level 2

Level 2 Certificate in Group Exercise Instructing 

Start Date: TBC 2024

Pre Requisites: Learners must be 16 years and above

YMCA Credits: 18

Duration: 5 Day Course

Day 1 Introduction to ETM
Day 2 ETM Instruct
Day 3 ETM plan
Day 4 How to Prepare an ETM Session, Theory Assessments
Day 5 Practical Examination


Assessment: 1 Practical exam, 1 multiple choice exams

Location: Home learning, theory and practical sessions at Rare Fitness Braintree

Tutor: Gracie Cocksedge

Cost: £900

If you require monthly payment scheme of 3 payments of £325, final payment must be made before the practical exam day.


The Level 2 ETM Instructor qualification is one of the entry routes into the fitness industry.  Upon completion of your qualification, you will be qualified to teach a variety of basic classes and and be able to continue your learning by adding many further qualifications such as Gym Instructor, Cycle Instructor, Personal Trainer, Les Mills instructor and Pilates.

You will be assessed on your ability to teach an aerobics class safely and effectively, using music, teaching points, cues and motivational skills.

Any of the main specific fitness providers will require this certification to be able to teach their brand.


YMCA says ‘The purpose of this qualification is to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to professionally prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective group exercise programmes within a gym, health club or outdoor environment’

    You Will Learn To:

    To plan and instruct an aerobics class performed to music that will safely and effectively improve your participant’s fitness levels.

    Move to music

    Use music in exercise

    Create exercise routines

    Teaching points and ques

    Motivational skills

    And all to a class full of people

    Next Course Start Date: TBC 2024

    success stories

    Meet our students who have passed and thrive as Group Fitness Instructors:

    lucy is founder of decades reloaded and a wellness coach.

    after lucys own experience with mental health she made it her
    mission that no one else would ever feel alone or unsupported.

    she created a safe space to make people happy – using her
    passion for dance!

    lucy was runner up in fitpro uk instructor of the year 

    lucy taylor

    fully qualified - Level 2 Exercise to music instructor

    katy wanted to refresh her skills and qualify to teach in the uk.

    very soon after graduating katy started running; 2 groups of latin workout classes for ladies over 30 and has an urban latin workshop in november 2021.

    katy is about to launch online classes in the uk, germany and mexico…. so far!

    katy ermel

    Fully qualified ETM Instructor

    Amanda founded fitness with amAnda during the first lock down
    offering zumba classes.

    working with the local gyms and the community has allowed her
    to share her passion for dance and fitness.

    amanda is a qualified/licensed ETM Instructor, Zumba, Zumba
    Toning, Aqua Zumba and Zumba Kids & Kids Jr Instructor and HulaFit Instructor.

    amanda rulton

    Fully qualified level 2 exercise to music instructor