Study Active are an ELCAS Approved Provider of Personal Training Qualifications

Study Active is delighted to be able to offer funding for existing and former MoD Personnel who are eligible for the ELCAS Scheme. This provides a funded route for those leaving the forces to pursue a career as a Personal Trainer. 


What course is eligible? 

ELCAS will only fund courses at Level 3 or above so the following courses are eligible for funding. 

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training 

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (for those who already have Level 2 Gym Instructing).

Active IQ Level 3 Supporting Clients with Long Term Conditions (formerly Exercise Referral)

Active IQ Level 3 Supporting Pre & Post Natal Clients with Exercise & Nutrition 

Active IQ Level 4 Physical Activity & Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain

Active IQ Level 4 Advanced Personal Training 


(Any combination of these courses as a "bundle" is possible, please speak to us about this).


How much funding? 

ELCAS will fund 80% of a training course, up to the value of the amounts accrued. There is always a need for a 20% personal contribution, so the lesser the price of the course, the lesser the personal contribution would be. For example our Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training is £1248. This would be funded as follows:

Total Price (inc VAT)

£1248.00

ELCAS contribution

£998.40

Personal Contribution

£249.60

How do I apply?

  • Firstly, please contact us to have a chat about the course to make sure it is the course for you. Then if you are interested, you will need to make sure you are eligible for ELCAS funding (your Education centre will be able to advise you).

  • You will then need to complete am Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) form with the course details. You can obtain this form from us and we can guide you on completing it as there will be specific information like dates that need inputting.

  • You will then need to send your completed ELC form to ELCAS for approval.

  • Once approved you will receive a Claim Authorisation Note (CAN) from ELCAS. This needs to be forwarded to us. Once received we will need to take payment for 20% of the course fee from you.

  • Once the 20% payment is received and we are in receipt of the CAN, then you can start your course!

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Our ELCAS Funded Courses

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma

Gym Instruction & Personal Training

  • Level 3 qualification in Gym Instructing & Personal Training (incorporating all aspects of Level 2 Gym & Level 3 PT)

  • Flexible online learning with practical workshops & Fast track option!

  • Includes Nutrition, Core, Advanced Resistance & CV Training

  • Fully CIMSPA endorsed qualification

  • ELCAS Funding approved course

  • Guaranteed interview & career guidance and support

Become a fully qualified CIMSPA Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. This qualification enables you to work in Gyms, Health Clubs or build your own PT business. Flexible online study with dedicated practical support. No prerequisites, start now and complete as quick as you wish!


  • This Level 3 Personal Training course option is for existing Level 2 Gym Instructors

  • Complete as soon as you wish via flexible online study with practical support

  • Modules include Nutrition, Planning / Delivering PT sessions & A&P

  • Fully CIMSPA endorsed qualification

  • ELCAS Funding approved course 

  • Career guidance and guaranteed interview scheme included plus career support

This course is for those who already possess Level 2 Gym Instructing and wish to become a Personal Trainer. This course will open doors such as working with advanced clients or running your own PT business. Study is via e-learning with practical workshops to support you. 


Active IQ L3 Diploma in Supporting Clients 

with Long-term Conditions

  • CIMSPA endorsed course

  • Flexible, online, blended learning - wrap around your lifestyle

  • Unlimited support and practical tuition from industry expert tutors

  • Cost effective prices 

  • ELCAS Funding approved course

  • Careers Support

This qualification aims to train existing fitness professionals to be competent in supporting a client referred by a GP, who is suffering from a long term health condition. The course will explore physiological and psychological considerations of range of conditions including diabetes, hypertension, arteritis, osteoporosis, COPD and mental illness.

Active IQ L3 Award in Supporting Pre & Postnatal Clients with Exercise & Nutrition

  • CIMSPA endorsed course

  • Flexible, online, blended learning - wrap around your lifestyle

  • Unlimited support and practical tuition from industry expert tutors

  • ELCAS Funding approved course or use 0% finance

  • Cost effective prices 

  • Careers Support

This qualification aims to train existing Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers to be professionally competent in training a pre/post natal client. The course will explore physiological and psychological considerations and will give students the skills and knowledge needed to design and deliver programmes for the pre and post natal population.

Active IQ Level 4 Certificate 

in Advanced Personal Training

  • Advanced Personal Trainer Certification 

  • Flexible, online, blended learning - wrap around your lifestyle

  • Unlimited support and practical tuition from industry expert tutors

  • Cost effective prices 

  • ELCAS Funding approved course

  • Careers Support

This qualification aims to train existing fitness professionals to be competent in supporting a client referred by a GP, who is suffering from a long term health condition. The course will explore physiological and psychological considerations of range of conditions including diabetes, hypertension, arteritis, osteoporosis, COPD and mental illness.

Active IQ L4 Certificate in Physical Activity & Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain

  • Specialist Level 4 course

  • Flexible, online, blended learning - wrap around your lifestyle

  • Unlimited support and practical tuition from industry expert tutors

  • ELCAS Funding approved course 

  • Cost effective prices 

  • Careers Support

This qualification aims to train existing Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers to be professionally competent in training a pre/post natal client. The course will explore physiological and psychological considerations and will give students the skills and knowledge needed to design and deliver programmes for the pre and post natal population.