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About the qualification

The Certificate in Personal Training is designed for people who are interested in a career in fitness or those who want to train for improved personal fitness and exercise performance.

Working as a personal trainer is a very rewarding career and it provides a wide range of opportunities for working in the following areas:

In a fitness centre or personal training studio
Providing personal training services within a resort or hotel
With sports teams and athletes

Many Personal Trainers have the flexibility of working their own hours with payment rates based on the services they provide.

Delivery & Timeframes

The Certificate in Personal Training is completed as a combination of online study and practical placement within a suitably equipped fitness facility.

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The course has been designed to be completed in a 6-month timeframe, commencing whenever it suits you. The hours of study are flexible and you can fit it in around your other commitments.

The online component of the course includes access to an extensive range of learning resources including interactive presentations, videos and reference materials. You can contact our student support team as often as you like if you require assistance.

Throughout your course you complete practical work in a fitness centre or PT facility to gain experience, perfect your skills and link with employers.

The course is assessed via the practical placement, written short answers and online quizzes.

There are no minimum timeframes which means you can work through it as quickly as you like. You have up to 12 months to complete the Certificate if needed.

Assessment

There are 10 study areas in the Certificate as follows:

  1. Introduction to Personal Training
  2. Client Screening and Assessment
  3. Principles of Nutrition
  4. Exercise Science
  5. Functional Anatomy
  6. Work Experience Practical Placement
  7. Advanced Training Methods
  8. Exercise Programming
  9. Guidelines for Specific Conditions
  10. Final Assessment

At the end of each topic you are required to complete a short online quiz. The aim of the quiz is to assess your understanding of the topic before progressing to the next. Each quiz consists of multiple choice questions and needs to be completed within a set timeframe. A score of 90% or more is required to pass. If you do not pass the quiz on your first attempt, you will be directed back to specific areas of the topic to revise your knowledge. You will be provided with an opportunity to reattempt the quiz 48 hours later.

Towards the end of your course you are also required to complete 25 hours of practical placement in an approved fitness centre or personal training studio under the supervision of an experienced, practicing personal trainer. The practical placement is used to develop your instructional skills, ability to identify and correct exercise technique and provide customer service to clients. A performance evaluation from your supervisor forms a component of your practical placement assessment.

After completing all topics and the practical placement, you are required to complete the final assessment. This is a written project based around case studies and is designed to assess your ability to design appropriate exercise programs for a range of clients with a variety of fitness goals and needs.

The final assessment requires you to develop exercise programs to achieve the health and fitness goals of several ‘case study’ clients. It is designed to assess your ability to develop suitable exercise programs for clients.

All assessment costs are included in the course fees. There will be an additional fee to resubmit the final assessment should it be assessed as ‘Not satisfactory’ after two previous submissions.

It is highly recommended you also complete a First Aid qualification and check whether your country has registration, accreditation and insurance requirements for personal trainers. These additional requirements may be needed prior to you commencing work as a personal trainer.

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