Site Approval

Requirements for teaching and assessment locations.

Our network of approved training providers have enabled over 300,000 individuals to advance their careers with YMCA Awards qualifications.

You need to ensure that any location you use to deliver teaching and/or assessment has adequate equipment to allow learners to meet the assessment criteria of the specification.

This page identifies suggested equipment for various assessment types.

Equipment requirements

  • Barbells
  • Dumbbells
  • Kettlebells
  • Benches

  • Step machine
  • Treadmill
  • Upright cycle
  • Recumbent cycle
  • Rowing machine
  • Elliptical machine/cross trainer

  • Low pulley
  • High pulley
  • Chest press
  • Pec dec
  • Seated row
  • Shoulder press
  • Lat pull down
  • Pullover
  • Leg press
  • Leg curl
  • Leg extension
  • Triceps extension
  • Biceps curl
  • Abduction machine

  • Exercise mats
  • Steps
  • Tubing/bands
  • Exercise balls
  • Stability balls
  • Suspended training equipment

  • Cycle ergometer
  • Dynamometer
  • Sphygmometer
  • Skin fold callipers
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Tape measure
  • Stop watch
  • Weighing scales
  • Stadiometer
  • Sit and reach board

  • Resuscitation manikins
  • Bandages / dressings
  • Defibliration equipment


  • Designated lifting area
  • Floor area for ground work
  • Squat rack
  • Wooden dowel or equivalent
  • Barbells - technique bar, 15kg and 20kg Olympic bar
  • Bumber plates - technique (2.5kg and/or 5kg), 10kg
  • Clips
  • Dumbells and/or kettlebells
  • Pull up bar
  • Suspension traininer (rings would be suitable)
  • Mats
  • Bench or benches suitable for supin pressing, partner assisted trunk training and
  • Bulgarian split squats


  • Lifting platforms
  • Rig with monkey bars
  • Trap bar
  • Full bumper plate selection
  • Dumbbells and kettlebells

Approval tutorials

The short videos below explain how to:

  • request approval for new products, sites and staff through Y-Connect
  • how to request changes to your existing sites and staff approvals.

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Our customer support specialists are on hand to support with all your approval questions.

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