Thank you for considering HFI to guide your Personal Training Career.

When you enrol with us you will be in touch with me (Alison Hall) immediately to help you to decide on the best plan for your study and practice. You will also continue to have these one-to-one tutorials as necessary.

Some people want to get going quickly and others want to get into it more slowly with some background reading first. Any reasonable timescale is potentially achievable with our expert guidance, you will have discussed this prior to you booking the course.

The gym and PT qualifications involve a large theory element so this can be studied from home (anywhere in the world) and we use Skype and Zoom for tutorials with you. There is also, obviously, a very important practical skills element and this is developed by either attending a 1-day practical workshop or our unique remote practical skills development programme. The face-to-face days are held monthly - all year round - in Central London so the planning is extremely flexible for you. You can decide on dates straight away or you can pick dates as you go along.

If you are not able to attend face-to-face in London then some people are able to opt for the pure distance learning course. For this option, we need to make sure that students have the right background skills so that they are able to meet the necessary skills criteria without attending face-to-face training with us. We have a full 'remote skills development programme' which works for people with a good practical gym background. We, therefore need to test for eligibility for pure distance learning before you book into the course. When this is complete you will go through the remote practical skills development instead of attending the practical training days.

In terms of the work you will be supported in doing, there are various worksheets and assignments for both the gym and PT sections of the qualification. There is also a practical assessment for each of the gym and the PT parts of the qualification. These are conducted, again, either on a face-to-face basis with us in London or, for the remote learners, film locally in your gym.

Here is a summary of the process of completing the Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training so you can see the stages you will go through:

  1. One-to-one introductory tutorial.
  2. You'll start with the level 2 gym part.
  3. You'll then start to work though the initial theory work and unit theory assessments.
  4. Then you'll focus more on the practical skills and prepare the practical skills thoroughly (either remotely or by attending the practical training day).
  5. The when all the pre-practical work is done, the practical assessment date is (or filming date) is planned.
  6. Then the level 2 practical assessment (or filming) takes place.
  7. More study/Skype tutorials and the final theory work is completed.
  8. The same format is followed for the level 3 part.

Some people take a fast-track route (about 10 weeks) or extend the duration from start to finish as much as you like. Typical is about 3-4 months. People can choose to take longer over this if they prefer. People who have more commitments at work can take up to one year if they like. The maximum is 1 year in total.

Our unique selling point is the close and expert tuition and support given to all our learners to ensure a thorough preparation for assessments. I hope you choose to take your qualification with us as you will receive a much more personal service and we can guide you with setting up your business when the time comes.

One 'combined Diploma' certificate or two 'individual Certificates'?

Participants can take the two individual certificates (Level 2 Gym and the Level 3 PT) or, if they prefer, take them as the combined Diploma. There is no difference to the end status you achieve by taking the two certificates or the combined Diploma.

Where is the UK's PT Diploma Recognised?

The Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training is the qualification of choice for the UK for Personal Training. This can be taken by anybody without prior qualifications, however a general level of education is required and a keen interest in the gym and exercise is necessary.

We use FOCUS AWARDS as our 'awarding body', which is recognised by the UK’s Personal trainer register CIMSPA (REPs are the 'old register and is not obsolete).

Level 3 is the highest level for a personal trainer. Level 4 is an "add-on" category that Level 3 personal trainers can go on to to qualify in other specific specialist topics (eg. Exercise for Obesity and Diabetes).

The ultimate end-point is to be Level 3 personal trainer qualified, so you are recognised in the UK and some other countries (Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and others). For the USA and Canada look to the ACSM CPT qualification.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further questions. It really is a mine-field out there for qualifications and we have been in the industry long enough to be able to advise you without the hard sell.

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