Frequently Asked Questions.

We've answered some of the questions we get asked most often below. If you have any questions about our courses, finance accreditation or just want to talk through your options give our friendly team of advisers a call.

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Qualifications & Accreditation.

What qualifications do I need?

Any qualifications needed will be detailed on each individual course page. If you need any more information, please get in touch with our team who will be happy to help.

What Levels of qualification are available?

We deliver three levels of qualification in the health and fitness industry:

Level 2 Fitness Instructor – This is the course needed for entry into employment in the health and fitness industry. The two main Level 2 courses are Gym and Exercise to Music. Other disciplines include Aqua, Step, Circuits, Studio Cycling and Instructing Health Related Exercise to Children. It is the equivalent of GCSE Grades A-C or an NVQ Level 2

Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor – The Personal Trainer Diploma is a level 3 qualification, it is equivalent to A levels or an NVQ Level 3.

Level 4 Specialist – The most advanced qualification available. Students must have completed the GP Exercise Referral course to be eligible to enrol.

Are your qualifications industry recognised?

All Focus Training qualifications give full entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and our series of PURE workshops give Continuing Professional Development points to qualified instructors.

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) was set up by the industry to regulate exercise and fitness instructors and trainers by recognising qualifications allowing entry to the register at different levels. It allows employers to check that any potential employee has the required qualifications for employment in the industry. All fitness professionals on the REPs must complete more training to maintain their status on the register by gaining continuing professional development (CPD) points. This ensures that their knowledge is valid and current.

Lookout for the courses that are Armed forces approved. See individual course pages for details.

Are the Personal Trainer courses industry recognised?

All Focus Training personal trainer courses qualifications give full entry to the Chartered Institute of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and our series of PURE workshops give Continuing Professional Development points to qualified instructors.

CIMSPA membership provides individuals working in the sport and physical activity sector with professional recognition for their chosen occupation. It provides assurance to employers, clients, colleagues and the public an individual holds the appropriate qualification(s) and continuing professional development (CPD) to be competent in their role.

To be eligible for membership, individuals must demonstrate they meet the entry requirements for their occupational membership category. These are based on CIMSPA professional standards.


Course Funding & Finance

How do I pay for my course?

Early bird discounts are available for those who pay upfront in a single instalment. Alternatively, a deposit will secure your place on a course with the balance to be paid just before you attend any in-person practical days.

Our interest-free finance offer lets you spread the payments or, in some cases, you might be able to take advantage of the Advanced Learner Loan.

We work in partnership with Deko Finance to offer more long-term fiance offers where they are needed.

Learners in the military can use ELCAS to pay for their courses.

There are no additional hidden costs. Manuals and access to our online portal are included, telephone calls to tutors are at standard rates, workshops and practical assessments are included where applicable.

For full information take a look at our finance section.

Can I apply for any funding?

Yes. As long as you can match certain criteria, you may be eligible for a government-funded loan. For more information, take a look at our details on the Advanced Learner Loan.

Course Structure & Support

When can I start my Personal Trainer course and how long will it take?

Most of our Personal Trainer courses require a period of tutor-supported home study before you attend workshops and/or a practical assessment day at one of our venues. If a PT course is listed on our website at a venue near you then you can be assured that there will still be enough time for you to complete the necessary home study.

If you can’t find the Personal Trainer course that you are looking for, please contact course advisors and they will be able to suggest alternatives and register your interest for upcoming courses so that you don’t miss out.

The time it takes to complete a Level 3 Personal Trainer course depends on a number of factors, for example, your previous knowledge, experience and the particular course on which you are enrolled. However, all courses can be completed between 4 weeks and 6 months.

How are courses delivered?

We use a flexible mixture of distance learning and course attendance. This means that you can study around any day-to-day commitments and at a pace that suits you. Great if you can’t afford to take a lot of days away from work or home.

We also provide a team of telephone support tutors who will guide you through the distance learning homework, providing technical support and advice via the telephone or the internet. They will get in touch at agreed times that suit you. There is also a helpline available. This means that we are there whenever you need us.

Once the distance learning is complete, you will attend one of our national centres, where you will spend all your time on practical learning, using the latest equipment in the most up to date fitness centres, at locations throughout the UK.

What support will I receive?

Our student support is second to none. Regular tutor contact is designed to keep you motivated throughout. We also work with you to make sure that work is completed to the required standard. With our unique approach and flexible learning, you will feel supported and have peace of mind while you are learning with us.

Our tutors are all experienced personal trainers themselves as well as being trained to provide the teaching support that you will need. We know that they will impress you with their knowledge and inspire you with their enthusiasm.

They pre-plan regular tuition sessions with you through your home study period and will also be available from 9am to 5pm on weekdays should you want to get in touch.

Should you require additional learning support please get in touch and we will happily assist you.

What qualifications and experience do you tutors have?

All our tutors are experienced, fully qualified Personal Trainers who have worked in the industry for a number of years. Our tutors constantly develop themselves to ensure their knowledge is up to date. All our staff have teaching and assessor qualifications.

How do I submit my work?

You will submit your work using our online learning portal. It’s straightforward to use and full guidance will be given. If needed, you will be able to submit written work.

What learning materials will I receive?

Our students access an online learning portal that offers an engaging and effective way to learn. The content goes beyond the scope of the qualification and we also offer a hard copy alternative of our course materials

What are your pass rates?

Focus Training has a greater than 90% student pass rate for practical examinations. We have helped over 40,000 students achieve their qualifications, giving us a wealth of experience and feedback to ensure that we have the right product and deliver it to the student in a way that best suits them.

Where will the face-to-face practical sessions be delivered?

We have a number of easy to get to UK venues. Your course will be delivered at one of these venues and one of our team will discuss this with you.

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