We’re re-imagining the future of fitness, and we want you to be one of the first to knows.
Our next generation occupational entry qualifications map to CIMSPA occupational standards, enabling learners to exceed the sector’s minimum standards for deployment in roles including:
- Group Exercise Instructor
- Gym Instructor
- Personal Trainer
- Pilates Based Matwork Instructor (in development)
- Strength and Conditioning Trainer (in development)
- Yoga Instructor (in development)
Our next generation qualifications have been designed to develop fitness instructors who are:
- Impactful and engaging communicators
- Self-reliant and resilient
- Clear about the limitations of their own scope of practice
We do this through our staged approach to assessment, which empowers learners to build confidence throughout their course. Our new assessments better support learners to build links between knowledge and skills, preparing them to work with real clients.
How are our next generation occupational entry qualifications assessed?
Anatomy, physiology, and nutrition content will continue to be assessed through multiple choice and multiple response questions. However, through our partnership with Suada, learners can now complete these through the Suada app anywhere they have an internet connection. Learners need to achieve 100% to pass this assessment, but to support centres in understanding how their learners are getting on, tutors and assessments can now access data on progress and achievement in real time.
Level 3 learners will need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the effects of exercise through a ‘teach back’ presentation. Learners can upload audio or audiovisual content to the Suada app and share with other learners and their tutor for feedback. Learners will need to demonstrate they’re able to present information accurately, clearly, and concisely. Employers tell us that communication is one of the weakest areas for existing exercise and fitness instructors, so we’re looking to build learners’ confidence early with this assessment!Full information on the requirements for these assessments can be found in the qualification specification and learner assessment record.
Learners will fill in their learner assessment record with their responses to questions covering:
- the customer journey and experience
- health and safety and wellbeing
- continuing professional development
- business acumen.
Full information on the requirements for these assessments can be found in the qualification specification and learner assessment record.
This activity is again about building learners’ confidence in demonstrating their knowledge when communicating with clients. Learners will create information resources – in a format that is suitable to their audience – that could be used to promote their exercise and fitness business. Examples include posters, flyers, social media posts, and videos. These can be uploaded to the Suada app and shared with other learners and their tutor for feedback. Full information on the requirements for these assessments can be found in the qualification specification and learner assessment record.
Learners will answer questions on three realistic case studies provided in the learner assessment record. These case studies are based on real people and are designed to support learners to apply their knowledge in a safe environment. This task is deliberately designed to encourage learners to conduct independent research, supporting them to consider appropriate sources of information whilst reinforcing the importance of working within their own scope of practice. Full information on the requirements for these assessments can be found in the qualification specification and learner assessment record.
Observation of practical skills remains a vital part of our next generation occupational entry qualifications with activities including:
- a gym induction (including client consultation and assessment)
- supervision of activities in the gym environment
- cleaning activities in the gym environment.
- personal training consultation and fitness assessments
- planning, delivering, and evaluating gym, group exercise, or personal training sessions
However, we have updated our assessment requirements to better reflect current practice within the sector. For example, consultation and assessment of new clients, may take place virtually. In many cases, learners can record a video of their evidence for activities and upload it to the Suada app as a vlog of their progress against the assessment criteria. We’ve also provided options to streamline assessments where learners are completing multiple qualifications (e.g. Gym Instructing and Group Circuit Training). Full information on theour requirements for these practical assessments can be found in the qualification specification and learner assessment record.
Following their practical assessment, Level 3 learners will share:
- their experiences and lessons learned during the period of implementing their progressive exercise plan.
- plans to market and grow their business.
This presentation is designed to support learners to become reflective practitioners, highlighting their ability to adapt when things don’t go to plan. It’s also an opportunity to further develop their communication skills and confidence in their ability to succeed as a newly qualified personal trainer. Full information on the requirements for theseis assessments can be found in the qualification specification and learner assessment record.