Active IQ 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.

Become a qualified Personal Trainer with Virgin Active

Benefits of joining

  • Get certified with 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
  • Ability to pay upfront, or in 3, 6, 9 monthly installments

What can I teach?

  • Bring together 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 or Personal Trainer

Job opportunities

  • Guaranteed interview/progression to Virgin Active's world-class leading PT model
  • Access to vacancies across all Virgin Active clubs located nearest to you
  • 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?

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.

Online PT Diploma, Virgin Active

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.

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 through online study.

Cost: £999

Did you know?

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

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

    Training consists of 2 hours per week of group online surgeries, with the opportunity to book 121 time with tutors for extra support.

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

    Level 2 Fitness Instructor: 7 weeks - Tuesday 20th September - Tuesday 18th October

  • Week 1: Welcome session – Academy and Virgin Brand history, Virgin PT Career Progression
  • Week 2: Webinar session 1 – Rapport and Consultations, Group Inductions, Exercise Safety
  •     Webinar Functional Training – Exercise Library, NASTY

  • Week 3: Webinar session 2 – Duty of Care, Ethics, Health & Safety
  •     Webinar Functional Training – Programme Planning, Group inductions

  • Week 4: Webinar session 3 – Theory, Professionalism
  •     Webinar Functional Training - Practical workshop

  • Week 5: Assessment and LAP (portfolio) submission - Final Level 2 assessment
  • Weeks 6-7: Assessment submission
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer: 7 weeks - Tuesday 8th November - Tuesday 20th December

  • Week 8: Welcome to L3 Session – Case Study, Advanced Training Methods
  • Week 9: Webinar session 1 – Fitness Appraisals and Testing
  •     Webinar Functional Training

  • Week 10: Webinar session 2 – Food Diary Analysis, Nutrition for Physical Activity
  •     Webinar Functional Training

  • Week 11 Webinar session 3 – Periodisation and Progressive Planning
  •     Webinar Functional Training

  • Week 12: Webinar session 4 – Business Acumen, Communication styles
  •     Webinar Functional Training

  • Week 13: Webinar session 5 – Consultations, Goal setting and PT Workshop
  •     Webinar Functional Training

  • Week 14: Final Level 3 assessment and LAP (portfolio) submission
  • Sign up today and join our growing team of fitness professionals. We'll also send you your free Virgin Active Academy T-shirt once enrolled!

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