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Not all personal trainer courses are created equal. Our internationally recognised PT qualifications are written and delivered by some of the industry’s leading experts, including doctors, physiotherapists, celebrity personal trainers, dietitians and nutritionists. Learn from the best with HFE.
In the words of our personal training graduates, discover why training with HFE is a five-star experience.
I have been part of HFE Apprenticeships programme for the past 12 months and I feel they have kickstarted me in the path I want to progress in.Alex West
Choosing HFE over the other courses was an easy choice for me, they made it simple to book the course on the dates available for me and the venue they...
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Everyone was super friendly. The instructor was fantastic. Both weekends were amazing.McDermott444
I've just enrolled on the advanced trainer course and the exercise referral diploma and found Amber so helpfulDebbie Myatt
From the start I have had support from the team, nothing was too much trouble, I did try to take part in the training in so rather than a weekly...
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Overall the course was very goodKay
I completed my level 2 gym instructors course through HFE and I can't thank them enough for their help, course content and instruction throughout. The online support and gold star...
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If you're thinking off enrolling onto a course with HFE then DO IT! Definitely worth the money. Trust me you won't be disappointed!Kyle Miah
I would definitely recommend HFE. I recently completed the L3 PT course and thoroughly enjoyed practical weekends.Poonam
I have just completed my Level 2 Fitness Instructor with HFE ! The resources provided were great.lxRoche226
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More than a course, more than qualification, our career packages are your direct route to personal training success. Combine cutting-edge content, interest-free payment plans, hands-on training at a nationwide venue and exclusive job opportunities to take your PT career further.
Every journey starts with that all-important first step. Our Essentials package combines gym instructor (level 2) and personal trainer (level 3) to form the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner).
Interest-free payment plan - £112 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £79.75
Step up to the plate. Our Advanced personal trainer package will teach you how to get ahead in the personal training business and will get you off to a flourishing start.
Interest-free payment plan - £145 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £99.75
Master the art and science of personal training with this full immersive Master PT programme. This is the most comprehensive personal trainer package and is suitable if you are serious about becoming a professional PT.
Interest-free payment plan - £212 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £139.75
If you didn’t find a career package that suits you, take a look at the range of individual PT courses, qualifications and CPD programmes that we have available. If you want to build your own package, add these courses to your basket and we’ll automatically apply the multi-course discount for you when you checkout. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of our Careers Team.
If you want to become a qualified gym instructor then this is the most recognised qualification in the industry and an absolute must-have. It's also the first stage to become a personal trainer.
This qualification is ideally suited to those who are already qualified as a gym instructor. With world-class learning content that is delivered by industry experts, this is the most advanced personal training course on the market.
Become a qualified nutrition advisor and discover how to give evidence-based nutritional advice and guidance to your clients to improve the dietary habits and health. This qualification is ideally suited to those starting out in nutrition.
Learn how to run a personal business and master the art of business and digital marketing with this intensive and rewarding home-study course.
Learn how to support clients that have a range of controlled medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, back pain and many more. This qualification is also essential if you want to progress to level 4.
Equip yourself with the latest evidence-based sport and exercise nutrition knowledge to help your clients achieve peak physical and nutritional performance. This programme really is ahead of the game in terms of content.
They say that "you become what you are around" so naturally, if you want to be the best you need to learn from the best. Our personal training courses have been meticulously designed and developed by exercise specialists, including doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, celebrity personal trainers and educators to provide you with the most stable platform from which to launch your career as a PT.
Our PT courses are designed, developed and delivered by specialists, including:
Our world-class learning resources will help to make learning fun and easy. These include:
Our 5-star support team will ensure that you are fully supported throughout your studies and beyond.
The practical aspect of our personal trainer courses are delivered from high-quality gyms, health clubs and leisure facilities throughout the UK.View All Locations
Listed below are a range of common questions that we receive from people interested in becoming a personal trainer. If you have any questions, no matter how big or small, our team of dedicated Careers Advisors will be more than happy to assist you. Feel free to call them on: 0800 612 4067.
While becoming a personal trainer is a fairly straightforward process, many underestimate the personal and professional qualities needed to truly succeed as a PT. You only have to look at some of the UK’s best personal trainers to understand that there is no one magic formula or blueprint. Instead, to become a personal trainer you need to have a burning desire to help people, great communication skills, a passion for self-improvement, and a client-focused attitude.
In terms of qualifications, enrolling onto the right personal training courses is a must. If you’re brand new to the fitness industry then your first port of call is the Level 2 Gym Instructor, this is followed by the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. These courses can either be done individually or combined to form comprehensive career packages. Our career packages also unlock a range of extras and exclusives including video content from Matt Roberts and Ben Coomber, offers and discounts and exclusive job opportunities via CV Connect.
To explore what it truly takes to become a leading personal trainer in much more detail, we’ve created an in-depth and comprehensive article for you to read. Our Become a Personal Trainer career guide covers everything from the essential PT qualifications, personal trainer insurance, career opportunities and much more.
We’ve partnered with some of the country’s best-equipped and well-known gym chains, health clubs and leisure centres in the UK to deliver the practical elements of our personal trainer courses. Working with the likes of David Lloyd, Bannatyne and Village Hotels, just to name a few, we’re able to offer you maximum choice and flexibility when it comes to your studies.
Currently, we have over 20 venues across England, Scotland and Wales where we deliver our PT courses and our most popular locations include London, Manchester, Cardiff, York, Glasgow, Birmingham and Newcastle.
A full list of venues can be found personal trainer venues and locations page. It’s here you’ll be able to learn about each venue’s facilities, accessibility and any offers and discounts that are available, for example, discounts on hotels. We’ve also provided a route planner to help you comfortably get to your training via your preferred method of travel whether that’s walking, driving or public transport.
If you’re enrolled on to our Essentials career package, which combines the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training courses, we’d typically say you could be qualified in just 10-12 weeks. Our larger packages, Premium and Master, contain more courses so naturally, these will take a little longer to complete in their entirety.
If you’ve previously completed your Level 2 Gym qualification and are just studying Level 3 Personal Training then we usually advise it could take 8-12 weeks.
With that being said, those timescales are just guidelines. Each and every learner is unique and will approach their studies at a different pace. We know first-hand how exciting, rewarding and life-changing a career in personal training can be, when it comes to the all-important studies however, this isn’t something we like to rush. The more time, effort and attention you can invest in your personal training education, the better chance you have after qualifying of truly taking the industry by storm.
Our personal trainer courses utilise the blended learning model which involves practical weekend training and a period of home study. After speaking to thousands of students over the years, we’ve found that an hour’s study a day is more than enough to make steady progress with your course. To guide your learning, we’ve created comprehensive study guides for each of our courses which will really help you map our the learning journey ahead.
Our personal trainer courses and qualifications utilise the blended learning model and this means students will complete a period of home study and then attend a venue and take part in practical training. For those completely new to home study, it might seem a little daunting at first, but we can guarantee that you’ll receive all the learning resources and support you need. That’s not just when you enrol or before you sit an exam either, it’s every single step of the way.
From the moment you enrol you’ll be assigned a personal support tutor who is available Monday – Friday via phone or email. Your tutor is a qualified personal trainer, they’ve been there and seen it all before, so no question is too big, small or complicated.
You’ll also receive 24/7 access to LES, the Learner Engagement System. This platform is where you’ll complete the majority of your home study learning. Practice quizzes, workbooks and hours of video lectures delivered by leading physiotherapists, doctors, nutritionists and dietitians are all available at your fingertips.
Alongside the online resources we provide, you’ll also receive print manuals that have been exclusively written and designed in-house by a team of experts. To get a sneak peek at the comprehensive resources we offer, we’ve prepared a sample of our Level 3 Personal Trainer Manual.
This is one of our most frequently asked questions and the simple answer is ‘unfortunately not’. It continues to be incredibly concerning that time and time again we hear of other fitness training providers offering guaranteed interviews and jobs that simply turn out to be self-employed positions where the newly qualified PT actually has to pay the club to go to work. We believe this practice is immoral and misrepresents what the actual opportunity is.
Newly qualified personal trainers in these situations can often end up struggling to make ends meet because they’re paying considerable weekly or monthly rent to work in a club before they’ve even secured their first client.
To shed a bit more light on these practices, we’ve produced a guide to guaranteed interviews and jobs for personal trainers that is very much worth a read.
Instead of engaging in the practice of guaranteed interviews, we’ve created CV Connect. This is a game-changing new way to connect employers with newly qualified personal trainers. As soon as you complete your personal trainer course, a new section in LES (Learner Engagement System) is unlocked.
It’s here that you’re able to upload your CV (featuring your brand new qualification, of course), search for employers in your area and apply directly. It really is that simple and straightforward. We’ve cut out recruitment agencies and any other hoops or barriers that could get in the way, nothing should stop you from securing your dream job.
To date, we’re closing in on nearly a thousand active vacancies from some of the UK’s biggest and most prestigious employers including UP Fitness, Pure Gym, Fitness First, Your Personal Training, DW and JD Gyms.
If you’re keen to take things into your own hands then we have resources available for starting a personal training business. This article features some exclusive insights from one of the UK’s most successful trainers, Matt Roberts. Matt has exclusive premises in London and he’s trained politicians, film stars, fashion designers and athletes. So, there’s no doubt he very much knows what he’s talking about.
You’ve chosen the individual personal trainer courses or PT Career Package that suits you best, you’ve found your nearest venue and you’re ready to go, why should anything, including money stand in your way? It’s our job to make your journey to personal training success as straightforward as possible and that’s why we have numerous payment options available to you.
If you’re keen to get everything sorted upfront, we’ll give you a 5% discount if you pay for your PT course or career package in full.
For those looking to spread the cost, we have 0% interest 6-month and 12-month payment plans. With both these options, you can secure your place on a PT course for as little as £100 or £250 if you’re booking a career package.
Select personal training courses and packages have also been military approved. If you’re serving personnel or a service leaver, contact our Careers team on 0800 612 4067 for more information about the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS).
In the words of a few famous faces, discover why training with HFE is a five-star experience.
"HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."
"The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1."
"HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."
"HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."
If you want to learn more about becoming a personal trainer, including the employment options open to you, the pitfalls to avoid, and what qualifications you actually need, check out our range of personal training career articles and guides below.
This is your definitive PT career guide. Discover everything you need to know about the industry, qualifications, careers opportunities and more
With over 7,000 gyms currently operating in the UK, securing your dream personal trainer job is now more achievable than ever. Our guide explores employment opportunities, salary and more
We explore the pros and cons of being an employed or self-employed personal trainer with this in-depth guide. Use this information to make the best decision for your PT career
Guaranteed interviews and jobs are a well-used sales tactic but sometimes things can be too good to be true. We explore the alternatives and the steps to take in order to secure the job you really want
What type of personal training insurance do you need and where can you find the best deals? Our comprehensive guide answers all
Did you know that not all personal training qualifications are the same? Make sure you avoid any potentially hazardous pitfalls by reading our definitive guide to recognised personal trainer qualifications
With some sage advice from one of the world's most successful trainers, our definitive guide explores everything you need to know about starting a personal training business
Once your studies are over and you've completed all your courses and qualifications, our service to you doesn't simply stop. We'll continue to be here for you as and when you need us, providing ongoing support for your career as a professional personal trainer.
We’ve teamed up with TRX to bring to you the ultimate suspension training instructor course and we’re including it in all our Personal Trainer Career Packages.
This self-paced digital course can be completed from anywhere and leads to an official TRX Instructor Qualification. The course combines over 15+ years of educating on the TRX Suspension Trainer and embeds the content into highly engaging, useful, effective delivery to ensure that you leave the course with the skills to coach any client on the TRX suspension trainer. What’s more, we’ve also negotiated with TRX a hefty 15% discount on their PRO4 TRX Suspension Trainer.
Following completion of this course, you are qualified TRX Course Graduate and on your journey to becoming TRX Certified through TRX CORE.
CV Connect is our signature recruitment platform and a service that we offer to all graduates of our training courses and qualifications. Once you studies are over and your online course reaches 100%, you’ll get instant access to the CV Connect platform, allowing you to upload your CV and get it connected with employers in your area that are actively searching for qualified exercise professionals.
If you’re a HFE graduate then you’re a friend for life. As such, our dedicated team of Learner Support Tutors will be on hand for any ongoing career advice or guidance that you might need. Whether you need to check what insurance you’ll need, where to look to find employment opportunities, or what we think about a particular business idea or opportunity, we’re always happy to provide you with advice and guidance when you need it.
We’ve teamed up with a select range of specialist fitness industry organisations in order to secure exclusive discounts and offers on a range of products and services that might be of interest to you as a qualified PT. Whether it’s equipment, insurance, booking systems or website builders, we have a range of offers to available. And don’t worry, we respect your privacy and as such, we’d never share your data with any of these organisations.
Fitness is mainstream, it’s the new black and it’s here to stay. In terms of value, figures suggest that the UK’s health and fitness industry is worth well over £5bn and greatly contributing to this is personal training, with revenues exceeding £650m a year.
Despite unprecedented levels of inactivity and sedentary behaviour, exercise participation is on the rise as more and more people are turning to fitness and specifically personal trainers to help them achieve their goals. With the number of gyms operating in the UK hitting 7,000 and 1 in 7 adults in the UK being a member of a gym, your time to become a personal trainer, secure your dream job and change lives is right now.
Personal trainers play a pivotal role in the fitness industry. On a daily basis, they are there for clients, whether that’s to be a confidant, a motivator or an expert delivering exercise and nutritional advice. It’s such an exciting and multifaceted job where no two days will ever be the same.
So where do you start if becoming a PT is for you? It’s a simple question and the answer is with our CIMSPA approved personal trainer courses. Regardless of your ambition and the success you’re looking to carve out for yourself, you need the right qualification to get you going. For newcomers, it all begins with the Level 2 Gym Instructor course and from here you’ll progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. These can either be completed with face-to-face training or from the comfort of your own home with an online personal trainer course.
It doesn’t stop here, however. While you can do each separately, we’ve created our PT career packages with a view to really helping you set yourself up in the industry. With our Essentials, Premium and Master packages, you’re free to forge your own path and in the process benefit from extras and exclusives like video content from the likes of Matt Roberts and Ben Coomber, exclusive job opportunities via CV Connect and more.Show more