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.
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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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
Visit Distance Study Option in Course Specs below for more information.
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).
Visit Virtual Study Option in Course Specs below for more information.
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).
Visit In-Person Study Option in Course Specs for more information.
Our personal training courses represent peerless quality and value. To enrol, simply choose your preferred course and study option.
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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.
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.
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.
Take a deep dive into our personal trainer courses. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please call us.
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.
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 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 CIMSPA, and meet the criteria for official American College of Sports Medicine Approved Provider status◊.
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.
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/
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