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Personal Trainer Course

Our exceptional personal training course is built on evidence-based exercise science and designed to maximise your skills, capabilities and career opportunities.

Our Personal Trainer course is recognised internationally; exceeds the standards set by CIMSPA; and meets the criteria for official American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Approved Provider status◊.

Over 20 years we’ve helped over 20 000 people become fully qualified Personal Trainers. We can help you too.

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Course Overview

In partnership with cAmpus, our Personal Training course includes the latest Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications from the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

If you are interested in the basic Level 3 Personal Trainer Practitioner Diploma, you’ll have access to:

  • all online course material
  • course videos
  • exercise library
  • online worksheets
  • workbooks

Alternatively, you may choose a bundled course such as our Level 3 Personal Trainer Specialist Diploma or the Level 4 Personal Trainer Master Diploma. See below for more details on bundled courses.

Level 3 Pesonal Training Course

The course features proprietary, cutting edge personal training content produced by some of the industry’s leading educators and includes video lectures, interactive animations, multiple choice worksheets and motion infographics. It covers a comprehensive range of subjects, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Diseases and health conditions
  • Analysis of client information
  • Functional programme design
  • Movement screening
  • Effective coaching models
  • Health risk stratification
  • Postural assessment
  • Metabolic breakpoint testing
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Health and safety
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Health optimisation
  • Nutrition
  • Training movements vs. training muscles
  • 10-step consultation process
  • Corrective exercise
  • Business skills and employment preparation
  • T3 (HIIT) Coaching
  • Circuit Training

It’s everything you need to start your personal training business.

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Study Options

If your goal is to achieve a Personal Training Practitioner Diploma, you may choose from three study options includeing Distance, Live Virtual or In-Person.

Once enrolled, you’ll also have access to Learner Support, all personal training course assessments, as well as the relevant clinics, eClasses and training days included in the study option you select.

Distance

The ultimate in flexibility, the Distance study option is conducted as home study.

Distance Study Personal Training Course

Perfect for those who aren’t looking for, or whose lifestyle can’t accommodate, a schedule of clinics (classes) to attend. Choose to film your practical assessments and submit them electronically along with your completed portfolios; or, for an additional fee, either book and attend scheduled In-Person assessment days at which you’ll perform your assessments and hand in your completed portfolios, or book and participate in Live Virtual assessments at bespoke times and dates that you arrange with us on which you’ll perform your assessments and submit your completed portfolios.

Visit Distance Study Option in TAP Specs below for more information.

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Live Virtual

Our most popular study option is the best of both worlds: home study plus tutor-led, real-time Live Virtual clinics that you participate in at home.

Available Full Time and Part Time.

Live Virtual Personal Training Courses

This study option is ideal for those who would prefer not to travel and would rather spend the time studying. The perfect choice if you’re looking to also offer your personal training services online once you’ve qualified, using Zoom for example.

Full Time: you’ll book onto and participate in an 11-day Live Virtual clinic held on weekdays.

Part Time: you’ll book onto and participate in an 11-day Live Virtual clinic held on Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option).

Virtual clinics are live and not pre-recorded. Visit Live Virtual Study Option in Course Specs below for more information.

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In-Person

The in-venue, in-person experience: home study plus tutor-led clinics that you attend at one of our venues.

Available Full Time and Part Time.

In-Person Personal Training Courses

A great choice for those looking to learn in the gym environment.

Full Time: you’ll book onto and attend an 11-day In-Person clinic held on weekdays.

Part Time: you’ll book onto and attend an 11-day In-Person clinic held on Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option); or you’ll book onto and attend an 11-week In-Person clinic held Monday and Tuesday evenings (Part Time Evenings option).

Visit In-Person Study Option in Course Specs for more information.

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Practitioner Prices

We also offer a range of easy payment options: pay in full up front and receive a prompt payment discount, or pay the regular price with a payment plan. Funding also available (eligibility critria applies).

If you are military service personnel, you may use your Enhance Learning Credits through ELCAS. Click here for more details.

*You must hold a CIMSPA recognised gym instructor certificate to achieve this personal training certification.

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PT Course Bundles

If you’re committed to becoming a personal trainer, then we have two great PT course bundles which will equip you to start your career with all the skills required to be a success.

Specialist Diploma

Our most popular personal trainer course.

Ideal for those looking to offer their clients a greater variety of services.

The Specialist Diploma includes the Practitioner Diploma plus:

  • Sports Conditioning
  • Outdoor Fitness
  • Group Indoor Cycling (Distance and In-Person study options)
  • Advanced Stretching (Live Virtual study option)
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral

This course is offered by Distance Study, Full Time & Part Time In-Person as well as Full Time & Part Time Live Virtual study options.

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Master Diploma

Level 4

Our most advanced PT course

Ideal for those looking to increase their earning potential with more specialist skills

The Master Diploma includes the Specialist Diploma plus:

  • Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Management
  • Life Coaching

This course is offered by Distance Study, Full Time & Part Time In-Person as well as Full Time & Part Time Live Virtual study options.

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Specialist Diploma Prices

Our personal training courses bundles represent peerless quality and value.

Getting started is simple: choose from two payment options.

Prompt Payment – Choose to pay in full, up front; either with a debit/ credit card or via PayPal; over the phone, via our website, or in person and you’ll benefit from a discount of up to 20% off the regular price.

Finance Plans (Up to Five Years) – If approved for finance , you’ll pay the regular price over a number of months via a third-party payment plan. These plans have terms of six months to five years and may
include 0% interest and zero credit charges with a deposit of just 5% in some instances.

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PT Career Options

Once you become a qualified personal trainer, there are a number of different personal training career & PT job opportunities available to you.

The personal training level 3 diploma you’ll achieve from one of our personal trainer courses is the minimum PT qualification required to work in the fitness industry.

Full Time Employed Personal Trainer

Working as a full time, employed personal trainer, you’ll receive a set salary and work hours set by the health club. In most cases, your salary will remain the same regardless of how many clients you train per week.

Employed Personal Trainer Duties

As an employed fitness professional, your duties will involve more than designing programmes and taking clients through fitness training sessions. You may be required to work on reception, teach a variety fitness classes which you are qualified to deliver and perform many duties similar to a fitness instructor, such as cleaning and maintaining the fitness equipment. You may also be required to conduct gym inductions and taking new members through their first workout.

Benefits of Being Employed

Being a full time employed fitness professional gives you job security. As a salaried PT, you’ll receive all the regular benefits a full time position comes with such as holiday pay, sick pay and job security.

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Self-Employed Personal Trainer

As a self-employed personal trainer, you have greater freedom to decide when, where and how you work. For many of our learners, freedom is one reason why they become a level 3 personal trainer.

Costs of Running Your PT Business

Being self-employed, means you decide how many sessions per day and per week you want to do. In most cases, the fees you charge your clients are your own however, the health & fitness club you work at will charge you a “rental fee” to use the facilities. These rental fees vary greatly depending on the health club and the location.

Of course, being self-employed also means you can train clients in their own home or outside, where there are no costs.

Benefits of Being Self-Employed

Being a self-employed gives you the greatest amount of control and flexibility over your working life. You choose how many PT sessions you do, where you train your clients and how much you charge. You are your own boss and have total control.

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Hybrid Employed/Self-Employed Personal Trainer

The hybrid employed/self-employed model is becoming a more popular personal training model offered by health & fitness clubs. It involves you working some set, salaried hours for the health club, and then you are free to train your PT clients in the club for a reduced rental fee. It’s the best of both worlds with the security of an employed position, and some of the freedom of a self-employed position.

After Completion of a Personal Training Course

Once you complete your Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, your next step is to start building your client base. This hybrid model allows you to earn as a salaried personal trainer, while you meet members in the fitness club and convert these members into clients.

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Personal Trainer Courses Job Board

As a training provider, we’re here to help you get started in your career as a personal trainer. To facilitate this, once enrolled on one of our personal training courses, you’ll have access to our full personal trainer job board directly within the Student Desktop & Mobile App where you’ll do your study.

Personal Trainer Jobs Matched to Your Fitness Courses

Our AI engine will match you with local personal trainer & fitness jobs based on the personal training courses you’re studying and the fitness qualifications you already have. As you continue to study with us and work on your professional development, the fitness jobs presented to you will be automatically matched to suit your knowledge, skills and experience.

Only on Our Personal Training Courses

This job board for personal trainers is only availble to those enrolled on one of our personal training courses. This is a unique feature only availble with TRAINFITNESS.

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PT Course Graduates

Successful Personal Trainers

Graduates from our personal training courses have been employed by many large and small fitness centres around the country including:

Our peronal training course graduates have worked at Pure Gym
Our peronal training course graduates have worked at Xercise4Less
Graduates from pur PT courses have been employed at Everlast Fitness Clubs
Our peronal training course graduates have worked at The Gym Group

Health & Fitness Industry Jobs

In addition, graduates have also gained positions as personal trainers at:

Personal Training Jobs available at City Athletic
Personal Training Jobs available at P45
Personal Training Jobs available at Everlast Fitness Clubs

PT Jobs at Bannatyne Health & Fitness Clubs
Personal Training Jobs available at Bodyism
Personal Trainer Jobs available at Nuffield Health
Personal Trainer Jobs available at Burn Fitness
Virgin Active employs graduates from our personal trainer course
Fit4Less love our personal trainer course graduates
Personal Training Jobs available at Sports Direct Fitness
Energie Fitness employ graduates from TRAINFITNESS Personal Training Courses
Soho Fitness Labs employ graduates from TRAINFITNESS Personal Training Courses
PT Jobs at Livingwell Health Clubs
Jobs for personal trainers at snap fitness
Personal Training Jobs available at Freestyle 360
Personal Training Jobs available at Swift Fitness
Everyone Active employ graduates from TRAINFITNESS Personal Training Courses
PT jobs at David Lloyd Health Clubs
PT Jobs at JD Fitness Gyms
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Why Us?

Premium services. Unrivalled value. Supreme support.

Become the best personal trainer by learning from the best.

Convenience and Simplicity

Study anywhere, anytime.

Online Learning with our Tech

Mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop: you can study where, when and the way you like thanks to our award-winning e-learning ecosystem and learning resources. As soon as you enrol, you can log onto our website or mobile app and access your Student Desktop. Through the Student Desktop you complete the online course material and, depending on the TAP you choose to purchase, complete any online theory assessments, book onto any practical training and assessments, and interact with our Learner Support team.

Technology is in our DNA. We were the first fitness industry course provider in the UK to offer online learning and the first to offer a mobile app so that you can study personal training on the go. Our digital heritage ensures a rich and seamless learning experience – however you like to learn – which was recognised by the health and fitness sector with our achievement of the ukactive award for Best Use of Technology.

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Leading Learning Principles

Learning strategies for the modern world.

Online Learning for Success

Our personal training courses are created using microlearning principles, where content is divided into bite size chunks, helping you to better comprehend and retain information. Clear learning paths and our unique blend of stimuli make learning simpler and help build knowledge piece by piece.

The range of TAPs we offer to support our personal training course include synoptic assessment, which combines assessments over modules and across subjects. This method allows learners to transfer knowledge and skills between subjects and helps you see how issues and themes connect. Synoptic assessment reduces compartmentalised learning, so in the course you’ll notice anatomy and physiology, for example, is split across multiple lessons. You will then combine elements of your learning from these different lessons and show your accumulated knowledge and understanding in the assessments.

Together, our TAPs and PT course meet the real-world requirements of Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers and are specifically structured in such a way as to represent the real-world journey you’ll take your clients on once you qualify.

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Learner Support

A dedicated team of experts is on hand to help you with course questions, big and small.

Support Throughout Your Online Learning & Practical Training

When you purchase one of the personal training course TAPs we offer, we provide support in numerous ways:

Learner Support Service – As well as the support you receive from your tutor on a scheduled clinic or optional training day (if applicable), you’ll also have access to our Learner Support team. This team is dedicated to helping you with study questions and administration queries via phone, email or through our Helpdesk.

eClasses – If you enrol on the Distance study TAP, optional eClasses are available to help you prepare for your Gym and Personal Trainer assessment/s. You can book onto one or more of the eClasses and once booked you can attend that eClass as many times as you like within the course term. Optional eClasses are not mandatory, so they’re not included in your TAP. Additional fees apply.

Optional Training Days – If you enrol on the Distance study TAP and would like extra help with the more practical elements of the course, we have optional training days you can book onto and attend. On these days you can receive valuable tutor feedback and practical training. There are two optional training days available, one for the Gym Instructor component and another for the Personal Trainer component. Optional training days are not mandatory; therefore, aren’t included in your TAP. Additional fees apply.

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Course Specs 

Take a deep dive into our Personal Trainer courses. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please call us.

Distance Study

You will:

  • Complete as home study the online personal trainer course material, online theory assessments, workbook and portfolios. You’ll complete the online material for at least the Gym Instructor component of the course before performing any of the associated assessments; and complete the online material for the Personal Trainer component of the course before performing any of the Personal Trainer assessments.

  • Film the practical assessments in a professional fitness environment; for example, a health club (for which you’ll need a minimum of three clients).

  • Submit via our Help Desk a video of your practical assessments and completed portfolios.

  • As an alternative to submitting a video of your practical assessments, for additional fees you can either book onto and attend In-Person assessments held on scheduled assessment days to which you’ll bring your one-to-one client and hand in a copy of your completed portfolios, or you can book onto and perform Live Virtual assessments at bespoke times and dates that you arrange with us and for which you’ll have three clients with you and submit in advance via our Help Desk a copy of your completed portfolios. View dates

Live Virtual Study

The Practitioner Diploma includes two clinics: Gym Instructor (five days) and Personal Trainer (six days). The Full Time study option runs Monday to Friday. The Part Time study options run over consecutive scheduled Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option).

You will:

  • Book onto scheduled Live Virtual clinics according to the study option (Part Time or Full Time) you enrolled on. View dates.

  • Complete as home study the online course material, online theory assessments, workbook and specified sections of the portfolios. For the Part Time study option, complete all of the online course material and online theory assessment for at least the Gym Instructor component of the course (as well as specified sections of the associated portfolio) before participating in the Part Time Clinic; and complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the Personal Trainer component of the course (as well as specified sections of the Personal Trainer portfolio) before participating in the Personal Trainer Part Time Clinic. For the Full Time study option, you must complete all of the online course material, online theory assessments and specified sections of the portfolios before participating in the Full Time clinic.

  • Participate in the Live Virtual clinics you have booked onto. You’ll perform various training and assessments during these clinic days and also finish and hand in your portfolios.

In-Person Study

The Practitioner Diploma includes two clinics: Gym Instructor (five days) and Personal Trainer (six days). The Full Time study option runs Monday to Friday. The Part Time study options run over consecutive scheduled Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option), Sundays (Part Time Sundays option) or weeks (Part Time Evenings option).

You will:

  • Book onto scheduled In-Person clinics according to the study option (Part Time or Full Time) you enrolled on. View dates.

  • Complete as home study the online course material, online theory assessments, workbook and specified sections of the portfolios. For the Part Time study option, complete all of the online course material and online theory assessment for at least the Gym Instructor component of the course (as well as specified sections of the associated portfolio) before attending the Gym Instructor Part Time Clinic; and complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the Personal Trainer component of the course (as well as specified sections of the Personal Trainer portfolio) before attending the Personal Trainer Part Time Clinic. For the Full Time study option, you must complete all of the online course material, online theory assessments and specified sections of the portfolios before attending the Full Time clinic.

  • Attend the In-Person clinics you have booked onto. You’ll perform various training and assessments on these clinic days and also finish and hand in your portfolios.

Recognition

You will achieve the relevant Focus Awards Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification upon successful completion of the Personal Trainer course, the personal training certification issued by the awarding organisation.

All our Personal Trainer courses are also endorsed by PD:Approval and meet the criteria for official American College of Sports Medicine Approved Provider status. The personal training courses accredited by CIMSPA, include the Practitioner, Specialist & Master Diplomas.

All personal training courses accredited by CIMSPA

Prerequisites

No prior fitness qualification is required before starting our combined Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer course. You are required to hold a CIMSPA-recognised Level 2 Gym/Fitness Instructor qualification if you enrol on our Personal Trainer course that does not include the Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification.

A basic level of English and Maths will be necessary to understand the content of the course.

All PT courses require physical exertion; therefore, a level of physical fitness is necessary. Relevant personal experience of the subject – for example, prior participation in gym sessions – will be helpful.

Payment Plans

If approved for finance, you’ll pay the regular price via a third-party payment plan. These plans may include interest free payent plans (0%) and zero credit charges on terms of six months to five years with a deposit of just 5% in some instances. Deposit amounts are at the discretion of the lender and finance is subject to eligibility criteria.

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Resources

Interested in becoming a fitness professional or starting a fitness business? You’re welcome to read some of our blog articles related to personal training:

Why you should become a personal trainer

How to become a personal trainer in the UK

Guide to selecting the best course provider

Why you should study with TRAINFITNESS

Guide to the best personal training course for you

Dates

View course dates for all our personal training courses:

Gym Instructor clinic

Personal Trainer clinic

Personal Trainer Specialist clinic