NCFE fitness qualifications developed in collaboration with fitness professionals

NCFE has developed Level 2 Awards in Instructing Circuit Training, Group Cycling, Kettlebell Training and Suspension Training to help learners develop the skills and knowledge to plan and instruct safe and effective group exercise sessions. These qualifications are based on the CIMSPA Core Group Exercise Instructor Professional standard and were developed in collaboration with sector experts to ensure that they are relevant in the workplace for an aspiring fitness professional. The qualifications are endorsed by both CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals).

Perfect for a Personal Trainer

Abbi Haywood is the owner and director of a health and fitness company, Abbi Haywood Fitness, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Abbi delivers both one to one and small group personal training sessions, alongside working for local gyms and health clubs as a freelance fitness instructor.

After completing her Level 2 Gym Instructing and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications in London, Abbi started working in the fitness industry and worked for David Lloyd Leisure before setting up her own business. Throughout her career she continued to develop her skills and knowledge and has gained numerous CPD qualifications relating to the fitness industry.

Benefits a booming industry

Commenting on the need for these level 2 qualifications in the industry, Abbi said, “When working in the fitness industry, it’s vital that the prior training is completed and to a high standard, as without this knowledge it puts clients and members of the public at a high risk of injury and lifelong issues. The industry is now booming and this increases the importance of these services being delivered by trained professionals.

“These qualifications support learners by building their confidence to deliver services, in a correct and safe manner, to highly reduce risks and largely benefit the growth of their business. I would highly recommend the level 2 qualifications to learners as they are very detailed and the learning outcomes and assessment criteria have been designed specifically for the skills and knowledge needed in the fitness industry.”

Improving community outcomes

Jamie Cairns, Founder and Managing Director of Sporting Chance, was also involved in the development of the fitness qualifications. Sporting Chance is a local community organisation, offering education, training and social opportunities to children, young people and adults. It empowers them through sport and fitness to gain qualifications, achieve employment and improve social skills.

Jamie’s role has the strategic responsibility for operational excellence and staffing throughout the organisation. He has a holistic approach to the management and development of young people, holding their needs as paramount to the work of Sporting Chance. Jamie commented: “There is a real need for these qualifications to support learners and to allow them to gain skills and knowledge in a vocational way. For us, giving young people the opportunity to gain as many fitness qualifications as possible is fantastic and it allows them to progress to higher level qualifications.”

Collaboration with sector experts

Kirsty Wesencraft-Robson, Qualifications Developer at NCFE said, “We really value working with our stakeholders, who are specialists in their field. They bring an in-depth knowledge of their subject matter and of the sector which ensures that our qualifications are fit for purpose and reflect current practice within the workplace.”

Abbi added: “It was a great opportunity to work with NCFE on the development of the core group exercise instructor qualifications. I was able to provide insight from my experience and knowledge of the industry, to ensure future learners get the most they can out of these qualifications and that the skills gained are relevant in the workplace.”

The core group exercise instructor qualifications include:

At NCFE, we welcome this collaborative approach and we’re always looking for new stakeholders to support us with our developments. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Vicky Marlee.