Personal and Professional Criteria

To be eligible for funding, you must meet the following;

  • Send your application at least 5 workings days before your course start date. Applications sent retrospectively will not be accepted.
  • Be actively teaching or want to start teaching in England within 1 month of completing your training as per the full bursary terms and conditions (please click here to view them).
  • Be able to demonstrate how the training will increase participation, or improve the retention of current class participants within the group exercise industry.
  • If you are applying for funding to complete continued professional development (CPD) training, you must hold a minimum Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Exercise to Music or Gym Based, excluding Aqua), Level 2 Exercise, Movement and Dance (EMD), Level 3 Personal Trainer, or Level 3 Yoga or Pilates. You must upload a copy of your certificate during the application process. If you are applying for funding towards an accepted Level 2 or Level 3 qualification you do not need to hold any prior qualifications.

Training Criteria

The training you wish us to fund must:

  • Be in a recognised fitness style and offered by one of our organisation members.
  • Be endorsed by us or another accepted awarding organisation.
  • Be for teaching or instructing purposes, not activities such as tutoring, quality assurance or mentoring.
  • We are unable to provide funding for Level 2 Exercise to Music qualifications.

Courses endorsed by EMD UK are eligible for up to £100 funding, all other courses are eligible for up to £75. EMD UK Teachers and Instructors, plus EMD UK course graduates are eligible to receive up to £100 funding for all courses.

After completing your training and to be able to become a member of EMD UK you must agree that:

  • You adhere to industry regulations on the use of music in public places (e.g. PPL & PRS).
  • You hold the relevant professional insurance for your activities.
  • If working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults on a regular, unsupervised basis (once a month or more), you possess an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Scheme Check (formerly known as CRB) carried out within the last 2 years.
  • You hold a valid First Aid Certificate dated within the last 2 years or have adequate first aid cover in place where you teach.