During this course, you will learn the skills to be competent and confident in leading safe, effective and enjoyable walking sessions. Walking is a hugely popular form of physical activity and exercise for a large range of ages and abilities because it is enjoyable, scenic, social and versatile. Becoming a fitness walking leader will enable new and existing fitness professionals to expand on their current job roles with the potential to earn more money.
This course is available in a couple of formats:
The L2 Award in Walk Leading is for anyone that would like to lead walks without any the additional learning. This costs £200.
We also offer the L2 Certificate in Fitness Walking. This is an entry-level course to the fitness industry as a Fitness Walking Instructor which will give you the opportunity to register as a Level 2 Physical Activity Advisor (PAA) on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). This requires 4 mandatory units being completed as well as attendance days. This costs £400.
If you hold an existing Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification then you can complete the practical days and receive a full fitness walking qualification. This costs £180.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to lead walks in their community and/or join the fitness industry (e.g. sports coaches, wellness professionals or healthcare providers) as a Level 2 physical activity advisor. It is also suitable for existing fitness professionals who may wish to complement their existing sessions or classes with outdoor fitness walking sessions.
There are no formal pre-requisites for this course but learners must be over 16 years of age.
This course covers the following:
- Anatomy & Physiology for exercise*
- Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity*
- Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment*
- Principles of exercise, fitness and health*
- Plan and prepare a walking session
- Lead a walking session
* For Certificate in Fitness Walking qualification only
The first 4 are mandatory units which must be completed prior to attending the practical fitness walking training days. These units are completed online with the support of a mentor.
The L2 Certificate in Fitness Walking is offered as blended learning which requires online home study as well as attended study days.
The online learning is carried out via the YMCA Awards learning platform. You will complete your learning with the support of a personal mentor from our team of experienced tutors. All mandatory units must be completed and passed before you can book onto the practical training days at an attended venue.
Length of Course
Online learning is required for 10-12 weeks as a guide. This is a recommendation based on 2-3 hours a day; if you are able to dedicate a little more time, then this could be completed in a shorter time period.
The practical training days require attendance at a venue for 2 days, 9am-5pm.
For the Mandatory Units:
- 2 Multiple Choice Theory Papers
- 2 Knowledge Question Worksheets
These assessments must be completed prior to booking on to the practical training days. You can select from the list of exam dates scheduled here. You need to book your exam date 14 days in advance so we can request them from the awarding organisation.
For the Practical Walking Unit:
- Planning a Session
- Leading a Walk
- Evaluating Your Performance
Note: for the practical observation you are required to bring along a participant (i.e. friend or family member).
Cost of Course
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Walking = £400.
Level 2 Award in Walk Leading for non fitness professionals = £200
Level 2 Fitness Walking for L2 Fitness Instructors = £180
Finance options available via Payl8r. View the repayment calculator and find out more here. Simply select Payl8r on the course application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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REPs Points & Accreditation
L2 Award in Walk Leading: By the end of this course, you will be a fully qualified Walk Leader receiving a L2 YMCA Awards Award in Walk Leading. This course awards 16 CPD points.
L2 Certificate in Fitness Walking: By the end of this course, you will be a fully qualified Fitness Walking Instructor receiving a L2 YMCA Awards Certificate in Fitness Walking. The Certificate will gain Level 2 entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a Physical Activity Advisor and awarded 16 CPD points.
What will I gain by completing this course?
You will have gained the knowledge and understanding to lead safe and effective walking sessions, enabling you to provide one of the most popular forms of physical activity and exercise which continue to thrive. You would have a brand new career in fitness and could enhance your potential to earn more money.
The Certificate in Fitness Walking will give you access to a range of further training in the industry such as L3 GP Referral, L3 Ante and Post Natal Fitness and L3 Older Adults.
When can I start?
If you wish to enrol then please complete our application form which can be downloaded here. Send this along with certificates (for Level 2 instructors) to email@example.com
We will then process your application form and once enrolled we will send you further details and release your training materials.
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