Personal Trainer / Master Practitioner Courses
To apply, complete and submit our online application form which you can find by clicking here or looking on the main menu for 'Apply Online' at the top of our pages. On receipt, we will check your information and documentation satisfy the entry requirements, and if so, we will email you back with an Acceptance Offer, which reserves your place on the course.
As soon as you've received your Acceptance Offer, you can pay by debit or credit card online by either clicking on your chosen course in the drop down main menu at the top of this page or click here and find your course in our shop and follow the instructions. We use Stripe, which is an extremely safe platform for paying and receiving payments. It is a PCI Service Provider Level 1, which is the highest level of certification available in the payments industry. Payment information sent to Stripe is sent securely and safely.
We don’t use the Government career development loans scheme.
On receipt of payment you will be registered with the Awarding Body which normally takes about 5 working days. You will then receive your login details via email to access course materials to start your course.
Courses are delivered either fully online or via blended learning (i.e., a mix of face-to-face and online) approaches. Some courses offer both versions and you'll be given the choice to select your preferred mode on the application form. Please check on the specific course page.
Online learning has no term dates and is designed to be completely flexible for each student. As soon as you register, you'll receive your login details to start the course and study at your own pace.
Like the fully online version, start dates are flexible, and once you've registered you'll receive your login details to start the course. This version however also includes a face-to-face practical workshop which are scheduled throughout the year. You can indicate your preferred workshop dates on the Application Form.
All of our qualifications include course registration, certification, Learner Manual and initial exam fees. Theory paper re-sits and Practical Assessment re-sits will incur additional charges. After one year, if you have not completed your course and wish to re-register, a fee of £150 will be payable.
Our courses have a 1 year time limit for completion which will allow you to work at your own pace.
Yes, all CIMSPA endorsed qualifications are recognised internationally. This is great news for those of you who want to work abroad.
Online CPD Courses
To register and pay, find your course in the drop-down list under Online CPD on the Main Menu. Click on your chosen course, then Take this Course followed by Add to Basket. You can pay by debit or credit card online, and we use Stripe, which is an extremely safe platform for making and receiving payments.
As soon as you've registered and paid, you can access the resources and start straightaway.
You will see that each course has a summary page that you can print. This summarises the course into one page and is brilliant for you to refer back to. We suggest you laminate it and put it in an easy accessible area in your facility.
Most courses have a comprehensive manual that you print and keep. You can enjoy viewing the course while following us from your manual. It is yours to keep, so make as many notes as possible in your manual. Then file it and keep it.
You can watch the videos for an unlimited period of time. No expiry! Once you have purchased the course, you can access your course at any time.. You can do the test whenever you are ready. If you do not want a certificate then you are not obligated to do the test.
You will need access to a computer or laptop. You will need Adobe Flash Player® installed on your computer, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. You will also need to ensure your computer has sound as some of the videos include audio.
Yes, the qualification you earn is exactly the same as for those studying full time.
Yes, the online course gives you exactly the same career and work opportunities as any other course (either full-time or part-time).
You are still able to enrol and study for any of our qualifications. Our overseas students often prefer the online option as it is a faster and more convenient way to study and get work assessed. Please email email@example.com to discuss your individual needs.
Awarding Organisations / Professional Bodies
An awarding organisation is regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector. The certifications they provide act as a benchmark for those wishing to enter the industry.
Our courses are industry recognised, but we no longer use an awarding organisation. This allows us to spend more time teaching what is relevant, not just the standard requirements of an external body. The skills learned on our courses are industry specific and can be implemented immediately.
CIMSPA is the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. They are the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector, providing leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in the sector. Their vision is: “To develop a vibrant, UK-wide sport and physical activity sector, led by professionals providing advocacy and leadership and working in partnership with stakeholders to help ensure the highest standards of service delivery”. CIMPSA have membership options for everyone in the sector.
The agreed industry pre-requisite to become a gym instructor / personal trainer is to have achieved a CIMSPA Endorsed educational product that meets the requirements for Practitioner Membership of CIMSPA.
CIMSPA has introduced a policy requiring most members to complete a defined amount of continued professional development (CPD) per membership subscription year, at a level relevant to their membership category. Sport and physical activity professionals should keep their skills and knowledge up to date, as well as extending their skill-set wherever possible. CPD is the practice of undertaking additional learning through courses, workshops or conferences or taking part in other activities which confirm that their knowledge, understanding and skills are suitable for their role in our sector.
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