Applications welcome for Bursary

The Basil Scott Training Bursary was established in 2011 to provide free training opportunities for young people and volunteers. Successful applicants are offered access to YMCA training courses and qualifications up to the value of £10,000 per annum. The bursary is aimed at assisting those who would otherwise be unable to afford additional professional training, and seeks to encourage volunteering and to support those seeking employment using newly gained skills.


CYQ Customer Survey 2014

This year’s customer survey indicates that 96.5% of CYQ centres would recommend CYQ to another training provider, which is fantastic news! However, there is always room for improvement. CYQ has listened to what you have to say and we can now tell you about some of the useful changes to be implemented over the coming months following your feedback

External theory exams


Launch of new eLearning

With interactive eLearning and our supporting resources, there has never been a better time for learners to get qualified to teach the next generation of instructors.

The Education and Training eLearning content meets the needs of a range of trainee educators wishing to achieve a qualification that provides an introduction to teaching, whether they are currently teaching or not.


New leader takes helm at CYQ

CYQ is delighted to announce that Rob May has been appointed as Head of CYQ. Rob, who joins on 1 September, will spearhead CYQ’s operations in support of an extensive and expanding range of colleges and training providers across the UK, as well as to diversify its provision of learning and career opportunities for young people.


UCAS Update

YMCA Awards is delighted to announce that a selection of YMCA Awards qualifications at Level 2 and 3 will feature in the new UCAS UK Qualifications Guide which is published in September 2014. 

This is a comprehensive and authoritative guide which features those qualifications likely to be offered by applicants of all ages for entry to UK Higher Education in 2015/16.


Student Feedback

Certificate In Instructing Parkour/Freerunning Fitness Training

This qualification is ideal for: - fitness instructors who would like to broaden their scope - non fitness professionals who would like to enter the fitness industry but not via the conventional route of gym instructor or exercise to music instructor - Parkour sports coaches who would like to add training Parkour for fitness to their repertoire Parkour / Freerunning is the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. In practice it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.


Mandatory units

(Learners must complete all units to achieve 27 credits)

Principles of exercise, fitness and health428
Anatomy and physiology for exercise641
Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity213
Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment216
The principles of Parkour/Freerunning fitness313
Planning Parkour/Freerunning fitness sessions424
Instructing Parkour/Freerunning fitness sessions637


REPs 20 point CPD logo

  • Allows learners entry to REPs at Level 2 - Physical Activity Advisor
  • REPs CPD points: 16

Learner prerequisites

  • None

Staff approval requirements

  • multiple choice examination
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical demonstration/assignment
Fees and resources: 
Qualification fee
 Certificate In Instructing Parkour/Freerunning Fitness Training£70
Unit fee
 Principles of exercise, fitness and health£15
Anatomy and physiology for exercise£15
Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity£15
Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment£15
 The principles of Parkour/Freerunning fitness£15
 Planning Parkour/Freerunning fitness sessions£15
Instructing Parkour/Freerunning fitness sessions£15
Online resources
Mandatory Units eLearning - hosted£59
Mandatory Units eLearning - content onlyFrom £1699
Print resources
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Progression routes: 
  • A level 3 Diploma in Parkour/Freerunning for Fitness Training is scheduled for development in 2014

YMCA Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to the Active Leisure Sector

This qualification is targeted at engaging learners, from the age of 14 to the older adult, by providing them with the opportunity to experience different aspects of working in a sport or fitness centre.


Mandatory units

(Learners must complete all mandatory units to achieve 32 credits)

Sports and Leisure Facility Operations1060
Reception Skills220
Working in an Office Setting440
Introduction to Health and Safety Awareness in the Workplace218
Understand the Principles of Customer Service430
Understanding Employment Rights, Contracts and Pay327
Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness550
Developing Self220

Optional units

(Learners must achieve between 5 and 12 credits from the optional units)

Accommodation and Hospitality Services 530
Housekeeping and Guest Services330
Principles of Food Safety when Providing Food and Drinks for Individuals215
Food Service330
Understanding Sales110
Principles of Marketing330
Salon Reception Duties322
Assist with Facial Skin Care Treatments440
Hand Care330
An Induction to Childcare330
Handling Stock in a Retail Environment220



  • REPs CPD points: 16

Learner prerequisites

  • none

Staff approval requirements

  • coursework
  • practical demonstration/assignment
Fees and resources: 

Our fair and transparent pricing policy makes it simple for you to understand what you pay.

Visit our fees page to see our qualification and resource prices.


Print resources
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Available for free download for YMCA Awards approved centres:

  • Syllabus
  • Learner Assessment Record


Progression routes: 
  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Leisure Operations
  • YMCA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing Operational Services
  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Introductory Work in the Outdoors
  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service