Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Help people reach their fitness goals as a fully qualified Personal Trainer with the Virgin Active academy.

Become a qualified PT

Benefits of joining

  • Accredited and CIMSPA-endorsed qualification
  • Blended learning experience - face to face and online
  • Industry-leading Academy with modern equipment, gym space and private strength & conditioning studio
  • World-class content developed and delivered by industry experts

What can I teach?

  • Bring together the theory and practical knowledge learned on this course to deliver successful Personal Training that can go on to be taught
  • This course acts as a gateway to other fitness qualifications that will unlock opportunities to progress your career to Expert or Master Trainer within Virgin Active

Job opportunities

  • Guaranteed interview/progression to Virgin Active's world-class leading PT model
  • Access to vacancies across all Virgin Active clubs
  • Our employed Personal Trainers can earn over £55,000 per year outside of London and over £80,000 per year in London, for less than 30 hours per week

Why qualify as a Personal Trainer?

If you love meeting new people and have a passion for fitness, then this could be the best decision you've ever made. Our course in Gym Instructing and Personal Training will develop your skills and knowledge so that you can plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes. Learn the ins and outs of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and how to successfully set up and manage a personal training business.

Why take your Personal Trainer qualification with the Virgin Active academy?

We live and breathe fitness. And because we love nothing more than helping our members live happily ever active, we've hired the absolute best in their field to help kick-off your career in the health and fitness industry.

The course covers everything from nutrition for exercise, to how to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of practical demonstrations, your portfolio of evidence, and a multiple choice examination.

Our 12-week course is accredited by Active IQ and CIMSPA-endorsed, meaning you'll have a nationally recognised qualification to be able to start working as a Personal Trainer. We'll even introduce you to our club teams and we have live vacancies for you to apply to!

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Course breakdown

Cost: £1,950

We also offer both the Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer courses separately.

Level 2 Fitness Instructor: 5 weeks - £750

  • Week 1: Welcome session - Academy and Virgin Brand history, Exercise Library, Virgin PT Career Progression, NASTY
  • Week 2: Face-to-face 1 - Rapport and Consultations, Group Inductions, Exercise Safety
  • Week 3: Face-to-face 2 - Duty of Care, Ethics, Programme Planning
  • Week 4: Face-to-face 3 - Theory and practical workshop
  • Week 5: L2 Assessment and LAP (portfolio) submission

    Level 3 Personal Trainer: 7 weeks - £1,200

  • Week 6: Intro into L3- Case Study, Advanced Training Methods
  • Week 7: Face-to-face 1 - Fitness Appraisals and Testing
  • Week 8: Face-to-face 2 - Food Diary Analysis, Nutrition for Physical Activity
  • Week 9 Face-to-face 3 - Periodisation and Progressive Planning
  • Week 10: Face-to-face 4 - C- ME profiling and Business Acumen
  • Week 11: Face-to-face 5 - Consultations, Goal Setting and PT Workshop
  • Week 12: L3 Assessment and LAP (portfolio) submission
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    Upcoming dates Make your PT dream a reality with the Virgin Active Academy.

    Interested in a combination of face-to-face and practical and webinar session? we've got you covered.

    Our tutor-led​ training takes place every Saturday between 09:00 - 17:00 with support throughout your studies and access to our brand new Learner Management System for group discussions.

    Upcoming start dates:

  • Saturday 23rd September 2023
  • Saturday 28th October 2023
  • Sunday 5th November 2023
  • Saturday 3rd December 2023
  • Sunday 28th January 2024

    Looking for remote learning instead? Explore our Online PT Diploma

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    Extras Take your skill set further by combining some of our courses with your PT training and save yourself hundreds of pounds.

    Level 4 Personal Trainer

  • Level 4 Strength and Conditioning
  • Level 4 Nutrition coach
  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Total cost for all four courses as a package: £3,150.

    PT Nutrition Coach

  • Level 4 Nutrition coach
  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Total cost for all three courses as a package: £2,300.

    Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • Level 4 Strength and Conditioning
  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Total cost for all three courses as a package: £2,654.

    Take your PT career up a level. Interested? Speak to one of our team today.

    Before you join, make sure...

    • You have a good level of physical fitness (this is a hands-on course with practical demonstrations involved!)
    • You have basic skills in communication (discussing, presenting, reading, writing)
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