Personal Trainer FAQs

There’s a lot to consider and you’re bound to have some questions. We’d love to hear from you, but you might just find the answer here: Click on your question from the list below:

General

Diplomas

Paying for your course

Equipment

Assessments and certificates

Upon Completion

 

How can I afford my training?

The School of Personal Training has affordable and flexible payment schemes that mean you can spread the payments over time to suit your individual needs.

Depending on your personal circumstances, help may be available from government funded agencies, including community based projects and job centres. There are also a range of specialist industry related schemes for those leaving the armed forces.

Go to 'funding your course' for more information about how to afford your training.
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Can I get help with funding?

For full funding and payment options have a look at the Funding your course page on the main Future Fit Training site.
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Do I pay for the courses in full when I book?

You can pay for your diploma in full, or choose from an affordable and flexible payment scheme to suit you. You can pay a deposit and then the balance, pay by monthly instalments or by company invoice. Future Fit Training acts as a credit intermediary and only offers credit products form Omni Capital. Credit is provided subject to age and status. Credit finance is an option but payment can also be made in full. Terms and conditions apply. Go to 'funding your course' for more information about payment options.
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Are there any disadvantages to paying by instalments?

When paying by instalments you must ensure that you have banked enough in advance to cover the cost of the next course you wish to study in your diploma. You will also incur a small staged learner fee with each payment. This information does not apply if paying via Omni Finance.
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I’m having problems with my shopping basket, what should I do?

If you're having any technical issues with your shopping basket call us on 0800 458 1388 or 01329 829444 to speak to a training co-ordinator. The office is open between 09:00-18:00 Monday-Friday
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How can I compare courses and prices?

It can be hard to directly compare courses like for like as there are many courses with similar names but very different content and accreditation - this in turn can mean a difference in pricing. We advise you to always look at course content, course format, the level of qualification you'll receive and the number of CPD points you'll earn to get a better idea of what to expect from the course.

For advice about our courses contact one of our careers advisers who will help you with your individual needs and develop your career change to suit you.
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How do I know you’re the best training provider for my course?

  • 4,500 active students can't be wrong!
  • Over 20 years of experience in the training industry is distilled into our courses and student services
  • Our team of experienced and highly qualified tutors have a reputation for make our training engaging, rewarding and fun
  • We are the only fitness training provider to have achieved the British Standards Institute ISO 9001 certification
  • You don't have to give up your job to study and train with us
  • Our flexible training format allows you to train at your own pace and in your own time
  • You will receive unlimited support throughout your training
  • We offer the most affordable and flexible payment options available

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How old do I have to be to take a course with you?

The minimum age to take a Future Fit Training course is 16 years old. For more information on course entry requirements and admissions please contact one of our careers advisers, who will be happy to answer any of your questions.
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How long will it take to complete my diploma?

It is difficult to give a definitive answer because every student is different. Some students are able to study full-time, some can commit 16 hours per week – others only 6-8 hours. You may want to mix intensive periods of study with ‘rest’ periods to fit around work and family commitments.

Also, you may be happy to attend courses in any location, giving you a greater choice of courses dates, while others may not. This is why we like to spend time designing your training plan with you before you enrol with us, so that it fits around your commitments and the time you can dedicate to study.
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I have military PTI qualifications, what courses can I miss out?

You may be able to miss out entire courses or skip some or all of the learning and go straight to the assessment for certain courses. This is decided on a case by case basis and will require you to provide evidence of relevant prior learning.  We have a team of experienced professionals who will consider your qualifications and experience against the criteria specified by the awarding bodies and guide you through the process.

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I have a degree in Sports Science. Do I still have to take all of the courses in the diploma?

Possibly! Courses of the same name vary between education providers and for this reason we cannot give a blanket answer. We are required by the awarding bodies to consider each student's application on an individual basis against criteria specified by the awarding bodies. We have a team of experienced professionals who will guide you through the process.

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Do you give me support for my online programmes?

Yes, our extensive Tutor Support team is on hand by phone and email to answer any questions that you may have about your training to ensure you are always fully supported and on track.
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What kind of equipment do I need for the online part of my course?

All of our courses will run on Windows-based PCs and all except Advanced Resistance Training will also run on Apple macs and iPads. We are pleased to say that our entire range of courses will be fully compatible with macs and iPads from 29 February 2017. We test our courses in a range of browsers but for best results we recommend that you use the latest version of Google Chrome.
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What level of insurance do I need?

The recommendation is to have £10 million public liability insurance cover.  Self-employed instructors will need to purchase their own (this is available for around £55 per year to members of REPs, the Register of Exercise Professionals).  If you are delivering sessions on an employed basis, you must check with your employer to make sure that adequate insurance cover is in place.

Of course you also need to be fully qualified in circuit training to deliver a circuit class.  In addition, fitness professionals should be recognised by and a member of REPs.

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Is there a deadline to complete my training?

Each individual module within your training programme has a specific deadline or timeframe of completion that must be achieved in order to pass. This is 3 years from when you purchased. The aim of the deadlines are to encourage you to succeed and ensure that you become qualified.
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What happens if I fail my assessments?

In the unfortunate event that you fail an assessment, don't worry. We will fully support you to get back on track with your training and do our utmost to ensure your reassessment is a success. Reassessments may be subject to a small fee - speak to a training co-ordinator to find out more.
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When will I receive my certificates?

Once you have completed your course(s) you will be posted a certificate within 6-8 weeks of completion.
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When can I start working with clients?

You can start working as a personal trainer to build your experience as soon as you have successfully completed the following courses with us: Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Gym Instructor, Level 3 Exercise Programming and Coaching and Nutrition and Weight Management.

This is the minimum requirement to achieve Level 3 (Personal Trainer) status on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). However, these courses alone will not give you sufficient expertise to sustain a career in the industry or make a good living in the long term, which is why we’ve included a comprehensive range of additional courses in our diplomas.
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What support will I receive when I qualify?

During you training you will be supported by your dedicated training coordinator and our team. You will also be given access to our Student Zone, a study area that is personalised to the courses and diplomas that you have chosen.

We have a dedicated preferential interview scheme in partnership with some of the country’s top health clubs and gyms. This scheme will enable you to get a foot in the in the door for your future career. We are continually adding to our guaranteed interviews partners, so you can find information on a range of options available to you once you qualify.
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