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Personal Trainer Course - Full Time

Our full time Personal Trainer course is the gateway to a rewarding career as a personal trainer whether you intend to become self-employed or work within a gym or health club facility. You will attend our training centre four days a week for four weeks. During this time our highly experienced tutors will support and guide you through the course, which is delivered to a small group of students.

This is a nationally recognised qualification which will teach you how to assess a client’s health and fitness levels using the latest testing techniques and equipment. You will learn how to plan and deliver bespoke personal training sessions, to analyse a client’s diet and to provide scientifically proven nutritional advice.

This course is for you if you prefer to study full time and you like the idea of studying in a group with a high level of access to tutor support.

Prefer to study part-time?

We also run this course as a part-time course.

Course Structure and Content

  • How is the course delivered?

    Full-time learning option: You will attend 16 days (Monday-Thursday) over 4 weeks, full-time (9am-5pm). This will provide support for completion of your worksheet units, case studies and theoretical and practical assessments.

    If you have any special learning needs please do not hesitate to discuss them with our advisers, we will do as much as is practicable to assist.

  • What Course Materials Will I Receive?

    You will receive a bespoke Focus Training Personal Training and Nutrition manual. You’ll be able to access all the learning materials for this course via our unique online learning portal (hard copy manuals can be purchased at an extra cost), a virtual classroom which guides you, section by section, through your course. All the facts and information you require are clearly presented to make learning as easy and enjoyable as possible, there’s even a quiz at the end of each section to test yourself.

  • What does the Personal Trainer course cover?

    Throughout the course, you will study a variety of topics that will teach you more about how to be a great personal trainer – such as:

    • Advanced anatomy and physiology
    • Advanced cardiovascular training methods
    • Advanced resistance training methods
    • Movement screening – postural assessment and overhead squat assessment
    • SMART goal setting
    • Progressive exercise programming
    • Teaching exercise outdoors
    • Olympic lifting techniques
    • Plyometric and motor skill development
    • Functional core stability training
    • PNF stretching
    • Nutritional basis of healthy eating
    • Analysis of food labels
    • Eating for energy
    • Analysis of food diaries
    • Passive fitness assessments including blood pressure testing
    • Active fitness assessments including movement screening and endurance assessment
  • How will I be assessed?

    Throughout the course, you will be assessed on a range of areas to ensure you have both the knowledge and tools to create tailored and engaging fitness plans to a variety of clients. Assessment includes:

    • Practical observation to demonstrate your ability to deliver personal training sessions
    • A case study to outline your knowledge of programming personal training sessions and nutritional advice
    • A multiple choice theory exam covering anatomy and physiology
    • A multiple choice exam focussed on the principles of nutrition

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become a Personal Trainer?

    The first thing you need is a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification. If you already have one of these then great, you’re ready to jump straight into the Level 3 Personal Trainer course, if not don’t worry, we can bolt this on at the beginning.

    Whether you are looking to set up your own business as a Personal Trainer, or work freelance within a gym setting, you will need a qualification that is accredited through an Awarding Organisation. Active IQ award our personal training qualifications, they are the leading awarding organisation within the active leisure sector, and they ensure we meet high standards of delivery and assessment.

  • What certificate will I receive on completion of my Personal Trainer course?

    On completion of the course you will receive an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training.

  • Is the Personal Trainer course recognised by REPs?

    Yes! You will receive 20 REPs points on completion of the Level 3 Personal Trainer course. REPs stands for the Register of Exercise Professionals, which provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed National Occupational Standards. Entry onto REPs as a Level 3 Personal Trainer can help you attract clients through their website and gain affordable insurance.

  • Is funding available?

    Yes, this course qualifies for 19+ Learning Loans. If you are eligible you will only have to pay a fully refundable small deposit, which you get back when you complete the course.

  • What is a 19+ Learning Loan?

    A. If you are aged 19 years or over you are likely to be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan which you can apply for to fund this course.

    Ask our course adviser for more information about course dates and Learning Loans. Call 0800 999 6664.

  • What other payment options do you offer?

    If you are not eligible for a 19+ Learning Loan there are several ways to spread the cost of your course. We offer interest-free finance and also have a finance option if you want to reduce your monthly outgoings by paying over a longer period. If you prefer to pay up front you’ll receive a pay in full discount.

Locations & Dates

LocationVenueModuleStart DateBook
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid LloydPersonal Trainer Course (Full Time)09/12 July 2018 & 16/19 July 2018 & 23/26 July 2018 & 30 July/02 August 2018 (Midweek)
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid LloydPersonal Trainer Course (Full Time)12/15 November 2018 & 19/22 November 2018 & 26/29 November 2018 & 03/06 December 2018 (Midweek)


If you have any questions or require further guidance you can speak with one of our expert advisors by calling

0800 999 6664

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