Level 2 & 3 Online Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Help people achieve healthy and active lifestyles with our online Gym Instructing and Personal Training course.

Course cost: £999

Course highlights

  • An accredited and CIMSPA-endorsed qualification
  • Study from anywhere in the UK
  • Access to 1-2-1 support from tutors
  • Participate in online group surgeries and live webinars
  • Ability to pay upfront, or in instalments

What can I teach?

  • Combine the theory and practical knowledge from this course to deliver successful Personal Training in key areas such as strength and conditioning
  • This course acts as a gateway to other fitness qualifications that will unlock opportunities to progress your career as a Fitness Instructor

What's in it for me?

  • Guaranteed interview/progression within Virgin Active
  • Access to vacancies across all Virgin Active clubs located nearest to you
  • Our employed PT's 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?

Distance learning doesn't have to be a daunting experience. If you have a passion for fitness and want to help others achieve their fitness goals, then this online Personal Training course is the perfect way to get into the industry from the comfort of your own environment. 

Using the same industry-leading material from our face-to-face Gym Instructing and Personal Training course, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes with the support of our experienced tutors.

Why take an online PT course with the Virgin Active academy?

Our online Personal Training course is designed to be taken from anywhere. We will provide you with instant access to top-of-the-range course materials, including live online webinars to help you achieve your full potential when studying remotely.

This course covers:

  • Nutrition for exercise, health and fitness
  • Lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing
  • How to assess a client’s current health and fitness status
  • How to plan and conduct physical activity sessions, within a variety of environments using multiple resources
  • How to communicate with and effectively build successful relationships with your clients and other health care professionals
  • How to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis
  • How to manage, evaluate and improve your own performance

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by our experienced team of professionals through video submission. In just 14 weeks, you'll have completed a course accredited by Active IQ and CIMSPA-endorsed, meaning you'll have a nationally recognised qualification to be able to start working as a certified Personal Trainer.

We'll also introduce you to our club teams and have live vacancies for you to apply for to help get your career off the ground.

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Course & cost breakdown

Cost: £999

Make your PT dream a reality in just 12 weeks through online study.

Did you know?

Our Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification can also be purchased separately:

  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification costs £385
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification costs £614

    Level 2 Fitness Instructor: 5 weeks

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

    Level 3 Personal Trainer: 7 weeks

  • Week 6: Intro into L3- Case Study, Advanced Training Methods
  • Week 7: Fitness Appraisals and Testing
  • Week 8: Food Diary Analysis, Nutrition for Physical Activity
  • Week 9 Periodisation and Progressive Planning
  • Week 10: C- ME profiling and Business Acumen
  • Week 11: Consultations, Goal Setting and PT Workshop
  • Week 12: L3 Assessment and LAP (portfolio) submission
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    Upcoming dates

    Training runs between 5pm-8pm each week with group online surgeries and the opportunity to book 121 time with tutors for extra support.

    Learners will also gain access to our brand-new Learner Management System.

    Upcoming course dates:

  • Wednesday 25th October - Wednesday 17th January 2024
  • Thursday 30th November - Tuesday 5th March 2024
  • Speak to our team about signing up and join our growing team of fitness professionals. We'll also send you your free Virgin Active Academy T-shirt once enrolled.  

    Looking for face-to-face learning instead? Explore our 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: £2,298 .

    PT Nutrition Coach

  • Level 4 Nutrition coach
  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Total cost for all three courses as a package: £1,299.

    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: £1,798.

    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
    • You have basic skills in communication (discussing, presenting, reading, writing)
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