What PT Course is Right for Me?


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Alexandra Carruthers

So, you have decided to take the plunge and turn your passion for health and fitness into a career you will love. You know you need to get qualified, but how do you choose the right Personal Training course for you?

There are a few things to consider, and a wealth of information available online to help you make the decision. What matters the most to you will be different from other people, but there are a few things that you should be aware of that make for a good, accredited course.

What to Look Out for in Your Personal Trainer Course

Firstly, you need to know what level the course is. For some PT courses, the content is only for a Level 3 Personal Training Diploma, with a prerequisite that you have already completed a relevant Level 2 qualification in something like Gym Instructing.

For most PT courses, a combination of both Level 2 Gym Instructing and Level 3 Personal Training is taught, making the course suitable for complete beginners, and culminating in a full qualification.

Who offers accreditation for the course you are looking at? When it comes to course accreditation, making sure the provider, course and qualification are supported by a recognised body is important. This might be REPs, CIMSPA or UK Active – and that means that potential employers will understand that you have studied the right modules and learned all you need to.

All CIMSPA courses follow a set syllabus, so the content of the PT course will not differ, but it might be delivered in a different way.

Other Differences in PT Courses

These are the differences that are more about personal preferences. Every learner has their own needs when it comes to succeeding in any qualification, so choosing a course based on these is more to do with what suits you.

  • Format: Full Time/Part Time/Online

Intensive full-time courses will end in qualification occurring sooner as a rule, but for those looking to study around other commitments like children or work, part time and online courses might be more suitable.

  • Location

Whether you are taking the course part time or full time, attendance at a training location is easier when it is nearby.

  • Contact Time

Having one-on-one time with your tutor, whether on the phone, via video conferencing or in person is important, especially if you have a query or need extra support. Tuition and support can come from online lectures and tutorials as well as physical demonstration.

  • Price

Although it might seem odd, the most expensive courses are not necessarily the best. Finding the right course at the right place is important – but remember there are often funding options available, from discounts on upfront payment to interest-free instalments and even loans.

Get the Right PT Course with The Fitness Group

We know what you need to be successful in the fitness industry, and our Personal Training courses are created specifically to ensure that you are able to transform your learning into the career you want.

For more information about how learning with The Fitness Group works, get in contact with the team and we would be happy to help you.

Call us today and find the right personal trainer course for you!

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