Group Exercise Instructor Certification

Group Exercise Instructor Certification

Important Note: Due to the Covid19 Pandemic our regular classes / contact study is on hold till further notice. We are only taking admissions under our RPL scheme.

What is RPL scheme?

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) refers to an assessment process used to evaluate a learners existing skill sets, knowledge and/or experience gained either by formal, non formal or informal learning.

Enrolling under the RPL scheme has the following aims and benefits:

1. To align competencies of the unregulated workforce of the country with international / global standards in fitness.
2. To enhance the employability opportunities of an individual
3. To enhance the portability of an individual to a better opportunity
4. To provide alternative routes to higher education
5. To provide opportunities for reducing inequalities based on privileging certain forms of knowledge over others

Description

The FSSA Certified Group Exercise Instructor is the best credential to start with in the fitness industry if you wish to work as a group exercise trainer in a gym, studio, or wish to start taking group exercise classes in any facility.

With our excellent, yet easy to understand, research based study resources and highly competent faculty (i.e. tutors as well as assessors) the FSSA GXI is a must have, especially if you are a beginner.

Job role
The role of a group fitness instructor is to build fitness participation of new and existing members through fitness experiences that meet their needs. An Instructor delivers fitness instruction to individuals with the use of equipment (Fitness Instructor) or to a group through fitness classes (Group Fitness Instructor). Both types of instructor have the same purpose of promoting and delivering safe and effective exercise but depending on the specific situation, some additional knowledge, skills and competences may be required.

Pre requisites / Eligibility
• Must have basic understanding of English
• Must be over 18 years of age
• Must have cleared Xth standard or equivalent

Syllabus

Learning objectives:

Maintain the exercise environment
Help to provide a safe, clean and friendly fitness environment

Provide customer care
Observe clients/members at all times and inform them where necessary about health and safety requirements and emergency procedures and be able to deal with foreseen accidents and emergencies

Provide appropriate customer service
Welcome clients/members, keep records and bookings of their activities, and direct them for further technical assistance or to other appropriate members of staff for guidance and support

Identify customer motives and goals
Identify individual motives and resulting short, medium and long term fitness goals

Collect information
Identify client information, which is to be collected and advise clients of correct procedures, protocols and risks prior to commencing physical assessment and exercising

Provide safe instruction
Provide safe and effective fitness instruction

Integrate Exercise Science to the design of the programme
Apply the knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, biomechanical concepts as they relate to movement and exercise, the knowledge of related physiological concepts, the knowledge of the cardio-respiratory system and energy systems, to programme design

Observe and correct
Observe customers who are exercising and suggest corrections and adaptations as necessary to ensure techniques and procedures (posture, range of motion, control, timing and form) are safe and effective

Adapt exercise
Suggest relevant exercise adaptations or options to allow for individual client differences or needs and provide participants with advice on intensity and how to progress their individual performance and results

Offer motivation
Positively interact and motivate clients/members using appropriate strategies in order to promote adherence to exercise

Promote a healthy lifestyle
Provide information about the role of physical activity, modes of exercise and related services and the importance of healthy activities for daily living to clients

Promote customer referral
Invite customers to bring friends and family along and promote their fitness activities in their social environment

Demonstrate professional conduct
Understanding your scope of practice i.e. recognising standards and professional limitations that this provides, and ensuring essentials personal skills and knowledge to be a group fitness instructor are maintained and updated

Scheme of study:

SCHEME / PLAN FOR GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

MODULE 1

THIS UNIT IS ABOUT THE ROLE OF A GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

• To explain the benefits of the particular group fitness programme
• To demonstrate and explain exercises to a group and correct incorrect technique of individual participants provide clients and members with general advice on how to progress heir individual
• To create a positive, encouraging social atmosphere and group interaction
• To ensure pre- and post- class interaction with participants
• Understanding of health and safety issues, including responding to emergencies.
• Understanding and application of skills involved in the supporting of participants in developing and maintaining fitness.

MODULE 2

THE UNIT IS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE ANATOMY AND THE HUMAN MOVEMENT

• Identification of muscles responsible for various movements.
• Understanding the muscles and its actions
• Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the heart, lungs and circulations
• Having knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of human movement and exercise physiology and its application to component of fitness
• Understanding the various energy systems.

MODULE 3

THIS UNIT IS ABOUT EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

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• Understanding the components of physical fitness
• Demonstrating knowledge of components of health related fitness.
• An overview of the factors that affect physical fitness.
• Understanding the relationship between physical fitness, health related exercise, sports specific exercise and health.
• Demonstrating knowledge on stretch theory, warm up, cool down and progression

MODULE 4

THIS UNIT IS ABOUT LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT.

• Determining the related benefits of cardio respiratory , muscular and flexibility related benefits of physical activity and its relation to reducing the risk of disease.
• Learning the importance of appropriate exercise activity required for health benefits and fitness benefits
• Learning the barriers and motivators to exercise participation
• Learning the exercise prescription for health, wellbeing and physical fitness
• Learning how to promote a healthy lifestyle
• Learning about basic nutrition and hydration techniques
• Demonstrating knowledge on basic stress management techniques
• Understanding about adaptations and progressions
• Demonstrating knowledge on safe and effective exercises
• Demonstrating knowledge on modification to exercises
• Understanding body awareness and exercise techniques
• Demonstrating knowledge on health and safety and dealing with accidents and emergencies
• Understanding legal requirements and emergency procedures

MODULE 5

THIS UNIT IS ABOUT COMMUNICATION SKILLS

• Understanding how to connect with people and how to learn and remember people’s names
• Demonstrating knowledge on empathetic listening
• Understanding motivational strategies
• Demonstrating knowledge on customer care

MODULE 6

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A GROUP FITNESS TRAINER

• Understanding of importance of gathering information prior to the start of the class in relation to the participants and their needs to include new participants, programme experience, names inquiry about injuries, checking for correct gear
• Understanding of informing participants of programme benefits and target audience
• Having basic understanding of the skills involved in delivering a group fitness class
• Understanding of how to teach group fitness to music by focusing on music and choreography, how to use music to motivate participants, hot to deliver self or pre designed programme specific choreography.

LEARNING HOURS FOR GROUP EXERCISE CERTIFICATION

TLH, GLH CORE LEARNING UNITS ASSESSMENT METHODS
15-20 TLH
4-8 GLH
ROLE OF THE GROUP FITNESS TRAINER THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EVALUATIONS
15-20 TLH
10-15 GLH
HUMAN MOVEMENT AND FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EVALUATIONS
5-20 TLH
5-10 GLH
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EVALUATIONS
15-20 TLH
4-8 GLH
LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EVALUATIONS
10-15 TLH
4-5 GLH
COMMUNICATION SKILLS THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EVALUATIONS
25-30 TLH
10-15 GLH
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A GROUP FITNESS TRAINER THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT

TLH – TOTAL LEARNING HOURS
GLH – GUIDED LEARNING HOURS 16

Total Qualification Time: 150-180 Hours
Guided Learning Hours: 50-70 Hours
Self Study / Assessments: 120-130 Hours

Note: These hours are an approximation according to the measure and standards of the qualification

Packages

Option 1. Silver Package


Includes:

  • FSSA Group Exercise Fitness Instructor Certificate
  • CPR AED tutorial + instant downloadable certificate [online]

Fee INR 22,000/-

Option 2. Gold Package


Includes:

  • FSSA Group Exercise Fitness Instructor Certificate
  • CPR AED tutorial + instant downloadable certificate [online]
  • Skill India Fitness Trainer Certificate

Fee INR 28,500/-

Option 3. Platinum Package

Includes:

  • FSSA Group Exercise Fitness Instructor Certificate
  • CPR AED tutorial + instant downloadable certificate [online]
  • Skill India Fitness Trainer Certificate
  • Ereps Membership Certificate

Fee INR 34,500/-

Testimonials

FAQs

GENERAL FAQs - PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

This section is specifically designed to answer any FAQs related to FSSA Professional Qualifications:

CERTIFIED FITNESS TRAINER
CERTIFIED GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR
DIPLOMA IN ADVANCED MAT PILATES
PREGNANCY AND POST NATAL EXERCISE SPECIALIST
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
DIPLOMA IN PERSONAL TRAINER

What is the value of FSSA Certification?

Certification is a process by which FSSA, as a non-governmental agency or association, a not for profit organisation recognizes the competency of individuals who have met certain detailed criteria and standards laid down by FSSA.

The FSSA certifications are recognized, accepted all over the Indian sub continent as an ultimate mark of quality and credibility.

FSSA is the ONLY organisation, to have its professional courses fully accredited by EuropeActive / EREPS (CFT, GX, PIL, PPES, and CPT) and PD: Approval, UK (DPT).

Kindly see the package, which suits your requirement and/or budget. In case you have any questions or are not sure please give us a call at +91-8800254226 or write to us at support@fssaonline.in

FSSA also is a member organisation of the CQC Foundation where all the learners qualifications, skills and experience etc. are checked and verified after due diligence and trainers can then list themselves on their website showcasing their credibility to potential customers and employers.

Having a FSSA Professional qualification is a proof that:

• He/she has undergone rigorous testing procedures
• He/she will demonstrate to colleagues, clients and employers a dedication to quality knowledge, theoretical, practical and communication skills of the highest standards
• He/she has promised to remain within scope of practice
• He/she is bound by the FSSA code of ethics
• Sets him/her apart from non certified/non credentialed job candidates
• Assures current knowledge through continued education and verification of base level competency
• He/she will uphold fitness industry standards and regulations, thereby potentially saving organizations from potential liabilities

I want to train Online? Which course should I opt for?

If you wish to train and work with general population, the CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) is an ideal choice. You may choose the package depending on, if you wish to train in India and/or abroad. If you wish to work in a specific domain such as Pilates and/or with pregnant women we have other specialities for that.

I want to go abroad and work? Which course should I opt for?

Depending on your country of work, you may require international portability or international recognition. If you wish to work in Europe, then the CPT platinum package is the right choice. If you wish to work in UK, Middle East, Australia or New Zealand then you should opt for the FSSA DPT Diamond package.

PAYMENT FAQs.
Is there any fees / cost to pay it off early?

No

I chose to pay in installments, but can I pay it off earlier?

Yes, you can pay of your balance early.

What if I miss a payment of EMIs?

If you miss a payment, we will be in touch to offer a solution and put you back on track. If the payment is delayed for more than 1 week. An administrative fee of INR 2000.00 shall be applicable. If installment is late by 15 days, we may cancel your course and you will have to re enroll by paying full fee(s).

Do I have to go through a credit check?

No. There are no credit checks required.

COURSE FAQs.
How long do I have to complete my course? What happens if I am unable to complete my course in that time?

You have 8 months to complete from the date of enrollment.

If you do not finish within 8 months, you may request a 2-month extension, free of charge. If you fail to complete the requirements during your first extension period, you may request a final 2-month extension for a non-refundable fee of INR 7500.00. Completion of the program beyond the final extension period requires re-enrollment by paying full fee(s).

What is required to get my final certificate(s)?

CFT – You must meet the following:
◦ Submission of video towards practical assessment (In accordance with our practical assessment guidelines)
◦ Successful completion (70% or more) in online MCQs
◦ Proof of current Adult CPR / AED certificate

GX – You must meet the following:
◦ Submission of video towards practical assessment (In accordance with our practical assessment guidelines)
◦ Successful completion (70% or more) in online MCQs
◦ Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

PILATES – You must meet the following:
◦ Submission of video towards practical assessment (In accordance with our practical assessment guidelines)
◦ Successful completion (70% or more) in online MCQs
◦ Successful completion of 2 x Case studies
◦ Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

PPES – You must meet the following:
◦ Submission of video towards practical assessment (In accordance with our practical assessment guidelines)
◦ Successful completion (70% or more) in online MCQs
◦ Successful completion of 2 x Case studies
◦ Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

CPT – You must meet the following:
◦ Submission of video towards practical assessment (In accordance with our practical assessment guidelines)
◦ Successful completion (70% or more) in online MCQs
◦ Successful completion of 2 x Case studies
◦ Proof of current Adult CPR / AED certificate

DPT – You must meet the following:
◦ Submission of video towards practical assessment (In accordance with our practical assessment guidelines)
◦ Successful completion (70% or more) in online MCQs
◦ Successful completion of 2 x Case studies
◦ Successful completion of the DPT RPL pack
◦ Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

What is the best way to study for my final examination, considering there are so many books and study material?

When you enroll for any of our professional qualifications, an email is sent out which contains step-by-step review and preparation information for the final Examination.

My course study material includes a workbook and a study guide. Is it mandatory that I complete the workbook? Will I need to submit it at any point?

The Workbook and Study Guide provides assistance in the retention of the course material. You are not required to submit the workbook in for grading. However, experience has shown that individuals who faithfully use the Workbook and Study Guide achieve greater understanding of the course materials than those who do not use a workbook. FSSA recommends that you actively use the Workbook and Study Guide to prepare for the final examination and for understanding of core concepts.

The exam is difficult. I know what I am doing, but I have a hard time making a video and/or completing the case studies. What now?

FSSA exams have been designed not to make them difficult but to test the knowledge and skills you have gained studying towards such highly renowned, recognized and accredited professional qualifications. Remember, if becoming a professional in any field were without challenge, the profession’s credibility would be questioned. Also, communication skills are essential to being a successful fitness professional. We have seen countless trainers who were quite experienced but lacked the communication skills necessary to succeed financially and professionally. Being able to express yourself verbally and in writing is imperative to your success. Don’t forget: Our Support Team is here to help! You may write to us at support@fssaonline.in with any questions.

Note: Any student caught soliciting another person to take an exam will be immediately dismissed from FSSA.

What happens if I fail my examination?

If you fail any portion of your Examination, you will be offered the opportunity to resubmit that portion of the examination, free of charge. (This is known as your second attempt at the examination.) Each retest beyond the second attempt (e.g., third attempt, fourth attempt, etc.) will incur an administrative fee of INR 3500.00

CONTINUING EDUCATION FAQs
How do I renew and maintain my certification?

FSSA professionally qualified trainers are required to renew their certification every 2 years. This process consists of a renewal fee, updated CPR/AED certification, and documentation stating the completion of Continuing Professional Development points (CPDs). (Please note, fulfillment of this specification is required of trainers only after they have received certification through FSSA. CPDs are not a prerequisite to receiving certification; Also training offering FSSA CPD points before enrollment into a professional qualification will not add towards the points required to renew/maintain your professional qualification)

How much is the renewal fee(s)?

Only an administration charge of INR 2800.00, if you can show that you have done workshops/trainings leading to 20 CPD points with FSSA through their courses or through their affiliated programs (GoFlo Suspension Training, Stretch & Dance, IAPC (Australia), Ms. Wellness & Ms. Fitness India offer FSSA CPD points. (That too within the stipulated 2 years time). If not late fee may be applied and/or.

What qualifies as a CPD?

One CPD (Continuing Professional Development) point is equal to 1 contact hour of instruction. All 20 units or contact hours must be taken through ISSA, an ISSA Continuing Education Provider, or other ISSA-approved continuing education activity. To be sure that a specific personal training course is approved, please contact the Continuing Education department.

Do I get any CPD points for CPR/AED training?

No, CEUs are not issued for CPR/AED training. CPR/AED training is a separate requirement for any of the professional qualifications and, therefore, will not double as credit toward your CEU requirement.

If I earn more than 20 CPD points, will the extra points carry over to my next renewal period?

FSSA seeks to uphold its standards of providing top-notch education and information to its learners. Similarly, FSSA encourages its students to continue their learning with the most cutting-edge information available to health and fitness professionals. For this reason, CPD points earned in excess of the required amount cannot carry over because new information is always emerging in the field of exercise and health. 20 CEUs is the minimum requirement for every 2-year renewal cycle.

My certificate has already expired? Can I still renew?

Renewal applications may be submitted up to one year after the original expiration date. Late fees, as mentioned below, will be assessed to all applications that are received after their expiration date.

Failure to complete CE requirements and timely renewal of your professional status may result in the forfeiture of your certification. We encourage you to complete continuing education requirements on time.

• 3 to 6 months late INR 3500.00 (Prices are per professional qualification)
• 6 to 12 months late INR 6000.00
• More than 12 months INR 9500.00 + Re Exam (and attending the RPL workshop in person)

For FSSA fitness certifications that have been expired for over one year, the applicant will be required to pay the appropriate fees and retest prior to reinstatement of that particular certification.

Also note, these are just late fees, the learner will still require to show evidence of having attended training(s) offering 20 CPD Points.
Once the completed renewal application is received, your professional status will be renewed for two years from the date your renewal application is processed.

Example for when your completed renewal packet is received after your original expiration date:
Membership Expiration Date: January 20, 2021
Renewal Application Received: December 8, 2021
New Expiration Date: December 7, 2023

How long does it take to receive my new certificate once I have submitted the renewal application?

Once the completed renewal application is received, it will take three to four weeks for processing and mailing of the updated certification. Incomplete applications will be returned and issuance of the updated certificate will be delayed. Learners should make sure the renewal application contains all the required material and fees prior to submission to prevent time delays.

STUDENT SUPPORT FAQs
How long do I have to complete my course? How long does it take FSSA to process my examination and my certificate(s)? How do I receive my examination results?

Students when they submit their practicals and case studies, only then they will be allowed to take the online MCQs. Once they take MCQs the total time to check MCQs, case studies (where applicable) and practicals videos shall be 5 to 6 weeks.

Post that they will receive their results/feedback/evaluation report by email by our assessment team. If a student gets a PASS in all sections, the certificate shall be sent to them within 2 weeks of them, receiving this email. However, if one or ore sections they have referred a “REFER” status, they will have to re submit that section(s) within 4 weeks. Once they resubmit, they will again have to allow 3 – 4 weeks for the team to assess and once they get a PASS, their certificate shall be sent via email within 2 weeks of resubmission.

What is FSSAs policy on a certification course transfer?

Students can transfer a course to another student within two months of the original enrollment date. All the required documentation along with an administrative fee(s) of INR 3500.00 needs to be submitted.

FSSA courses may only be transferred once.

I would like to exchange my course for a different specialty? Can I do that?

You may, however an administrative fee of INR 3500.00 shall be applicable plus the difference (if there is any between the lower package you selected to a higher package/certification you may want to go for)

If you selected a higher package and wish to downgrade then no refunds shall be made plus an administrative fee of INR 3500.00 shall still apply.

What is the best way to get student support? I have sent a few whatsapp messages to training coordinators but I still have not got a reply.

FSSA aims to provide, all its students, educational support for the successful completion of their course(s) with us.

The ideal and most recommended way to do so is to send us an email. You will get a reply to all emails within 24 – 48 hours. If it is urgent, then you may call on +91-8800254226 or +91-9818305235

Sending a whatsapp message to any of our team, tutors, training coordinators, education / service partners, faculty will NOT be considered an official message and may result in delays.

Note: All the charges / administrative fee(s) are applicable till 31st December 2020. They may change post that.