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Personal Training Course Prices (And The Return on Investment)

In this article, we’ll talk about prices of personal training courses and considerations to make when thinking about costs.

When choosing a personal training course, it’s important to consider many factors:

  • Can you start earning quickly? – Future Fit’s courses allow you to start earning in a few months, so you can start recouping the cost of your training sooner.
  • Do you have multiple income streams? – All Future Fit’s PT courses include circuits and indoor cycling that can pay money and be an opportunity to meet prospective PT clients.
  • What career pathways for additional earnings are available? – Future Fit has career pathways in Level 4 Personal Training, Sports Massage / Strength & Conditioning / GP Referral giving additional earnings.
  • What is the quality and content? The quality and content of our learning ensure that you will earn more in your role as a PT as you can charge a higher hourly rate and retain more of your clients. 

This means that it’s also important to remember that the price of the course is not necessarily the most important factor.

Instead of thinking about how much the course costs think how much e will  I earn? A good quality personal training course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful PT, and this can lead to significantly higher earnings.

In this article, we aim to shift the focus from immediate costs to the long-term value of investing in personal training education.

Average personal trainer course price

The cost of becoming a certified personal trainer varies among different training providers, making it challenging to pin down an exact price. However, a general industry overview allows us to gather average cost information for personal trainer courses.

For instance, the National Register of Personal Trainers indicates that the average expense for a personal trainer course is around £1500. Some providers charge above this figure while others charge less.

For example, Future Fit’s prices are on the higher end of the price brackets, while Origym and HFE are priced on the lower end. It’s hard to give an exact figure because courses are highly bespoke so we encourage you to download our price guide for more information.

The misconception of course costs:

The common narrative surrounding personal training courses focuses on the immediate financial commitment.  Prospective learners often calculate the return on investment in the short term, potentially missing the bigger picture. 

It’s time to dismiss the notion that the cost is the most crucial factor and show what other benefits personal training courses can add to learners’ careers.

The long-term payoff:

Let’s explore a hypothetical scenario to illustrate the long-term financial gains of investing in a quality personal training course. 

Consider an average personal trainer earning £35,000 annually and different investment levels in their education.

If you choose a low-quality course, you may get a job as a PT, but you may not be able to command the highest rates. 

However, if you choose a high-quality course, you may be able to get a job at a more prestigious gym or studio in London, and you may be able to charge higher rates for your services. You also could retain more of your clients.

Future Fit partners with many leading gym brands, such as GLL, Total Fitness, Everlast, Third Space, David Lloyd and many more.

Over 10 years, the difference in earnings could be significant. 

A PT who earns £35,000 per year will earn £350,000 over 10 years. A PT who earns £38,500 per year will earn £385,000 over 10 years. 

That’s an extra £35,000 in earnings over 10 years, just for choosing a high-quality course.

Below is a table that illustrates the hypothetical cost of personal training courses and their return on investment over 3 years and over 10 years. It shows that regardless of the course cost, a higher quality course leaves you better off financially so this should always be your focus:

Example Course Cost Lower quality course 3-year earnings at  £35,000 per year A quality course gives you 10% extra income Lower quality course 10-year earnings at £35,000/year A quality course gives you 10% extra income
£1,000 £105,000 £115,500 £350,000 £385,000
£2,000 £105,000 £115,500 £350,000 £385,000
£5,000 £105,000 £115,500 £350,000 £385,000
£8,000 £105,000 £115,500 £350,000 £385,000
Extra £10,500 Extra £35,000

The hidden value

Beyond the costs, quality personal training courses offer hidden value that goes beyond the classroom. A better quality course can be worth an extra £10,500 in income within just three years. Combined with the ability to spread the course cost over three to four years of monthly payments, picking a quality course gives you the best financial outcome almost immediately.

The ability to start earning within 2-3 months of beginning the course is a crucial advantage. 

Courses like Circuit training and Indoor Cycling Instructor not only enhance learning but also serve as opportunities to connect with potential clients, setting the stage for a successful career.

Moreover, Future Fit’s courses extend beyond the basics, offering specialized pathways in Level 4 Personal Training, Sports Massage Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, and GP Referral. If you have an interest in Nutrition we also offer qualifications from level 4 to level 5 that can differentiate you from other personal trainers and bring further income from nutrition support and advice.

These additional certifications not only broaden your skill set but also open doors to diverse streams of income within the industry.

Quality over quantity

In the pursuit of a career in personal training, it’s paramount to recognise that it’s not just about the quantity of pounds invested—it’s about the quality of the education received. 

Future Fit’s courses are designed to equip you not just to enter the field but to thrive in it. 

The advanced knowledge and skills acquired during the training empower you to command a higher hourly rate, positioning you as a valuable asset in a competitive market.

The value of immediate earnings

While the long-term financial gains are crucial, it’s also essential to acknowledge the immediate returns on investment. 

Future Fit’s courses are structured to enable you to start earning within a few months, ensuring that the financial benefits of your education are not a distant promise but a tangible reality.

If you want to learn more about why choosing Future Fit is the right choice, then we have 27 reasons.


In conclusion, personal training courses are not just financial commitments; they are strategic investments in your future. 

Focusing on the long-term benefits, hidden values, and immediate returns on investment, we can move beyond the narrow reality of course costs. 

It’s not merely about obtaining a certificate; it’s about embarking on a journey that will transform your career, elevate your earning potential, and establish you as a leader in the dynamic industry of personal training. 

So, before you dismiss a course based on its price tag, consider the lasting impact it can have on your professional success and career income.