How to become a fitness instructor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by private training organisations
- the armed forces
You can do a recognised qualification in gym instructing or fitness instructing.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could do a Leisure Team Member Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship, or a Community Activator Coach Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship, to give you some of the skills needed for this role.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could work as a leisure centre assistant and do part-time fitness qualifications on the job, which would allow you to apply for jobs as an instructor.
It's useful to have a basic level of fitness and to know about how to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity for professional recognition and development.