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Video demonstration from HFE's online personal training courses
Video demonstration from HFE's online personal training courses

The Next Generation of Personal Training

Ground-breaking content. Unrivalled support. Real career opportunities.

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World-Class Online Personal Training Courses

Internationally-recognised and CIMSPA endorsed, with over 100 hours of video content, written and presented by industry experts, unlimited tutor support and real employment opportunities, this is the industry's most advanced online personal trainer course.

  • Online Training Courses

    Complete your learning and theory assessments exclusively online, then film your practical assessments from the comfort and familiarity of your local gym.

  • Live Support with Course Tutor

    From Monday to Friday, your dedicated Learning Support Tutor will be available via phone and email. No question is too big, small or complicated.

  • Delivered by Industry and Clinical Experts

    You deserve the best and that's why our content is written and presented by world-leading personal trainers, nutritionists and chartered physiotherapists.

  • Internationally Known Qualifications

    The learning experience starts at home, but where you choose to train your clients is up to you. This qualification is recognised by all UK and international employers.

  • CIMSPA Endorsed

    It wouldn't be an HFE qualification without wider industry recognition and that's why our online personal training courses are endorsed by CIMSPA.

  • Linked to Real Employment

    HFE graduates get access to CV Connect, our platform that instantly puts you in front of thousands of employment opportunities across the UK.

  • Flexible Pace and Structure

    Sometimes life just gets in the way and that's why our online personal training courses truly allow you to take things at your own pace.

  • Unlimited Support

    From the moment you enrol right through to long after you've completed your online personal trainer course, your dedicated Learner Support tutor will be there for you.

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Presented by Industry Experts

Who wouldn't want a chance to learn from the best? Our online personal training courses feature video lectures and practical videos written and presented by the most knowledgeable and experienced specialists this industry has to offer.

  • Matt Roberts

    =Matt Roberts is an HFE lecturer and one of the UK's most successful PTs

    Matt is one of the most successful personal trainers in the world. Based in London, Matt is also an author, gym-owner and public speaker.

    • PT Business Skills
    • Marketing
    • Promotion
    • Vision and Values
  • Dr Emilia Thompson

    =Dr Emilia Thompson is a leading nutritionist and tutor for HFE

    Emilia is a UK Registered Nutritionist (UKVRN), university lecturer and a highly respected nutrition and health coach.

    • Nutrition
    • Diet
    • Healthy Eating
    • Weight Management
  • Lorna Malcom

    =Lorna Malcom is a chartered physiotherapist and HFE tutor

    Lorna is a Chartered Physiotherapist, HFE Tutor and a veteran fitness presenter with over 30 year’s industry experience.

    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Principles of Training
    • Core Training
  • Ashley Warner

    =Ashley Warner is an online personal training course tutor

    Ashley is a university lecturer, HFE tutor and has extensive experience in the fields of sports and exercise science.

    • Advanced Training Methods
    • Fitness Assessments
    • Consultation Skills
    • Programming PT Sessions

Cutting-Edge Course Content

To become a truly world-class PT, you need to have the perfect blend of knowledge, understanding and key skills. Our online personal training courses are as in-depth as they come and feature a range of subjects at both:

Level 2 + Level 3

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All subjects are presented in a logical and layered format, allowing you to build on prior learning as you progress through the online course.

All of our online personal trainer course content is written and presented by subject specialists. The content is available in both print and digital formats and our support team will work with you to ensure that you are making good progress….

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Nutrition and Weight Management

  • Advanced Cardio Training

  • Advanced Resistance Training

  • Fitness Assessments

  • Business Acumen

  • Consultation Skills

  • Teaching and Instructing Exercise

  • Designing PT Sessions

  • Core Stability Training

  • Goal Setting

  • Advanced Flexibility Training

Comprehensive Learning Materials

Our online personal training course includes a wide-range of learning materials that are presented in different formats to improve your learning experience. When you enrol, you’ll get immediate access to:

=Online personal training student practicing an exercise

What's Your Why?

At the centre of everything is not the what and how... it's the why

  • 1

    7 comprehensive training manuals*

  • 2

    Detailed study guide breaking down the course

  • 3

    Over 70 online video lectures and over 60 practical training videos

  • 4

    An extensive range of mock theory exams

  • 5

    Easy-to-use templates for case-study assessments

*Both print and digital versions supplied

Ongoing Career Support

  • Once qualified, you’ll have instant access to our flagship CV Connect programme, connecting you with thousands of employment opportunities across the UK.

  • Additionally, our team of experienced staff will be on hand to help you prepare for your career as a personal trainer. Whether it's help with CV writing, interview preparation, business planning and marketing, we’ve got you covered.

  • Finally, as an HFE graduate, you’ll have access to a wide range of preferential discounts with CIMSPA, Insure4Sport, Awesome Supplements, My PT Hub, RockTape and many more.

An HFE personal training tutor talking to a female student

One Online Personal Trainer Course. Unlimited Career Possibilities.

Our online personal trainer courses are designed to open doors. Join our PT graduates working with the world's leading gyms, health clubs, boutique studios and PT management companies.

HFE graduates work with David Lloyd clubs across the countryVirgin Active is an HFE employer partnerNuffield Health is an HFE employment partner
HFE graduates work at Bannatyne gyms and health clubs across the countryYour Personal Training is an HFE employment partnerPure Gym is an HFE employment partner


Looking for more information about our online personal training courses? We've answered the most frequently asked questions.

How are the online personal trainer courses different from the face-to-face ones?

Essentially, there is only one main difference between our online personal training course and our face-to-face personal training course and that's how the qualification is achieved.

As this course doesn't require you to attend practical training at one of our nationwide venues, all the learning can be completed from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. When the time comes, theory exams are completed online, within LES (Learner Engagement System). With regards to the practical assessments, these are completed in your own gym, so you'll be required to film yourself with a friend or family member as your client.

In no way will you be disadvantaged because you've chosen to do an online course. You'll still have access to print and digital manuals, and unlimited support. We've also included a wealth of other learning resources including over 70 online lectures, over 60 practical training videos and exclusive PT Business Mastery content from world-leading personal trainer Matt Roberts.

How do I complete my theory exams and practical assessments?

For your theory exams, these are completed online with LES (Learner Engagement System), this is essentially the student portal you'll get instant and 24/7 access to when you enrol.

The theory exams are invigilated by an online proctor that uses your laptop or desktop PC's microphone and webcam to monitor your conduct throughout the exam. It's important that you treat this exam in the exact same way you would if you were sitting it in person. One of the biggest benefits of doing an online exam is that you have the complete flexibility to choose when you take it, you'll also get instant access to your results.

After the theory exams have been completed, you can start to think about the practical side of things. For your practical assessments, you'll need to be in a gym environment and have a friend or family member with you to act as your client. You'll then film your sessions (a tablet or smartphone is more than sufficient) and submit them to your Learner Support Tutor for marking.

What learning resources are available when I study?

The simple answer to this question is... everything that's included with our face-to-face personal trainer courses and more. From the moment you enrol, you'll be assigned a Learner Support Tutor who is on hand Monday - Friday via phone or email. Their support is unlimited and they'll be able to answer any questions you may have.

Alongside this, you'll also receive 24/7 access to LES, the Learner Engagement System. This innovative online platform is where you'll find a wealth of learning resources including practice quizzes, workbooks and over 70 online video lectures and over 60 practical training videos. Essentially, everything you need to truly bring the course to life. As an exclusive to our online personal training courses, we've also included PT Business Mastery. Presented by Matt Roberts, one of the world's most accomplished personal trainers, these video lectures will guide you through a range of topics all centred around starting a personal training business.

Accompanying LES and the online resources we provide are seven comprehensive training manuals and these are supplied as both print and digital versions, the latter being available via the HFE app. These manuals are bespoke and have been written and designed by our team of in-house experts.

What are my payment options?

We don't want anything standing in the way of you enrolling onto our online personal training courses and that's why we have an open and honest pricing model.

If you'd like to get everything sorted upfront then we provide a 5% discount when you pay for the course in full. Alternatively, you can spread the course of your online PT course with our 0% interest 6 and 12-month payment plans. With either option, you can secure your place for just £250.

Do you offer guaranteed personal trainer interviews and jobs?

We've produced a comprehensive guide to guaranteed interviews and jobs for personal trainers that you should read if you'd like more information about those practices. Essentially, it's not something we've ever engaged with because we firmly believe you should be in complete control of your personal training career.

Instead of pushing you down a certain path or recommending specific employers or employment routes, we've created CV Connect. This is a truly game-changing way for our personal training graduates to secure their dream job. As you soon as you've completed your online personal trainer course, you'll instantly unlock access to CV Connect within LES (Learner Engagement System).

From here, all you'll need to do is upload your CV, search for employers in our area and apply directly. There are no recruitment agencies or other gatekeepers to deal with, just a direct path to thousands of employment opportunities with the likes of UP Fitness, Pure Gym, Your Personal Training, David Lloyd, Fitness First and many more.

As part of our online personal trainer course, we've also included PT Business Mastery. This is a series of exclusive video lectures from Matt Roberts, one of the world's best personal trainers. It's a perfect resource for those who really want to take things into their own hands and start a personal training business.

How long will it take to get qualified as a personal trainer?

When it comes to becoming a personal trainer, we want you to have as much flexibility and freedom as possible and that's why you have up to 12 months to complete our online personal training courses. We've been delivering courses for well over ten years and our interactions with thousands of students have taught us everyone is different and everyone learns at a different pace. A 'one size fits all' approach simply doesn't work and the structure and content of our online PT course reflects that.

Our in-depth study guide provides a month-by-month breakdown of all the topics you'll need to cover and it's a great way to structure your learning. Your dedicated Learner Support Tutor will also be on hand over the phone or via email throughout your studies. If you need any guidance at all, at any stage, they'll be able to provide it.

What matters most is not how quickly you complete your online personal trainer course, but the effort, energy and enthusiasm you put into your studies. Ultimately, it's the way you're going to get the most enjoyment out the experience as well.

Online Personal Trainer Courses with HFE

The personal training sector is big business, making up around 13% of the wider health and fitness industry. In terms of revenue that 13% means £650 million is generated by personal training alone. With over 7,000 gyms currently operating in the UK and thousands upon thousands of personal trainer jobs available, now is the perfect time to join the fitness elite.

Your journey starts with one of our CIMSPA-recognised and YMCA Awards-accredited online personal training courses. It’s perfect for newcomers to the fitness industry as it covers both the Level 2 Certificate Gym Instructor and the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Both have been combined seamlessly with our online personal trainer course and the two elements can be completed one after the other. If you’d prefer to take the step-by-step approach then we also off the online gym instructor course and the online personal trainer course as standalone qualifications.

One of the biggest benefits of our online personal trainer courses, as the name suggests, is that they can be completed online. Workbooks, case studies, practice quizzes and more can all be accessed through LES, the Learner Engagement System, which you get instant access to when you enrol. Theory exams are also taken online, from the comfort of your own home, and you’re given the choice of the day and time that best suits you.

With regards to your practical assessments, instead of travelling to one of our nationwide venues, you have the freedom to film your practical in your local gym. Whether you’re based in the heart of a big city like London, Manchester or Glasgow, a small village in the countryside or outside of the UK, you’ll be able to complete your assessment in an environment that is already familiar to you.

In terms of learning resources, everything you need to pass the course will be at your fingertips. As soon as you enrol, we’ll send out your hard copy training manuals. There are seven in total with our online personal trainer course and these can also be accessed instantly and digitally through the HFE app. LES, the student portal, is where you’ll complete your online work and to really bring the course to life, we’ve produced over 100 hours of video content for you. This includes over 70 lectures, 60 practical training demonstrations and PT Business Mastery, presented by Matt Roberts.

All our support systems, content and learning resources have been redesigned to help you become the best qualified personal trainer you can possibly be. Once you’ve completed your online PT course, the world of work awaits. There are so many possible routes to take including finding a job using CV Connect, our exclusive recruitment solution, or furthering your education with personal training courses and CPD. Ultimately, what matters most is that you feel ready to join the next generation of personal trainers and truly change lives.

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