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What Personal Training Qualifications do I need to be a PT?

In order to qualify as a personal trainer, you must complete a Level 3 Diploma Personal Training Qualification that covers:

  • Level 2 Qualification in Gym Instructing
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Includes the Exercise, Welfare and Health Course)
  • Circuit Training
  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
  • Functional Training
  • PT Programming and Coaching
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Building your Fitness Business

Once completing all the above courses you will be a qualified Personal Trainer with a recognised Personal Training Qualification.

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We offer a large range of Industry-Recognised Personal Training Courses & Qualifications

Gain a Personal Trainer Qualification 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 qualification and build a successful career as a personal trainer. Start a qualification in Personal Training from the highest level of industry recognition within the fitness industry. Study a PT Qualification that is delivered by some of the most experienced and qualifed personal training tutors in the industry. Compare Personal Trainer Courses that we offer and find what is best suited for you to become a personal trainer.


Level 2 Gym Instructor Course


Ideal for beginners training to become a gym instructor or as a starting point for a Personal Training qualification.


Key Information:

  • From only 1 hour per week
  • Start earning in 3 months

Course Includes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Functional Training
  • Circuit Training Instructor

Industry Standard


Level 3 Personal Training Course


Ideal for anyone who wants to become a fully qualified and accredited personal trainer.


Key Information:

  • From only 5 hours per week
  • Start earning in 9 months
  • Career Accelerator Package
  • Guaranteed Interviews

Course Includes:

Everything in Level 2 plus:

  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
  • PT Programming & Coaching
  • Nutrition & Weight Management
  • Advanced Resistance Training
  • Behaviour Change Coaching 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 facilitate positive behaviour changes, and successfully implement them as a personal trainer.
  • Building Your Fitness Business
  • Core Training
  • Exercise for Fat Loss Learn how to create effective exercise programmes that will safely optimise your clients' fat loss.

Most Popular


Level 4 Elite Personal Training Course


The most robust PT course in the UK. Gain the highest industry status and outperform competitors.


Key Information:

  • Accept GP Referrals
  • Work with clients on rehabilitation
  • Higher earning potential
  • Career Accelerator Package
  • Guaranteed Interviews

Course Includes:

Everything in Level 3 plus:

  • Suspension Exercise Instructor
  • Kettlebell Instructor
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Pre- and Postnatal Nutrition & Exercise
  • Exercise Referral Qualify to accept GP referrals and offer a specialist service, this personal training certification will give you the edge over your competitors and increase earning potential.
  • Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist

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Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course with RSPH Nutrition

Become an elite personal trainer with a Level 4 RSPH nutrition qualification to provide expert nutrition advice.


Key Information:

  • RSPH membership for 1 year
  • RSPH Level 4 Award in NutritionThe RSPH is an Ofqual-recognised national awarding body that provides health-related qualifications.
  • Put MRSPH after your name
  • Career Accelerator Package
  • Guaranteed Interviews

Course Includes:

Everything in Level 3 & 4 plus:

  • Childhood Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Older Adults
  • Vegetarian, Vegan and Plant-Based DietsLearn everything you need to know to help your vegetarian and vegan clients optimise their nutrient intake.
  • Meal Planning

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

Study & Assessment:

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

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

Future Fit want to be provide online personal training courses along with the 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

Are you looking for a personal training course near you?

We provide personal training courses near you in over 40 venues across the UK (England, Scotland and Wales), including venues in:

Due to high demand, we have launched 12 new pop-up locations across the UK subject to availability. Including venues in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Belfast! Find out more.

With such a wide range of locations, 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.

To find a PT 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 earliest course dates.

Personal Training Qualifications

Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualifications:

  • Transcend Awards Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Functional Training

Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Award in Nutritional Intervention for Exercise, Wellbeing, and Weight Management.


Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course Qualification:

  • 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
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Personal Training Careers

As more and more people seek to reap the amazing benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle, Personal Trainers and fitness instructors are in ever-growing demand.

Our Personal Training Courses allows you to start fresh with a new career in fitness and you'll receive an internationally recognised certificate, which means you can work anywhere in the world.

How do I get started?

After you have filled the Price Guide form with your data (we will never send you any spam and you can unsubscribe anytime), you can get a free quote from our professional Career Advisers without any obligation.

Once you have completed the purchase, our student support will contact you to book you a place for your course and assist you during your journey with us.

The benefits of our Personal Trainer Qualifications include:

Part-Time Study from 1 hour per week
Fit your studies around your current lifestyle, such as existing work and family commitments from your own home.
Business & Marketing Skills
Learn how to build a successful fitness business and build a lasting client base step by step, with advice on business planning and marketing.
Increased Earning Potential
Our graduates are better qualified and more respected, so often earn more money - as much as £80k per year.
Flexible payment options
Start your personal training course today with a range of flexible payment options, including pay-as-you-learn and 0% finance.
Exceptional career support
We provide students with our Career Toolkit, with guides, resources and insights that will help you navigate your way to your new career
Guaranteed Interviews
We provide guaranteed interviews with employers who prefer our graduates, giving you a foot in the door straight away.

Additional CPD Courses & Qualifications

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the vocational route to become a personal trainer?

The vocational route to become 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. The most common option for the majority of personal trainer is to become self-employed. You’ll likely work within a gym and be responsible for generating your own clients.

Some personal trainers choose to setup bootcamp style businesses training larger groups at a time or run their own studio space. This gives you full control over the process and has the potential for my greater earnings.


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!

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.

With such a wide range of locations of personal training 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.

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 earliest course dates.

What support will I receive when I qualify?

During your personal trainer course, 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 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 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.

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.

In 2020, being flexible with learning is crucial and we will guarantee personalised student support, so there is no such thing as an ‘ideal background’ for our students.

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?

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.

How can I compare courses and prices?

You can compare courses & pricing by looking out for the following 6 criteria:

  • Flexible Learning Style and Payment Options
  • Dedicated Support Services
  • Course Contents & Length (that fit with your lifestyle, interests and goals)
  • Course Locations and Ease of Access
  • Accreditations & Career Development
  • CPD Courses (does the course give you the best continued development into your career?)

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 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.
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:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
  • Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Exercise Programming
  • Coaching and Nutrition and Weight Management.

This is the minimum requirement to achieve Level 3 (Personal Trainer qualification) status on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

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

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

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