FAQ

How do I become a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainers require two nationally accredited qualification – a Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym-Based Exercise and a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.  With these two qualifications you are then able to gain membership with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS), apply for jobs in the fitness industry, obtain public liability insurance and set up a personal training business.  TeachMe PT offers courses where you can obtain these two qualifications in one learning package.

What support do you offer to help me find a job?

During your course you have access to individual careers assistance from our training staff.  Upon completion of your course we will assist you find your first personal training position with the help of one of our industry recruitment partners.

When can I start?

Anytime.  Once you enrol, your learning materials will be sent to you and you can start studying.  If you have opted for a full time or part time course you must attend on the workshop dates that you selected when you booked. 

How long does it take to gain the qualification?

It varies from student to student and which study option you choose.  A student on an intensive face to face personal trainer course will be qualified in 6 weeks.  The same course will take a student 6 months to complete part time.  A student opting to study a personal trainer qualification via e-learning can complete at their own pace to suit their time commitments.  However, we do recommend that e-learners aim to complete within 12 months.

Are TeachMe PT qualifications recognised in the fitness industry?

Absolutely.  All TeachMe PT courses are awarded by Central YMCA (CYQ) qualifications who are one of the leading awarding bodies in the UK.  More information on CYQ is available at www.cyq.org.uk/.  You can be assured that your qualification will be recognised by all employers in the fitness industry and is recognised by public liability insurers for those wishing to work self employed.

Will my qualification be recognised internationally?

EReps (European Register of Exercise Professionals) recognises any qualification that has been awarded by organisations accredited to their home REPS organisation.  Therefore qualifications gained by TeachMe PT students will be recognised throughout the majority of Europe and even further afield – including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  

What is REPS?

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is a government backed system of self-regulation for all instructors, coaches, trainers and teachers involved in the exercise and fitness industry. It is advised that all graduates of our personal trainer course and other fitness courses should join this register. For more information go to www.exerciseregister.org.  TeachMe PT qualifications are recognised by REPs and will provide you entry at the appropriate level.

Do I have to pay for the course in full?

No.  You can pay a deposit when you book then spread the costs over one of our payment plans.  See our terms and conditions.  If you pay for your course fees in full at the time of booking, you may be entitled to discount.  

Should I choose full time, part time or E-learning?

According to feedback from our students, the decision ultimately boils down to your personal situation and time commitments.  Full time study allows you to immerse yourself into the personal training lifestyle.  You live and breathe the course for 6 intensive weeks.  But for others, they must study around current work or family commitments.  Part time and E-learning are the ideal choice for these individuals.  For those with the most time constraints and need the most flexibility in terms of when they can study, E-learning is the ideal choice for them.  E-Learning allows you to train at your own pace and in your own time.  

How does E-Learning work?

The course format consists of bespoke E-learning, including online resources, videos and tutorials, learning activities, exercise libraries and E-manuals – everything you need to study remotely.  You will have your own dedicated tutor to contact via telephone and email.  Course work assessments are submitted to us via online.

What support do I receive on a part time or E-Learning course

If you are a part time student you have tutorials built into their workshop attendance days to support your learning.  These tutorials are opportunities to discuss your learning progress and any difficulties you may be experienced with your course tutor.  For E-learning students your course tutor is on the other end of the telephone Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, or just an email click away to discuss your learning needs and answer your questions.

What should I expect from a full time course?

Full time study requires you to attend one of our training venues Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for six weeks.  The tutor will guide you through the intensive training experience.  Your day will be split into practical lessons and interactive theory lessons.  You will be in an environment with like minded focused individuals who are looking for an excellent training experience.  All practical and theory assessments are built into the 6 weeks.  You have the opportunity for 1 on 1 tutorials to discuss you progress with your tutor.  We encourage students to immerse themselves into the personal training lifestyle by forming study groups and attending before and after lessons for peer teaching.  You will be set short homework tasks to be completed for the following day.  These often take the form of short questions, practical rehearsals, presentations, worksheets and quizzes.

What should I expect from a part time course?

Part time study requires you to attend 2 Sundays per month at one of our training venues for six months.  Your attendance days will be from 10am till 4pm and consist approximately 80% practical and 20% theory lessons.  As a part time student you will have access to our online learning platform and other E-learning materials.  You will be sent a suggested schedule to follow while you study at home.  Most of your home study will be spent working through the theory components of the course using the online learning platform and chatting to your tutor by phone or email as necessary.  You will be expected to submit work to us by email at negotiated deadlines.  As a keen enthusiast in your own fitness, we expect you to be attending your own gym and practicing the exercises/ techniques that you have learnt on the workshops and online.

I have failed an assessment, can I re-sit?

If you fail a practical or theory exam you will have the opportunity to re-sit three times.  Reassessments are subject to fees which are detailed in our terms and conditions.  Speak to your course tutor to in the first instance to agree an action plan and arrange a re-sit date.

When will my certificate arrive?

Certificates will normally be posted to you 4-8 weeks after your course completion.  They will be sent to you by Royal Mail Signed for post.  Please read our terms and conditions for further information.  If you are applying for REPs membership or insurance before your certificate arrives, we can provide you with evidence of achievement which you will be able to send to the registrar.

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