Personal Trainer Diploma
- YMCA Level 2 Certificate
- YMCA Level 3 Certificate
- Level 3 Nutrition
- Free REPs Membership
- 1 CPD Course
Master Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma
- YMCA Level 2 Certificate
- YMCA Level 3 Certificate
- Level 3 Nutrition
- FREE REPs MEMBERSHIP
- 3 CPD Courses
- Additional Level 3 Course
Master Level 4 Personal Trainer Diploma
- YMCA Level 2 Certificate
- YMCA Level 3 Certificate
- Level 3 Nutrition
- Free REPs Membership
- 5 CPD Courses
- Exercise Referral Course
- Level 4 Course
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS RECOGNISED BY ALL UK AWARDING BODIES
What certificates will I receive?
Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a YMCA Awards Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.
You will also be able to register yourself with the Register of Exercise Professionals as a Level 3 fitness professional and gain an immediate 20 REPs points.
Is this course recognised?
Yes, absolutely. The Discovery Learning personal trainer certification is a YMCA Awards qualification and as such is accredited with Skills Active and internationally recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). We're also currently working on getting our courses recognized by the rising CIMSPA organization as well.
What are the pre-requisites to enrol onto this course?
You will need a recognised Level 2 Fitness Instructor certification to enrol on this course. If you don't already have this, don't worry, as we provide the fitness instructor training as well, and will let you combine it with this course so you can study and acquire both qualifications in a combined course package.
You don't need to possess any academic qualifications, but solid reading, writing and communication skills will be needed. You'll also need a reasonable level of physical fitness.
Once you're a qualified personal trainer, you'll be able to embark upon a new career in which you work for yourself or for a fitness establishment training clients to reach their health and fitness goals. You might like to conduct your training sessions in a gym or health club, or you might prefer to visit clients in their homes or train with them outdoors.
Discovery personal trainer course packages are flexible and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis according to what works best for you. We also give you the opportunity to receive advanced training through additional course modules in specialized areas such as obesity and diabetes, lower back pain or clinical nutrition. This extra knowledge will allow you to train populations with special requirements, allowing you to tap into lucrative niche client areas.
We realise that many people might not be able to pay for this course in a lump sum, so all our personal training certifications can be paid for through an easy to manage monthly instalment plan. With a deposit as low as 5% of the total cost and a 0% interest rate, you can receive full course finance repayable over a 12 month period.
Discovery Learning have trained over 10,000 aspiring fitness professionals and have an average course pass rate of over 98%. With our expert Student Support team, free hard-copy manuals and interactive online Student Zone, our students have a very good chance of passing their course at the first attempt. Any who do not, however, will be allowed to re-sit their final assessment for a small fee and will not have to repeat the entire course.
Once you're qualified, we can even assist you with getting interviews and finding employment. We have arrangements with the fitness industry's leading employers and top personal training business coaches, as well as a number of other organizations that can help you get started and set up your personal training business.
Master Module Options:
There are 7 units included in this course. These units are the same whether you do the course full time or part time.
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Maintaining Health, Safety and Welfare in Fitness Environments
- Programming Safe and Effective Exercises for a Range of Clients
- Effective Communication & Motivation When Working with Clients
- Principles of Nutrition and the Importance of Healthy Eating
- Creating and Designing Personal Training Programmes
- Delivering Exercise and Physical Activity Programmes
Who is this course for?
This course is for people looking to work in the fitness industry and work with clients on a one-to-one basis. You may already have a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification (the pre-requisite for Level 3) and want to expand your knowledge or you might not, which means you can combine the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications into one package.
What assessments will I need to complete?
- Personal Trainer programme design
- Nutrition case study & nutrition knowledge questions
- Knowledge questions –programming with clients knowledge questions and personal training delivery
- 2 x multiple choice theory exams (A&P and Nutrition)
- Fitness Testing practical
- Practical exam
What support will I get?
You will have unlimited access to our dedicated student support team via telephone, Skype or email. This course is also supported by a fully interactive online learning environment that is completely free to access once you purchase the course. This facility contains manuals, images, videos, interactive tutorials, mock exam questions and other learning tools to help get you through the course.
How long is the personal training course?
The personal trainer course is run on a part time or full time basis (venue dependant).
Part Time – consists of 4 weeks of home learning and 4 attendance weekends spread over 4 months. One weekend per month. If you are combining this with the Level 2 Gym Instructor course you will complete an additional 4 weeks prior home learning and attend a 2 day weekend plus a 1 day assessment.
Part Time Weekday - a minimum of 4 weeks home study followed by 4 days required attendance and 3 optional workshops during the week. This course filters on to the Full Time course. The assessment days can be booked at a time that suits you after you have completed the attendance days.
Full Time – consists of Monday – Friday study, 9am – 4:30pm. This is 3 weeks in total. If you are combining this with the Level 2 Gym Instructor course you will complete an additional 8 days prior to the personal training course. The combined attendance will make up 5 weeks.
Any other courses that may have been booked, (for example the additional courses booked with Level 3 or Level 4 Master Personal Trainer) will be completed after the gym and PT courses.
Where can I do this course?
We run this course at all of our academies on a Part Time Weekend basis.
Full Time courses and Part Time Weekday courses are run in: West London, Bournemouth, Birmingham and Manchester.
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WHAT DID STUDENTS SAY ABOUT OUR PT COURSE?
The course was well constructed and delivered in a competent and informative manner. The practical training was highly enjoyable and effective, resulting in excellent course with good learning outcomes
The course was very beneficial and insightful. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. An easy, relaxed learning environment.
The course instructor, Andreas, was extremely helpful and full of insightful knowledge. His easy-to-understand teaching style not only kept me interested but allowed me to ask questions when I needed. He involved all members of the group and was very approachable throughout, spending time to fully explain any areas that needed to be covered in greater depth.
The course was interesting and allowed us to apply classroom knowledge to a gym environment. It also covered a range of content around a subject area.
Fun and interesting course. Learnt a lot of useful skills to help me progress with my career.
The course was extremely insightful and educational on my journey to a career in fitness industry. The tutor possessed an excellent and comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. The delivery was engaging and thoroughly enjoyable, with an injection of humour into more theoretical topics. I would highly recommend this course.
The level of tutorage was exceptional. I completed my Level 2 and 3 in 4.5 weeks full time which I believe is very rare with regards to the companies which offer this. The volume of work to be completed within that time is more than intense but the quality of the tutorage and support both from tutor and Student Zone made it possible. Well done Discovery! Thank you.
Really enjoyed the course. Tom was an excellent teacher, wish I could have done it full-time though as part mean study on my home which is harder.
Really good, knowledgeable tutor with all aspects of PT information covered, good helpful handouts and links to learn for exams and practical assessment made sure all learners were fully aware of all aspects of physical PT and how the body worked during exercise. Learnt a lot and feel very confident to start a career in the PT world and tailor to the client needs and all the safety aspects and different training systems and alignments if needed to do techniques and postural would definitely recommend this course to friends and family and would be using Discovery for future courses.
Really good teacher who explain everything in and in a few different ways for others to understand information if at first they didn’t understand. Good things, start to finish, enjoyed the course and feel more knowledge about training. Really enjoyed the practical parts. Really good course and I will recommend the course to anyone thinking of getting into the fitness industry.
We run this course in three different formats
This is how they compare
|Features||Part Time Course||Full Time Course|
|YMCA Level 2 Gym|
|YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer|
|Level 3 Nutrition|
|Attendance||Weekends or Weekdays||Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 16:30|
|Duration||5 weekends + assessments||5 weeks|
LEVEL 2 GYM INSTRUCTOR + LEVEL 3 PERSONAL TRAINER = PERSONAL TRAINER DIPLOMA
IMPORTANT! In order to become a fully certified Personal Trainer you have to complete Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications. It is a requirement set by all UK awarding bodies. We are the only UK's Personal Trainer courses provider offering Ultimate Course Flexibility. You can study in any format you wish choosing venue and date which truly suits you.
If you have a level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate already, tick this box
Gym Instructor Course
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THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS
Let’s talk about becoming a personal trainer and discuss the best route for a successful career in that business. So, what is a personal trainer? What do they do? How does someone become a personal trainer?
Generally, a personal trainer helps people to improve their lives by enhancing their health and fitness. These could be goals of increased size and strength, goals related to sporting performance and cardiovascular fitness, or goals related to nutrition and weight management. Sometimes people will come to you needing help with serious health problems such as obesity.
So how does someone become a personal trainer? We should first make it clear that in order to succeed at being a personal trainer, you should be someone who is genuinely interested in health, exercise and fitness and also someone who would take pride in helping other people make their lives better. If this describes you, then you definitely have the right mind-set for a personal trainer.
You should of course get a recognized personal trainer certification before you start working as a personal trainer. Although it’s technically not illegal to sell your services as a trainer without being properly qualified, doing so is dangerous for your clients and irresponsible to yourself, as without a recognized qualification you wouldn’t be able to get insurance, so would be personally liable for any injuries your clients sustain during training sessions.
The recognition and accreditation of personal trainers is governed in the UK and many other countries of the world by organizations such as the Register of Exercise Professionals and CIMSPA, whose purpose is to maintain professional standards in the fitness industry.
Once qualified, you will be eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals as a level 3 or 4 personal trainer depending on how advanced the content of your training course was.
If you already possess a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification, you might already be on the register as a level 2 fitness professional. If you don’t possess this qualification, you should know that it is a prerequisite of the Level 3 or 4 personal trainer certification. Fortunately, you can study the gym and personal training certifications simultaneously in a combined course package.
In the course, you will learn about anatomy and physiology and explore training in different environments away from traditional gym settings, as well as how to use a wide range of fitness equipment and exercise tools. You'll also become competent in assessing your client and collecting physiological data such as body mass index, blood pressure, body composition and heart rate. You'll also be shown how to design custom personal training regimes to suit the needs of individual clients.
Before entering the industry, you should ideally have some sort of plan to make yourself stand out from the crowd and increase the likelihood of you getting clients. We would recommend specializing in a particular area of training, such as strength and conditioning, sports massage, pre and post-natal training for women, obesity and weight management, or training clients with lower back pain.
Some of these specialist areas can be studied through advanced level 4 modules available with your level 3 personal trainer certification, while others, such as sports massage and pre and post-natal training, will require additional qualifications. You should ask yourself what areas of fitness training you’re most interested in and use that as an indicator of what specialisms to focus on.
So how do you get started as a professional personal trainer? Basically there are four typical working models personal trainers in the UK…
The first model is the in-house employed model. Working as a salaried member of a club such as Virgin Active or David Lloyd, you’ll be engaged for about 40 hours each week, during which time you’d be expected to provide around 20 hours of personal training to their members, and spend the rest of the time doing stuff like taking classes and inducting new clients into the gym. The perceived advantages of this model are the stability of income and the stable hours. Get one of these positions and you can expect to earn in the range of £24K a year, but it will be difficult to get a position like this when you’re a newly trained personal trainer.
The second model is the freelance self-employed personal trainer working out of a health club. This is the most widely available working model for personal trainers in Britain. The advantages of this model are that you would be running your own business, be your own boss, and choose your own working hours. You would however have to pay the club a weekly rental sum, and you would be competing with the other trainers based in the club to find clients from among its members.
The third model is the independent freelancer, working for yourself but not based in any fitness establishment. You’ll have to find your own clients and train them in environments away from the gym, such as in parks and open spaces, in their homes, or in your own fitness studio. Going it entirely alone in this manner is the most high-risk model and is something we recommend not doing until you’ve been in the business for a while and have built up a client base and developed the means to find new clients without anyone’s help.
The fourth model is a combination of each of the above three, and this is a very good way of learning which model will ultimately be the best path for you as a professional personal trainer. Think carefully about how you would like to get started in your new career. We suggest you fully explore each of the options above before making your decision.
Whichever model or combination of business models you choose to adopt, you should constantly be looking to learn more about to market yourself as a personal trainer and attract clients. Winning new clients and retaining existing clients is the core of any personal trainer’s business plan. Focus a lot on the quality of the service you provide. Word of mouth is still by far the strongest marketing tool for a personal trainer. Make sure every training session you deliver is one that you’d be happy for someone to look at video footage of as an example of how you do business. You want your trainees to tell their friends and fellow gym-goers about you and your training sessions.
In addition, make sure you take advantage of the marketing avenues that modern technology and the Internet provides. Get yourself a website, setup your social media pages, and use one of the many available software tools for mobile devices to manage the administration of your business and your appointment schedule.
Finally, the most important thing to remember about the business of personal training is that it’s 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. There will probably be times when things seem to be going slowly and you’re struggling to make headway, but if you stick with it and go about it like a professional, you have every chance of being successful and forging an enjoyable and rewarding career for yourself in this exciting and fast-paced industry. We wish you all the best.
- From all of the team at Discovery Learning.