Information for learners

YMCA Awards: a regulated awarding organisation.

As experts in education, health and wellbeing we've been developing UK-regulated and globally-recognised qualifications for 20+ years.

Our regulated health, fitness and wellbeing qualifications are designed with industry experts and employers. Whether you're are looking to take your first steps into the industry or are established fitness professionals, we have a qualification to help you get ahead.

Select an option from the navigation above or explore topics below for more information on our offer.


Digital Certificates: DC Web

We’re excited to announce Digital Certificates Web (DC Web): our new certificate platform! DC Web replaces our Verification Portal with:

  • faster certification – digital certificates will now be available within one working day of claims being approved in Y-Connect
  • learner downloads – learners can now save copies of their digital certificates
  • smart QR codes – enabling employers and third parties to instantly verify achievement
  • greater control for centres – Super Users can now create and delete system users
  • a dedicated portal for:

DC Web for training providers allows users to:

  • view, verify and download digital certificates for their learners
  • search/find learner records.

We have set up all current super users (as of August 2022) in Y-Connect as super users in DC Web for training providers. These users can now manage their users without needing to contact us.

To access your account for the first time, simply select the forgotten password option – this will enable you to reset your password and log in.

If you’re a general user in Y-Connect and need access to DC Web please contact a super at your centre and they will be able to set up with access.

Here’s a link to the user guide.

Log in to DC Web for training providers

DC Web for learners allows users to:

  • view and download digital certificates and supporting documents
  • manage connections with third parties and share achievements
  • order reprints of documents.

All you need to register for the system is your YMCA Awards learner number. Your training provider will be able to supply you with this. If your training provider is unable to share this information, please email us at, providing:

  • the name of your training provider
  • photographic ID (usually a copy of your passport or driving licence)
  • proof of your current address (usually a utility bill dated within the past 3 month)

This enables us to verify your identity.

Here’s a link to the user guide.

Log in to DC Web for learners

DC Web for employers and third parties allows users to:

  • view and verify achievements shared by learners
  • request access from a learner to view their achievements
  • cut down on paper copies, reducing carbon footprint

You have two ways of accessing system. If a learner grants you access to their documents, then you’ll receive an email which you just need to click and follow the registration process. You can also initiate the connection yourself if it is with a known YMCA Awards learner. You just register for the system and input the learner’s details.

Here’s a link to the user guide.

Log in to DC Web for employers and third parties


Careers in Fitness

We've developed job profiles to show some of the exciting roles learners can pursue within the fitness industry as well as a careers quiz to help you decide on the right career path.

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Find a training provider

We regularly update our list of approved training providers, which you can use to find YMCA Awards courses in your area.

Find out more

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

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