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Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course

By completing this personal training course, you’ll become an elite personal trainer with specialist skills and a sought-after Level 4 status.

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain (+7 more)

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COURSE TYPE

Blended Learning

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LOCATIONS

London, Leeds, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Manchester (+ over 40 more)

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ACCREDITATION

CIMSPA Endorsed

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Course Overview

The Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course is the highest level of industry recognition. By completing this personal training qualification, you’ll become an elite personal trainer with specialist skills and a sought-after Level 4 status.

This course provides the knowledge and skills to work with clients who have common health conditions (which is increasingly the norm). This course include two Level 4 courses in the most common areas PTs are likely to need specialist training in:

  • Obesity
  • Low Back Pain

The advanced knowledge and skills gained in niche areas to help specific populations will widen your market, allowing you to offer support for more clients, and increase your earning potential.


Entry requirements

The specialist elements of this course require you must:

  • You must be over 16
  • Hold an accredited Level 3 Personal Training Qualification

Don't have a level 3 qualification? Don't worry! You will cover everything from the Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification within this course.

Included Qualifications:
  • Transcend Awards Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Transcend Awards Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Transcend Awards Level 3 Award in Nutritional Intervention for Exercise, Wellbeing and Weight Management
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain
  • Transcend Level 4 Certificate in the Design and Delivery of Physical Activity Programmes for People with Long-term Conditions [Obesity Specialist]
  • Transcend Level 4 Certificate in the Design and Delivery of Physical Activity Programmes for People with Long-term Conditions [Metabolic Conditions Specialist]
  • VTCT Level 3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for Antenatal and Postnatal Clients

Included Training

The aim of the this elite personal trainer course is to equip you with the specialist skills and experience you need to work with a wide range of clients and help you stand out from other UK and international personal trainers who are only qualified up to Level 3.


Watch Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist Video

What you'll learn

Suspension Training

This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to safely and effectively instruct clients in the setup and use of suspension equipment with a range of exercises suitable for all clients ranging from beginners to advanced.

Normally referred to as 'suspension training', the equipment is portable nylon straps with handles that can be adjusted to different lengths and attach to the top of a door, wall bars, railings, trees, and beams – anything that is strong enough to take the weight of a person. The exercises are designed around using your bodyweight whilst partially supported by the equipment. It can be described as functional training as you are using your own body weight and therefore has real benefits for how we move in everyday life. As a piece of equipment, it can be used to aid fat loss, improve core stability, flexibility, power, balance, muscular endurance and strength."

Kettlebell Instructor Course

This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to safely and effectively instruct clients in a range of kettlebell exercises suitable for all clients ranging from beginners to advanced.

Kettlebell training is suitable for one-to-one clients, small group work, athletes, sports teams, circuits and boot camp type classes.

Kettlebells are an ideal investment for students who wish to work as self-employed Personal Trainers meeting clients in their homes. Many large commercial gyms are now equipped with kettlebells and clients are interested in trying something new.

Online module means students can get to grips with the theoretical content, including tutorial videos for every exercise, and refer back to it. This allows more time to be spent on practical application and activities on the workshop

Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

This course provides the skills and underpinning knowledge that will enable students to give sound, research-based nutrition advice to athletes and to others interested in enhancing sports or athletic performance. The course builds on the knowledge needed to work with the general population and introduces the requirement to personalise nutritional recommendations for those with sport, exercise and body composition goals.

Pre- and Postnatal Nutrition & Exercise

This course provides the skills and underpinning knowledge that will enable students to provide nutrition advice to clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The Pre and Postnatal Nutrition course is broken down into 9 units as outlined below:

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Preparing for pregnancy
  • Unit 3: Weight gain
  • Unit 4: Vitamins, minerals and supplements
  • Unit 5: Foods to avoid or limit
  • Unit 6: Breastfeeding
  • Unit 7: Losing weight after giving birth
  • Unit 8: Assessment
  • Unit 9: Evaluation

Exercise Referral

This course looks to build on the knowledge gained via EPC / Pilates and enable learners to work with certain (15) common medical conditions covered in the qualification.

Delivered as group exercise focus akin to real-world exercise referral delivery. Large focus on practical application of skills for all conditions during the workshop. Full tutor support is available via TS individual email or phone, plus PT zone Facebook group

Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist

This course specialises in low back pain and builds on this specific niche to allow you to work with more specific incidents

Breakdown of 2-day Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist workshop

Day 1

  • Icebreaker & course aims / objectives
  • Psychological factors & screening tools
  • Postural & functional assessments (practical tasks)
  • Practical exercise prescription - formative teaching practices & assessment (to
  • include all components of prescription, e.g. w/up, LBP specific exercises & c/down)

Day 2

  • Assessment criteria for case study
  • Theory paper 1 ½ hrs (based on e-learning to cover unit 1 as above 70% to pass)

Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Management

The course has been designed to develop students' theoretical knowledge and practical skills in exercise prescription for people with obesity, diabetes and associated metabolic conditions. This course is ideal for Exercise Referral qualified instructors who are looking to move into specialist exercise prescription. Students will gain a more in-depth knowledge around Diabetes, obesity and associated conditions aligning with the latest CIMSPA recommendations for working with longer-term conditions. They will cover level 4 A & P in relation to the conditions, alongside psychological considerations & theoretical exercise prescription.

This is the only awarding organisation and training provider accredited with CIMSPA.

The e-learning component covers:

  • Understanding the pathophysiology of Obesity, Diabetes and associated metabolic conditions
  • Understanding the disease progressions and complications associated with Obesity, Diabetes and associated metabolic conditions.
  • Understand the factors that contribute to the conditions and the impact these have on individual and community health statuses, e.g. genetics, hormones, lifestyle.
  • Understand dietary variables that contribute to the conditions, such as nutritional intake, energy balance and appetite mechanisms
  • Understand the physiological functions of the endocrine system
  • Understand the current strategies around weight management including information from national agencies such as NICE, PHE, NHS.
  • Risk stratification and condition management
  • The psychosocial aspects of the conditions and behaviour change strategies
  • Understand how to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the management of metabolic conditions
  • Understand the physical and psychological assessments of clients during screening consultations
  • The prescription of general exercise suitable to a variety of metabolic conditions

Everything in Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
  • Level 3 Programming & Coaching
  • Nutrition & Weight Management
  • Advanced Resistance Training
  • Behaviour Change Coaching
  • Building Your Fitness Business
  • Core Training
  • Exercise for Fat Loss
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Functional Movement Training
  • Circuit Training

Learning & Assessment

The majority of this course is studied and assessed online making it incredibly easy for you to get started on your journey to become a personal trainer. Vital knowledge will be taught in face-to-face practical workshops delivered by our expert tutors. We provide a high volume of resources through our e-learning, student zone and social media platforms.

Assessment Methods
  • Portfolio
  • Practical Assessment
  • Online Multiple Choice
  • Real World Case Study

Breakdown

Training & Study
63% 38%
Online Training Practical Workshops
Assessment
70% 30%
Online Assessment Practical Assessment

Specialist Personal Trainer Careers

The reason you'd study this course is to help clients with a range of medical conditions and also to increase your earning potential. Most personal trainers are self-employed, but personal trainer jobs are available with gyms and leisure clubs and having a level 4 certificate will help you stand out from the crowd and command a higher salary.


Guaranteed Interview

We work with leading gyms and health clubs to secure you a guaranteed interview once you have qualified.

When it comes to securing your first 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.

David Lloyd, Nuffield Health and Fitness First are just some of the clubs and businesses we work with to provide guaranteed interviews.

Career Accelerator Programme

In addition to the guaranteed interviews you will also receive our Career Accelerator programme which gives access to ProZone and Dietary Analysis Software.

ProZone:

Receive a 30-day free trial to the ProZone, an online training platform, accredited by CIMSPA. You will have access to training videos, resources and articles on various topics

Dietary Analysis Software:

You will have 6 months access to Nutrium software, enabling you to analyse your clients' diets, determine their calorie and nutrient intake and create meal plans. Nutrium is a complete digital solution for nutrition professionals and includes a personal website and online booking facility.

Career Support

As you are joining the forever industry, you'll be pleased to know that you will receive lifetime support from our specialists and advisors. Once you train with Future Fit, you become part of the family where our aim is to help you succeed in as many ways as we can.

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Level 4 Specialist Personal Trainer

With the specialist training and qualifications in this course you'll be able to work with a wider variety of people with specific medical conditions that will require you to provide different levels of support.

As a qualified master Personal Trainer you will be able to:

  • Accept GP referrals and cater for the 80% of the population who will experience low back pain
  • Provide group and 1-on-1 exercise, nutrition & weight management sessions for expectant and new mothers
  • Offer fitness programmes using suspension equipment and kettlebells in 1-on-1 and group training sessions
  • Provide specialist nutrition advice for athletes and fitness enthusiasts

Fees & Funding Options

Our genuine commitment to your career success is why we don’t offer “one size fits all” pricing options. To find out the price for this course, download our price guide or speak to our careers advisors on who will go through the costs involved. Here are a few options when it comes to funding your course.


01

Pay in full

Pay the full ammount for your training in one whole lump sum, nice and simple.

02

0% finance*

Put down a deposit and then spread the cost of your training with 0% finance*

03

Deposit & balance

Put down a deposit and then pay the remaining balance in one lump sum at a later date.

04

Pay as you learn

Put down a deposit and then pay for the rest of your training in monthly payments.

Course Dates & Locations

We have over 40 venues across England, Scotland and Wales, including venues in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Manchester.

To find a personal training course near you, download the price guide and speak to one of our experience careers advisors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are your qualifications internationally recognised?

Yes! Our Level 3 Personal Trainer Course and Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course qualifications are recognised by employers internationally and students can also work abroad with REPs and EREPs recognition.

ICREPs is a partnership between the various registration bodies which means qualifications gained in those countries are transferable and recognised: UK, Ireland, Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UAE, Canada.

Does Future Fit Training offer guaranteed interviews once I qualify?

Yes. We provide guaranteed interviews through some of the top fitness companies once you qualify.

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

Do you give me support for my online programmes?

Yes, our extensive Tutor Support team are on hand by phone, email and Facebook to answer any questions that you may have about your training to ensure you are always fully supported and on track.

I have a sports science/dance degree can I miss out any elements?

You may have some advantages when studying our personal training course if you have a sports science or dance degree.

Contact our Career Advisers on the numbers at the top of this page and we can discuss your prior qualifications.

How long does it take to complete a personal trainer course?

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 part time. 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.

What does it take to become a personal trainer?

Succeeding in one of our personal trainer courses requires a diverse set of skills:

  • Listening to your clients – understanding their goals pains and desires
  • Be a great motivator – keep your energy high and focus on leading your clients
  • Lead a healthy and active lifestyle – be a good role model
  • Patience and enthusiasm – you are a self-motivated motivator
  • Business and marketing – essential to potential freelance work

Ultimately, it’s important to take some time to compare personal training courses and make sure a PT course suits<

What qualifications do you need to become a Personal Trainer?

To become a Personal Trainer you need recognised qualification such as:

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Course. This qualification will give you everything you need to become a successful personal trainer.
  • Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course. A higher level qualification that will set you apart and allow you to specialise and increase your personal trainer salary.

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.
What is the vocational route to become a personal trainer?

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