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Study Active – The UK Leading Personal Trainer Course Provider

Study Active, the exclusive home of Premier Global, is the UK leading Fitness Education & Personal Trainer Course provider. Our award-winning fitness education has seen us crowned the 2023/24 ukactive Education Provider of the Year as well as being awarded the highly prestigious “Enhancing” quality rating by CIMSPA.

Our Ofqual regulated, CIMSPA Endorsed qualifications includes Level 2 Gym Instructing Courses, Level 3 Personal Trainer Courses and Level 4 courses in Personal Training & Nutrition.

All of our Fitness Education courses are accredited by Active IQ who are the fitness sector’s leading awarding body.

Using our industry-leading online & blended learning, Study Active have students all over the UK all who receive unrivalled tutor support and options for practical including face to face or using video.

  • 2023 ukactive Education Provider of the Year

  • CIMSPA endorsed "Enhancing" rated Personal Trainer certification

  • Internationally recognised Active IQ PT qualifications (Ofqual Regulated)

  • Fasttrack in under 16 weeks to become a Personal Trainer

  • 0% Finance available from £27 p/w

  • Guaranteed interview & Career Support

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Why are Study Active the leading Personal Trainer Course Provider?

Study Active are the UK’s leading provider of Fitness Education courses and Personal Trainer qualifications. We are Active IQ’s largest centre and are also a “Enhancing” rated CIMSPA Education Partner.

As the 2023/24 ukactive Education Provider of the Year, our Fitness Education programme is very much recognised and valued by gyms all over the country. We work extensively with national gyms such as The Gym Group, Everyone Active and Nuffield to ensure that our delivery is impactful and fit for purpose as well as providing direct routes into employment for our Personal Trainer course graduates.

Study Active is one of the most established and recognised Personal Trainer Course providers in the country with an outstanding reputation that sees us work with individuals, gyms and communities throughout the UK.

We also work with the MoD, the NHS, The Fire Service and various other nationwide Government authorities which reaffirms our status of being one of the most trusted Personal Trainer course providers around.

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Start your Personal Trainer & Fitness Career!

Your fitness career start now! Enrol on your Personal Trainer Course with the ukactive Education Provider of the Year – Study Active! We have achieved the prestigious "Enhancing" standard by CIMSPA (the highest CIMSPA quality accolade), so why settle for second best? Whichever fitness disciplines interests you, we have a course for you, including Gym Instructing, Personal Training, Nutrition, GP Referral, Pre & Post Natal or Mental Health. Remember we work with individuals and gyms nationally with learners all over the UK! We also have different study options including online, full time, part time or fast track! And remember for your practical you can come to us for live coaching/assessments or use video assessment! Once qualified you will receive fitness career support, FREE CPD and a Guaranteed Interview at a top national gym!
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Our Guide to Qualifying as a Personal Trainer or Fitness Professional

  1. Enrol on a course

  2. We allocate you a personal tutor

  3. Study online learning modules

  4. Regular Skype tutorials

  5. Submit your course work

  6. Practical Workshops (optional)

  7. Pass your exams!

  8. Guaranteed interview at a national gym


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Frequently Asked Questions

Firstly, if you are considering becoming a Personal Trainer, make sure you choose a CIMSPA approved training provider who offers courses for Personal Trainer qualifications. This should be checked on the CIMSPA website (please see our blog on this here). Then look at what fitness industry awarding body that the provider you are looking at uses – the largest and most recognisable in the fitness sector is Active IQ. Then you will need to do a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing (which will qualify you as a Gym-based Instructor) followed by a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (which will allow you to work as an independent Personal Trainer). With Study Active you can do these as one big course which is our most popular option. There is the option to opt for a higher-level package which includes Level 4 Advanced Personal Training and/or RSPH Level 4 Nutrition, however, whilst very useful development, such Level 4 qualifications are not essential to start off as a PT

Our Personal Trainer courses are awarded by Active IQ, regulated by Ofqual and endorsed by CIMSPA. Due to our courses for Personal Trainer qualifications carrying these prestigious accreditation and associations this mean that there are many countries throughout the world that will fully recognise these fitness qualifications. Indeed, there is no Personal Training qualification that we know of in the UK which is more internationally recognised than ours. You are of course always advised to check with the local fitness regulators for any specific country you wish to work in.

To become a Personal Trainer, you will first need to complete a Gym Instructor qualification – however with Study Active you can do both Gym Instructing and Personal Training as one big course - this is our most popular option. Once qualified as a Personal Trainer you will then have the option to undertake additional fitness qualifications such as RSPH level 4 Nutrition. You may also wish to continue your professional development by studying additional qualifications such as Supporting Clients with Long-term Conditions or Pre & Post Natal exercise.

Whilst there is no official prerequisite, in terms of experience to qualify as a Personal Trainer it is highly recommended that a professional Personal Trainer for fitness has had at least some experience of the fitness industry in a gym-based setting. Often our students decide to get some paid or unpaid gym-based instructing experience whilst studying (this is not mandatory but can be useful) whilst others, upon completing their PT course, start off working in a Gym as an Instructor whilst building up PT clients. There is no hard and fast rule here of course and everyone is different. The main thing is that, before commencing work as a PT, that one feels both comfortable and competent. There are then of course additional fitness courses that we offer as you progress within the fitness industry.

The time taken to complete our Personal trainer course is largely up to you. Some people complete the Gym Instructor & PT course “fast track” in as little as five weeks whilst others may take several months of part-time study – it is absolutely dependent on things like previous fitness knowledge and the weekly study hours that you can commit to. Most of our Gym & PT student study part time and qualify as a Personal Trainer within 3-6 months, however those adding additional fitness courses to their package will naturally take longer.

The only prerequisites to join our Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer course are an active interest in fitness and a positive attitude to learning. You will learn all there is to know to get started as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. Whilst experience is not a mandatory part of the actual qualification (and many of our students already have some experience under their belt), it is recommended that you immerse yourself in as much health & fitness sector exposure as possible to optimise your own development as a fitness professional.

This really depends on many factors such as what area you operate in, what services you offer, what experience you have etc. A newly qualified Personal Trainer for fitness may charge as little as £20-25 p/h. An established PT may well charge £35-50 p/h whilst a nationally renowned elite PT (which does not happen overnight!) may charge £60-80 p/h or more! It is important to remember that these figures are based on self-employed income, you will not find a gym paying the above figures as a salary, more so these are the amounts that PT’s can charge their own clients on a self employed basis.

Study Active first started delivering courses to be a Personal Trainer and/or Gym Instructor in 2012 making us one of the longest operating training providers of courses for personal trainer qualifications in the UK fitness industry. Since then, the company has grown considerably to where it is today. Study Active is now one of the leading providers of Personal Trainer for fitness courses in the country.

Study Active has students all over the UK studying our fitness courses to be a Personal Trainer. This is possible as we use a considerable amount of innovation and technology to allow you to study remotely via e-learning, digital resources, webinars, skype tutorials etc. We recommend that students visit us for gym-based practical input & assessments at our base in Hertfordshire. Alternatively, you may wish to record your practical assessments in a gym near to you and send to us on video.

Our PT course is awarded by Active IQ, regulated by Ofqual and endorsed by CIMSPA. For this reason, in the UK, you will not find a more recognised PT qualification. As a result, any gym in the UK (and many abroad) will accept this Personal Trainer qualification. Some Personal Trainers will look to become employed as a Gym Instructor within a Gym (on a salary) whilst they then train PT clients privately alongside this at the same gym. Other Personal Trainers may decide to operate their PT business from a gym so they have a base there. Remember being a Personal Trainer is usually a self-employed position so using a gym’s facility will usually mean paying that gym some rent.

Our nationally recognised online courses to be a Personal Trainer are delivered via blended learning. This means you study your Personal Trainer course using online learning and a wealth of digital resources whilst also being remotely supported by fitness tutors via webinars, skype/telephone tutorials and emails. For practical assessments you can either come into us for practical input and assessments or you can record your gym and PT practical assessments and send them to us on video.

Our accredited blended learning courses to be a Personal Trainer can be studied full or part time as the amount of study hours that you put in are entirely up to you. For example, someone may study their Gym & PT course for 40 hours a week and complete in a few short weeks, whilst the next person may put in 10 hours a week and complete over a few months - it really is totally subjective to the individual student as to how long they take to qualify as a Personal Trainer.

Our courses for Personal Trainer qualifications are awarded by Active IQ who are the largest and most prestigious awarding body in the fitness sector. In addition to this our courses are regulated by Ofqual and endorsed by CIMSPA. Importantly Study Active is also a CIMSPA endorsed Training Provider – this is of the utmost important (please see our blog on this here). Further Study Active are a UK Active member and also have associations with the RSPH, Association for Nutrition and the National Register of Personal Trainer (NRPT).