Advanced Diploma in Personal Training

Start your career in personal training

A career as a personal trainer can be both financially lucrative and emotionally rewarding. You have the opportunity to run your own business and develop a career that that you can build around your life. It offers a break from the mundane cycle of working nine to five and ensures that no two days are the same.

Our Advanced Diploma in Personal Training will give you an extensive portfolio of skills and the expertise to ensure that your new career gets off to the best possible start.

Get a little more from your course

Don’t simply settle for the basics, set yourself up to be the best that the industry has to offer by adding some great portable equipment to your offering. Included as part of the diploma are the Suspension Fitness and Padwork for PTs modules, to equip you with the tools to deliver these popular sessions.


  • it's an internationally recognised qualification
  • first-class eLearning resources
  • 0% finance available - spread the cost with interest free monthly payments
  • unparalleled student support to help you along your way
  • discounted equipment

Click on the brochure below to find out more about the course and to hear first-hand from some of our students who embarked on their fitness journey with us.



Our Advanced Diploma in Personal Training will consist of seven modules as follows:

Gym Instructor

A fantastic first step into the fitness industry and the foundation for any further progression in qualifying to become a personal trainer.

Diploma in Personal Training

Hone your one-to-one skills by developing long-term periodised programmes, conducting health and fitness assessments, training clients outside of the gym and giving valuable nutritional advice.

Suspension Fitness

Train clients in a more ‘functional’ way through manipulating their bodyweight to produce a suspension-based workout.

Padwork for PTs

Ideal for a mobile PT, help your clients to develop strength, power and endurance through a martial arts based approach to fitness.

Emergency First Aid

Be prepared for any emergencies with a first aid qualification. This is essential to any freelance PT and often an insurance requirement.

High Intensity Training

Perfect for PT’s who want to train small groups and incorporate functional and/or high intensity training (HIT) methods to boost their income.

Business Principles

Convert your training expertise into a profitable and successful business with top tips on how to sell your service.


  • Over age of 16
  • Experience of using cardiovascular equipment; fixed and free weights within a gym environment


Our Advanced Diploma in Personal Training course can be taken in the following formats:

1. Advanced Diploma in Personal Training - Intensive

  • The intensive course consists of seven modules and will give you all the necessary skills to start your career as an employed or freelance personal trainer.
  • Format: intensive
  • Duration: 33 days over 7 consecutive weeks

2. Advanced Diploma in Personal Training - Modular

  • You may wish to study whilst staying within full-time employment. With this in mind, we offer a modular route with weekend attendance that allows you to complete modules one at a time.
  • Format: modular
  • Duration: a speed that suits you; seven months to one year is definitely achievable.
  • Theory learning completed from home via our eLearning website but exams sat on the practical days.
  • Must book a minimum of 6 weeks in advance to allow enough time to complete the theory learning online ready to sit the exams on the practical attendance days.


Each component is assessed separately (see individual modules for assessment details)


  • YMCA Awards Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • YMCA Awards Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • YMCA Awards Padwork for PTs
  • YMCA Awards High Intensity Training
  • YMCA Awards Suspension Fitness
  • YMCA Awards Business Principles


  • Entry to REPs at Level 3

Course price

Price: £3,055

Payment Options:

• Full payment
• Direct debit plan
• Advanced learning loan application*

*All Advanced learning loan applications require an upfront payment of £375, £200 of which is refunded upon receipt of full funding.

Pay for your course in six monthly installments

Interest free direct debit is available on Advanced Diploma in Personal Training bookings. Contact us to find out more.

Special offer




Save 10% on course fees when you book and pay in full, two or more months in advance of the course's start date.

Special offer course price: £2,750 (save £305)

Payment methods

You can pay for YMCAfit courses in the following ways:

  • Credit/debit card by telephone on 0844 346 0036
  • In person at our offices during the hours 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
  • Interest free direct debit which is available on intensive Advanced Diploma in Personal Training bookings. Pay over six monthly instalments. Contact us to find out more.   
  • Cheques or postal orders by post. Please make these payable to ‘YMCA Fitness Industry Training’
  • Purchase order/invoice
  • By fax on 0843 221 1548

Download application form

Note: postal bookings can only be confirmed once we have received the payment and a completed application form, which is signed and dated. Please do not send cash through the post.

Free Open Days and Evenings

Come along to one of our free open days or evenings, which run throughout the year.

Tutors and members of the Course Sales Team will be available to discuss:

  • The content of the YMCA Advanced Diploma in Personal Training 
  • Different training routes available to you
  • The training and support you'll receive whilst studying
  • Career paths once you're qualified
  • Continuing professional development

You'll also get the opportunity to check out the course venue, course manuals and meet other potential students.

It's free to book, so just call our Course Sales Advisors on 0844 346 0036 to reserve your place today.

Stella Faughnan

Since qualifying as a PT and teaching classes, life is full and I have had to become even more organised but now it’s fun being me and not just mum!

Stella Faughnan, Personal Trainer Graduate