Active IQ Level 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 Personal Trainer with Virgin Active

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.

Virgin Active Academy, Personal Training

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.

You will learn:

  • 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 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.

Safety Training Awards
CIMSPA Award

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)

Find your future with the Virgin Active academy

Make your PT dream a reality today!

Cost: £1,950

If you fancy a combination of face-to-face and practical and webinar sessions, 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.

Level 2 Fitness Instructor: 5 weeks - Sunday 17th July - Sunday 14th August

  • Week 1: Welcome webinar
  • Week 2: Face-to-face - Resources & assessment plan, principles of fitness, member/instructor relationship
  • Week 3: Face-to-face - Exam revision, programme design, Health & safety and Instructing
  • Week 4: Face-to-face - Consultations, setting up a session, exercise explanations, session planning
  • Week 5: Webinar - Exam preparation, self-evaluation, Q&A, feedback
  • Week 5: Face-to-face - Assessments (at scheduled time)
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer: 7 weeks - Sunday 21st August - Sunday 2nd October

  • Week 6: Welcome webinar
  • Week 7: Face-to-face - Gym instructor and PT comparison, PT roles & responsibilities, case study, revision for exams
  • Week 8: Face-to-face - Fitness testing; group/paired, muscular strength, endurance & power, recording and reviewing, revision prep
  • Week 9 Face-to-face - Assignment; consultation activity
  • Week 10: Face-to-face - Workshop; case study and LAP (Learner Achievement), continuous assessments; consultation & group session
  • Week 11: Face-to-face - Business acumen, recommendations for technology
  • Week 12: Webinar - Final assessment prep
  • Week 12: Face-to-face - Assessments (at scheduled time)
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