The Virgin Active Academy

Join the Virgin Active Academy for your next career move within the fitness industry. Based in Mansion House, London and online, access accredited courses across Group Exercise, Personal Training, Swim, Lifesaving, Health & Safety, and Mental Health First Aid.

academy benefits

unlock career opportunities

Most of your training will take place in our purpose-built Virgin Active Academy, and we’ve got plenty of job opportunities to help you seal the deal in your brand new career. Upon graduating, you'll be eligible to interview with one of our clubs.

in the club

From gym to swim, live the Virgin Active lifestyle during your time with our Academy. As a learner, you'll get a number of complimentary passes dependent on your course to enjoy access to our top-of-the-range clubs. Tempting? We thought so!

works for you

Our blended learning approach combines online teaching, interactive webinars, face-to-face theory and practical training to develop cutting-edge skills.

get in touch

Ready to take your career to the next level? Register your interest today, give us a call on 020 8164 6510 or email us to find out more.

take your business to the next level

Courses fit for business

We can help take care of your corporate training needs with our range of industry accredited qualifications.

Why choose the Virgin Active Academy for my team?

✓ Bespoke courses for teams of 6 or more, held at your place or ours

✓ Corporate membership discounts available

✓ Develop your teams' skills at our industry-leading Academy with state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of the city

✓ Bag some complimentary guest passes and work out the Virgin Active way

What courses are available?

✓ Pool Emergency Responder - £220 pp - Find out more

✓ Emergency First Aid at Work - £150 pp - Find out more

✓ Fire Marshall Training - £175 pp - Find out more

✓ Mental Health First Aid - £300 pp - Find out more

Personal Training and Group Exercise courses

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Let's make your PT dream come true!

✔ Accredited and CIMSPA-endorsed qualification

✔ Train in an industry leading state-of-the-art Academy

✔ Guaranteed interview/progression with Virgin Active upon completion

✔ 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.

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    Active IQ Level 2 award in instructing studio cycling

    Find your groove as a qualified Cycle Instructor.

    ✔ Accredited and CIMSPA and Active iQ-endorsed qualification

    ✔ Access to job vacancies available at Virgin Active clubs upon completion

    ✔ Fully immersive training using state-of-the-art facilities

    ✔ Earning potential ranges from £23 to 40 per class depending on location.

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      Dynamic Reformer Pilates

      Lengthen and Strengthen your class as a certified Reformer Pilates Instructor.

      ✔ Designed by the head of Pilates at Virgin Active UK

      ✔ Become a certified Reformer Pilates instructor upon completion

      ✔ Earn from £23 to £40 per class depending on location.

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        Boxing Foundation

        Jab, cross and hook as you upskill your boxing and pad work technique.

        ✔ CIMSPA-endorsed certification

        ✔ 4-day course developed by professional boxer and boxing coach at Virgin Active UK

        ✔ Earn from £23 to 40 per class depending on location.

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          Swim courses

          STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming

          Nail the essential skills and knowledge required to become a successful Swim Instructor.

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          STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming

          Take those skills gained from the Level 2 Award in Swimming Instructing up a notch.

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          STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic teaching – Baby & Pre-School

          Help the little ones become confident swimmers as a baby and pre-school Swim Instructor.

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          Life Saving courses

          STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding

          Learn all there is to know about lifeguarding and help make an impact as a qualified Lifeguard.

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          STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder

          Learn the essential skills in helping to prevent poolside emergencies in this CIMSPA-endorsed qualification.

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          Health and Safety courses

          Mental Health Aid England

          Spot the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions as a certified Mental Health First Aider.

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          STA Level 2 Award for Fire Marshall Training

          Become a qualified Fire Marshall in your organisation with our one-day course.

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          STA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

          Learn the essential skills needed to become an Emergency First Aider in your organisation.

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