Apprenticeships in Personal Training – Advanced Level

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If you are serious about a career in personal training then the Advanced Apprenticeship in Personal Training is the perfect programme to make your goals a reality.

Personal training can be financially rewarding and personally fulfilling; not only will you have the chance to earn an excellent wage, you’ll also be able to get the satisfaction of knowing that your work is making a real difference to the lives of others.

Once your apprenticeship programme is over, you’ll also have the option of leaving formal employment and becoming your own boss. Self employment is extremely common in the personal training business and many earn a fantastic wage from this type of work. Whether you want to remain in secure employment or work for yourself after your studies, our personal trainer apprenticeships will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to suceed in both!

Role of a Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are required to plan individual and group training programmes that allow their clients to achieve their health, fitness and wellbeing goals. They also provide essential information and advice on diet, physical activity, and other health and lifestyle-related matters.

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Course Content

This programme takes approximately 18 months to complete and will include a variety of on and off the job training. The off the job training will normally be provided by HFE, whereas the on the job training will be provided in-house by your employer.

Throughout this apprenticeship programme you will also be required to complete the range of mandatory qualifications listed below; your tutor and assessor will wortk with you throughout the programme to ensure that you are on track with your progress.

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness
  • Functional skills in English (if required)*
  • Functional skills in Math’s (if required)*

*Not required if GCSE math’s and English (grade A-C) have been achieved within 5 years.

Added Value Qualifications

In addition to the mandatory elements of the programme and exclusive to HFE, you may also be able to eligible to complete up to two of the following ‘added value’ qualifications completely FREE OF CHARGE!

  • Level 2 Award in Group Indoor Cycling
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 3 Award in Business and Marketing
  • Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for the Independently Older Adult
  • Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Ante and Postnatal clients
  • Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning
  • Level 3 Award in Outdoor Training

Assessment Method

Throughout your programme you will be continually assessed as you work towards your apprenticeship qualifications. These assessments will take place during structured training courses and your day-to-day workplace activities.

Prior to all of the assessments you will receive extensive training and clear guidance about what is expected of you; you will also receive high levels of support by your course tutor, support tutor and employer.

Assessments include:

  • Anatomy and physiology theory exam
  • Nutrition theory exam
  • Lesson plan and case-studies
  • Worksheets
  • Practical assessments of you delivering personal training sessions 
  • Workplace observations
  • Professional discussions
  • Functional skills exams (maths and English)

Evidence from all of the above assessments will be included in to your apprenticeship portfolio which wiill be used to demonstrate that you are competent before your apprenticeship can be completed. Again your assessor and support tutor will provide clear guidance on how this will be done.




First and foremost, applicants for this apprenticeship programme should have a passion for exercise and fitness, a keen interest in personal training and experience of using a gym.

Due to the advanced nature of this programme, we recommend that you have previously completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness, or that you hold a recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification.In some cases however we may also be able to fund the gym instructor qualification.

For more information about the entry requirements for this programme, please contact our Apprenticeship team on the above number. 


This apprenticeship programme is a Skills Active pathway and is therefore fully recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals. Throughout this programme, you will achieve a number of internationally recognised qualifications that will make you eligible to join the Exercise Register at Level 3.

All of the qualifications contained within this apprenticeship are also fully recognised by employers throughout the UK, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia. This is one of the most widely recognised apprenticeship programmes.

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