You do not need formal qualifications from school.
You will require a Level 2 gym instructor course such as the Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym), YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) or Gym Instructing; or SVQ Instructing Exercise and Fitness at SCQF Level 5.
You could do an HNC (SCQF Level 7) or HND (SCQF Level 8) in fitness, health and exercise. 1-2 Highers are needed for entry to an HNC or HND.
A first aid qualification may be required.
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
You would train on the job alongside an experienced instructor.
You could take SVQs in sports subjects, including the SVQ in Instructing Exercise and Fitness at SCQF Level 5, while you are working.
You could also take the ITC Certificate in First Aid for Sport, Exercise and Fitness at SCQF Level 6.
You could take CPD modules in areas such as Strength and Conditioning, Kettlebells and Core Stability, allowing you to teach gym based classes.
You could work your way up to gym supervisor or manager.
As a qualified gym instructor, you can join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Members must complete Continuous Professional Development (CPD), and make sure your qualifications are kept up to date.
Many gym instructors go on to train as personal trainers by completing the YMCA Awards Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. See the Personal Trainer job profile.
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