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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

A Professional Development Course for Personal Trainers!

  • Start today to enhance your current training or fitness business.
  • Learn what you need to develop and what strategies work for an existing business.
  • Make yourself stand out from other trainers.
  • Audit yourself and assess how you can improve.
  • Grow your business through excellent service and lead generation.
  • Welcome satisfied customers who generate new business.

Your clients will:

  • Improve overall fitness.
  • Enhance self esteem.
  • Target muscle groups for tone and strength.
  • Improve health and wellness.
  • Increase strength and endurance.
  • Work on athletic programs or body transformation.

You don’t need to be already working as a personal trainer to enrol however this course assumes you will already understand elements of human exercise and fitness.

You will learn:

  • What’s involved in becoming a personal trainer and how to lead success in clients.
  • An in-depth look at the professional role and the qualities of the best personal trainers.
  • How to expand a personal training service and ways of finding new clients
  • What excellent client relationships can do for your business
  • How to create fitness plans and programs together that work
  • How to manage client departures, when that time comes.

More ACS courses which complement Personal Training Professional Practices include:

Wellness Coaching

Food Coaching

Business and marketing

Managing Innovation

Fitness Risk Management

Nutrition for Weight Loss

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There are 7 lessons in this course:

Lesson 1: Role of a personal trainer
Personal training professionals
Purpose of personal training
Medical approval for exercise
Barriers to exercise
Major benefits of personal training
Daily work and responsibilities of personal trainers

Lesson 2: Qualities of a personal trainer
Desirable character traits of the personal trainer
Core services on offer
A personal trainer and their role in motivation
Level of concern or tension (good stress)
Knowledge of results
Education or training the professionals

Lesson 3: What you need to know - expertise for success
Basic components of physical fitness
The human body
Energy production
Energy and exercise
Considerations for effective business

Lesson 4: Expanding a personal training service
Common types of personal trainers
Business basics
Expanding your services into other areas
Specialised services

Lesson 5: Working with new clients
Working with new clients – meet and greet
Anthropometric measurements
Summarise what you know about the client

Lesson 6: Working with clients to create fitness plans and programs
Taking baseline measures & assessing progress
The role of exercise in weight control
Calculating ideal body weight
Human movement & types of fitness programs
Working with older adults
Instructing young people
Other exercise considerations

Lesson 7: Managing client departures
Ending the trainer-client relationship
Difficult clients
Ending the relationship
Finding new clients

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


The Industry - See Yourself There

The health and fitness industry is a massive employer in most countries around the world. In the UK alone there are more than 7000 gyms and fitness clubs with a staggering membership of more than 10 million people. If you could tap into even 0.1% of that market you would be on your way to financial freedom doing something you love. 

Let's be honest, helping people get healthy, stay healthy, feel good and mentally strong is a pretty rewarding professional with many great reasons to get out of bed.

With many thousands of successful graduates, ACS courses have been the starting point that underpins business or pivots careers for people across every corner of the world. If you're already a fitness instructor and you want to start a new business, increase your job opportunities or take your career to the next level, this course does precisely that. Go beyond fitness instruction!  

Unlock your potential and achieve the following course aims:
Explain the role and qualities of a professional personal trainer.
Recommend broad areas of focus that a client should attend to in order to improve their training outcomes.
Investigate ways to expand a personal training service.
Explain how to brand yourself and start working with new clients.
Develop fitness plans and programs according to the needs of clients.
Explain how to manage client departures and terminate difficult clients.

Where can this course lead?
Thousands of people have studied personal training but not many are successful. Professional personal trainers know themselves, know their clients and know business. 

To run your own successful PT business you need to be unique and stand out. You will do that by gaining skills and knowledge which surpasses your competitors. 

If you have the energy to work in health and fitness, you have the energy to step into this course today. 

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Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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Meet some of our academics

Jenny BraggMA (Professional Hospitality & Tourism Management), PGCE (Post Compulsory Education), BA (Hons) Hospitality Business Management. Jenny has experience across many different business areas including marketing, operations management and human resources, her speciality fields are events, hospitality and tourism.
Dr Kerry ClaydonBA-BSc (Psychology, Computer Science, Aquaculture), BSc (Hons Microbiology), PhD (Microbiology), Diploma in Brewing Science. Kerry has over 20 years’ experience in various fields of microbiology including aquatic microbiology, medical microbiology, agricultural microbiology, and brewing microbiology. Kerry has been the Director of several health programs within Australian and Asia and is a passionate teacher and tutor.
Lyn Quirk M.Ed.,Dip.Med.,Dip.SportsOver 35 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Nicola StewartBA(Hons); Dip.Pub; CIM Dip.Marketing; PGCE; Dip.Holistic Aromatherapy; Dip.Reflexology; Dip.Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Language Education; Masters in Education & Professional Studies/Research, PhD (underway). Nicola worked in publishing before changing direction to teach Anatomy, Physiology and various complementary therapies in the UK’s post-compulsory sector for 16 years.

Check out our eBooks

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The Psychology of HealthThe Psychology and Health ebook is a delightfully interesting read that helps you understand the link between physical and psychological health. This ebook is ideal for anyone who has a personal interest in the area, as well as psychology and health students.
Aerobic FitnessAerobic exercise is critical for maintaining every aspect of a persons wellbeing. This book shows you the exercise you need to do to keep your lungs, heart and circulatory system fit. Originally published as a printed book by Simon and Schuster. This new edition is improved and available as an ebook. It explains what aerobic fitness is and the exercises you can do to maintain an peak level of aerobic fitness. It is a valuable reference both for fitness professionals, and also for anyone just wanting to improve their own personal fitness.