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PT Skills Gap Programme

Increase your Personal Training Career Potential with our CPD Accreditation

These 2 online e-learning courses are worth a total of 22 REPs CPD points.

Gain a CPD Certification

The Formula 4 Change system, is a course developed by Future Fit Training and Dr Gary Mendoza, which will enable you to easily assess clients, choose the right strategies and techniques to facilitate positive behaviour changes, and successfully implement them as a personal trainer or nutrition adviser. This unrivalled CPD course will give you the confidence you need to approach clients, as well as a CPD accreditation.

Boost your Personal Training Career

Take your personal training career to the top with the Future Fit Training unique PT Skills Gap Programme. This fascinating course delivers essential knowledge that will enable you to excel as a personal trainer and improve your career in every sense:

  • Produce satisfied clients through 'Behaviour Change Coaching'
    Deliver measurable results through the 'Formula 4 Change System' to facilitate positive changes and satisfied clients.* Find out more about Behaviour Change Coaching.
  • Maximise your profits through 'Building your Fitness Business'
    Develop your own strong brand and profitable business through harnessing the marketing mix and your unique selling points.* Find out more about Building your Fitness Business.

Through extensive research in conjunction with ukactive, we identified that knowledge and skills in the above areas are often lacking according to leading fitness industry employers, as highlighted in our Raising the Bar report.

Our mission is to produce elite and successful personal trainers, and we consider this knowledge and skillset to be essential components of every personal trainer's education. The PT Skills Gap Programme now makes it possible for personal trainers who have graduated from other training providers to realise their full potential and make the leap.

*These course components are included in our Future Fit Personal Training Diplomas or can be taken separately by graduates from other training providers.

The 2 Key Areas for Success as a PT

Behaviour change coaching and business skills are critical to your ability to offer a quality service to clients and maximise your income.

One Stop Shop

Gain an understanding of all the elements required to establish a fitness business, from legal requirements, to planning, marketing, sales and customer management.

Expert Knowledge

The programme features contributions from specialists in their fields, including Dr Gary Mendoza, a behaviour change expert, university lecturer and personal trainer. Dr Mendoza’s weight loss system achieved an 86% success rate in studies in the UK and New Zealand.

Up-to-Date Knowledge

Latest thinking in behaviour change, psychology, digital marketing, social media and technology solutions to help you support clients effectively and run a successful business.

Course specifics

This is an E-Learning course

You can attend this course online from the comfort of your own home.

Please check the other tabs for entry requirements.

You must hold a minimum of a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (e.g Gym Instructor to access this course.

If you are a Future Fit Personal Training diploma student, we also recommend that you complete our Nutrition and Weight Management before studying the PT Skills Gap Programme.

We also recommend reading our personal training blog before starting the course. There is loads of useful material to help cement your understanding of personal training! Read them here:

Format

An interactive e-learning course. We recommend you work though the courses more than once. There is a demonstration of the course available (look for the "Course Demo" tab).

Content

Behaviour Change Coaching:

  • Introduction to behaviour change
  • The need for change
  • Barriers to change
  • Models of behaviour change
  • Tools for assessing readiness to change
  • Psychometric testing
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing
  • The Formula 4 Change system, exclusive to Future Fit Training
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • The need for change

Building your Fitness Business:

  • Planning your fitness business - In this opening unit you are introduced to all of the basic considerations and requirements of setting up a business, planning your marketing and sales, and developing a brand; you will learn how to use the appropriate marketing mix to plan and develop your fitness training business.
  • Marketing and building a brand - This concentrates on the marketing of your services and ways of contacting potential clients through the use of advertising, public relations, sales promotions, direct marketing, social media and personal selling to promote your fitness training business.
  • Selling your services- This will help you to identify the qualities and attributes of a good salesperson, including good listening and questioning skills. You’ll see why it is important to agree to fair and reasonable terms with a client and abide by the legislation controlling the sale of goods and services.
  • Managing your business and client - How to align your services more effectively with clients’ needs, effective database marketing, relevance of the 1998 Data Protection Act

Assessment

The Behaviour Change Coaching course is assessed through an online multiple-choice test taken at the end of the course.

The Building Your Fitness Business course has no assessment.

Options available to pay for your course:

Training for a new career is a big investment and with all things in life you tend to get what you pay for.

At Future Fit Training, we make it easy and affordable for you to achieve your dream career without comprising on the quality of your learning experience or more importantly, your future career! We offer a variety of payment options including;

  • Pay your course in full - all of our CPD courses can be purchased through our website in full
  • Flexible payment schemes - pay a deposit and then the balance, pay as you learn, pay by company invoice or finance through OMNI

Try out our Course Demonstration:

If you would like a demonstration of the courses and to see our e-learning platform, please click below:

Behaviour Change Coaching course demonstration

Building Your Fitness Business course demonstration

The demo opens in a new window, scroll to the top and select your chosen course from the drop down menu.

Looking to talk to one of our advisers?

To speak to a Careers Adviser about any of our diploma courses and qualifications you can call us on the number below.

Call us today: 01329 829444

FAQ

Our Support Team is ready to answer any questions you might have. These are the most commonly asked questions we get from our students.

How do I know you’re the best training provider for my course?
  • We have over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry
  • We were winners of the ukactive's Training Provider of the Year in 2016 & 2017
  • We are ISO 9001:2015 registered by the British Standards Institute
  • We offer you affordable and flexible payment options
  • 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
  • Our team of experienced and highly qualified tutors make your training rewarding and fun
What is CIMSPA?

Launched in 2011, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) is the professional development body for the UK’s sport, fitness and physical activity sector and has been awarded chartered status by the Privy Council. CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity and is the strategic lead for professional development in the sector.

CIMSPA has been tasked by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), backed by Sport England and employers, with leading the sport and physical activity sectors workforce development programme. This will be achieved by creating a clear and rigorous set of employer-led standards for all sport and exercise professionals, with a similar clear and rigorous system for assessment, awarding and validating qualifications.

CIMSPA is recognised as the authoritative, single unified voice for the sector by government departments, key agencies and partners, including Sport England, Public Health England, ukactive, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sporta and cCLOA. The institute has membership options for everyone working in, or interested in working in, the sport and physical activity world – from student and apprentice through to service director and CEO. CIMSPA already provides a route to chartered status for those working in leisure operations, and is developing similar routes for the whole of the sector. For more information go to www.cimspa.co.uk.

What is REP’s?

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) is a government backed system of self-regulation for all instructors, coaches, trainers and teachers involved in the exercise and fitness industry. Registration is achieved and maintained through qualifications and training programmes that are nationally recognised and are linked to the National Occupational Standards for exercise and fitness. For more information go to www.exerciseregister.org.

Is there a deadline to complete my training?

Each individual module within your training programme has a specific deadline or time-frame of completion that must be achieved in order to pass. The aim of the deadlines are to encourage you to succeed and ensure that you become qualified. The overall deadline to complete all your courses is 3 years from when you purchased.

How long will the course take? How many hours should I study for per week?

We would ask how much time can you dedicate to your study? The more time available, the quicker you can complete your course/diploma. If you don’t have lots of time, we advise taking it step-by-step.

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Student Success Story...

Katie Bulmer Cooke

Personal Trainer, Speaker & Consultant

As an award winning Personal Trainer, Katie knows how to excel in the personal training industry in every sense, and recognises the value of the PT Skills Gap Programme.Katie has helped thousands of people all over the world get in shape, improve their health and create healthy habits that last. She works as a radio presenter, professional speaker, compére and is the cofounded powah, a management company that helps sport and fitness professionals capitalise on their influence. Katie’s awards and accolades include; North East Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs 2015, BBC1’s The Apprentice Candidate 2014, UK Fitness Professional of the Year 2013, UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012. This course is a recipe for longevity and success for any professional personal trainer and Katie is only too happy to help Future Fit Training bridge the skills gap.

The industry is crying out for courses like this because, unfortunately, the current skills gap mean that fantastic trainers are not being successful or enjoying the PT career they had hoped for.