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Gym Instructor Award

SHU Academy of Sport and Physical Activity



We are now able to offer the Gym Instructor Award to level 4 and 5 Sport and Exercise Science and Physical Activity Sport and Health students


Detailed Description

We have been endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) for both Sport and Exercise Science BSc and Physical Activity Sport and Health BSc. The Gym Instructor Award is the minimum qualification needed to work within the fitness industry. It teaches how to support clients in a gym-based environment, how to safely instruct, monitor and adapt gym-based exercise. It usually costs around £500 and is also the pre-requisite to any further fitness qualifications.

If you are a level 4 student: the CIMSPA professional standards for the Gym Instructor Award have been mapped against Developing Professional Skills and Foundations of Physiology and Nutrition. This means that the majority of the Gym Instructor content has been built into your degree this year and you will be able to complete a few additional assessments to achieve the award.

If you are a level 5 student: the underpinning knowledge needed to complete the Gym Instructor Award was built into your teaching last year. The covid-19 pandemic prevented us from being able to deliver face to face practical sessions, essential for coaching clients in a gym-based environment. An opportunity to complete this qualification in the summer will be made available and dates will be circulated soon. Please keep checking the Gym Instructor Award blackboard site for details.

The assessments to pass the Gym Instructor Award are:

Completion of an online health and safety worksheet
Two online 15 question anatomy and physiology tests
Completion of a session plan that safely and effectively introduces a client to gym-based exercise
A practical assessment where you will be required to complete a full induction safely and effectively instruct a client through your session plan

For more information, please see the Gym Instructor Award Blackboard Organisational site which all level 4 and level 5 students have been added to. Here you will find a qualification handbook and links to the assessments and revision support.

If you would like to complete the Gym Instructor Award you will need to complete all assessments and pay an assessment fee of £30. This fee is to cover the cost of your practical assessment.

CIMSPA Endorsement

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