Diploma in
Personal Training

APECs strength and conditioning diploma is now part of an accelerated degree into year 2 of a health science course

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    Embark on your journey as a Personal Trainer with Module 1, where we introduce you to the course framework and delve into the essential coaching characteristics and principles that define a successful Personal Trainer. This module lays the foundation for your exciting career ahead.

    In Module 2, we dive deep into the intricate components that compose our living, breathing body. Discover the fascinating details of exercise anatomy and physiology, gaining insights into how our body responds and adapts to physical activity over time. This comprehensive exploration forms the core of understanding human movement and performance.

    As a Personal Trainer, effective communication is paramount to your success. In Module 3, we equip you with the essential skills to communicate efficiently with your clients. From understanding the nuances of pitch and tone in your voice to exploring various communication methods such as paraverbal, non-verbal cues, body language, and active listening, this module provides a comprehensive toolkit for building strong connections with your clients. Enhance your communication prowess and build lasting relationships that support your clients’ fitness journey to success.

    In Module 4, we delve into the intriguing world of behavior change, helping you dissect and comprehend the diverse behaviors people exhibit regarding exercise and diet. As a Personal Trainer, soft skill development becomes key in guiding individuals to break personal habits and attitudes that may hinder their progress. Gain valuable insights and tools to effectively support and empower your clients on their transformative journey toward positive and sustainable behavior change. With this module, you’ll become a catalyst for lasting and impactful transformations in your clients’ lives.

    In Module 5, we take an in-depth exploration into the foundational aspects of nutrition for overall health. This comprehensive module breaks down the intricacies of micro and macro nutrition, as well as the significance of proper hydration. Aspiring Personal Training professionals will gain valuable knowledge on tracking calories and structuring them into a user-friendly system that seamlessly integrates with their clients’ training regimen. By mastering the essentials of nutrition, you’ll be equipped to guide and support your clients in achieving their fitness goals while promoting a healthier and balanced lifestyle.

    In Module 6, we dive deep into coaching science, offering valuable insights into the scientific principles that form the bedrock of coaching practices. This module bridges the gap between theory and real-life application, empowering personal coaches to efficiently apply their learning for the benefit of their clients. By mastering coaching science, you’ll gain the expertise to create impactful coaching strategies that cater to each client’s unique needs, facilitating their progress and success on their fitness journey. Unlock the secrets of effective coaching, and watch as your clients thrive under your expert guidance.

    In Module 7, we take a profound dive into the physiological screen model, a vital tool used to identify movement dysfunctions. This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to conduct initial assessments with clients effectively. Additionally, you’ll gain access to tools and downloadable PDFs that will aid you in asking the right health check questions, and building a comprehensive profile of your clients’ preferences, training background, likes, and dislikes. Armed with this thorough understanding, you’ll be well-prepared to design personalized and effective training programs that address your clients’ specific needs and ensure their journey to improved health and fitness is both safe and successful.

    In Module 8, we delve into the heart of the course, where the focus lies on the diverse training systems available to assist your clients in achieving their goals. Covering everything from aerobic and anaerobic development to strength and hypertrophy training, this module comprehensively explores all aspects in between. By mastering training science, you’ll be equipped with a vast array of tools and techniques to design effective and goal-oriented training programs tailored to each individual client. Empower your clients to reach new heights and unlock their full potential, as you guide them through a journey of physical transformation and improved performance.

    In Module 9, we take the training systems learned in the training science modules and apply them strategically to create systematic and effective exercise programming. This module places a special emphasis on programming principles that address various goals, such as fat loss, hypertrophy, mobility, and overall fitness. By understanding the nuances of exercise programming, you’ll be equipped to design tailored and progressive workout plans that lead to the best possible results for your clients. Empower your clients to achieve their goals and witness the transformative power of a well-structured exercise program on their journey to improved health and fitness.

    In Module 10, we open the doors to the realm of online coaching, providing coaches with a unique opportunity to access 6 months of free online programming software. This comprehensive module covers every aspect of online coaching, offering a full demonstration of the RYPT platform. With this powerful tool, fitness trainers can seamlessly create and sell programs to their clients, enhancing their coaching services and expanding their reach in the digital world. Embrace the potential of online coaching, and embark on a journey of innovation and growth as you connect with clients worldwide and make a lasting impact on their fitness journeys.

    In Module 11, we introduce you to the invaluable Session Evaluation training tool, designed to help you assess your personal training sessions effectively. This module empowers you to evaluate sessions in two essential ways: objectively, by assessing whether you have successfully achieved the desired outcomes of each session with your clients, and subjectively, by gathering valuable feedback from your clients, colleagues, and mentors. By employing this comprehensive evaluation approach, you’ll gain valuable insights to continuously improve your coaching techniques and ensure your clients receive the best possible training experience. Elevate your skills as a Personal Trainer and build lasting relationships with your clients, all while maintaining a commitment to excellence and continuous growth.

    In Module 12, we adopt a holistic approach to life, emphasizing the importance of overall health and well-being. This module is dedicated to encouraging individuals to make positive lifestyle changes that lead to freedom from physical illness, disease, and mental distress. As a Personal Trainer, you’ll learn to inspire and support your clients in achieving a balanced and thriving lifestyle that goes beyond mere physical fitness. By promoting holistic well-being, you’ll empower your clients to lead fulfilling and enriching lives, nurturing their mental, emotional, and physical health in harmony. Make a profound impact on your clients’ well-being, and witness the transformative power of a holistic approach to health and happiness.

    In Module 13, we delve into the essential Professional Practice principles that define the code of ethics and conduct for professional Personal Trainers in the fitness industry. This module reflects the core values, rights, relationships, responsibilities, standards, and safety that form the backbone of your practice as a Personal Trainer. By embracing professional practice, you’ll establish yourself as a trusted and respected professional, upholding the highest standards of integrity, safety, and client care. Elevate your career as a Personal Trainer and leave a lasting impression on your clients and peers, as you embody the values that set you apart as a true industry professional.

    In Module 14, we emphasize the utmost importance of health and safety in your role as a Personal Trainer. This module promotes a responsible attitude towards the care and safety of your clients within the training environment and during planned activities, ensuring they are appropriate for your clients’ needs. You’ll learn systematic preparation for all your clients’ activities, focusing on safety measures and the proper use of equipment. By prioritizing health and safety, you’ll create a secure and supportive training environment, fostering trust and confidence in your clients, and ensuring their well-being remains at the forefront of your practice as a dedicated and conscientious Personal Trainer.

    In the final section of the course, Module 15, you’ll embark on an exciting and practical journey, conducting a real-life case study with a client. As an aspiring Personal Trainer, you’ll apply all the knowledge, skills, and behaviors developed throughout the course, showcasing your expertise in action. This hands-on experience will require you to meticulously document and record the client’s interactions and progressions as you guide them on their fitness journey.

    The case study will serve as a comprehensive presentation, where you’ll demonstrate your ability to implement the principles and practices learned during the course, providing a valuable snapshot of your capabilities as a professional Personal Trainer. This fulfilling module offers a unique opportunity to witness the tangible impact of your coaching and solidify your position as a competent and proficient fitness expert.

    Discover the APEC Diploma in Personal Training: Your Path to Success


    Become a certified Personal Trainer and elevate your career in the health and fitness industry with the prestigious APEC Diploma in Personal Training. This regulated qualification is your key to becoming a leading professional in the field.

    Our comprehensive program offers a convenient and flexible learning experience. With 80% of the course completed online through our cutting-edge e-learning platform, you can access course materials anytime, anywhere, using your phone, laptop, or iPad. Dive deep into exercise anatomy, training science, and coaching science as you progress through the theory-based section of the course.

    Once you’ve mastered the online portion, the remaining 20% of the course is delivered in engaging face-to-face workshops. Here, our expert instructors will guide you through practical components such as screening, gym-based resistance training, biomechanics, and training systems. Get hands-on experience and refine your skills to ensure you’re fully prepared to excel in your role as a Personal Trainer. 


    What’s Included in Our Personal Training Course:


    1. 180 Video Lessons (70 hours): Benefit from our extensive library of video lessons, covering a wide range of topics and providing valuable visual demonstrations.
    2. Training Tools: We provide you with essential tools to enhance your training sessions, including a Movement Screening Tool, Assessment Tool, Calorie Counter Tool, Programming Tool, and Session Evaluation Tool.
    3. Downloadable PDFs: Access valuable resources that complement your learning journey, offering additional insights and guidance.
    4. Free Online Programming App: Take advantage of our state-of-the-art programming app, enabling you to design effective training programs for your clients.
    5. Programming & Nutrition Templates: Streamline your processes with ready-to-use programming and nutrition templates, saving you time and maximizing your efficiency.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to pursue your passion for personal training and unlock a world of possibilities. Enrol in our APEC Diploma in Personal Training today and take the first step towards a successful and fulfilling career.

    Course Information.

    Our unique personal training course offers a blended learning experience, combining the flexibility of online theory-based learning with the hands-on practical training and assessments conducted in person.

    Online Learning Modules:


    1. Introduction to Personal Training
    2. Exercise Anatomy & Physiology
    3. Communication
    4. Behavior Change
    5. Nutrition
    6. Coaching Science
    7. Assessments & Screening
    8. Training Science
    9. Programming and Periodization
    10. Online Coaching
    11. Session Evaluation
    12. Health and Wellbeing
    13. Professional Practice
    14. Health and Safety
    15. Case Study

    What sets us apart from other personal training courses is our innovative approach to online learning. Each module features digitalized and animated videos that bring each topic to life. Say goodbye to monotonous PDF reading and embrace engaging visual content that enhances your understanding and retention of the material.


    At the end of each module, you’ll be required to complete a multiple-choice quiz (MCQ). Achieving a minimum pass rate of 70% on the MCQs is necessary to progress through the course. Additionally, certain modules will require you to submit a comprehensive case study, allowing you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios.


    Practical Workshops and Assessments:

    Our in-person practical workshops are designed to provide you with valuable hands-on experience. These workshops typically span two days, during which expert trainers will guide you through various practical exercises and training techniques. Following the workshops, you’ll undergo a practical assessment to showcase your newly acquired skills.

    Recognized and Accredited:

    APEC’s Personal Training Diploma holds accreditation from prestigious professional organizations, including REPS, IREPS, VTCT, and CIMSPA. Every course delivered by APEC is regulated by Ofqual, ensuring a level of quality and credibility unmatched by other qualifications or courses.


    Flexible Learning:

    We understand the importance of flexibility in today’s fast-paced world. Our course has been designed to accommodate your schedule, allowing you to learn at your own pace. While the typical completion time ranges from 2 to 6 months, dedicated students can opt for full-time learning and finish in just 4 to 6 weeks.


    No Hidden Costs:

    Transparency is at the heart of our commitment to your success. Rest assured, there are no additional fees for certifications or exams. Your investment covers everything you need to thrive in the world of personal training.


    Accessible Payment Options:

    We believe finances should not be a barrier to pursuing your dreams. APEC offers multiple payment options to make the course more affordable and accessible for everyone.


    What You’ll Achieve:

    Upon successfully completing the PT Diploma, you’ll gain a well-rounded set of qualifications to propel your career forward:

    • Diploma in Personal Training
    • Certificate in Personal Training
    • Certificate in Fitness Instructing
    • Certificate in Instructing Gym-based Exercise
    • Certificate in Instructing Group-based Exercise
    • Certificate in Nutrition
    • Certificate in Wellbeing

    To achieve your Personal Training qualification, you must successfully complete the following assessments:


    1. Attain a minimum of 70% on the multiple-choice paper in exercise anatomy and physiology.
    2. Obtain a minimum of 70% on the multiple-choice paper focusing on nutrition application.
    3. Score a minimum of 70% on the multiple-choice paper covering the principles of exercise and health.
    4. Complete all online interactive quizzes and tasks after each module.
    5. Conduct a case study on the development of a 12-week program for a client.
    6. Undergo a practical evaluation of a gym-based induction.
    7. Implement a personalized personal training program and undergo a practical evaluation.
    8. Fulfill the health and safety curriculum requirements and client overview.
    9. Complete coursework in client programming, smart objectives, client screening, and progressive overload.

    Successfully completing these assessments will earn you your valuable Personal Training qualification.

    Unlock the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel as a Personal Trainer. We equip you with the expertise to effectively communicate with clients, whether in-person or online, while incorporating a thorough understanding of human anatomy and nutrition to design safe and successful workout programs.


    The qualification comprises five major components:

    1. Training Science: Explore training concepts, anatomy, and physiology, with a focus on gym-based lifts and their technical modules, as well as human biomechanics.

    2. Coaching Science: Understand the scientific foundation of coaching and learn how to apply theory to real-life coaching scenarios, whether working with individuals or groups.

    3. Periodization & Programming: Master exercise programming and periodization techniques for optimal client outcomes, covering areas like fat loss, hypertrophy, strength, mobility, and general fitness.

    4. Nutrition: Delve deeply into nutrition essentials, including micro and macronutrients, hydration, and calorie measurement. Learn to create effective nutrition plans to complement clients’ training regimens.

    5. Soft Skills: Develop core competencies and soft skills crucial for your success as a Personal Trainer. Enhance communication, behavior change, and reflective practice abilities, empowering you to effectively support clients in breaking habits and improving motivation.

    Enroll in our APEC Personal Training diploma today and become a well-rounded, confident, and competent fitness expert ready to make a positive impact on your clients’ lives.

    Discover the Flexible APEC Blended Learning Approach:

    At APEC, we understand the importance of flexibility in pursuing your qualifications. That’s why we offer a blended learning approach that allows you to complete your Personal Training course at your own pace, tailored to your unique circumstances and lifestyle. Say goodbye to rigid schedules and embrace the freedom of online education!


    Online Education Made Easy: 

    With our award-winning online e-learning platform, you can start your studies the same day you enroll. Progress through the Personal Training course modules at your preferred speed, all while enjoying 24/7 access to our dedicated staff and specialized tutors via phone or email, ensuring constant support throughout your journey.


    Customized Learning Experience: 

    Our e-learning platform is fully tailored to your learning needs, offering digitalized and animated video-led material that makes learning engaging and enjoyable. Access online training materials, such as programming software, training tools, and client assessment sheets, empowering you to enhance your knowledge and skills effectively. Additionally, benefit from one of the industry’s most extensive digital exercise libraries, helping you master movement skills with ease.


    No Rush, No Pressure: 

    At APEC, we prioritize your success and well-being. You are not required to complete your Personal Training course within any specific time period, allowing you the freedom to learn at a pace that suits you best. Take the time you need to absorb knowledge and achieve your Personal Training course without unnecessary pressure.


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      Careers and Progression

      After completing your Personal Training diploma, you will be able to register as a qualified Personal Trainer and immediately begin promoting your services. 


      APEC also offers post-course assistance to help you find work with a big gym chain or with one of our many successful students who have gone on to own and operate smaller customised gyms after finishing their education with APEC. 



      Career Guidance 


      At APEC, we go above and above to assist our students. We are not only concerned with delivering excellent service throughout the course, but we also want to assist you in getting your personal training career off to the best possible start. 



      After completing the course, you may schedule a session with our post-course career assistance staff, who will walk you through several career opportunities. 



      The career assistance staff will help you with CV analysis. We will prepare you for interviews and forthcoming health, fitness, and wellness positions will be listed on our internal jobs board, which is accessible to all APEC diploma students. 



      Progression Pathway 


      APEC is proud of its approach to continuing education. Following the completion of your Personal Training diploma, you will be eligible to pursue higher education degrees  in Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, and Health Coaching. 

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