Become a Personal Trainer.
Prices From £999.

Get off to the best possible start with our Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training.

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Personal Trainer Courses.

We believe that being a great personal trainer takes more than a qualification. That’s why we’re here to support you every step of the way. We not only offer great personal trainer courses but also specialist courses if there’s an extra skill you’d like to gain.


Just starting out? Our Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma combines Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications.

Already Qualified?

Already got Level 2 Fitness Instructor? No problem! Use your Gym Instructor qualification to jump straight to the Personal Trainer part of the course, saving you time and money.

Advancing your career

Springboard your career with the industry recognised and Armed forces approved Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing & Personal Training.


Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing & Personal Training

Full & Part-Time Options | Prices From £999.

Take your career to the next level with our Fitness Instructing & Personal Training Qualification.

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Want to become a personal trainer? Get in touch 0800 999 6664.

Personal Trainer Diploma course structure

With flexible study options and locations throughout the UK, you’ll be able to work at a pace that suits you. The Personal Trainer course combines home-based and face-to-face training and can be completed either part-time or full-time.

Part-Time Course

With our part-time personal trainer course, you can study at your own pace. You’ll get full access to our interactive learning portal and regular phone appointments with our telephone support tutors. You’ll also attend practical workshops and theory re-cap sessions to prepare you for your assessments. You will attend your chosen venue for a number of weekend workshops. There are 9 days you’ll need to attend in total.

Once you have booked your Personal Trainer course, one of our dedicated tutors will be in touch to plan your learning schedule. We are with you all the way, providing support, guidance, coursework feedback and revision sessions over the phone. Your tutor will advise on preparation for your practical course days.

Full-Time Course

If you’re in a hurry or prefer to study your Personal Trainer Course face to face then we also offer our full-time Gym Instructor Course that runs over 4 consecutive weeks.

We’ll send you all the information you need before your chosen course date. Once enrolled you will receive full access to our online learning platform with interactive revision tools and quizzes to test your knowledge. You can also complete elements of the home study work from here.

Level 2 Fitness Instructor

You will learn how to plan and deliver your own gym sessions, using up-to-date methods of programming and instructing skills. In addition, you will acquire an in-depth knowledge of health and fitness. This includes getting first-hand experience of using gym equipment, plus:

  • How to warm up / cool down

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Free weight exercising techniques

  • Cardiovascular conditioning

  • Resistance machine exercise techniques

  • Bodyweight training

  • Flexibility training

  • Principles of exercise programme design

  • Communication and teaching skills

  • Screening and risk factor identification

  • Promoting physical activity for a healthier lifestyle

  • Healthy pregnancy

  • Healthy older adult

  • Fitness for children 14+

  • Customer care – the do’s and don'ts

  • Health and safety in the workplace

Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

Building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first half of this diploma, you will learn advanced personal training techniques. These include lifting form; CV training methods; anatomy and physiology; client assessment and programming.

  • 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

  • Functional core stability training

  • PNF stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)

  • Nutritional basis of healthy eating

  • Analysis of food labels

  • Eating for energy

  • Analysis of food diaries

  • Passive fitness assessments including blood pressure testing, skin fold measuring, postural analysis

  • Active fitness assessments including movement screening, VO2 Max assessments, muscular strength and endurance assessments

  • Business and marketing

How is the course assessed?

To pass the Personal Trainer course you’ll need to successfully complete the following:

  • Home study worksheet
  • Multiple choice theory exams
  • Case studies
  • Practical assessments

How do I submit my work for the Personal Trainer Diploma course?

Most students choose to submit their Personal Trainer home-study units online through our interactive learning portal. If you prefer, you can submit handwritten units. We are here to help, so if you have any special learning needs please do get in touch. We’ll work with you and do as much as possible to assist.

Payment options

There are a number of finance options available. This course can be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan. These allow you to study now and pay back when you are earning.

Fill out the form below and a course adviser will confirm your dates and venue. They are also on hand to answer any questions you might have, including funding or payment plans. They will also help you put together a training plan to suit you if you do not already have a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification.

Interested in this course?

To book on the course and find out about payment options, schedule a call back with us today.

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Course Review.
Student Case Study
Laura Hutchinson
Personal Training Diploma Graduate

“ For anyone trying to decide whether to do a PT Diploma course with Focus I can highly recommend it, the tutors are really knowledgeable and so keen for you to learn. I’m 100% glad I went for it, I wish I’d done it years ago. ”

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