Study to be a Qualified Fitness Leader - Career Advice Available

  • Work to a career as a fitness instructor, life coach or personal trainer.
  • Learn theory and practical skills needed to work successfully in the fitness field.
  • Globally relevant course developed by fitness leaders from different countries.
  • Aimed at students who wish to work as fitness leaders in gymnasiums, health clubs, and similar.

This course was developed to incorporate standard Fitness curriculum from both Australia and the UK; and much more - also everything you find in the Human Biology IA course.

This is the best first step you could take toward a career in Fitness, Health or Coaching. If you know you want to head in this general direction but want to leave your options open - start here.

Kick Start an Exciting Career as a Fitness Leader

  • This course goes beyond what is required by any one country.
  • A longer course with more practicals and more human biology than many other fitness courses.
  • Distinguish yourself in this career and give yourself the edge on your competition.


How To Be Successful in the Fitness Industry

Lots of people study accredited fitness leader certificates. While these courses can generally provide a reasonable foundation for working in the industry, most are relatively short courses, that cover a limited range of things, and most graduates find themselves competing with large numbers of people for limited jobs; and perhaps only working part time, for a relatively low income.

If you want to earn well, and have a sustainable career in fitness, you need to rise above the average fitness leader; and that is what this course is designed to help you do.



There are 13 lessons in this course, each requiring approximately 15 hours of work including reading, additional research, completing the set tasks and assignments. 

The content of each of the 13 lessons is as outlined below:



UNIT ONE – Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise

Lesson 1. Introduction to Health and Fitness

Lesson 2. Exercise Physiology

Lesson 3. Exercise Principles and Cardio-respiratory Programming

Lesson 4. Physiology: Digestion, Excretion, Physiological Systems

UNIT TWO - Biomechanics

Lesson 5. Introduction to Biomechanics: The skeleton and muscles

Lesson 6. Biomechanics and Risk

Lesson 7. Aquafitness, exercise, routines, and equipment



UNIT THREE – Program Design and Performance

Lesson 8. Fitness Program Design

Lesson 9. Delivering A Fitness Program

Lesson 10. Ergogenic Aids to Performance

UNIT FOUR – Safety, Injury, and Body Physiology

Lesson 11. Regulating Body Physiology

Lesson 12. Safety, Injury and General Well-being

Lesson 13. Fitness Programs for Special Groups


To obtain a Fitness Leaders Certificate, students must meet the following four requirements:

  1. Complete the Fitness Leader's Certificate Core Theory which incorporates key sections of Human Biology IA, Human Biology IB, and Health and Fitness I.
  2. Undertake 40 hours of practical at an approved fitness centre (under the supervision of a reputable instructor).
  3. Obtain a current First Aid Certificate that includes resuscitation (Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance for example).
  4. Sit and pass two examinations.


Working as a Fitness Leader

Fitness Leaders are people who instruct and/or otherwise facilitate other people to undertake activities intended to improve or maintain individuals level of physical (and sometimes mental) well-being.

The job of being a Fitness Leader has changed greatly over the past few decades, and looks certain to continue changing.

In the mid 20th century, fitness leaders were fewer in number, and often just amateur fitness enthusiasts conducting exercise classes in a community centre or hall. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, public interest in fitness increased, as has the capacity of people in more affluent countries to pay people to help them improve their level of fitness.

Growth in interest, demand and economic potential has led the industry to develop in different ways in different countries. What was once dominated by amateurs and volunteers, has blossomed into an industry that employs people in a wide range of roles (e.g. Gym Managers, Life Coaches, Personal Trainers, Health Consultants, Fitness Leaders, Recreation Officers). Concerns over legal liability have made it important for these professionals and their employers to be protected against legal action from disgruntled clients.

Appropriate legal protection may be achieved through various means:

  1. By acquiring skills and knowledge which show an unchallengeable capacity to do the job.
  2. Insurance -A professional indemnity policy to protect against any impact from a law suit.
  3. Statements relating to Liability - Displayed notices or membership contracts which clients are clearly advised of limited liability prior to using any offered services.
  4. Registrations and Memberships - Joining an appropriate professional association and/or registering as a fitness leader under an accreditation scheme can provide an indication that the leader is maintaining professional standing.

Please note that our fitness leader courses are not government accredited, and may be not accepted by some employers.

CAUTION: Registration as a Fitness Leader alone may not provide adequate legal protection. Registration simply means you have satisfied what a government or industry body has determined as being required for their registration but if the courts determine you were still not competent to have done something you may still lose a legal challenge.  Professional Indemnity Insurance is also important. ACS is a member of the Complimentary Medicine Assoc. in the UK, and the CMA offers opportunities or professional indemnity insurance under an arrangement  through a major international company. 

ACS belongs to an international network of colleges, schools and institutions. All are members of the International Accreditation and Recognition Council and all deliver courses developed by an international team of highly qualified and experienced academics, led by author and editor, John Mason Fellow IOH and PLA, Member ASA, IOH, IHA, NIAA, ISHS.

Courses have been developed over 30 years by experts from Australia (Victoria, Queensland, NSW), UK, New Zealand, and America. Students come from over 70 countries. Courses have been and continue to be influenced by feedback and input from around the world, making these courses more internationally relevant, adaptable, and flexible for needs of students from anywhere. The courses are highly practical and relevant anywhere, any time, focused on developing problem solving skills, industry familiarisation, networking and communication skills and the overall capacity to adapt to change -something that is inevitable in today's world, and all too often not adequately catered for in other institutions.


Study to build your knowledge and the potential to maximise career opportunities

You can start the course at any time - simply go to the top of your page and choose your learning method (either online or by e-Learning).

If you have any questions - get in touch with our specialist Health and Fitness tutors today, or give us a call on -

(UK) 01384 442752 or (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752