organisation, developing and awarding nationally recognised health, fitness and wellbeing qualifications.

Inspired by the rich heritage and charitable objectives of the YMCA and energised by the potential of digital learning, our vision is to be a global education brand, providing always-on access to high quality learning and assessment, and providing industry-backed credentials that are a passport to a new career anywhere in the world.

Study these qualifications with Procision with experienced qualified Personal Trainers, use top flight facilities. 

YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym based exercise

Complete this practical and theory based qualification in order to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. Gives you the qualification that leads to employment as a gym instructor within the sports and leisure industry.

This is assessed via a multiple-choice theory paper, practical examinations and an assessment workbook.

Once gained the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing you can progress and develop your skills and become a qualified Personal Trainer.

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner)

Progress your knowledge and understanding to the next level and become a qualified Personal Trainer. The qualification is mapped directly to The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and also The Register of Exercise Professionals National Occupational Standards for both Level 2 and Level 3 Personal Training.

Covering topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Professionalism, Customer Service, Communication, Medically controlled diseases and health conditions, exercise prescription and practical personal training. 

Develop into a confident and qualified Personal Trainer ready to work with people wanting to achieve those fitness goals with your expertise. 

The qualification is assessed via a multiple-choice theory paper, practical examinations and an assessment workbook. These will be achieved ongoing throughout the qualification.


●  Learners are required to produce a session overview and gym programme card for a safe and effective gym based session of 45 to 60 minutes in duration which is appropriate for an apparently healthy participant (aged 15 or over).  Full details of the required content will be discussed during the course.

●  For the summative practical assessment the learner is required to teach parts of the planned session to an apparently healthy participant (aged 15 or over) and this should last approximately 30 to 40 minutes. The learner will be moved on at certain points within the session. The assessment criteria that the learner will be marked against will be clearly introduced during the course.

●  The learner must produce a written self-evaluation and action plan that accurately reflects the session taught and takes into account verbal feedback received from the participant. A minimum of 15 minutes is allowed for this.



Both qualifications will be achieved by completing online distance learning, contact days and assessment days. A mixture of practical lessons based in the gym and theory-based lessons will be attended in order to achieve the qualifications.

Studied at your own pace allowing you to achieve these qualifications around your hectic work/social life, allowing you to have a hold on your studies. When you are ready for the exams you are able to select times and dates and attack them.