Fitness Qualifications - FAQs

Ready to take the next step with your fitness qualifications? Find the answers to our learners most frequently asked questions below.


What’s the best way of gaining my level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal trainer accreditation?

If you are starting out in your fitness career and wish to become a personal trainer you will need both the level 2 fitness instructor and level 3 personal trainer fitness qualifications.

The best route to achieving both qualifications is with our package course which leads to the level 2 certificate in fitness instructing and the level 3 certificate in personal training.

For those with access to a workplace setting we also offer this package course at the NVQ diploma level. This leads to the level 2 diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness and the level 3 diploma in personal training.

Are your personal trainer courses online?

Yes – Our courses are taught by blended learning with each learner working closely with a personal tutor, who is a recognised fitness industry expert.

You will complete the theory part of your course a module at a time with help, support and advice on hand from your tutor every step of the way.

When the theory is complete, for some courses, you will then attend a small group based practical workshop to develop your client facing skills. This prepares you for working with your very own clients post qualification.

How long will it take to complete my fitness qualifications?

If you are keen to fast-track you can complete your level 2 fitness instructor or level 3 personal trainer qualification from 6 weeks.

Many of our students have a specific time frame in mind they’d like to work to. This is where their personal tutor steps in developing a personal study plan to suit.

If you are fitting your study in and around other commitments such as work, family and sports interests and prefer a more relaxed approach, you can pick up your learning as time permits. Here, you have up to two years to qualify so can go at your own pace.

What’s special about your fitness qualifications?

Our fitness courses have all been created by industry experts who practice at the highest level in personal training and run successful businesses.

This means we can offer a unique level of support and guidance to our learners with their course theory, practical work and in establishing their very own client base and personal trainer business.

Top this with great value prices and industry recognised accreditations from REPs, Skills Active and the NCFE and our learners know they’re in good hands.

What fitness qualifications will I gain?

Our level 2 fitness instructing courses and level 3 personal trainer courses are endorsed by REPS, Skills Active and the NCFE and come with 20 CPD’s.

Once qualified you will be able to join REPs as a level 2 fitness instructor or level 3 personal trainer. Upon graduation you will receive a certificate validating your qualification together with the title of your award.

Is your fitness industry training accredited?

Yes – we are an approved training provider by Skills Active, REPs and the NCFE.

What’s the difference between the certificate and diploma fitness instructor courses?

Both the level 3 certificate in fitness instructing and the level 3 diploma in fitness instructing lead to a level 2 REPs accredited qualification and 20 CPD’s.

The certificate is perfect for those seeking a career in fitness instructing or looking for a level 2 qualification that will give them a springboard onto becoming a level 3 personal trainer.

The level 3 diploma is an NVQ qualification that includes an extra module focused on fitness instructor supervisory skills. This appeals to learners seeking a more advanced level of fitness instructor knowledge who have access to a workplace setting to complete the required practical work.

What’s the difference between the certificate and diploma personal trainer courses?

Both the level 3 certificate in personal training and the level 3 diploma in personal training lead to a level 3 REPs accredited qualification and 20 CPD’s.

The certificate has 7 modules and is ideal for those keen on becoming a personal trainer in a shorter time frame or who are working to a more limited budget.

The diploma is an NVQ qualification that contains 9 modules. It is a more advanced qualification that is suited to those with access to a workplace setting for the required practical work.

What personal trainer salary can I achieve?

Newly qualified level 3 personal trainers typically charge from £35 per hour rising to £50 plus with experience on the job.

Can I pay by instalment?

Yes – our fitness qualifications come with different payment options to suit our learner’s budgets.

You can start your fitness industry education by choosing between 3, 6, 9 or 12 month instalments, or save 20% on course fees when you pay in full.

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