The UK's leader in Fitness Education

Diploma in Fitness Instructing & Personal Training


Flexible online study

Optional face-to-face workshops


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£1800 £1200


This comprehensive CIMSPA approved course, delivered 100% online in the UK and around the world, teaches the key skills required for the modern Personal Trainer. Learn exercise programme creation, Nutrition, fitness psychology, Marketing and more. Combines Level 2 + Level 3 Personal Training.

Our graduates are working in some of the biggest gyms globally

Industry Leading Personal
Trainer course

The Fitness Circle have 26 years’ experience in qualifying Personal Trainers and fitness professionals. Enrolling onto our CIMSPA endorsed course means you’ll be working with a serviced-focused, experienced provider that continue to keep up with the latest sports science research.

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Program learning outcomes and content

  • Level 2 - Anatomy, Physiology and Fitness

    Level 2 – Principles of Anatomy, Physiology and Fitness

    Module info & overview

    An understanding of anatomy & physiology in relation to exercise is essential foundation knowledge for all fitness professionals. Understanding the benefits and demands of the body will help with programme writing.

    • Skeletal and Neuromuscular system and the effects of exercise
    • Cardiovascular and respirator systems
    • Energy production and the effects of exercise
    • Components of fitness and its effects on the body
    • Special populations
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  • Level 2 - Client consultations

    Level 2 – Client consultations

    Module info & overview

    Before you plan a gym-based exercise session you must plan it. Understanding how and what information to get from your client will improve the effectiveness of your sessions highly.

    • Know how to consult and support clients to change exercise behaviour
    • Technology and how it can support exercise adherence
    • Know the established protocols for health screening and fitness assessments
    • Be able to consult and support clients
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  • Level 2 - Professionalism & customer care

    Level 2 – Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors

    Module info & overview

    As the fitness industry continues to grow, it is important that you fully understand the customer and have confidence to support them in achieving their goals.

    • Understand the legal and professional requirements
    • Identify some of the products and services that can be offered
    • Learn effective strategies for communication, how to be approachable and how to interact in certain situations
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  • Level 2 - Health and safety

    Level 2 – Health and safety in a fitness environment

    Module info & overview

    Health and safety is of prime importance in every industry. In this unit you’ll understand the your responsibilities and limitations with regard to duty of care

    • Health and safety in workplace
    • Hazards and risks in a fitness environment
    • Emergency operating procedures
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  • Level 3 - Applied anatomy and physiology

    Level 2 – Client consultations

    Module info & overview

    Recognise and understand each of the anatomical systems and how they relate to the physiological functions associated with exercise health and fitness.

    • Function of the cardiovascular, skeletal and digestive systems in relation to fitness
    • Learn about the myofascial, nervous and endocrine systems and their application to fitness
    • Energy systems related to physical activity, health and fitness
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  • Level 3 - Nutrition

    Level 3 – Nutrition

    Module info & overview

    Understand and apply the underpinning principles of nutrition, guidelines for eating a balanced and healthy diet and the additional nutrient requirements for active individuals

    • Understand how to access credible information about nutrition
    • Terminology, how nutrients fuel & recover after physical activity, and the risks of poor nutritional practices
    • Learn how to estimate daily energy and nutritional requirements for clients with different goals
    • Be able to analyse a client’s dietary habits and identify areas for improvement
    • Apply nutritional principles when developing exercise and lifestyle programmes for clients
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  • Level 3 - Lifestyle and medical conditions

    Level 3 – Lifestyle, health and common medical conditions

    Module info & overview

    Understand the different factors and common medical conditions that can affect a client’s health and wellbeing and the impact it may have on your programme

    • Commonly occurring medical conditions
    • How lifestyle factor affects a client’s health and wellbeing
    • Know when to risk-stratify and when to refer clients
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  • Level 3 - Programme design and delivery

    Level 3 – Programme design and delivery

    Module info & overview

    Be able to create safe and effective progressive personal training sessions for a range of different clients.

    • Principles of personal training programme design
    • Learn about periodisation
    • Understand the boundaries of pre and postnatal women and older clients
    • Designing and adapting programmes
    • How to monitor your sessions
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  • Level 3 - Encouragement & behaviours

    Level 3 – Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients

    Module info & overview

    Utilise a range of methods that can encourage positive health and fitness behaviours

    • Learn the techniques use to effectively communicate with clients
    • Technology usage to increase client's physical activityand respirator systems
    • Create positive environments to empower clients to meet their goals
    • Goal setting
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  • Level 3 - Business and Marketing

    Level 3 – Business and Marketing

    Module info & overview

    Get the business and marketing know-how, essential for Personal Trainers in an employed and self-employed role

    • Marketing techniques and tactics
    • How to close a sale
    • Legal and professional requirements
    • Plan and strategise to develop a successful personal training business
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  • Level 2 - Planning and Instructing gym-based exercise

    Level 2 – Principles of Anatomy, Physiology and Fitness

    Module info & overview

    An understanding of anatomy & physiology in relation to exercise is essential foundation knowledge for all fitness professionals. Understanding the benefits and demands of the body will help with programme writing.

    • Planning safe and effective gym sessions
    • Deliver safe and effective gym sessions
    • Planning and delivering group inductions
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  • Bonus CPDs
    – Suspension training, Kettlebell training, Fueling physical activity, Obesity myths, Power clubs, Rig Training, Online trainer, 2 x Nutrition courses, Mental health courses
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The Fitness Circle support team & materials

With a personal tutor on hand to help you learn with us, we ensure that you are not alone during your studies.

Tutors with industry experience

Our tutors are dedicated, knowledgeable and best of all,
have personal training experience.

Industry-leading learning materials

  • Online video lectures and practical training videos
  • Premium learner manuals
  • Dedicated support tutor
  • Simplified study guide that is easy to follow
  • Customisable templates for case studies
  • Mock paper practice
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Experience Class

  • Way 2 Fitness Work

    ”The support and the knowledge given allowed me to start working in the industry straight way. I have and will continue to recommend their services to anyone looking to get qualified.”

    Way 2 Work 

    Basketball Coach & PT

  • Nuna’s Nutritionist

    “I chose the The Fitness Circle because I could study the whole course online, in my own timeframe, which worked well with my schedule. It was a great experience.”

    Nuna’s Nutrition


  • Helle Hammonds Celebrity Personal Trainer

    “I qualified as a PT with The Fitness Circle over 10 years ago and will still recommend them to this day.”

    Helle Hammonds

    Celebrity Personal Trainer

  • Tom ‘Kong’ Watson Personal Trainer

    “The Fitness Circle will teach you everything you need to know to get you started in a career in Personal Training”

    Tom ‘Kong’ Watson

    Former MMA Champion



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Course Overview

If you’re looking for a career as a Personal Trainer, or to validate your experience, then the fitness industry’s most respected Diploma – The Level 3 Diploma In Fitness Instructing & Personal Training is for you. Upon successful completion of the course you will be authorised to work in the health & fitness industry as a Personal Trainer or set up your own business.

This Diploma consists of two primary qualifications including the Active IQ level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing & Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.  Our Personal Trainer course has been developed over the 20 years we have been in business, aligned with the standards of the current fitness industry. We train you for a sustainable career as a Personal Trainer, not just a fitness qualification.

Why train with The Fitness Circle?

We impart experience and actionable knowledge. It is a fact the health and fitness industry is booming in response to the general decline in the health of the population. On the upside, there is an immense opportunity and increased demand for fitness professionals. Training with us gives you a strong foundation and competitive edge for a job in the fitness industry.

Take the first step towards your brand new career.


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