STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Strength & Conditioning course content and delivery/assessment method
Strength and Conditioning is considered a 'specialist' area within the health & fitness sector. The UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) have for a number of years governed the quality of S&C coaches through their accreditation programme. In 2019 the UKSCA teamed with CIMSPA and YMCA Awards to write the standards required for a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Trainer. This qualification is now deemed a 'stepping stone' towards full UKSCA accreditation and itself carries UKSCA recognition at 'Trainer' level. To understand the various recognition levels for an S&C trainer have a read of this article. If you are already a Gym Instructor or Personal Trainer and are looking to upskill, then it may not be necessary for you to complete the first 3 units of this qualification provided that you completed your qualifications in the last 5 years. This course is different from a Level 2 Gym Instructor in terms of the movement coaching ability required by the trainer. Please note, this qualification allows you to work in strength and conditioning facilities. It may not be recognised by more 'general population' gyms, that require you to have a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification.
The S&C course consists of 5 units:
Anatomy and Physiology
Providing a Positive Customer Experience
Lifestyle and Health Awareness Management
Plan and Prepare Strength & Conditioning Training
Delivering Strength & Conditioning Training
Taught element (taught courses only)
You will receive 5 taught days during which you will learn all practical elements of the course. We teach you the movement patterns of: Squat, Hinge, Press, Pull, Rotation and Anti-rotation. How to throw and jump for power development, plus running mechanics. You will become proficient at all of the major freeweight lifts and will learn how to coach these plus all of the foundation movements. Gym/sports experience is useful - but not essential!
Distance learning element:
You will receive learning resources including manuals or elearning (extra cost) that give you the knowledge that you need to back up your practical ability.
Anatomy and physiology multiple choice exam
Online self-marking worksheets
A Learner Assessment Record that includes a number of S&C tasks and sessions to plan as well as worksheets.
Assessments can be completed either in person post-course or via elearning (attendance at a centre is only required to complete the Anatomy & Physiology unit exam). All assessments must be passed within 6 months of each other or reassessment of specific units will be required.
You have up to 24 months* to complete your course. However, it is common for students to complete their S&C qualification in 6-12 months.
A full Strength & Conditioning qualification specification can be found here.