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.

Looking at doing a CPD course, but don’t hold a fitness qualification? Check out our fitness qualifications here!

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.
  • 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.

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.

EMD UK reserve the right to amend the Open Bursary eligibility criteria at any point without prior notice. Funding is subject to availability.