Master PT: L2 Gym Instruction, L3 & L4 Personal Training & L4 Nutrition

Fast track to become a "Master" PT & Nutrition Coach


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Aimed at aspiring "Master" PT's & Nutrition Coaches, this course package combines the following:

Active IQ Level 2 Gym Instructing, Active IQ Level 3 Personal Training, AIQ Level 3 Nutrition, AIQ Level 4 Advanced Personal Training and RSPH Level 4 Nutrition.

This course is ideal for those who want to become a Master PT & Nutrition Coach

Course Overview

Want to fast track to become an Advanced "Master" Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach?

Our Level 4 Master PT package consists of the Level 3 Gym Instructing & Personal Trainer Diploma (which is CIMSPA endorsed and Ofqual regulated) along with the Active IQ Level 4 Advanced Personal Training and the RSPH Level 4 Nutrition.  This helps you get the certifications you need to become a “Master PT” who is fully a certified Advanced Level Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach!

Our flexible blended learning approach sees home-study, e-learning, webinars, video-tutorials, live practical workshops and ongoing tutor support to allow you to study at your own pace and work around other work and other commitments.

Course Overview

Become a "Master" Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach with one of the UK's leading Fitness Certification providers

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This course comes with unlimited support & fitness education from fitness specialist tutors. This also comes with 20 free Online CPDs and Lifelong Careers Support.

Taking this or any other course with us, will land you a guaranteed interview at The Gym Group, Virgin Active and any other nationwide gym.

Course Overview

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We offer a sensible pricing policy for our personal trainer courses.

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Course Overview

Throughout your course you will study a range of core modules including;

  • Principles of anatomy & physiology (including basic exercise science)
  • Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors
  • Health & safety in the fitness environment
  • Client consultations to support behaviour change & setting fitness goals 
  • Gym-based exercise including cardiovascular & resistance workouts
  • Advanced A&P including exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology etc
  • The principles of nutrition and their application to fitness programmes 
  • Common medical conditions (including those applicable to senior fitness)
  • Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • Design Exercise programs and delivering personal training
  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers
  • Applied techniques to support, enhance and manage the client journey 
  • Progressing clients towards successful achievement of goals 
  • Principles of Nutrition

In terms of assessment you will complete coursework, practical exams and multiple choice theory exams - with unlimited attempts at all assessments at no extra cost! For level 4 PT there will be a 12 week, mentored, work based learning project where you will work with a real client over 12 weeks, collating portfolio evidence as you go and having ongoing viva and presentation assessments with a tutor.

Once complete, whilst the exam board are certifying your achievement, you will benefit from FREE fitness career guidance & PT start up support as well as becoming eligible for a guaranteed interview! Once certified, you can then join CIMSPA at a  discounted rate and we will also cover your joining fee with RSPH membership so you can use the letters MRSPH behind your name.

You will also receive 20 FREE CPD units including: * Tri-Planar Kettlebells, * Suspension Training, * Online PT, * Power Clubs, * Rig Training, * Obesity Myths, * Fuelling Exercise, Ketogenic Dieting, Plant based Diet,  and MORE!

(Please note that the free online CPD is provided, at no extra cost, direct from the awarding organisation. This CPD contains learning material for professional development and does not lead to a formal qualification)

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Qualification summary:

L3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training

Units: 11

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) = 294

Total Qualification Time (TQT) = 660

CIMSPA Endorsed CPD Points: 10

L4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training

Units: 2

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) = 155

Total Qualification Time (TQT) = 270

L4 Award in Nutrition 

Units: 1

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) = 35

Total Qualification Time (TQT) = 65

CIMSPA CPD Points: 10

1: How do I become a personal trainer?
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.

2: Are your Personal Trainer Courses Internationally recognised?
Our Personal Trainer courses are awarded by Active IQ, regulated by Ofqual and endorsed by CIMSPA. Anyone with a CIMSPA Personal Training qualification is eligible to join EREPS who will advise on international portability of health & fitness qualifications across Europe. 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.

3: What courses do I need to complete to become a personal trainer?
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.

4: What previous experience do I need to become a personal trainer?
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.

5: How long does it take to complete one of your personal trainer courses?
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.

6: Do I need experience in the health & fitness industry to become a personal trainer?
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.

7: How much can I earn as a personal trainer?
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.

8: What governing boards are your personal training courses accredited by?
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).

9: How long has Study Active been offering personal training courses?
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.

10: Do you provide personal training courses near me?
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.

11: Can I work as a PT in any gym with this personal training qualification? 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.

12: Are your personal training courses online?
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.

13: Can I study part-time to become a personal trainer?
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.

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Hanan Taylor
Positive and supportive.

My experience with Study Active was positive and supportive. I found their resources easily accessible, and the ability to learn at my own pace was valuable. Whenever I needed assistance, I received the help I needed.

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Using study active was brilliant, it had all the materials needed, was efficient and the course work and training materials were easy to navigate. The tutors were helpful, warm and very punctual with their feedback. I was in full time employment while learning and my tutors supported this and gave me no pressure on deadlines.

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The experience has been very positive. The teaching was effective and I was able to do it at my own pace. The contact from tutors was very useful.

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I reached out to Study Active who provided me with a good understanding of what to expect on the course and how I would need to show up in order to get the best out of it. The tutors are ready and available as much as needed and are very flexible and patient with your progress. They can tailor the way they support you around your work/life commitments and are very approachable and friendly. The practical exams were very supportive and hands-on and accommodating. I could not recommend Study Active enough and I will forever be grateful and appreciative of all their help and support. Thank you.

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