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Become a Nutrition & Exercise Specialist

Empower others to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Do what you love. Channel your enthusiasm for wellness into a meaningful career as a Nutrition & Exercise Specialist.

Nutrition and exercise have become cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. With 1 in 7 adults in the UK belonging to a gym and approximately 28% of adults in England classified as obese, and nearly 63% either overweight or obese, more and more people are seeking professional guidance to enhance their physical and mental health; the demand for certified Nutrition & Exercise Specialists is soaring. As the wellness industry is projected to expand by an impressive 171% by 2028, seize the opportunity to specialise in nutrition and exercise, secure your ideal role, and transform lives through holistic health.

When you graduate from our Nutrition & Exercise Specialist course you’ll be recognised internationally as a qualified personal trainer and nutrition coach, enabling you to take advantage of exciting employment opportunities in a variety of settings including health clubs, your own personal training & nutrition consultancy business, personal training franchises, and community fitness groups.

Health clubs: train clients and offer them nutritional advice in your local health club.

Your own personal training and nutrition consultancy business: work for yourself, when and where you choose.

Personal training franchise: launch your PT & Nutrition business with the help of an established fitness consulting franchise.

Community fitness groups: support the health of your community by delivering fitness training services and nutrition advice through organised group initiatives.

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Nutrition & Exercise Specialist Course Structure

Our comprehensive Nutrition & Exercise Specialist course is grounded in evidence-based nutrition and exercise science and crafted to enhance your expertise, deepen your understanding, and broaden your career prospects.

This course is internationally recognised, surpasses CIMSPA standards.

Representing unmatched excellence and value, our program has empowered over 20,000 individuals to excel as Nutrition & Exercise Specialists over the past 20 years. We’re ready to assist you on your journey.

We provide flexible payment solutions: opt for an upfront full payment to enjoy a discount, or choose our interest-free payment plan without any deposit.

As the UK’s leading provider of Nutrition & Exercise Specialist courses, our reviews and customer satisfaction scores speak to our commitment to excellence in education and support.

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Gym Instructor

For those without a recognised Gym Instructor Qualification

The Gym Instructor unit is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to carry out consultations, design and implement gym-based exercise plans for healthy adults, and effectively communicate with and inspire your clients.

Upon enrolment, you will gain access to:

  • comprehensive online course materials
  • Instructional course videos
  • An extensive exercise library
  • Interactive online worksheets
  • Detailed workbooks

The content of the Gym Instructor unit includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Diseases and common health conditions
  • Analysis of client information
  • Functional programme design
  • Movement screening
  • Effective coaching models
  • Health risk stratification
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Health and safety
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Nutrition for health
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Conducting consultations
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Personal Trainer

The Personal Trainer unit includes 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.

The Personal Trainer unit 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
  • Physical measurements
  • 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
  • Circuit training
  • 10-step consultation process
  • Corrective exercise
  • Business skills and employment preparation
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Circuit Training

Included in the Personal Trainer Unit

Circuit Training is an invaluable tool for fitness professionals. This unit focuses on the design, delivery, and optimisation of high-intensity circuit training sessions. You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge on structuring diverse and engaging workouts, adaptable for all fitness levels, and incorporating a variety of exercises and equipment. This hands-on element of the course not only enhances practical training skills but boosts your career opportunities in the fitness industry.

The content of the Circuit Training unit included within the Personal Trainer unit includes:

  • Introduction to circuit training
  • Circuit training concepts
  • The role of the circuit instructor
  • Muscle conditioning
  • Circuit training layouts
  • Music breakdown for circuits
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T3 HIIT Coach

Included in the Personal Trainer Unit

This unit is specifically designed to deepen your understanding of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) principles, techniques, and the science behind them. As a Personal Training Specialist, you will learn how to craft innovative, effective HIIT sessions that maximise fat loss, improve cardiovascular health, and enhance athletic performance. The unit also covers how to tailor HIIT workouts to meet the individual needs and goals of your clients, ensuring personalised and effective training plans. Additionally, this unit will allow you to stand out in a competitive market by offering cutting-edge, scientifically backed training options to your clients, thereby expanding your clientele and boosting your professional development.

The T3 HIIT content includes:

  • T3 Workout Structure
  • T3 Workout Safety
  • Being a T3 Programme Coach
  • T3 blast Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 pump Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 fight Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 shred Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 swing Base Moves & Variations
  • Access to over 200 T3 workouts upon successful completion
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Outdoor Fitness

Given the changing landscape of fitness preferences, especially with recent shifts towards outdoor activities, this Outdoor Fitness unit stands as a perfect fit for personal trainers aiming to extend their services beyond the traditional gym setting.

This unit is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to craft and conduct safe, impactful training sessions for individuals and groups in outdoor settings.

The content of our Outdoor Fitness course includes:

  • Health and safety considerations of training outdoors
  • Types of outdoor training sessions
  • Programming outdoor sessions
  • Exercises and techniques
  • Group and class sessions
  • Marketing and management of group sessions
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Nutrition Coach

No matter the objectives of your clients, their nutrition and diet play a crucial role. The Nutrition Coach unit, leading to a Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management & Athletic Performance, is crafted to arm you with the expertise and abilities needed to guide clients towards achieving their nutritional and dietary objectives effectively.

Upon beginning, you’ll receive access to:

  • Comprehensive online course materials
  • Engaging course videos
  • Interactive online worksheets
  • Complete assessment documentation and guidance
  • Support from the Learner Success team

The Nutrition Coach unit covers:

  • Anatomy & physiology for nutrition
  • Human metabolism
  • Energy balance & calories
  • The role & how the body uses macro- & micro-nutrients
  • Hydration & water
  • Applied nutrition for health
  • Fuelling for athletic performance
  • Common diets
  • Food labelling
  • Understanding supplements
  • Strategising nutritional goals
  • National Food Guidelines
  • Food allergies & intolerances
  • Implementing Nutritional Change
  • Understanding illegal supplements
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Nutrition & Exercise Specialist Course Prices

To enrol on a Nutrition & Exercise Specialist course, simply choose your course and study option and click Get Started.

*Select “Gym, PT & Nutrition” if don’t already have a CIMSPA-recognised level 2 gym instructor certificate.

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Regular Price From: £2798   £55/month. Offer Ends 30th April

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Distance

You will:

  • Complete as independent home study the online learning, online theory assessments, workbook and portfolios before performing any of the practical assessments.

  • Film the practical assessments in a suitably equipped professional fitness environment; for example, a commercial fitness centre (for which you’ll need a minimum of three apparently healthy clients).

  • Submit via our Help Desk a video of your practical assessments and completed portfolios. If your course includes gym instructor, you must complete the gym instructor component of the course before the personal training component.

  • As an alternative to submitting a video of your practical assessments, for an additional fee 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

The Full Time option runs Monday to Friday. The number of days in which you participate is:

  • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

  • The Part Time Evening option runs over consecutive Monday and Tuesday evenings (Part Time Evenings). For this option, one day equals two evenings a week on Monday and Tuesday. The number of days in which you participate is:

    • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

    • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

    • The Part Time Weekend option runs over consecutive weekends (Part Time Weekend). The number of days in which you participate is:

      • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

      • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

      • Regardless of whether you choose the Full Time or Part Time option, you will:

        • Book onto scheduled Live-Virtual clinics according to the units in your course and study option (Part Time or Full Time) that you enrolled on. Check out the clinic dates.

        • Complete as independent home study the online learning, online theory assessments, workbook and specified sections of the portfolios for each clinic before you participate in that clinic. For example, you will complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the personal trainer unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the personal trainer portfolio) before participating in the personal trainer clinic.

        • Participate in the Live-Virtual clinics you have booked onto. You’ll perform various training and assessments during these clinics and also finish and hand in your portfolios. All practical assessments bar one are completed on clinic. For the practical assessment not completed on clinic, you will instead film it in a suitably equipped professional fitness environment, for example, a commercial fitness centre, for which you’ll need one apparently healthy client.

        • For both Full Time & Part Time options, you will complete as independent home study those additional Nutrition Coach unit referred to above and submit the portfolio for marking via our Help Desk.

In-Person

In London, we offer the In-Person study option both Full Time and Part Time. The Full Time option runs Monday to Friday, and the Part Time options run over consecutive scheduled Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option). Whether you choose Full Time or Part Time, the number of days on which you attend is the same:

  • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer unit – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic– Personal Trainer)

The Nutrition Coach unit is completed as Distance study.

Outside of London, we offer the In-Person study option Part Time over full weekends (i.e. both Saturday and Sunday). The number of days you on which you attend is:

  • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

The Nutrition Coach unit is completed as Distance study.

Regardless of the location of the clinics you have booked to attend (i.e. inside or outside of London), you will:

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

  • Complete as independent home study the online learning resources, online theory assessments, workbook and specified sections of the portfolios for each clinic before you attend that clinic. For example, you will complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the personal trainer unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the personal trainer portfolio) before you attend the personal trainer clinic.

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

  • Regardless of the course and study option chosen, you will complete as independent home study the Nutrition Coach unit referred to above and submit the portfolio for marking via our Help Desk.

Recognition

The awarding organisation we use is Focus Awards. You’ll achieve the relevant Focus Awards level 3 diploma personal trainer qualification upon successful completion – Practitioner Diploma, and the Focus Awards Level 4 Nutrition for Weight Management & Athletic Performance.

Our level 3 personal trainer courses are also recognised by CIMSPA (10 CPD points) and meet the criteria for official American College of Sports Medicine Approved Provider status◊.

All personal training courses accredited by CIMSPA through Campus Learning

Prerequisites

In terms of entry requirements, no prior fitness qualification is required before starting one of our combined gym instructor and personal trainer courses. You are; however, required to hold a CIMSPA-recognised level 2 gym instructor/fitness instructor qualification if you enrol on the PT & Nutrition course option that does not include the level 2 gym instructor qualification.

A basic level of English and Maths is necessary to understand the content of our fitness courses.

Our internationally recognised level 3 gym instructor and personal training courses require physical exertion and individual participation is essential; 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 Options

Our Nutrition & Exercise Specialist course represent the very best value and are made even more affordable by the range of flexible funding options we offer to help you spread the cost:

Prompt Payment: Straight up and simple. Pay up front, in full and receive a prompt payment discount.

Interest Free Payment Plans: You can apply for finance and if approved you’ll pay the regular price via a payment plan. These plans may include interest free payment plans (0%) and zero credit charges on terms of two months to four years with no deposit in some instances. Learn more about our finance options.

ELCAS: We’re also an approved training provider for the Enhanced Learning Credits Administrative Service (ELCAS), so if you’re a current or former member of the armed services (within five years of leaving the service), you can apply for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding for any of our level 3 diploma personal training courses. Learn more about ELCAS.

FREE eClasses & Re-assessments

FREE eClasses

Distance study learners have access to FREE daily eClasses which are conducted live, over Zoom. The eClasses are optional, and may be attended as many times as you like.

FREE Re-assessments

Don’t worry if you don’t pass your assessment the first time, you can always resubmit it without incurring any additional costs.

Dates

Check out dates for our In-Person and Live-Virtual personal training courses near you:

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Locations

We believe your address shouldn’t stand in the way of your new career ambitions for becoming a personal trainer. You can study our CIMSPA recognised level 3 personal training courses throughout the country, including: