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Become a Personal Trainer

Help others become healthier and happier. Do what you love. Turn your passion for fitness into a rewarding personal training career.

When you graduate with our level 3 Practitioner Diploma™, you’ll be recognised internationally as a qualified personal trainer, enabling you to take advantage of exciting employment opportunities in a variety of settings including health clubs, your own personal training business, personal training franchises, and community fitness groups.

What You'll Learn

Our Practitioner Diploma™ is designed to boost your skills, advance your knowledge, and maximise your career opportunities.

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The level 3 Practitioner Diploma™ includes:

• Level 2 Gym Instructor*
• Level 3 Personal Trainer
• Circuit Training
• T3 (HIIT) Coaching

The Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer units feature cutting-edge content produced by some of the industry’s leading educators and includes video lectures, interactive animations, multiple choice worksheets and motion infographics. These units cover 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

The Circuit training unit is a crucial asset for personal trainers and delves into designing, conducting and refining circuit training routines. It equips you with extensive insights on creating varied workouts suitable for people at any fitness level, while incorporating a wide range of exercises with or without equipment.

The T3 HIIT Coach unit enhances your understating of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) fundamentals, methodologies, and the scientific rationale underpinning them. Learn the skills and knowledge to deliver HIIT sessions that maximise calorie burn, boost metabolism and optimise cardiovascular endurance, providing your clients with efficient, effective and exhilarating workouts.

*If you already hold a CIMSPA-recognised level 2 Gym Instructor qualification, you should choose the Practitioner Diploma™ (without Gym Instructor) option in the Course Prices section below.

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Study Options

To meet different study needs and styles, we offer three different study options for our Practitioner Diploma™ – Distance, In-Person and Live-Virtual.

And you can start your course the minute you enrol: simply log on to our website or mobile app and get instant access.

Distance

From £849 or £26 per month

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

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 you enrol on a combined gym instructor and personal trainer course, you must complete the gym instructor component of the course before the personal training component. If you enrol on a Specialist or Master Diploma, you must complete the personal training component before the subsequent units.

  • 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

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In-Person

From £1399 or £45 per month

Enjoy the in-venue, in-person experience: home study plus clinics that you attend at one of our premium venues nationwide. Learn in a gym environment with a tutor and other students.

Available Full Time and Part Time.

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 you attend is the same:

  • Practitioner Diploma™ (with Gym Instructor) – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Practitioner Diploma™ (without Gym Instructor) – 6 days (one clinic– Personal Trainer)

  • 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 attend is:

    • Practitioner Diploma™ (with Gym Instructor) – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

    • Practitioner Diploma™ (without Gym Instructor) – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

    • 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 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 component 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.

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Live-Virtual

From £1399 or £45 per month

The best of both worlds: home study plus live, virtual clinics in which you participate at home via Zoom with a tutor and other students.These clinics are not pre-recorded webinars or videos – they are live.

Available Full Time and Part Time.

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

  • Practitioner Diploma™ (with Gym Instructor) – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Practitioner Diploma™ (without Gym Instructor) – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

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

    • Practitioner Diploma™ (with Gym Instructor) – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

    • Practitioner Diploma™ (without Gym Instructor) – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

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

      • Book onto scheduled Live-Virtual clinics according to the study option (Part Time Weekend or Part Time Evening) 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 component 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.

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Course Prices

We 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, including interest-free, no deposit options.

To enrol, simply select your Course and Study Option and click Get Started.

*Select the Practitioner Diploma™ (with Gym Instructor) option if don’t already hold a CIMSPA-recognised level 2 Gym Instructor certificate.

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Payment plans from 6 to 48 months. Total repayments from: £2049 £1699

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Course Specs

Take a deep dive into our Practitioner Diploma™. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please call us.

Recognition

The awarding organisation we use is Focus Awards. You’ll achieve the relevant Focus Awards level 3 personal trainer qualification upon successful completion of the Practitioner Diploma™ you enrol on, the certificate for which will be issued by them.

Your personal training course is also recognised by REPs and CIMSPA.

All personal training courses accredited by CIMSPA through Campus Learning

Prerequisites

When it comes to getting started, you don’t need any previous fitness qualifications for our Practitioner Diploma™. If you already hold a CIMSPA recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification, please enrol on the Practioner Diploma™ (without Gym Instructor) option and give us a copy of your level 2 qualification. Give us a call on 0207 2929 140 option 1 to find out more.

You’ll need a basic level of English and Maths to understand the course content.

Our Practitioner Diploma™ involves physical activity that you need to perform. While it’s not essential, having personal experience with gym sessions will come in handy.

Payment Options

Our Practitioner Diploma™ represents the very best value and is made even more affordable by the range of flexible funding options we offer.

You can pay in full, up front and receive a prompt payment discount; or take out a payment plan on the regular price, including no deposit, no interest options.

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 and 4 courses.

Learn more about ELCAS and our finance options.

Free eClasses and Reassessments

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

And to help make your assessments even more stress-free, in the event you don’t get everything right the first time, you can resubmit for free.

Dates

Check out dates for our In-Person and Live-Virtual study options:

Gym Instructor clinic

Personal Trainer clinic

Locations

We believe your address shouldn’t stand in the way of your ambition to become a personal trainer. You can study your Practitioner Diploma™ wherever you are in the country, including: