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Frequently Asked Questions

  • In which city do you offer personal training courses?
    We offer personal training courses across the UK in 40+ locations, including: View all personal training courses locations on Future Fit Training.
  • How long does it take to qualify as a Personal Trainer?
    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. This along with fitting around work and family commitments will affect how long the course takes to complete. Our expert careers advisors will spend time designing your training plan with you before you enrol so that it fits around your commitments and the time you can dedicate to study. They will then be able to give you an estimated completion time.
  • 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
  • To become a personal trainer do I need previous experience in the health & fitness industry?

    Whilst you'll benefit from experience in a gym, our incredibly experienced tutors will support you through your practical workshops and give you all the vital knowledge and experience you need to become a personal training.

  • What are the requirements to enrol on a Level 3 PT course?
    To enrol on a Level 3 Personal Trainer course you will need: Our Level 3 PT course includes the Level 2 qualification so if you don't have the qualification already, you will complete it as part of this course.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 will 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 running 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 guide on how to become 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:
  • Do you need insurance as a gym instructor?
    You most likely won't need your own insurance if you are employed by a gym or fitness centre. however as insurance is faily low cost taking out your own insurance might be useful. For more information about what to get covered in your gym instructor insurance, be sure to download a copy of our How to Become a Fitness Instructor guide.
  • How much money can you make as a fitness instructor?
    Fitness Instructor roles are typically entry-level roles in the fitness industry, and salaries also tend to vary per location.
    • Across most of the UK you're looking at a salary of around £17000
    • In London, you're looking at a salary of around £19500
    It's also worth mentioning that most health clubs and gyms also offer free memberships, which is a nice perk, especially since some city gyms can cost £100+ per month to be a member.
  • What does a Gym Instructor do?

    A gym instructor will spend a lot of their time circulating the gym, making sure that members are having a good experience. They will also usually be responsible for leading several exercise classes depending on their skill set and level of personal training qualification.

    A typical day might involve

    • helping to open the gym and get it ready before members arrive
    • greeting members as they arrive
    • chatting with members
    • delivering a couple of classes
    • helping to ensure that the gym stays neat and tidy
    • delivering gym inductions, (which involve showing members around the gym and teaching them how to use the equipment safely)
  • How long does it take to complete a gym instructor course?
    The typical time to complete your level 2 is around 4-6 months. If you can dedicate more time to learning you'll finish sooner, and if you can dedicate less time you'll finish later. Whilst you may find some providers offer fast tracked qualifications in 2-4 weeks, in our experience, we've found that you just won't learn enough or gain enough practical coaching experience in such short timeframes. This may leave you being thrown into the fitness industry without the appropriate skills and experience to really make it work.
  • What qualifications do you need to become a fitness instructor?
    If becoming a fitness instructor sounds like the right path for you, the minimum requirement to get started is a Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification. You'll also want to make sure that the course you sign up for is accredited either by CIMSPA, as this is valued by most employers. This type of course gives you the theoretical and practical knowledge to safely and effectively work in gym and health club environments.
  • 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.
  • Why Choose the Level 3 Personal Trainer Course?
    Our Level 3 Personal Trainer Course will provide you with the essential skills to have a truly successful career.
    1. To become a personal trainer with Future Fit means something in the industry. Our training incorporates years of experience, innovative online learning and valuable hands-on practical experience. In fact, research shows our graduates are respected and highly sought-after. We regularly seek employer feedback and build their requirements into our courses.
    2. You'll receive a genuine, industry-recognised accreditation from an Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation. Unlike other training providers, which provide their own accreditations.
    3. We've won more industry awards than any other provider, including:
      • ukactive's Training Provider of the Year (Which we won back-to-back)
    Still wondering, Why Future Fit? Read 28 reasons to choose us over other providers.
  • What’s the typical personal trainer salary?
    With an hourly range between £12 for new starters and £100 for elite personal trainers, you can earn a decent amount from day one of your new career. For more details read this exclusive research on personal trainer salary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I have a degree in Sports Science. Do I still have to take all of the courses in the diploma?

    Possibly! Courses of the same name vary between education providers and for this reason we cannot give a blanket answer. We are required by the awarding bodies to consider each student's application on an individual basis against criteria specified by the awarding bodies. We have a team of experienced professionals who will guide you through the process.

  • I have military PTI qualifications, what courses can I miss out?

    You may be able to miss out entire courses or skip some or all of the learning and go straight to the assessment for certain courses. This is decided on a case by case basis and will require you to provide evidence of relevant prior learning. We have a team of experienced professionals who will consider your qualifications and experience against the criteria specified by the awarding bodies and guide you through the process.

  • How long does it take to complete a personal trainer course?
    Answering how long it takes to become a personal trainer is difficult 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.    
  • 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:
    • 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). Click here to get started
  • 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.
  • How much will I earn as a Personal Trainer?
    Your earnings after qualifying will vary depending on location and what you teach. As a guide, you should be looking at a rate of approximately £30-£50 per hour working as a Personal Trainer. The starting salary is approximately £16,000 and top Personal Trainers earn over £84,000/year. Read our salary guide for more information.
  • Do you offer guaranteed interviews once I qualify?
    Within the School of Personal Training, we have teamed up with some respected companies to make your move from student to fitness professional even easier. Take a look at what they have to offer here. Many offers guaranteed interviews to our PT graduates for available positions as fitness instructors, studio-based instructors and personal trainers on completion of your relevant training programme. We also have some great tips here, to help with writing a successful CV, preparing for an interview, or getting your new career or business venture moving in the right direction.
  • Is the level 3 personal trainer course online?
    Our level 3 personal trainer course is made up of the following: Unlike other providers, our training isn't merely a collection of online videos. Our carefully designed courses are presented in an engaging, interactive format (including videos and graphics). The course is customised for each student based on their circumstances, time commitments and career goals.
  • 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 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.
  • Can I complete the Level 3 Personal Trainer Course in 6 weeks?
    No. We do not offer short courses. Our graduates are recognised as being the best in the industry because we prepare students to do more than just pass a qualification. However, students can also set their own training hours and they will be qualified to work in the industry as soon as they successfully pass each module/assessment:
    • For the Level 2 Gym Instructor Course, students normally take three months, including home study and practical elements.
    • For the Level 3 Personal Trainer Course, most students take up to 6 months to fully qualify and then they are ready to charge £30/hour.
    • We will continue to upskill them for another 6 months. This course also includes home study and practical weekends to attend.

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