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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.
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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.
New to personal training? This is the perfect starting point. Complete Level 2 Gym and advance straight onto Level 3 Personal Training.
The step up. Combine the Essentials Diploma with business skills and advanced techniques such as kettlebells, suspension training and foam rolling to really get ahead.
Go all in. Become a fully qualified personal trainer, upskill with Exercise Referral and advance to Level 4. This is your ticket to the top.
Bringing together video content from the industry's best personal trainers, discounts from leading fitness brands and exciting personal trainer career opportunities.
In these content-packed presentations, leading celebrity personal trainer Matt Roberts addresses branding, attracting clients, price points, tapping into niche markets and much more. Learn inside secrets and strategies from the world's best.
In this six-part series, sports nutritionist Ben Coomber dives into the often-confusing world of supplements, exploring what's popular, what works and which products you and your clients should avoid.
Looking for your dream personal trainer job? As soon as you complete a course with HFE you'll unlock CV Connect, the new way to instantly connect you directly with the UK's leading gyms and health clubs.
Students are entitled to discounted membership to The Register of Exercise Professionals and easy access to exclusive offers and discounts, personal trainer insurance, and much more.
The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing personal trainer career advice as and when you need it.
Join our personal training graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms, health clubs and PT management companies.
From learning resources to job opportunities, we've answered the most frequently asked questions about our personal training courses and qualifications.
A simple answer is that you need to enrol on to our personal trainer courses. If you're brand new to the fitness industry then your first port of call is the Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate and this is followed by the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.
Some choose a step by step approach and do these PT courses individually but we want you to get the most of our your journey and that's why we've created our personal training career packages. These combine all the courses you need with exclusives and extras from the likes of renowned PTs Matt Roberts and Ben Comber and exclusive job opportunities via CV Connect. We have three options, Essential, Premium and Master so you have the flexibility to forge your own path and become the best personal trainer you can be.
To explore the world of personal training in much more detail, we've created an in-depth article covering the industry, qualifications, insurance, career opportunities. Learn more with our become a personal trainer guide.
Nothing should stand between you and personal training success and that's why we have a range of payment options for our personal trainer courses and career packages.
If you're keen to get everything sorted upfront, we'll give you a 5% discount if you pay for your 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).
It's one of our most commonly asked questions and the answer is a resounding yes! To give you maximum choice and flexibility when it comes to your studies, we deliver our gym instructor and personal training courses nationwide and we use some of the country’s best-equipped health and fitness facilities including David Lloyd, Bannatyne and Village Hotels.
We have over 20 venues across England, Scotland and Wales and our most popular locations include London, Manchester, Cardiff, York, Glasgow, Birmingham and Newcastle.
A full list of venues, information about facilities and accessibility, as well as travel directions can be found on our personal trainer venues and locations page.
If you're studying a personal trainer course with HFE, as standard you'll receive all the learner resources and support you need to succeed upfront.
This all starts when you're assigned a personal support tutor who will only ever be a phone call or email away. Our support team are incredibly experienced and believe us when we say they've been there and seen it all before. Whether it's nutrition, working with clients or anatomy and physiology, no question is too big, too small or too complicated.
As part of your personal training studies, you'll also receive bespoke print in the post and access to digital manuals via the HFE app. To get a sneak peek, at the comprehensive resources we offer, take a look at a sample of our Level 3 Personal Trainer manual.
As our PT courses utilise the blending learning model, LES, the Learner Engagement System, is where you'll complete the majority of your home study learning. Within this intuitive system, you'll find hours of video lectures delivered by leading physiotherapists, doctors, nutritionists and dietitians, practice quizzes and more.
There is no definitive answer as each learner will approach their studies at a different pace. That said, we know you're coming to us in order to become a personal trainer, gain a qualification and get out there into the industry. That's why we have robust support systems in place and why you'll have access to LES, the Learner Engagement System, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We don't want anything getting in the way of you and your dream personal training job.
For the Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate, students usually take three months and this includes a period of home study and two sets of practical weekends.
For Level 3 Personal Training, most learners take between four and five months. Like gym, this includes a period of home study and for this specific course, there are three practical weekends to attend. As soon as your exams and assessments are complete, you'll be free to seek employment as a personal trainer.
The simple answer is no. Time and time again we've heard of other training providers guaranteeing interviews and jobs that simply turn out to be self-employed positions. These trainers can end up struggling to make ends meet because they're paying a large weekly or monthly rent to work in a club before they've even secured their first client.
To shed some more light on this we've produced a guide to personal trainer guaranteed interviews.
Instead, of offering guaranteed interviews, we've created CV Connect, a game-changing way to connect graduates with employers. As soon as an HFE student completes their course, they'll instantly unlock the ability to upload their CV, search for employers in their area and apply direct. There are no middle-men and no recruitment agencies, just real opportunities for qualified fitness professionals.
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.
"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."
I have just completed my level 3 exercise referral course with HFE. A very positive experience throughout - very supportive, clear course structure and based on this experience I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone.
I recently took my Pilates course which HFE and had the most fantastic time. The course tutors were wonderful, and I felt really supported throughout the course.
No experience of fitness training, just 8 years of attending Pilates classes, so I felt overwhelmed by the course and what was to come. However, I passed, through having support from online learning tutors.
I was apprehensive about undertaking this course as I already had the qualification from years ago and just updating it. I ended up feeling most comfortable.
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 REPs and 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. Upon completion of both these courses, you’ll be a fully qualified personal trainer.
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, discounted REPs membership, exclusive job opportunities via CV Connect and more.Show more