Personal Trainer Courses & Fitness Instructor Qualifications

Fit4Training offer flexible, quality fitness instructor courses to enable you to achieve fitness instructor and personal trainer qualifications and start your career in the fitness industry. Our mission statement and company objectives clearly highlight our commitment to providing high standard education.

Accredited Qualifications
Our experts deliver Level 2, 3 and 4 health & fitness qualifications, which are awarded by YMCA Awards or Active IQ and are also recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Whether you aspire to become a Gym Instructor,  Exercise to Music Instructor, Personal Trainer or a Special Populations Specialist, we have the course for you! You can find our full list of qualifications here.

Professionally Delivered
All Fit4Training tutors and assessors are fully qualified and undertake regular CPD to help us continue to improve - check out The Team page for details on all of us. We are regulated by Ofsted and take great pride in our friendly, personable service.

Flexible Study Method
Taught, blended-learning, online-learning and distance learning options are available. Funding is also often available for Apprenticeships. We currently have instructors studying with us all around the UK including, Birmingham, West Midlands, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Shropshire, Brighton, East Sussex, Kent, Herefordshire, and Worcester, with our main training centre located in Telford, Shropshire. 

What fitness qualification do you need?

When it comes to deciding that you want work in the fitness industry, establishing what qualifications you need and then choosing which course to do can be a giant minefield of information.

Ultimately though, there is much less to choose from than you actually may think!

Certificate in Fitness Instructing
In order to enter the fitness industry, you need to complete the standard Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing in the context of Gym/Exercise to Music/ Aqua/ Children's Fitness. You would obviously choose the context based on what area of fitness you would like to work in.

Certificate in Personal Training
If you've completed your Fitness Instructor qualification in the context of Gym, you may well then want to progress onto the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training qualification. These are sometimes bolted together to form what's called a Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training. It may look like you are by-passing the Level 2 qualification, but you're not. You would still complete all of the Level 2 units as well as the Level 3 units.

You would need to add up financially if you were better off paying and completing these separately versus booking and completing together as the Diploma...

At Fit4Training, we choose to run the courses separately as we feel it's important to learn and absorb, and sometimes gain experience as a Level 2 Instructor prior to progressing to Level 3. We do, however offer you the ability to book both courses together and receive a 30% discount off the Level 2. This actually applies to ANY combination of courses you would like to enrol on.

You then have the option to look into more advanced/specific qualifications/ CPD courses....

A 'qualification' is a course which is accredited by an awarding body, such as YMCA Awards (formally CYQ) or Active IQ and is worth 20 REPs points.

Any other course or training offered by a training provider, which is either REPs accredited (worth between 1 and 16 REPs points) or non-accredited, can be defined as a 'CPD course'. Unless you are a member of REPs, CPD courses are not essential, but if you wish to keep your knowledge and services up to date, then progressing or specialising is highly recommended to stand out above the crowd!

Progressing Your Career
Some qualifications or CPD courses you can choose to progress onto include;

  • Exercise Referral
  • Pre/Postnatal
  • Sports Massage Therapy
  • Kettlebells
  • TRX
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Outdoor Fitness/Bootcamps
  • Step Exercise to Music (coming soon to Fit4Training)
  • Business Skills for Fitness Professionals
  • Less Mills (Body Pump/Body Combat/ Body Attack etc.)

Dispelling the 'MASTER TRAINER' myth...
Basically, there is no such fitness qualification. A course that has been classified as a Master Trainer Diploma or Advanced Personal Trainer is purely a combination of different qualifications or CPD. You may have also come across courses called Special Populations Diploma or similar, however this is quite often a combination of the Personal Trainer, Exercise Referral, and Pre/Postnatal qualifications.

Be sure to establish exactly what qualifications/CPD a 'packaged' course includes.

Another thing to consider when enrolling on a course, is the study methods. Despite the content of fitness industry courses being exactly the same, the learning and teaching methods can vary widely. They could be, for example;

  • fully taught intensive courses involving weeks of attendance, often consecutive;
  • fully taught courses over a long period of time but maybe on 1/2 - 1 day a week (typical for colleges);
  • blended learning, involving both home/online learning plus attendance to taught workshops;
  • online courses, involving home/online learning plus a practical day.

Choosing what method is best for you depends on many factors such as your availability, how you learn best, how much your willing to pay etc.

Most of our courses at Fit4Training are blended learning. We feel that this is the correct balance and gives you the opportunity to gain direct input from a tutor/assessor, whilst having the flexibility of home learning and no strict schedule. We pride ourselves on the fact that our courses are designed so that they are both value for money and offer a way of learning that suits busy lifestyles.

#Success Story - Pete Rumbold builds a successful career in Stroke Rehabilitation

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"After having a stroke in 2011, I felt very let down with the Stroke Care Pathway, and help with rehabilitation was non existent. I was housebound for 4 months and with my previous gym knowledge I developed my own fitness program. After 4 months, I was able to return to the gym and further my recovery.

I decided my future was in Stroke Rehabilitation, and started training towards qualifications I needed. I completed a lengthy Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification at my local further education college, so when looking to progress to a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, I decided to look for a private education company.

Is distance learning right for me?

Is a course which involves distance learning the right type of course for me?

The quality of online education over recent years has improved significantly and more and more training organisations are becoming aware of the need for flexible training.

Distance learning is individually paced giving you the opportunity to study materials at your personal speed and intensity without having to wait for slower pace of the average classroom. You may also find that you benefit from the ability to go over things more than once, which you may not get in a classroom environment.

Want to work in the fitness industry?

We have many enquiries each week from individuals wanting to change career or start their career in the fitness industry but are unsure where to start. We thought we'd focus this next post on just that!

The minimum 'entry' qualification is the Level 2 Fitness Instructor. Depending on your goal and the area of fitness you want to work in, you can complete this qualification in the context of;
  • Gym Instructing
  • Exercise to Music 
  • Aqua 
  • Children's Fitness

Your route to becoming a Sports Massage Therapist....Qualifications are changing!

Being a Sports Massage Therapist is a very varied occupation. You could be providing immediate first aid,  attending to injuries in a recreational, training and competitive environment. You would be responsible for assessing, treating and, where appropriate, referring on to other specialist interventions and providing sports massage pre and post activity. You would need to utilise your knowledge of the principles of exercise and sport to design and implement approproate rehabilitation and injury prevention programmes.

#SuccessStory - Emily Cooke stamping her mark on the fitness industry!

Emily Cooke started her fitness journey by completing a Spin Instructor course and started teaching at her local gym. She quickly got the fitness bug and wanted to teach other classes. She studied the Level 2 Exercise to Music and the Level 2 Gym Instructor with Fit4Training in June/July 2014.