The Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training builds on the knowledge gained on a Level 3 Personal Training course by applying new techniques to support, enhance and manage the client's journey while helping them to achieve their goals.
This is a full-time Level 4 study programme which incorporates a number of additional qualifications for continued professional development in this sector.
The field of personal training and the needs of modern day professional personal trainers are rapidly evolving in line with the broad-ranging needs and goals of the clients they serve. As a result, the industry has never been more competitive. Highly successful personal trainers are results driven and confidently differentiate the services they offer to provide an ethical service and sustain a highly successful business. Driving this success is a more scientific and evidence-based approach to programming, training, monitoring and managing clients which translates into better client retention and attracting new clients.
All applicants should have completed a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training which must be evidenced prior to starting this programme.
Learners must hold a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (or equivalent qualification) which should be evidenced prior to starting the course.
They must also be able to apply factual and theoretical knowledge and be able to use a range of cognitive and practical skills to generate specific solutions for personal training clients. This will require learners to work in predictable and unpredictable situations using their knowledge, skills and competencies pitched at Level 4 on the RQF.
All candidates will need to have achieved English and Maths grade 4 or higher.
This qualification provides learners with the enhanced knowledge and skills to fully understand their clients, utilise an evidence-based approach to programming and develop a successful and sustainable personal training business. It covers:
The study programme will also include: tutorial, enrichment, work placement totalling 72 hours, conditioning for exercise, nutrition for performance, studio cycling, outdoor fitness and pre and post-natal fitness.
You will be assessed via:
Your attendance will be monitored throughout the course, with expectations that it is maintained above 95% at all times.
There are no additional costs. However, should you wish to, you may apply for a European work experience placement which in previous years has cost in the region of £250.
Students are expected to wear black tops (T-shirts, jumpers, hoodies etc) when in class and when representing the sports department during practical sessions. Students are free to wear what they choose on their lower half, providing it is suitable for the activity being undertaken.
There are DCG-branded options to purchase should students wish to do so. However, this is not mandatory: we merely expect compliance with our colour code.
All students will benefit from having a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
This course is CIMSPA endorsed.
Students who complete this qualification will be able to enhance their employment credibility within the fitness industry.
They can also consider progression to the:
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
Keen runner Kirsty Peinelt has always wanted a health related career but hadn't considered sports therapy until her partner needed physiotherapy after an illness a few years ago.
His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College. And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels. As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
Kirsty, who is soon to start the second year of her two year diploma course, hopes to go on to university and study for a degree in physiotherapy. Once qualified she would like to work in the NHS and ideally specialise in paediatric, neurological or malignancy physiotherapy.
Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.
My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.
To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.