PT APPRENTICESHIP

The new Apprenticeship!

Apprenticeships have been greatly simplified! Any employee working in a fitness environment may be eligible to receive apprenticeship funding to develop their career. The funding greatly reduces costs to the employer or the student. Currently, the government-set fee for a PT Apprenticeship is just £200!

 

The PT Apprenticeship includes both the Gym Instructor and the Personal Trainer (Practitioner) qualifications. If you already hold a valid Gym Instructor qualification, then just the Personal Trainer need be completed. The qualifications are completed in order. The time-frame for completion of the PT Apprenticeship is 12 months. At the end of the 12 month period (within 3 months of completion), the Apprentice will be 'End Point Assessed' in order to prove competence.

How funding works if you pay the Apprenticeship levy:

If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you will need to work with your:

  • payroll department to understand how much apprenticeship levy you are due to pay each month and submit to HMRC through the PAYE process

  • finance department for strategic decisions on how you will spend your levy funds

  • HR or training department to discuss your apprenticeship strategy

The amount of funding entering your account each month is calculated by:

How funding works if you do not pay the Apprenticeship levy:

Smaller employers, who do not pay the apprenticeship levy share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with the government. This is called ‘co-investment’.

For new apprenticeships starting on or after 1 April 2019 you pay 5% (£200) towards the cost of apprenticeship training. The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum.

All apprenticeships that started before 1 April 2019 will continue at the previous co-investment rate of 10%.

You can pay the difference from your own budget if the price of training is more than the funding band maximum.

As a smaller employer, you can reserve funds in the ‘finance’ section of your apprenticeship service account. You can also give your training provider permission to reserve them on their behalf.

Gym Instructor course content and delivery/assessment method

The Gym Instructor course consists of 5 units:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology

  2. Providing a Positive Customer Experience

  3. Lifestyle and Health Awareness Management

  4. Gym-based Programme Delivery and Preparation

  5. Gym-based Programme Delivery and Professional Instruction

 

Taught element (Dates arranged with employer):

You will receive 5 taught days during which you will learn all practical elements of the course. We teach you the movement patterns of: Squat, Hinge, Press, Pull, Rotation and Anti-rotation. You will become proficient at all of the major freeweight lifts and will learn how to coach these, plus resistance machines and cardiovascular exercise to clients. Gym experience is useful - but not essential!

Distance learning element:

You will also receive learning resources including manuals and full elearning that give you the knowledge that you need to back up your practical ability.

Assessments:

  1. Anatomy and physiology multiple choice exam

  2. Online self-marking worksheets

  3. A Learner Achievement Record that includes a number of fitness case studies and worksheets

  4. 3 practical assessments

Course duration:

You should complete your Gym Instructor qualification within 3 months of starting your apprenticeship. 

A demo of the available e-learning for this course can be found here.

A full Gym Instructor qualification specification can be found here.

Personal Trainer course content and delivery/assessment method

The Personal Trainer course consists of 6 units:

  1. Applied Anatomy and Physiology

  2. Client Motivation and Interaction

  3. Bespoke Exercise Programme Design

  4. Programme Instruction and Communication Techniques

  5. Nutrition

  6. Business Skills for a PT

 

Taught element (Dates arranged with employer):

You will receive 10 taught days during which you will learn all practical elements of the course. We will teach you advanced physical screening and training modalities and methods so that you can effectively programme exercise for a range of clients.

Distance learning element:

You will also receive learning resources including manuals and elearning that give you the knowledge that you need to back up your practical ability.

On-course assessments:

  1. Anatomy and physiology multiple choice exam

  2. Nutrition multiple choice exam

  3. Online self-marking worksheets

  4. A Learner Achievement Record that includes a 12 week 'real life' case study and worksheets

  5. Practical assessments

End Point Assessment:

At the end of your 12 month apprenticeship, you must complete and pass an 'End Point Assessment'. This will include an interview with an external assessor as well as an in-depth practical observation.

Course duration:

You have up to 12 months to complete your full apprenticeship and a further 3 months to complete your End Point Assessment.

A demo of he available e-learning for this course can be found here.

A full Personal Trainer qualification specification can be found here.

TrainerMaker. 6 Stainburn Rd. Telford. TF42FS

Company registration number: 12190186

Courses in: Telford & Shrewsbury - Shropshire, Cannock - Staffordshire, Worcester - Worcestershire, Uckfield - Sussex, Margate - Kent as well as online

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