All our fitness and personal training courses can be studied 100% online.
Learner are provided with access to our virtual learning environment where they are allocated learning and assessment tasks by their personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will when support you through regular meetings and communication while you work towards your online personal training qualification in manageable bite size chunks.
Learning activities come in the form of PDF manuals, e-learning content, pre-recorded webinars, tutor demonstrations and online knowledge checkers.
Online personal training course assessment deadlines are agreed with your tutor and submitted via the virtual earning environment to be marked and feedback returned to you by your tutor.
“I attended two courses – level 2 gym instructor and level 3 PT – and both were excellent. The structure of the course is logical, systematic and builds knowledge as you go leading to a practical assessment where everything comes together. The online learningsupport is outstanding and Hadyn makes the most complex subject knowledge simple, easy to understand and easy to remember. I have already recommended CMS to other people.” – Christine (Google Review)
“Great course, CMS has a great online learning setup and very easy to follow. Hadyn is full of knowledge, easy to contact and fast in replying. Definitely worth doing if your thinking about becoming a PT.” – Chris (Google Review)
Completing the 100% online personal pathway, you can:
Complete your online personal training course over a duration and at a speed that suits you
While we do have maximum timeframes within which our online personal training programmes must be achieved, these timeframes are more than sufficient for those individuals able to put in a regular 5+ hours study time a week. Failure to complete your studies within the maximum timeframe will incur additional fees to conclude your online personal training course.
Have 24/7 access to your online personal training course via our high-quality digital technology learning platform and regular support from your personal tutor
All our online personal training courses give you access to the same online learning resources our workshop learners receive. We cannot stress how easily (so long as you put in the time) you can achieve your online Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification with CMS. The perceived difference between online and classroom learning often comes down to an individual’s learning style. CMS minimise this difference using our online learning portal. On your online personal training course, you will have access to the same pre-recorded webinars workshop learners receive, the same tutor demonstrations, the same opportunity to speak to a tutor whenever you need and receive expert feedback and guidance and the same range of learning resources.
How will I be assessed on the practical elements of my online personal training programme
Your online personal training qualification is assessed through numerous methods of assessment. These include, worksheets, case studies, assignments, theory assessments, observed consultations and practical delivery of a session to a client.
Online personal training has become popular in recent years. Therefore, it makes sense that you can complete a personal training qualification online also. The biggest perceived obstacle for those students undertaking an online personal training course is the practical assessment elements.
How do you prove your competency without attending in person?
We have three solutions:
Online personal training course learners can schedule their practical assessments on our scheduled assessment days
Online personal training course learners can record themselves and submit recordings via our learning portal to be assessed. Further guidance would be provided by your tutor.
Online personal training course learners can request a CMS Fitness Courses tutor attends a venue of their choosing to conduct any practical assessments. Third party approval would be required, and this option incur an additional fee of £125 an assessment.
When you enrol on your online personal training course you will receive your joining instructions and a welcome email giving you access to your learning resources. Your online personal training course tutor will contact you to confirm you have access, introduce themselves and arrange a suitable date and time to fully induct you on to our high-quality digital technology learning platform. Inductions last between 30 – 60 minutes.
Once inducted via webinar you will receive a support visit via webinar 1 week later. Your tutor is always available via phone and email should you have any question in the meantime they can be contacted and your support webinar brought forward. Tutor support is specific to you, so you will receive the frequency of communication and support required for you as an individual.
Throughout the online personal training course your experienced personal tutor will support you to ensure you have a clear action plan to ensure full participation with your learning and provide guidance on what work needs to be completed and by when, to ensure that you can successfully complete your online personal training course.
Your online personal training course is divided into units that allows a logical and progressive order providing you with a structure that is easy to follow. Our interactive high-quality resources include eLearning, pre-recorded webinars, live webinars, Augmented Reality, PDF manuals, editable worksheets, tutor demo worksheets, tutor demo videos, mock exams and knowledge checkers.
When you sign up for your online personal training course, you’ll receive joining instructions as well as a welcome email with links to your study materials. Your online personal training course teacher will contact you to confirm your access, conduct introduction, and schedule a convenient time for you to be completely inducted into our high-quality digital technology learning platform. Inductions might last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
You will receive a support visit by webinar one week after being welcomed on to your online personal training programme. Should you have any questions, your tutor is always available by phone and email. In the meantime, they can be contacted and a support webinar scheduled. Because tutoring is tailored to you, you will receive the level of communication and assistance that is appropriate for you.
Throughout the online personal training course, your expert personal tutor will assist you in developing a clear action plan to ensure full involvement in your learning and provide guidance on what work has to be accomplished and by when, ensuring that you complete the course successfully.
Your online personal training course is organised into modules, allowing for a logical and progressive order and an easy-to-follow structure. eLearning, pre-recorded webinars, live webinars, PDF manuals, editable worksheets, pre-recorded tutor demonstrations, worksheets ansd knowledge checkers are some of our interactive high-quality learning tools.
When you sign up for your online personal training course, you’ll receive an email with details on how to access your learning materials.
The resources are organised into unit lessons, which provide you with the necessary learning materials to complete that subject.
A wide range of learning resources are available through our ‘Netflix-style’ learning site. Each one contributes to the success of your online personal training course learning experience. Lessons are delivered by your tutor as you proceed through your online personal training course, and learning resources make up those lessons.
There are several resources available, including:
Manuals – High-resolution colour images Manuals in PDF format
Webinars that have already been recorded
Tutor demonstrations that have been pre-recorded
E-Learning Information — Each online personal training course unit includes comprehensive, high-quality e-learning content.
Checkers of Knowledge – Complete a set of questions from a bank of hundreds to assess your knowledge of a subject area. Multiple choice, true and false, drag and drop, fill in the gaps, and mark the words are just a few examples of question formats.
All of the learning resources in our online personal training course are crucial, but none more so than your tutor. Your instructor will walk you through your online personal training qualification step by step, outlining what has to be done, how, when, and why.
You may expect a thorough induction as part of your online personal training qualification. We learn more about you, your career aspirations, your academic and work background, your interests, lifestyle, impediments to achievement, and learning needs during this 30-minute session. After that, you’ll be sent to our Netflix-inspired learning site, where you’ll be given an introduction of the programme structure, as well as an overview of our many sorts of resources and how you may continue with your online personal training accreditation.
Since 2008, we’ve been providing personal training certifications, and we know how to make your learning experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. You will receive a support visit via webinar 1-2 weeks after your induction. This is your chance to speak with your teacher in person about your experience thus far and ask any questions you may have regarding your online personal training course. Following your support visit, you should schedule a tutor webinar with your tutor every calendar month to review your online personal training course progress since your last tutor webinar, clarify and develop your understanding of the online personal training qualification topic areas studied, and agree on your next goals. This is the normal offering, with additional tutor support webinars occurring as needed. Of course, you can contact your online personal training course tutor by phone or email whenever you need them.
Recorded Webinars and Workshops
Our online personal training course tutors can record all or parts of your webinar and make it available to you via a 35-day weblink. Ideal for students who enjoy revisiting learning content and reliving the support visit in order to enhance learning and retention of new information.
Furthermore, all of the sessions from the personal training course workshop days have been pre-recorded, so you may watch them whenever, wherever, and however many times you want.
This allows you to get the most out of your online personal training sessions while also allowing you to learn and progress at your own pace.
You will also benefit from witnessing tutor demos as many times as you wish as part of your online personal training course.
We put in great effort to ensure that your online personal training course is as effective as possible. To help you with this, you can send a link to your instructor with recordings of delivery, and consultation style for him or her to review and give feedback on. This is a terrific approach to ensure that you are developing and implementing your new abilities as needed before, after, or in between your online personal training course exams.
Similarly, you can rely on your online personal training course tutor to provide additional demonstrations and explanations via screen recordings and recordings of themselves performing the relevant demonstrations to enhance your progress if appropriate.
You will be required to submit pro-forma papers such as worksheets, assignments, and case studies throughout your Level 3 online Personal Training course. Unfamiliar documents might be perplexing, therefore we help you comprehend and finish your tasks faster by supplying you with sample completed pro-forma.
You will need access to a professional / commercial gym setting as part of our online personal training course. Practical assessments require learners to use a variety of free weights, resistance machines, alternative functional equipment and body weight exercises.
Client consultations require the completion of basic fitness tests but do not require any specialist equipment.
The below table outlines the expected and maximal contractual timeframes allowed in order to achieve your respective online personal training qualification.
Going beyond the contracted duration will result in incurring additional fees of £120 per additional month. Additional fees cover ongoing tutor support, access to e-learning resources and assessments.
The timeframe it takes for a learner to achieve their respective online personal training qualification will depend, amongst other things, the student, their background and time available to study each week. That said the below table outlines very achievable timeframes even where unplanned delays occur.
For example, the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training can be achieved within 8-12 weeks but can take 6 or 9 months.
A learner achieving in a timeframe of 8-12 weeks is likely to be already familiar with the curriculum and possess some of the knowledge and skills required to be displayed to achieve the respective online personal training qualification. This could come in the form of an academic background, an employment background or a personal leisure time and hobby background. It stands to reason what where these experiences exist to a lesser extent, then the online personal training programme will take longer. Study timeframe length will also be dependent on the study time available to each learner on a weekly basis.
Expected and Contractual Course Timeframes
Online Personal Training Qualification
Expected Duration (Months)
Maximum Contracted Duration (Months)
Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training
Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Clients with Long Term Conditions
Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal Clients with Exercise and Nutrition
Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Weight Management for Obese and Diabetic Clients
Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Lower Back Pain
You can sit your online personal training course multiple choice theory exams online at a date/time of your choosing via remote proctor software. Please note there is an additional fee for any resits.
To book your online personal training course multiple choice theory exam or see planned theory assessment dates click here.
Once received, CMS will schedule your assessment and provide you with the assessment details and access details via email.
You can re-sit an online personal training course exam as many times as needed, however CMS Fitness Courses has a responsibility to ensure that teaching and learning occur in between each attempt in order to promote learner, development and maintain our quality of delivery and support.
Online multiple-choice theory assessments: £25 per exam.
Practical assessment submissions or re-sits: £0 (Unless you book an assessor to attend a venue of your choosing for any practical assessments)
Re-submission of worksheets, assignments, and case studies
Our online personal training programmes have a maximum time frame in which they must be achieved from enrolment. Should a programme extension be required this is charges at £120 per month and covers the ongoing tutor support and accessing to learning resources and assessments.
Of course, the online personal training course is delivered online as opposed to in a classroom setting but regardless of the delivery method you choose you will achieve the same qualification.
Not everybody learns the same way. Completing your online personal training course online allows you to study at a time and place that suits you. Workshop days are delivered at specific times in specific locations, and once you have heard it, it is gone. Studying your personal training course online allows you to study where and when you like and watch pre-recorded webinars as many times as you need to.
In addition to this, studying for an online personal training course means you do not need to travel to a workshop location, take time off work or incur additional expense catching public transport.
We pride ourselves on offering our online personal training course students exceptional support. You can expect your tutor to be contactable and responsive to your requests via, phone, email or webinar. Webinar support visits happen as frequently as they are required in orde to make sure each learner has what they need in order to achieve.
To enrol on the level 3 personal training course you are required to hold a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing.
If you do not hold the Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing or equivalent but wish to be a qualified Personal Trainer then you will be required to enrol on the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instruction and Personal Training which merges the Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction and the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training into one larger Level 3 Diploma.