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Your Career in Strength & Conditioning

Specialising in strength and conditioning (“S&C”) offers significant advantages, particularly in enhancing employability and earning potential. With the rising demand for personal trainers qualified in S&C, you can turn your enthusiasm for peak performance into a rewarding career as a Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist™ or Master.

Created by two of the UK’s foremost S&C coaches, our Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diplomas™ not only deepen your theoretical knowledge but also equip you with extensive practical skills for real-world application. You’ll graduate as a qualified personal trainer and S&C expert equipped to enhance your client’s physical performance, whether they’re an athlete or fitness enthusiast.

Employing scientific methods, an S&C coach adeptly assesses clients’ needs by conducting a thorough analysis of the demands of activities alongside their current physical capabilities. This enables the development of tailored training plans and programming, ensuring clients reach their peak performance when training and, where relevant, for tournaments and competitions. Moreover, strategic monitoring of training loads and optimising recovery processes are integral to this role, further underscoring the coach’s value to a client’s success.

Personal trainers specialising in S&C not only enjoy greater credibility and expertise but also significantly enhanced marketability. By offering specialised, scientifically backed training programmes, you can attract a wider clientele, thereby opening doors to higher earning opportunities and more prestigious positions within the fitness and sports industries.

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Diploma Options

We offer two exceptional Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diplomas™ to choose from.

Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist Diploma™

This level 3 Specialist Diploma includes the following units:

  • Level 3 Practitioner Diploma™ (level 2 Gym Instructor and level 3 Personal Trainer)*
  • T3 HIIT Coach
  • Level 2 Circuit Training
  • Level 3 Outdoor Fitness
  • Level 4 Strength & Conditioning Coach

This Specialist Diploma begins with the internationally recognised level 3 Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer Practitioner Diploma™*, which serves as the foundation for all subsequent units in this course.

The level 2 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.

The level 3 Outdoor Fitness unit is an all-important addition that allows you to expand your services beyond conventional gym environments. This unit is designed to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to design and lead effective, safe training sessions for both individuals and groups in outdoor spaces.

The level 4 Strength & Conditioning unit focuses on strength and conditioning, where you’ll learn how to programme and deliver advanced strength, speed and agility training. Amongst many other things, this highly specialised course will give you the skills to teach your clients more advanced lifts such as the clean, snatch and other power lifts.

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

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Strength & Conditioning Exercise Master Diploma™

This level 4 Master Diploma includes:

  • Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist Diploma™*
  • Level 4 Low Back Pain Management
  • Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer

This advanced course package builds on the foundation of the Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist Diploma™ by incorporating the comprehensive level 4 Low Back Pain Management unit, offering a deep understanding of one of the most common health issues.

Additionally, this level 4 Master Diploma includes the level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer unit, which enhances your skills in exercise programming, client assessment, and advanced training techniques.

By completing this Master Diploma, you position yourself as a highly skilled professional, capable of delivering exceptional results and providing specialised training services to a broad and diverse client base.

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

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Study Options

To meet different study needs and styles, we offer three different study options for our Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diplomas™ – 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

The ultimate in flexibility, the Distance study option is conducted 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

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.

      • Complete the additional Specialist Diploma units (level 3 Outdoor Fitness, level 4 Strength and Conditioning) and additional Master Diploma units (level 4 Low Back Pain Management, level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer) as home study.
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Live-Virtual

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 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.

      • Complete the additional Specialist Diploma units (level 3 Outdoor Fitness, level 4 Strength and Conditioning) and additional Master Diploma units (level 4 Low Back Pain Management, level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer) as home study.
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Specialist Diploma 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 no deposit, interest free payment plan.

To enrol, simply select your Course and Study Option and click Buy Now.

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

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Course Specs

Take a deep dive into our Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diplomas™. 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 qualifications upon successful completion of the Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diploma™ you enrol on, the certificates for which will be issued by them.

Your personal trainer 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 Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diplomas™.

If you already hold a CIMSPA recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification, please give us a copy of that qualification and enrol on the Specialist Diploma (without Gym Instructor) or Master Diploma (without Gym Instructor). Give us a call on 0207 2929 140 option 1 if you have any questions.

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

Our Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diplomas™ involve 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 Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diplomas™ represent the very best value and are 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, including no deposit, no interest options. 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 personal training 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 new career ambitions. You can study your Strength & Conditioning Exercise Diploma™ wherever you are in the country, including: