How fit do you need to be to do the courses?
It is important that you have a strong interest in health and fitness with a desire to pursuing a career within the industry, so you will probably have a certain level of fitness. Our courses are designed to teach you how to be an excellent instructor and at no time will your fitness level determine your progress on any of our courses.
What times do the courses run from and until? Will I be there all day?
Our courses run between 9am - 5pm. The duration of your course will vary. We do expect all of our students to stay for the duration of the day to ensure they do not miss out on any vital learning.
How soon after finishing my course, can I work in the industry?
Once you have successfully completed all required elements of your course you will be fully qualified and ready to start working. If required, we can provide you with a formal letter of completion to assist with any applications.
What happens if I don't pass my assessment?
In the unlikely case that you are unsuccessful with your assessment you can retake it at a later date. There is a £75 fee for a practical re-assessment and £35 for your theory re-assessment. Tutor support is available on a one to one basis at extra cost.
Can I fit the training in around my current job?
A number of our students who have trained with us have been working in full time employment. Many of our courses take place at weekends and we have a variety of learning formats to ensure that courses can be taken in conjunction with a full-time job without the need to take time off work. We also have a high percent of over 25's on our courses, everyone is ready to learn new skills.
Do I need insurance and where can I get it from?
Insurance is a MUST for any freelance instructor and we strongly advise it for employed instructors. There are a large number of reputable sources who offer public liability insurance, it is good idea to have a look around for the best deal available, but the most popular ones within the fitness industry are REPs, Balens.co.uk and Fitpro.
Where are the qualifications recognised?
Active IQ, VTCT, YMCA Awards are the awarding organisations for our qualifications and our courses are recognised by REP's (fully recognised within UK). The qualifications also have worldwide recognition with countries that have signed up to eREPs including countries within the European Union and ICREPs such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In other countries, you may be required to complete an assessment if the qualification is not recognised.
The majority of employers say I need REPs Level 3, what does this mean?
Most employers will not specify which training organisations you should have trained with, however their concern is that your qualification is recognised by REP's. All of our qualifications are REPs recognised. There are currently four levels with REPs on a tiered level system reflecting the skills set required for each course.
What is the REPs?
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is a regulatory body for fitness qualifications. Through gaining qualifications with Kent Sports Academy, you will be eligible to join the REPs and have an industry-wide recognition for you qualification.
What age do you have to be to do a course? Am I too old?
Our age restriction is that you are 16 years and above to train with us. There are certainly no upper age limits to training for a career in fitness and within the industry there is a market for good instructors of any age.
Do you help get me into employment after the course?
There are a number of opportunities for employment within the industry, we will assist you by uploading your CV once your are qualified. This will open opportunities, on top of you putting yourself out there.
What classes do I need to attend before I start my Exercise to Music course?
To determine if you are ready for this course and to give you the best opportunity of being successful, it is important to go to classes which involve following choreography to music, such as aerobics, Hi-Lo and dance style aerobics would be useful.
Why should I choose Kent Sports Academy?We are friendly and have experienced teachers to make your course fun and educational. We have been delivering courses for over the past 5 years. We understand that people have busy lives and learn in different way, so we offer a variety of learning formats to best suit these. Our expertise is evident both before you enrol and whilst you are studying one of our courses, we also offer courses to develop your skills and maximise the earning potential for your business, once you have completed the course we will offer support as you move your career into the industry.
Can I pay monthly?
Yes, you can pay monthly. Once you have paid a £200 deposit to secure your place you will be sent an email with a link to GoCardless website which easily allows you to set up a Direct Debit. Once set up, payments will be taken on the 1st of each month (This is fee is also subject to 7.5% interest). Missed payments also incur a £25 fee for each month missed. You are NOT credit checked but you are liable for the full amount and full payments need to be made before the certificate will be released. You can pay the funds earlier if you are also in a position too.