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    APEC are proud to support the Armed Forces with the finest health, fitness and sports performance training courses. 


    APEC provide service members of the Armed Forces with the opportunity of an education pathway that will supports further learning into areas such as a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training, Level 4 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning and Level 4 Certificate in Performance Nutrition.


    APECs systems of education have been created through years of work with professional sports teams and athletes. As such, the tactical approaches to education and training is a great fit for Armed Forces personnel looking to obtain a health, fitness or sports performance qualification.


    Services members can use ELCAS (Enhanced Learning Credits) to pay for any education courses provided by APEC.


    Alternatively, if service members are thinking about leaving or have left service, they can still access APEC’s education pathway to support further learning as a fitness professional through the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) program.


    APEC support learning through a blended learning system so education does not get interrupted while on active duty. The delivery of practical education workshop days and assessments are held on site at military bases around the UK. 

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      With a Diploma from APEC, you’ll be well-equipped to put your passion for health and fitness to work. Our certification lets you advance both your career and that of your clients’. 

      Our blended learning model incorporates both online and classroom-based instruction. This model adapts around your daily schedule so that you don’t have to put your life on hold to complete the course.

      The courses we deliver are the level 2 certificate in Fitness Instruction and the level 3 Personal Training certificate blended into one integrated course, a level 4 Strength and Conditioning Certificate and a level 4 Performance Nutrition Certificate. These qualifications give you the opportunity to start working right away, starting your very own personal training business or working in a local or national gym chain all the way up to working within a team or performance environment.

      Always be well-equipped for the job. Whether it be working in a 1-2-1 setting, tailoring a bespoke program for a client or even providing government guideline support around nutrition; with a diploma from APEC, we make sure you always have the right tools in hand to succeed.

      APEC prides itself on providing a highly interactive education to its students. From day one of your enrolment, we are invested in your career. 

      The APEC Diplomas have been designed by industry-leading coaches providing the essential skills knowledge and behaviours needed to work in the health and fitness industry.

      APEC’s Diplomas are accredited by several professional organizations like Focus Awards and CIMSPA and are regulated by OFQUAL. With PD approval, these qualifications have one of the highest regulatory and awarding processes in the industry which sets us apart from any others.

      Course Length: These courses are designed with flexibility in mind so that you can complete them at your own pace. While they takes an average of 2-6 months to complete, students can learn in a full-time capacity to complete them in as little as 4-6 weeks, dependant on assessment schedules.

      Accreditations: Accredited by Focus Awards & CIMSPA.
      Entry Requirements: Anyone who is 16 years or older can enrol.

      Cost: £1800. No extra fee for certification or exams.

      Offer & Payment Options: APEC offers flexible payment plans from as low as €51 a month to make payments manageable.

      What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of the APEC Diplomas, you will qualify with:

      Personal Training

      • 17 CIMSPA points
      • Level 4 Diploma in Personal Training
      • Level 3 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
      • Level 3 Certificate in Nutrition
      • Level 3 Certificate in Wellbeing
      • CPD in Business Skill
      • CPD in Professional Practice
      • CPD Nutrition
      • Free online programming software


      Strength & Conditioning


      • 20 CIMSPA points and entry onto the CIMSPA register with Level 5 status
      • 17 CPD points
      • Level 4 Diploma in Strength & Conditioning
      • Level 3 Certificate in Athletic Movement Screen
      • Level 3 Certificate in Strength & Power Development
      • Level 3 Certificate in Speed Development
      • CPD in Plyometrics
      • CPD in Energy System Development
      • CPD Long Term Periodisation Planning
      • Free online programming software


      Performance Nutrition


      • 20 CPD points and entry onto Focus Awards register with Level 5 Status
      • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Behaviour Change
      • Level 3 Certificate in Nutrition for Health
      • Level 4 Certificate Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance in Sport
      • Level 3 Certificate in Wellbeing
      • CPD in Business Skill
      • CPD in Professional Practice
      • CPD Nutrition
      • Free online programming software

      Completion of your APEC Diplomas will require you to complete both theory and practical assessments. (Not including Performance Nutrition, which is all online and Case study driven)

      • 70% score required on the multiple-choice paper on training anatomy and physiology
      • 70% score required on the multiple-choice paper on the principles of exercise and health
      • 100% completion of the online interactive quizzes and assignments after each module
      • Practical assessment on technical refection
      • Practical assessment on tactical refection
      • Completion of practical observation
      • Completion of panel interview

      APEC offers a blended learning approach to education allowing you to complete your qualifications at your own time and pace depending on your personal circumstances and lifestyle. You can now complete 80% of all diplomas online with our award-winning online e-learning platform.

      Once you have completed your online theory work we will arrange your practical assessment at one of our many performance centres throughout the country (excluding Performance Nutrition)

      APEC provides 80% of the theory-based learning associated with the course online. This enables you to start learning the same day you enrol and begin working through the course modules at a pace suitable to you. APEC’s team of dedicated tutors provide you with support and guidance, all 7 days a week via phone or email.

      Our award-winning e-learning platform is completely custom built and is tailored to your learning needs. The platform provides learning in the form of digitalised and animated video-led content. Online training tools such as online programming software, excel files and assessment sheets are also provided to help you with your learning. Finally, APEC has one of the most extensive digital exercise libraries to help you with your understanding of movement skill.

      Here at APEC we strive to get our learners on a career path to continually better themselves and gain more and more knowledge, that is why we have qualifications ranging from Personal Training all the way up to Health coaching.

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