Personal Trainer Courses and Qualifications

UK and International Recognition

The UK is renowned worldwide for its exceptional standard of personal trainer education, leading to unparalleled qualifications. At Health Fitness Intelligence (HFI), we uphold this reputation for consistency, quality, and a harmonious blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Whether you find yourself in Deptford, Dublin, or Dubai, you can join us and become a Level 3 Personal Trainer Practitioner with the best in the industry. For those wanting global recognition as a personal trainer, look to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer.

In the UK fitness industry, all reputable training companies rely on a recognised 'Awarding Body' to certify their learners. At HFI, we've chosen Focus Awards as our awarding body, as they are CIMSPA-approved, ensuring your qualifications are recognised in the UK. On the CIMSPA website click on Occupational professional standards "ACCESS DIRECTORY" to locate the qualifications on the CIMSPA website.

HFI is proud to be in partnership with ACSM in the USA, as well as Try Freedom Intuitive Eating Therapy, experts in helping clients who have been harmed physically and psychologically by diet culture. In our Intuitive Eating for Personal Trainers course, we teach you how to identify such damage in clients and refer them to specialist Intuitive Eating Counsellors. We also equip you with the skills to work effectively with clients to prevent future issues with food.

How to Get Started as a Personal Trainer

If you are new to the industry, you have the option to begin your journey with our pay-as-you-go learning approach. You can start by taking one theory unit at the gym instructor level at your own pace, building a solid theoretical knowledge base before progressing to the full Personal Trainer qualification.

How to Become a Personal Trainer

If you just want to take the opportunity to go all in to the ‘Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training’. This 'combined' Personal Training Diploma covers both the gym instructor and personal trainer certificates. If you are already Fitness instructor qualified you only need to do the Level 3 Personal Training Certificate.

For those eager to dive right in, our 'Level 3 Practitioner Personal Trainer Diploma' is the perfect choice. This comprehensive programme covers both gym instructor and personal trainer certifications. If you are already a qualified fitness instructor, you can focus solely on the Level 3 Personal Training Certificate.

How to Run a Personal Training Business

Once you attain Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, you have the option to work on a self-employed basis. Further specialisation options become available, including working with Older Adults (Level 3) or specialising in Pre and Post-natal Fitness (Level 3). Alternatively, for those seeking to reach Level 4, you can embark on the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral followed by the Level 4 Certificate in Obesity and Level 4 Certificate in Diabetes. Another avenue is to explore the academic side of personal training, pursuing the prestigious ACSM Certified Personal Trainer credential, known as the international Gold Standard, which will truly set you apart.

University Graduate or RPL Personal Trainer

If you hold a university degree or have other RPL (recognition of prior learning) we offer tailored pathways to become a qualified personal trainer without requiring the full 'taught' Level 3 PT Diploma course. Following this, you may also be eligible to pursue the ACSM EP-C (Certified Exercise Physiologist), a standalone 'exercise physiology qualification' or a valuable addition to your degree and Level 3 personal training credentials.

Maintaining Personal Trainer Qualification

Upon registering with CIMSPA, the fitness industry governing body, you'll need to accumulate 'Continuing Professional Development' (CPD) credits. Rest assured, all our courses carry CPD credits to help you stay up-to-date and continue your professional development. Join us at HFI, where your journey to becoming a certified personal trainer begins, and where you can achieve excellence in the fitness industry.