Personal Trainer

Work internationally as a Personal Trainer in all major health clubs, on cruise liners and in private practice

Where & How to Study

Distance with Workshops Online

Personal Trainer

Course Requirements

Grade 12 National Senior Certificate.

If you do not hold a level 4 NQF you can apply to study our Fitness Instructor Certificate NQF 4. Successfully completing this will provide you access to our NQF 5 programmes and a pathway into more advanced programmes and further opportunities.

Course Description

The Personal Trainer Certificate is an Occupational Skills Programme which allows you to work internationally as a Personal Trainer

  • Offer one-on-one fitness instruction to individuals and small groups
  • Work in a variety of fitness environments which include Health Clubs, Sport & Recreation, Centres, Cruise Liners, International Holiday Clubs and Spas

Structured distance workshops are offered at the following campuses and supports centres:

  • Jhb (Bedfordview)
  • Pretoria
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Nelspruit

Studying personal training is a lot more than just reading the course content! All of our qualifications requires the student to complete a certain amount of hours of shadowing (work integrated learning). Not only is this required to pass the course but will also be of benefit to you as it will help you obtain real world experience before entering the fitness industry. It will also give you in-the-field experience that you won’t get in a classroom and it allows you to explore the industry before committing to it full time.

Subjects & Modules



  • The Skeletal and Muscular System
  • Joints
  • The Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Levers



  • Screening & Testing
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle Strength, Endurance and Power
  • Periodisation and Programming
  • Sports Conditioning



  • The Fitness Industry
  • Insurance
  • Entrepreneurship



  • Digestion
  • Food groups
  • Supplements
  • Food labelling



  • Comprehensive, hands-on, practical tuition offered nationally from HFPA campuses and support centres

Accreditations & Certifications

NQF Level: 5

Course Credits: 86

REPSSA CPD Points: 20

SAQA Registered

Recognised and registered with REPSSA (Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa). REPSSA is part of ICREPS (International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals)

Career Opportunities
  • Work as a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer in health clubs, or in private practice
  • Add sports Performance, Wellness Management and Sport Science support to your resume
  • Travel the world working on international luxury cruise liners or at holiday clubs
  • Continue on to the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science to grow your expertise and open doors to university level programmes
  • Work as a health and fitness blogger, online personal trainer, fitness manager or wellness director
  • Open your own business, gym or studio
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  1. Melanie Lowe-Martin

    Blown away!

    Melanie Lowe-Martin (verified owner)

    Doing my personal training course through HFPA was phenomenal! It was hands down the best structured and easy to follow course I have ever done! The instructions are very clear and easy to understand, the material was very easy to consume and remember. Support from the Tutors is incredible. The course not only covers the fundamentals of human movement, exercise and nutrition, but educates you extensively on the, vitally important, legal and insurance information that is crucial for any new trainer to know. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to get started on their journey into the fitness industry.

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