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Online Personal Training Courses

Study a blended learning online personal training course that goes above and beyond the required standard and sets you up to positively impact the health and wellness of others. Get a personal training certification and build a successful career as a personal trainer.


When you train with us you'll be qualified to work as a Level 3 Personal Trainer recognised by CIMSPA with training that is a cut above those who trained elsewhere. Blended learning prepares people to become occupationally competent in a real work setting. Begin an Online Personal Trainer Course through a blended learning approach and benefit from the practical experience so you can kickstart your Personal Trainer Career.


Online Learning with Future Fit

Immersive & interactive content

Our e-learning is easy to study, comprehensive and highly effective. You'll benefit from an in-depth comprehension of our courses that will equip you throughout your career.

Immediate feedback

You will receive immediate feedback about your progress as you complete interactive online activities, test your knowledge and understanding at the end of each section.

Self-paced learning

Each module has been formatted into bite-sized lessons giving you the option to stop and start your training to suit your own time commitments.

Lifetime support

In addition to all of the support you recieve whilst you study, we will continue to support you long after you graduate with further tools, platforms and courses.

Does Studying An Online Personal Training Course Make Me a Certified PT?

Whilst you can become a Certified Personal Trainer through an online personal training course, at Future Fit we believe in providing the blended learning approach to ensure our students are the most successful when getting to the gym floor.

Online personal trainer courses would be delivered exclusively through a computer or other virtual platforms, including videos, online quizzes, podcasts, and webinars. On the other hand, blended learning combines these online learning elements with hands-on practical sessions, such as tutorials workshops and mock assessments with real clients.

Some may argue online learning has an advantage in its flexibility, however would lack the face-to-face interaction and the chance to develop applied skills, making it a beneficial choice for practical learners.

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Featured Online Personal Trainer Courses

Level 2 Gym Instructor Course

This Level 2 Gym Instructor Course will provide the essential knowledge to become a gym instructor. This will be taught through a blended learning format including online personal training as well as practical experience.

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Level 3 Personal Training Course

The Level 3 Personal Training Course provides you with a blended learning approach to an entry-level qualification into the fitness industry. Includes flexibility learning through online and practical training.

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Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course

The Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course is the highest level of industry recognition. Learn advanced knowledge and skills within niche area's through both online learning and practical experience.

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Online Learning & Assessment


The theoretical aspects of our personal trainer courses and gym instructor courses can be completed mostly online with our versatile e-learning system. We combine online learning with essential practical workshops which are held on the weekends in nationwide training locations. No personal trainer qualification is truly complete without practical workshops that help you on your way to gaining your personal training certification.

You can easily tailor your study programme to fit around your life knowing that tutor support is just a phone call or email away. With our flexible start dates and locations near you, starting your new PT training career with us is easy!

In our experience, we have found a blended learning approach (a mix of online and live, face-to-face sessions) offers the best in-depth form of training. You can benefit from having the flexibility to study at your own pace while still gaining the vital practical training essential for the fitness industry.

Average Breakdown

Training & Study
60% 40%
Online Training Practical Workshops
Online Assessment
62% 48%
Online Practical Assessment

How is your online learning assessed?

Our online courses are assessed in a variety of ways. Throughout the whole process, our Tutor Support team are on hand via email, telephone and our student-only Facebook groups to offer help and advice.

Parts of your online course may involve working with a real person as your client, documenting how you've applied the knowledge and the skills you've learnt on the course.

If there is a practical observation included as part of the assessment for a course, you'll need to attend this in person.

Knowledge Tests

Part of the course involves several multiple-choice knowledge tests that are marked automatically online, giving you an instant result.

Digital Portfolio/Case Study

You may be required to compile a portfolio or case study which you submit digitally for assessment.

Practical Observation

Following your online study to help further prepare you, there may be a practical assesment (there will be guidance videos and resources available)

Why study Future Fit's Online Personal Trainer Courses?

ABOVE INDUSTRY STANDARD

We raise the bar higher so you can exceed employer expectations

Set yourself up for success with the knowledge that you are getting the highest level of training, as our personal trainer courses are mapped above and beyond the industry standard.

ONLINE & HANDS-ON PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Build confidence and get career-ready with hands-on training

Being a PT is about more than knowing how to work out effectively in theory. Perfect your teaching technique and take charge of your future by leading peer sessions, running classes and getting practical feedback all from a qualified and practicing PT Tutor.

EMPLOYER-TESTED QUALIFICATIONS

We’ll help you build a career - not just get a certificate

Our courses are tried and tested by your prospective employers, so you can invest with the confidence that you’ll be gaining the skills your future employer is looking for. Looking for career advice? Reach out to one of our advisor's today.

TRAINING BEYOND TRADITIONAL FITNESS

We provide you with the knowledge to improve wellness in your community

Your learning with us goes further than how to train a client in the gym. We're aligned and working towards the same goal as industry leaders such as Sport England to improve health and wellbeing through Personal Training.

Don't just take our word for it...

"Gaining infinitely more than just the qualification"

"I’m so glad I didn’t take the cheaper & quicker online-only route as Future Fit’s world-class instructors & all their other students have truly inspired me, practically & commercially. High quality, breadth of credible content delivered in reliable, digestible & practical formats - I couldn’t recommend more highly & I’m delighted to have joined such an amazing fitness family"

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Study & Assessment:

Take charge of your future by leading peer sessions, running classes, and getting practical feedback all from a qualified and practicing PT Tutor.

You will learn through a combination of online learning and practical workshops. Upon completion you will become a CIMSPA recognised personal trainer. We provide a high volume of resources through our e-learning, student zone, and social media platforms. For blended learning, the real benefit of being assessed in a practical setting is it mimics what the professionals do.

All courses are available to start studying online right now compare the personal training courses above to find the best fit for you.

Future Fit wants to provide online personal training courses along with practical training to ensure you are best prepared when becoming a qualified pt. You can get started with the e-learning (which can make up, up to 70% of your course!) from home now and book your practical workshops and assessments later on.

Online Learning:

  • Live Tutor Led Workshops
  • Access Recorded Workshops at any time
  • Interactive E-Learning Modules
  • Self-paces Learning
  • Online Theory Tests &Assessments
  • Dedicated Tutor Support Contact

Practical Face to Face Learning:

  • A Choice of practical course dates
  • Learn from expert tutors face-to-face
  • Test your skills under the guidance of an experienced tutor
  • Interactive Tutor Led Workshops
  • Practical Assessment Completed in Person with Tutor

Online CPD Courses

We understand that Personal Training is more than just a qualification, it's a career and a skill for life. With a variety of practical and online personal trainer courses, you can continue to learn and gain valuable CIMSPA points to stay at the top of your game and build your client list.

We've listed just a few of the available online CPD courses. See the full list of CPD courses here.


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Personal Trainer Course Qualifications

How to become a personal trainer?

Becoming a Personal Trainer is easier than you think. Follow our 8 simple yet comprehensive steps that will take you through the entire journey and you can’t go wrong.

We've created a free guide that contains all the information you need to start your career in the fitness industry with confidence. Start studying a personal trainer course online whilst also benefitting from the practical workshop experience to become a personal trainer.

Click to download your free "how to become a Personal Trainer" guide.

Personal Training Careers


After you have become a personal trainer there are many different types of Personal Training jobs, including self-employed or employed roles. Employed Personal Trainers work for gym or leisure operators, normally either with a wage (although this is rare) or as a fitness instructor who does Personal Training on the side.

Start a personal training career with some of the UK's leading gyms and health clubs who are recruiting our course graduates such as Virgin Active, Nuffield Health and the Gym Group.

Self-employed Personal Trainers can either pay rent to a gym to work in their space, or they may have their own home gym. Some also choose to train in public spaces or could go to their client’s homes to train.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both types of work - a self-employed person gets to keep all the money they earn and has much more freedom over who, when and where they train, while an employed person has job security and a steady income, for example. You gain all the skills and insight you will need with our Career Accelerator Package.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the vocational route to become a personal trainer?

The vocational route to becoming a PT includes the following personal trainer courses:

Where could I work with a personal trainer qualification?

With a personal trainer qualification, you could work as an employee of a gym or health centre, but there are a wealth of options for places you can work. With the expert level of practical and online training provided on our Personal Training courses, you will have the skills to work across the fitness sector in:

  • Gyms
  • Studios
  • Hotels and wellness centres
  • For yourself running your own PT business
  • For private clients
  • For sports clubs and Olympic teams

The most common option for the majority of personal trainers is to become self-employed. You’ll likely work within a gym and be responsible for generating your clients. Some personal trainers choose to set up Bootcamp style businesses training larger groups at a time or run their own studio space. This gives you complete control over the process and has the potential for my greater earnings.

Whatever option you choose, with the support and training from Future Fit, the sky is the limit for you and your career in the fitness industry!

Are you looking for a little extra information about becoming a PT? Check out our How to Become page here.


How long do personal training courses take?

The average time to complete a combined a level 2 gym instructor + level 3 personal training course is around 12 to 18 months.

If you are already qualified at Level 2, the time for the level 3 course by itself is likely closer to 8-14 months.

Are your personal trainer courses online?

The theoretical aspects of our personal trainer courses and gym instructor courses can be completed mostly online with our versatile e-learning system. We combine the online learning with essential practical workshops which are held on the weekends in nationwide training locations. No personal trainer qualification is truly complete without practical workshops that help you on your way to gaining your personal training certification.

You can easily tailor your study programme to fit around your life knowing that tutor support is just a phone call or email away. With our flexible start dates and locations near you, starting your new PT training career with us is easy!

Our online courses are assessed in a variety of ways. Throughout the whole process, our Tutor Support team are on hand via email, telephone and our student-only Facebook groups to offer help and advice.

Parts of your online course may involve working with a real person as your client, documenting how you've applied the knowledge and the skills you've learnt on the course.

If there is a practical observation included as part of the assessment for a course, you'll need to attend this in person.

Find out more about Online Learning with Future Fit.

Do you provide personal training courses near me?

We provide personal training courses in over 40 venues across England, Scotland and Wales, including venues in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford and Portsmouth, meaning there is a high chance of a venue very near you.

With such a wide range of personal training locations in the UK, we offer more practical courses and training dates than any other provider, giving you more choice and flexibility to build a training programme to suit your needs. We have also added 12 new venues in areas our students were asking for the most.

To find a Personal Training course near you, take a look at our list of personal training course locations or call our friendly Career Advisers on 01329 829444 or 0800 4581388 to find out the earliest course dates.

What support will I receive when I qualify?

Once you train with Future Fit, you’re part of the family, and we aim to help you succeed in as many ways as we can when you qualify.

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 door for your future career after your personal training certification.

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 in one of our personal trainer courses.

We also have dedicated Facebook groups for each school, where we frequently post job opportunities with our partners. This also lets you keep in touch with other students, network with like-minded people, and stay connected within the industry.

You will also be able to access our bespoke ProZone platform. Prozone is our very own platform, packed full of tools and resources to help you keep levelling up, personally and professionally.

During your personal trainer course, you will be supported by your dedicated training coordinator and our team. Our extensive Tutor Support team is on hand by phone, email, and Facebook to answer any questions you may have about your training to ensure you are always fully supported and on track. You will also be given access to our Student Zone. This study area is personalised to the courses that you have chosen.

What sort of backgrounds do Future Fit Training students have?

Our award-winning online personal training courses offer a variety of levels and intensities depending on individual experience and professional training.

While there is no such thing as an ideal Personal Trainer or an ideal background, in our experience, the most successful Personal Trainers tend to have the following three characteristics:

Fearless – Personal Training is a job for extroverts. You’ll be in a busy, noisy space all day, and you’ll be surrounded by people constantly. If you want to work as a Personal Trainer, you have to enjoy talking to people, putting yourself in a public-facing space on the gym floor or online, and building up the confidence and resilience to continue to market your skills to your community. A key characteristic of a fearless Personal Trainer is a passion for continuously building their skills and pushing their business further, opening up new client bases, and looking for new ways to help those around them hit their fitness goals.

Impactful – The reality is that life as a Personal Trainer requires effort and commitment to build up a client base and deliver a fantastic service over and over again. You will constantly be going the extra mile, doing more than just what the industry experts do, and making a real impact.

Trusted - If you want clients to trust you and listen to you, they have to know that you genuinely care about them. This comes from building a genuine connection with all your clients, understanding what they’re hoping to achieve with their sessions, and having the confidence that you have the skills to help them get there.

Do I pay for the course in full when I book?

You can pay for your pt courses in full or choose from an affordable and flexible payment scheme to suit you. Some options are:

  • pay a deposit and then the balance
  • pay by monthly instalments or by company invoice.

IMPORTANT: Future Fit Training acts as a credit intermediary and only offers credit products from 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.

Does Future Fit Training offer guaranteed interviews once I qualify?

When it comes to securing your first interview and position as a fitness professional, you will have the advantage of our unparalleled reputation in the industry. As soon as employers see the name Future Fit on your CV, they know you’ve been trained by the best.

We work with leading gyms and health clubs to secure you a guaranteed interview once you have qualified such as David Lloyd, GLL, GM Active and many more!

We create and test courses with our industry connections specifically to provide you with the skills they're looking for, ensuring you are fully career ready based on employer needs and feedback.

Many give guaranteed interviews for available positions as fitness instructors, studio-based instructors and personal trainers on completion.

How can I compare courses and prices?

Comparing courses and prices can help you understand exactly what you’re looking for and what features are important to you. Check out our Top 7 Things to Look For When Choosing a Training Provider.

You can also compare courses & pricing by looking out for the following criteria:

We have created a comprehensive checklist with 130 comparison points to help you get your research done quickly, focus on criteria that matter the most, and hit your career goals (without stress).

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What qualifications do you need to become a Personal Trainer?

To become a Personal Trainer, you need recognised qualifications such as:

To become a fitness instructor or gym instructor you would need a qualification such as:

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Course. This course is your starting point within the fitness industry and from where you can continue to develop your career as a personal trainer.
When can I start working with clients?

You can start working as a personal trainer as soon as you have successfully completed the following online personal trainer courses with us:

This is the minimum requirement to achieve Level 3 (Personal Trainer qualification) status as set by CIMSPA.

For the necessary experience to make a good living in the long term, we’ve included a comprehensive range of additional courses in our qualifications.

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for?​

Speak to one of our fantastic careers advisors or call us today on 01329 829444