Making your exercise instruction certificate count
This module develops your practice as an instructor by linking your instructional experience to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of learning and sector employment issues. The assessment for this module allows your Level 2 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) accredited exercise instruction certificate to count towards your OU study. If you have not obtained an appropriate certificate in the last eight years, you will need to identify and complete one in parallel with your OU studies for compulsory submission at the end of the module.
What you will study
This module is based on connecting your overall experience of developing as an instructor with academic perspectives. It views your certificate training course as only a part of your learning experience with many other social, media (e.g. the internet) and regulatory (e.g. REPs) influences.
You will investigate the following themes:
- explanations of how learning experiences operate
- instructor training standards and professionalism
- social influences in practice-based learning and assessment
- work-based recruitment and career development.
Therefore this module is about your own development and encourages you to critically examine your learning, qualification and training process as an exercise instructor including critical awareness of how you react to practical assessments and new situations. You will work through analytical tasks and readings that draw out and extend your understanding of your learning process. You will need to submit evidence of your certificate at a minimum of Level 2 as part of the end-of-module assessment.
All the above study themes will be supported by an online study guide and a module Reader. The module also makes full use of a website where you will be able to access electronic materials and keep in touch with fellow students.
If you are interested in sports coaching rather than exercise instruction and/or intend to submit a sports coaching certificate (see Entry section) then you should study the sports coaching version of this module – Making your coaching certificate count (EXC224) – instead.
This module is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and endorsed by PD:Approval, for continuing professional development (CPD) purposes. This means that if you’re a member of REPs, on completing the module, you can claim 16 CPD points.
This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have a good knowledge of the subject area, preferably obtained through OU level 1 study.
To prepare for this module you should have studied Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112) (now discontinued), or the new module Introduction to sport and fitness (E117) , and Sport and conditioning science into practice (E217) (now discontinued). We also recommend that you studied Working and learning in sport and fitness (E113) (now discontinued).
There are no requirements concerning your level of fitness to take the module.
However, you should note the following important entry requirement for this module.
Level 2 Exercise instruction certificate
To study and complete the assessment for this module, you will need to have gained a Level 2 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) accredited exercise instruction certificate within the past eight years. If you do not hold a suitable certificate prior to starting this module, you will need to identify and complete one in parallel with your OU studies at your own expense.
The certificate – from successful completion of this Level 2 qualification – demonstrates your competence as an instructor and will need to be electronically scanned and submitted together with the end-of-module assessment (EMA). The original certificate may be requested by the OU for verification purposes.
Please note that you will need to budget and pay for this certificate yourself and will need to undertake any associated courses (e.g. First Aid, Child Protection.) as well as any DBS or police check at your own expense. Failure to successfully complete your certificate will delay you achieving any credit for this module. Further details about this exercise instruction certificate, including which activities are recognised by the OU and what to do if you live abroad can be obtained here.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
An online study guide, module Reader and website.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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