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Personal Trainer Courses and Qualifications

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.

Internationally Recognised

Our personal trainer courses are recognised around the world by REPs, CIMSPA and employers. So, wherever your PT career takes you, you’re covered. Trusted by Employers

Trusted by Employers

We have a reputation for training excellence. As such, our range of personal trainer qualifications are highly sought after by fitness industry employers.

Flexible Study Options

Whether you want a full-time, part-time, or online course, we have a variety of study options to suit your learning needs and style.

Nationwide Locations

We deliver our all of our courses from some of the UK’s premier health clubs. With venues nationwide, you won’t have to go far to get your career started!

Personal Training Career Packages

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.

PT with kettlebell


£1595.00 level-3

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).

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (combines L2 Gym Instructor + L3 Personal Trainer)
  • Level 3 Business Acumen for PT's

Extras and Exclusives:

  • CV Connect
  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • 12 months FREE PT career guidance

Key Benefits:

  • No entry requirements
  • Qualify in just 10-12 weeks
  • 14-day money back guarantee
  • Save £175.00 on TRX course alone

Interest-free payment plan - £112 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £79.75

PT with senior client


£1995.00 level-3

Not sure which specialism path to take – no problem! Combine PT with exercise referral and get a taste of what it takes to tailor exercise to meet the specific needs of a range of clients with chronic medical conditions.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (combines L2 Gym Instructor + L3 Personal Trainer)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 3 Business Acumen for PT's

Extras and Exclusives:

  • CV Connect
  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • 12 months FREE PT career guidance

Key Benefits:

  • No entry requirements
  • Qualify in 16-20 weeks
  • Includes £175 TRX instructor course
  • Access to wider opportunities

Interest-free payment plan - £145 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £99.75

PT Teaching a lunge exercise


£1995.00 level-4

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.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (combines L2 Gym Instructor + L3 Personal Trainer)
  • Level 4 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Level 3 Business Acumen for PT's

Extras and Exclusives:

  • CV Connect
  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • 12 months FREE PT career guide
  • PT Business Mastery with Matt Roberts
  • Supplements simplified - Ben Coomber

Key Benefits:

  • No entry requirements
  • Qualify in just 12-14 weeks
  • Our most popular PT package
  • 14-day money back guarantee
  • Save £175.00 on TRX course alone

Interest-free payment plan - £145 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £99.75

Master Personal Trainer


£2795.00 level-4

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.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (combines L2 Gym Instructor + L3 Personal Trainer)
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • Level 4 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Level 4 Obesity Diabetes Certificate
  • Level 3 Business Acumen for PT's

Extras and Exclusives:

  • CV Connect (access to employment)
  • Discounted CIMSPA membership
  • 12 months FREE PT career guidance
  • PT Business Mastery with Matt Roberts
  • Supplements Simplified - Ben Coomber

Key Benefits:

  • No entry requirements
  • Qualify 12-14 weeks
  • Complete advanced courses once qualified
  • The ultimate PT package
  • 14 day money back guarantee
  • Save £175.00 on TRX course alone

Interest-free payment plan - £212 per month
5% discount for prompt payment - save £139.75

FREE Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Personal Trainer

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If you’re looking to become a personal trainer and you’re not sure where to start, our Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Personal Trainer will certainly offer you some words of wisdom from those that have previously travelled this path.

To get your hands on this 40+ page document that will tell you everything you need to know to succeed, simply complete the form opposite and we’ll email you a copy right away.

We’ve included a wide-range of essential PT information, including:

  • Key insights into the fitness industry and personal training
  • Qualities of successful personal trainers
  • PT Training and qualifications, including study options
  • Professional standards and industry regulation
  • Earning potential – including a salary and pay guide
  • Employment opportunities
  • FAQ’s and much more…

Congratulations on your decision to become a Personal Trainer and thanks for requesting a copy of our Comprehensive Career Guide.

We’ve emailed you a copy of the guide and this should be in your inbox now. If you can’t find it, please check your junk or spam folders just in case.

Should you have any further questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our Careers Team on 0800 612 4067.

Our Range of Personal Trainer Courses

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.

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Nutrition Advisor for Physical Activity
  • Level 3 Business Skills for Personal Trainers
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach
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Our Reputation Precedes Us

In the words of our personal training graduates, discover why training with HFE is a five-star experience.

So much fun!

Everyone was super friendly. The instructor was fantastic. Both weekends were amazing.


Gym Instructor Level 2

Just completed this course with HFE - really pleased with all aspects of the course, the materials included, tutor support, assessment venue and the assessors...


Personal Training L2/L3 (Gym Based Exercise)

Enjoyed all aspects of this course. Great online/ phone support from Gil C and practically from both, Stuart W and Scott F.

Vince Donohoe


I was so nervous going onto the course, I thought I can't do it it's too hard and although the work was challenging and new the support from my tutor...
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ringing me every week really helped he made me realise I actually knew more than I realised!


Great, Helpful and amazing support from start to finish

The gym instructor level 2 course was a great experience. My tutor was more then helpful, always in contact and available for help. The resources were good also as all...
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documents were sent to me within a few days after payment.


Fantastic Course & Support

Seeking a exciting career change I enrolled on this course not knowing to much about HFE. Now I have studied with HFE I am so glad I chose them.

Sky Harris

PT course using ELCAS credits

Great company and always extremely helpful

Mike Casson

Fab course! During my fitness level 2 nvq I’ve met…

Fab course! During my fitness level 2 NVQ I've met some helpful, amazing people who pushed me to pass and complete all my work and finish my course! I think...
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the online tasks and worksheets are very helpful and provide many facts! I must mention the help and support I received from my personal/online tutor.


Danielle and the team have been…

Danielle and the team have been absolutely incredible. So efficient and helpful whenever I needed anything at all. I was really impressed with the course and the exam setting too....
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It was as if I was taking the exam in an exam room from home. Super professional and would 100% take another qualification with them.


Very Good Product

All in all everything provided by HFE was excellent and I wholly recommend them to anyone who is thinking of approved REPs training.

Stephen Cummings

Great Course

Delighted to have successfully completed the Level 2 Gym Instructor course. Not being in the fitness industry and learning something outside of my day-to-day job, I wasn't sure if I...
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could achieve this, but I did.


Great feedback. Thank you Martin of HFE, you coached me well!

Martyn, in particular, has a lot of health expertise and guided me through the programme well, my exam preparation and case study was facilitated by weekly support and coaching. I...
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am very impressed by my first experience at distance learning - there was always someone on the end of the phone to answer my queries.

Kaye Christopher Grant

Rated 4.9/5 based on 778 reviews. Showing our 4 & 5 star reviews.

Nationwide Locations and Venues

The practical aspect of our personal trainer courses are delivered from high-quality gyms, health clubs and leisure facilities throughout the UK.

We have venues throughout England, Wales and Scotland, including most of the major cities, like London, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Bristol.

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Frequently Asked PT Questions

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.

  • How do I become a personal trainer?

    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.

  • Do you run personal trainer courses near me?

    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, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Bristol.

    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.

  • How long will it take to get qualified?

    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.

  • What learning resources are available while I study?

    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.

  • Do you offer guaranteed interviews?

    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.

  • What payment options do you have?

    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).

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

In the words of a few famous faces, discover why training with HFE is a five-star experience.

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James Crossley, also known as Hunter from Gladiators, endorses HFE's fitness courses

"HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

James Crossley

(Hunter from Gladiators)
Laura Massaro is a World 1 squash player who studied yoga with HFE

"The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1."

Laura Massaro

(World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)
Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

"HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

Holly Bradshaw

(Team GB Olympic Bronze Medalist Pole Vaulter, 2020 Olympic Games)
Kardy Laguda is an internationally renowned fitness instructor

"HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

Kardy Laguda

(International Fitness Presenter)

Personal Training Advice and Guidance

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.

How to Become a Personal Trainer
How to Become a Personal Trainer

How to Become a Personal Trainer

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Personal Trainer Jobs
Personal Trainer Jobs

Personal Trainer Jobs

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

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Personal Training: Employed vs. Self-Employed
Personal Training: Employed vs Self-Employed

Personal Training: Employed vs. Self-Employed

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

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Personal Trainer Guaranteed Interviews and Jobs
Personal Trainer Guaranteed Interviews and Jobs

Personal Trainer Guaranteed Interviews and Jobs

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

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Personal Trainer Insurance
Personal Trainer Insurance

Personal Trainer Insurance

What type of personal training insurance do you need and where can you find the best deals? Our comprehensive guide answers all

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Personal Training Qualifications
Personal Training Qualifications

Personal Training Qualifications

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

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Starting a Personal Training Business
Starting a Personal Training Business

Starting a Personal Training Business

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

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Ongoing Career Support

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.

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TRX Suspension Training Course - Digital Version Included with Packages

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.

  • TRX Official qualification
  • World-class trainers
  • Study at own pace
  • Discounted PRO4 TRX suspension trainer
  • Engaging and energetic content
CV Connect

Get Your CV Connected with Real Fitness-Industry Employers

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.


  • Trusted by UK employers
  • Simple and intuitive 3-step process
  • UK-wide opportunities
  • Thousands of employers
  • One click - hundreds of connections
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Career Concierge: Unlimited PT Career Support

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.


  • Unlimited career guidance
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Access to PT experts
  • Friendly and informal style
  • Help with business planning ideas
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Exclusive Offers and Discounts

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.

  • Personal training equipment
  • Insurance
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Booking platforms
  • Online PT training solutions
  • Additional training and CPD

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