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Our range of exceptional personal trainer courses are built on evidence-based exercise science and designed to maximise your skills, capabilities and career opportunities.

Our personal trainer courses are recognised internationally; exceed the standards set by REPs and CIMSPA; with qualifications issued by Focus Awards.

Over 20 years we’ve helped over 20 000 people become a personal trainer. We can help you too.

As the trusted authority in personal training courses, we have 929 reviews and our customer experience rating is 4.8 out of 5

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Course Foundation

Choose from three personal training course packages, all of which incorporate our acclaimed Course Foundation and include the latest Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification from the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Our Course Foundation features proprietary, cutting edge 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
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Level 3 Diploma Practitioner in Personal Training

From £899

Our entry-level personal trainer course.
Ideal for those looking to become a personal trainer in the shortest time.

The Level 3 Diploma Practitioner in Personal Training includes the Course Foundation plus:

  • Gym Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • T3 (HIIT) Coaching
  • Circuit Training
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Level 3 Diploma Specialist in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

From £1299

Our most popular personal trainer course.
Ideal for those looking to offer their clients a greater variety of services.

The Level 3 Diploma Specialist in Gym Instructing and Personal Training includes the Practitioner Diploma plus:

  • Sports Conditioning
  • Outdoor Fitness
  • Group Indoor Cycling (Distance and In-Person study options)
  • Advanced Stretching (Virtual study option)
  • Exercise Referral
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Level 3 Diploma Master in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

From £1649

Our most advanced PT course
Ideal for those looking to increase their earning potential with more specialist skills.

The Level 3 Diploma Master in Gym Instructing and Personal Training includes the Specialist Diploma plus:

  • Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Management
  • Life Coaching
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Study Options

We offer three standout study options for our personal trainer courses – Distance, Virtual and In-Person.

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.

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 Virtual assessments at bespoke times and dates that you arrange with us on which which you’ll perform your assessments and submit your completed portfolios.

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Virtual

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

Available Full Time and Part Time.

Due to conditions brought about by COVID, this study option is ideal for those who would prefer not to travel or who are currently concerned for their health studying in-person with a group of people in a commercial fitness centre. 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: depending on the course option you choose, you’ll book onto and participate in either 11-day or 15-day Virtual clinics held on weekdays.

Part Time: depending on the course option you choose, you’ll book onto and participate in either 11-day or 15-day Virtual clinics held on Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option).

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In-Person

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

Available Full Time and Part Time.

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

Full Time: depending on the course option you choose, you’ll book onto and attend either 11-day or 15-day In-Person clinics held on weekdays.

Part Time: depending on the course option you choose, you’ll book onto and attend either 11-day or 15-day In-Person clinics held on Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option); or you’ll book onto and attend either 11-week or 15-week In-Person clinics held Monday and Tuesday evenings (Part Time Evenings option).

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Prices

Our personal training courses represent peerless quality and value. To enrol, simply choose your preferred course and study option.

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Why Us?

Premium courses. Unrivalled value. Supreme support.

Become your best by learning from the best.

Convenience and Simplicity

Study anywhere, anytime.

Mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop: you can study where, when and the way you like thanks to our award-wining learning ecosystem. 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 study option you choose, you can book onto optional assessment days, optional training days or clinics.

Technology is in our DNA. We were the first fitness course provider in the UK to offer online learning and the first to offer a mobile app so that you can study 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.

Our personal trainer 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.

Our personal training courses also 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 your course you’ll notice anatomy and physiology, for example, is split across multiple lessons. You, the learner, will then combine elements of your learning from these different lessons and show your accumulated knowledge and understanding.

Our PT courses meet the real-world requirements of a personal trainer and are specifically structured in such a way as to represent the real-world journey you’ll take your clients on once you’ve qualified.

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Support

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

We offer 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 – Optional eClasses are available to help you prepare for your Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer assessment/s. You can enrol on one or more of the eClasses and once enrolled 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 course. Additional fees apply.

Optional Training Days – If you enrol on the Distance study option and would like extra help with the more practical elements of your course, we have optional training days you can book onto and attend. On these days you can receive valuable tutor feedback and practical training. Two optional training days (one for the Gym Instructor component and another for the Personal Trainer component) will also cover the relevant practicum/work experience requirement of your course. Optional training days are not mandatory; therefore, aren’t included in your course. 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 Option

You will:

  • Complete as home study the online course material, online theory assessments, workbook and portfolios.

    You’ll complete the online material for at least the first unit of the course before performing any of that unit’s assessments; and complete the online material for the second unit of the course before performing any of that unit’s assessments. If you enrol on the Specialist Diploma or Master Diploma, you must complete the online material for the remaining units of the course before performing any of those unit assessments.

  • Complete the practicum/work experience requirements of the course where you observe a qualified personal trainer in a commercial fitness facility – 40 hours in total. As optional alternatives to completing the practicum/work experience, you can book onto and attend two scheduled training days, or eight scheduled eClasses (additional fees apply).

  • Submit via our Help Desk evidence of your completed practicum/work experience using the documents provided in the online course material (unless you have completed the two optional training days or the eight optional eClasses).

  • 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 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

Virtual Study Option

The Practitioner Diploma includes two clinics: Unit 1 (five days) and Unit 2 (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).

The Specialist Diploma includes three clinics: Unit 1 (five days), Unit 2 (six days) and Specialist Unit (four 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).

The Master Diploma includes the same clinics as the Specialist Diploma.

You will:

  • Book onto scheduled Virtual clinics according to the course option (Practitioner, Specialist or Master) and 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 first unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the Unit 1 portfolio) before participating in the Part Time clinic for that unit; and complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the second unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the Unit 2 portfolio) before participating in the Part Time clinic for that unit. If you enrol on the Specialist Diploma or Master Diploma, you must complete the online course material for the remainder of the course before participating in the Part Time clinic for the Specialist Unit.

    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 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. Certain modules (for example, Sports Conditioning, Obesity and Diabetes Management, and Life Coaching), if included in the course option you enrol on, are completed as home study and not on clinic.

In-Person Study Option

The Practitioner Diploma includes two clinics: Unit 1 (five days) and Unit 2 (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).

The Specialist Diploma includes three clinics: Unit 1 (five days), Unit 2 (six days) and Specialist Unit (four 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).

The Master Diploma includes the same clinics as the Specialist Diploma.

You will:

  • Book onto scheduled In-Person clinics according to the course option (Practitioner, Specialist or Master) and 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 first unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the Unit 1 portfolio) before attending the first day of the Part Time clinic for that unit; and complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the second unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the Unit 2 portfolio) before attending the first day of the Part Time clinic for that unit. If you enrol on the Specialist Diploma or Master Diploma, you must complete the online course material for the remainder of the course before attending the Part Time clinic for the Specialist Unit.

    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. Certain modules (for example, Sports Conditioning, Obesity and Diabetes Management, and Life Coaching), if included in the course option you enrol on, are completed as home study and not on clinic.

Recognition

You will achieve the relevant personal trainer qualification upon successful completion of the personal trainer course you enrol on, the certificate for which will be issued by Focus Awards.

Our personal trainer courses are also recognised by PD:Approval and CIMSPA, and meet the criteria for official American College of Sports Medicine Approved Provider status.

Prerequisites

No prior fitness qualification is required before starting any of the personal trainer courses on this page. Please call our Enrolments team for information on exemptions.

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

The course requires 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.

Payments

Please call us or visit the Enhanced Learning Credits portal for informaton on the process of applying for funding for your course. https://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/