Personal Trainer Diploma
- YMCA Level 2 Certificate
- YMCA Level 3 Certificate
- Free REPs Membership
Master Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma
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- YMCA Level 2 Certificate
- YMCA Level 3 Certificate
- FREE REPs MEMBERSHIP
- 3 CPD Courses
- Additional Level 3 Course
Master Level 4 Personal Trainer Diploma
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- YMCA Level 2 Certificate
- YMCA Level 3 Certificate
- Free REPs Membership
- 3 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 REPs at Level 3 and gain 20 REPs points.
Is this course recognised?
All Discovery Learning courses are recognised with REPs. The Personal Training qualification is a YMCA Awards qualification and is accredited with Skills Active, recognised internationally.
What are the pre-requisites to enrol onto this course?
You will need a recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification to book on to this course, if you don’t already have this you can combine it with the Personal Trainer course. A reasonable level of fitness, gym experience, good written and communication skills are also recommended.
Becoming a personal trainer means you can work for yourself or for a fitness establishment training clients to reach their health and fitness goals. You may want to do your training in a gym or health club, or you may prefer to visit clients in their home or work outdoors. This REPs accredited personal trainer qualification will give you all the knowledge and skills required to start your new career.
Discovery personal trainer course packages are flexible and can be completed either full-time or part-time to a schedule that suits you. We also give you the opportunity to specialise in different areas of fitness, like sports massage, Pilates, strength and conditioning, or obesity and diabetes, with our level three and level four Master Personal Trainer qualifications, helping you to create a niche for yourself starting out in the industry.
All of our PT qualifications can be paid for via a monthly instalment plan to help you manage the cost. With a deposit as low as 5% of the total cost and a 0% interest rate, you can take out a loan for up to twelve months and pay back only the amount you’ve borrowed. Or if you prefer, you can of course pay the full cost up-front.
We have trained over ten-thousand aspiring fitness professionals and have an average course pass rate of over 98%. With our dedicated Student Support team, free hard-copy manuals and interactive online Student Zone, our students have a very good chance of passing their final assessment at the first attempt.
Once you are qualified, we can assist you with getting interviews and finding employment. We have excellent links with industry employers and personal training business coaches, as well as a number of companies that can help you get started with your very own 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 the student support team either via telephone, Skype or email. This course is also supported by a fully interactive on line learning package that is completely free with the course. This contains videos, interactive tutorials and lots of visual aids and learning tools to make your education enjoyable and effective.
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||Online Course||Part Time Course||Full Time Course|
|YMCA Level 2 Gym|
|YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer|
|Attendance||Required only on exam days||Weekends or Weekdays||Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 16:30|
|Duration||Up to 18 months - depends on the pace of your study||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.
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How to become a personal trainer
Let’s talk about becoming a PT and explore the best route for a successful career as a PT. So, what is a PT? What do they do? How does someone become a PT?
Primarily a personal trainer helps a person achieve their goals. This is likely to include goals of cardiovascular fitness, goals of strength and endurance. It may also involve nutritional and weight management targets. Things like posture correction, injury prevention, perhaps general confidence in an exercise setting. Sometimes we'll have very specific goals, such as improving sporting performance and personal bests or losing 10 kilograms for a wedding for instance.
So how does someone become a personal trainer? First of all, you'll need to be interested in the whole arena of health, fitness and the relationship between physical activity, nutrition and wellness. If the answer to this is yes, then you sound like a good candidate to become a great PT. Of course you will need a recognized qualification in personal training as personal training is now governed in the UK, as it is elsewhere by the Register of Exercise Professionals, an organization that maintains professional standards in our industry. Once qualified, you will be eligible to join this national register at Level 2, 3 or 4 depending on your level of qualification. I would suggest starting off with a combined Level 2 fitness instructor and a Level 3 PT qualification. In the course, you will learn about anatomy and physiology and explore training in different environments away from traditional gym settings and how to use various pieces of fitness equipment. You'll also become competent in assessing your client and taking physical measurements, such as body mass index, blood pressure, body composition and fitness testing. And you'll be taught how to design and develop a personal training program that is safe and effective in order to achieve your client's goals. You'll also study nutrition and weight management in Level 3.
So how are you going to make yourself stand out from the crowd? Well, I would advise specializing in a particular area that will give you an advantage over and above those around you. A personal training certificate will provide a great platform to access a vast array of qualifications in areas such as strength and conditioning, helping sports people to avoid injuries and improve their personal best or sports massage at Levels 3 and 4 where you can set up a practice for people with minor injuries and strains associated with physical activities. A GP and exercise referral certificate will allow you to work with referred populations that have chronic conditions that would benefit from a lifestyle intervention. You could opt to work with children in an exercise setting or specialize in pre- and post-natal exercise. A much needed area of expertise at the moment is the need for specialist weight management and nutrition practitioners, and this would form the basis of a good client base considering the current obesity epidemic. In fact, there are a multitude of related options available to personal trainers wishing to move into a specialist area. You could also progress to Level 4 with special populations, such as obese and diabetic clients or those with chronic back pain if this is an area of interest to you. First of all, you should ask yourself: “What am I interested in”, “what sort of client would I most like to work with?” and “Where do I see my career progressing?”
So, how do you start to work as a professional trainer? Starting out as a PT at first might seem a bit daunting, however, if you go about it in the right way you should have no difficulty getting established. Basically there are four typical working models for personal trainers in the UK. The first option is the pay as you earn employed model. Working as a salaried member of a club such as Virgin Active or David Lloyd you’ll be engaged for 40 hours each week and for this you would be expected to provide around 20 hours of personal training as well as taking classes and inducting new clients into the gym. A clear advantage of this model is the stability of income and some would see the stable hours as an advantage also. In this case, expect to earn in the range of £24K per year, but it may be more difficult to earn a PAYE model as a complete novice.
The second option is the free-lance self-employed PT working in a club. This is currently the most widely available option in the UK. There are 80% of PTs working for one of the established fitness programs either partly or wholly as a freelancer. The advantage of this model is you are your own boss, it's your business, you can work as many hours as you want and you can work when you want, however you will have to pay the club a weekly rental and you'll also have to find your own clients in the club and you will be competing with other PTs to win your business share. Nonetheless this is a great way to serve your apprenticeship and to learn from the more experienced PTs in the club and how to market yourself to successfully win new clients and keep them.
The third model is to be an independent freelancer. In this case you’ll have to find your own clients and train them in environments away from the gym, such as in parks or open spaces or in their home. You may also wish to partner with one of the established non-gym based franchises that will support and mentor you and send some clients your way on a profit share basis. This may be advantageous as a new starter and will be much better than going it alone. Going entirely on your own is probably an option best left until you have been around for a while, you have an established website and it is working well and drawing you lots of inquiries and new clients and you already have an established client base. This is where most PTs are ultimately aiming to get. You may wish to group together at this point with other established PTs to open your own gym, and again this is the most advantageous career route to establish a stable, rewarding and well paid occupation as a PT.
Finally, the fourth option is a combination of all of the above, and this is a very good way of learning which ultimately will be the best option for you. Think carefully about which way forward you would like to proceed and I would suggest that you fully explore all of the options above before deciding upon your option.
Marketing yourself as a PT – in virtually all aspects of working as a personal trainer, you're going to have to successfully market and promote yourself as you are the business product. Winning new clients and retaining your existing customers is going to be at the core of your business plan. Start by thinking about the quality of the service that you are delivering. Word of mouth is still by far the strongest marketing tool for a PT. Make sure that every session you deliver is a performance that you would be proud of and one that your client would want to tell their friends about. Furthermore, think about how you will present yourself. What do you look like? How do you act around your clients? What examples do you set in your everyday life? You must have the basic marketing materials and this starts with a website, which is essential. Websites are cost effective and will tell the world that you have arrived. Clients can read about you and find you easily provided that you have set your site up correctly. Your website will grow with you and branch out. As time goes by you can start to retail sports supplements and health products from your site and if you're very successful, you can introduce a revenue stream using commercial advertising on your site. All of this for around 50 pounds per year of hosting. Websites are so important that we provide all of our PT graduates with a free website. Think about all the collateral, such as business cards in particular which are cheap enough to give you a professional edge. Experienced PTs will be writing articles for their local press or in their local community magazines or school parent's journals. Get yourself out there and get yourself known. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Finally, as a PT for over 30 years, the one thing that I have learned is that personal training is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, but if you go about it correctly in a business like fashion, I am sure you will be very successful. I do hope you will become a PT and I do wish you all the best in your career. Good luck.
Alan Jackson – Managing Director, Discovery Learning.