Essex Fitness Academy

Diploma courses for fitness instructors and personal trainers


Apprentice Personal Trainer Option Now Available!

Our Personal Training Courses just got even better:

– Gain work experience: half of your fees paid in return for working with us
– Earn an additional income while you work with us
– Pay back the other half via interest free, monthly repayments

Fitness Courses with the Essex Fitness Academy.
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Personal Training Courses with EFA:

Certificate in Personal Training

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Level 3 Nutrition

FROM £999


Diploma in Personal Training

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Level 3 Nutrition
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Business and Marketing
  • Training Groups in Outdoor Environments
  • Kettlebells Instructor

FROM £1250


Advanced Diploma in Personal Training

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Level 3 Nutrition
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Business and Marketing
  • Training Groups in Outdoor Environments
  • Kettlebells Instructor
  • Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Low Back Pain

FROM £2250

**For a great additional income, become the ultimate fitness professional and consider adding our sports massage courses to your personal training qualification too!

Sports Massage Courses:

Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy:

Cover anatomy and physiology, massage techniques, roles and responsibilities and gets lots of practice administering massage.

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Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy

Coming soon………


Level 5 Sports Massage Therapy

Coming soon………

Level 4 Fitness Courses:

Level 4 Low Back Pain

Become an expert in the management and treatment of lower back pain.

You will learn how to question, assess and treat low back pain, mainly non-specific low back pain.

This is where you become a specialist at the top of the industry; level 4. This is a great addition to our personal training courses and sports massage courses.

Click the link below or the image to go to the dedicated course page and enrol:

Low Back Pain Course Page


Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes

Coming soon………


Level 4 Training People with Mental Health Conditions

Coming soon………


Level 4 Strength and Conditioning

Coming soon………

Exercise Referral

An excellent qualification that enables you to work with clients who have low lying health conditions.

This means that you will not have to turn away every client who has a medical condition.

This is an excellent addition to our personal training courses and is automatically part of the advanced diploma.

You can also either get involved with, or create your own exercise referral scheme through networking with local doctor surgeries.

This is also a pre-requisite qualification to a number of level 4 qualifications such as low back pain, obesity, diabetes  and more.

Click the image on the right or the link below to find out more information and enrol:



There are so many further qualifications you can take to ensure you are always at the top of your game. Some of theses courses are either part of, or are a great addition to our personal training courses.

Here we have listed below some of the essential short courses you can take that will help ensure your success:

Kettlebells Instructor

Suspended Movement Training Instructor

Circuit Training Instructor

Focus Gloves and Pads (coming soon)

Various Online Study Courses for CPD Points


Simply click the image to the right or the link below to be taken to our dedicated short courses page:



What courses can I study online?

All of the longer duration fitness courses can be studied at your own pace using online learning. You will be provided with a hard copy learner manual in addition to a comprehensive study guide, videos, your own tutor and more. Online courses include:

  • All personal training courses
  • Gym Instructor
  • Exercise Referral
  • Level 3 Sports Massage Courses
  • Some level 4 qualifications

When you are ready, you simply discuss it with your tutor and book your assessment days.

And each assessment day has a fun workshop day to accompany it for extra support. Typically, these are held on weekends to make planning around your other commitments easier.

Fitness courses such as the certificate in personal training will require two full assessment weekends; one half way through your studies and the other at the end.

Our sports massage courses will vary with the number of assessment days needed to attend depending on the level of study. The advanced diploma in personal training will also require more than two assessment weekends due to the higher level of study.

CPD Short courses that only last a day or so are typically delivered on the day. The distance part of these courses includes the pre-reading and completion of worksheets prior to attendance.

Simple as that!

How do I Enrol?

Have a look below at your payment options, click each one to find out which is best for you and enrol from there.

See you soon!

Part-Time Blended Learning

If you would prefer to have more classroom based learning with your fitness courses, but you don’t have the time to commit to a full-time course, then this is perfect!

Fitness courses using our part-time, blended learning option are more structured at the same time as having the flexibility needed for a busy lifestyle.

This is a very popular option for all of our fitness courses. Such as our personal training courses, sports massage courses, exercise referral, level 4 low back pain and more.

Put simply, you attend practical training weekends, that are typically set apart every other week. In between these weekends, you undertake guided home study.

Your tutor is always on hand to support you and you can book in times to see them on a 1-2-1 basis should you ever need extra support.

Should you miss a day or a weekend, you can attend a catch up workshop to ensure you don’t fall behind.

The Gym Instructor course currently has 4 weekends, every other week.

The Personal Training courses immediately afterwards have a further 5 weekends for students studying for the full personal trainer diploma – every other week. Or seven weekends for the advanced diploma.

The sports massage courses start at five weekends and the exercise referral course has three weekends – both every other week.

Please note, once we start delivering the levels 4 and 5 sports massage courses, there will be more than five weekends and the structure may vary due to the high level of study.

We can assure you that you will enjoy every weekend!

And you’ll enjoy all the fitness courses we have to offer! See you soon!

Full-Time Study – The Fast Track Option

This study option is currently delivered predominantly for our personal training courses. Our other fitness courses are typically either part-time or distance learning. We will soon be looking at full-time delivery for our sports massage courses so watch this space on that one!

If you’re a college leaver or about to embark on your summer break at university, this is the ideal option for you.

If you are a job seeker and fitness is your passion, this is the ideal option for you.

If you are able to devote the time to our 6 week, full-time qualification, then our fast track option is for you.

Ideally you’ll already possess relevant qualifications such as an A-level PE or sports science/coaching qualification. If you don’t, then previous experience of training in a gym environment is essential. You’ll be asked to complete a pre-course worksheet to prepare you for your studies.

Students who have completed one of our sports massage courses, or a course elsewhere, automatically meet the pre-requisite requirements.

You’ll attend 4 days each week, 9am to 3pm with a fifth day devoted to completting paperwork.

With lots of practical training and engaging theory sessions, you’ll leave a true professional.

All personal training courses are delivered with YOU in mind. If you have chosen our advanced personal training diploma, you will automatically be given the choice of when you would like to attend the additional workshops to complete your extra qualifications.

If this is the option for you, enrol today and select the full-time course option.

You will enjoy each and every day! And the main reason why you will love our fitness courses is simple; we love it too! It’s our passion.


Government funded 19+ Advanced learner loan: this is for our full courses such as the diploma in personal training.

It is an excellent opportunity because your course fees are paid for you by the government department known as the Skills Funding Agency.

You then don’t pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 per year. Example repayments start from £7 per month on a salary of around £22,000 per year.

Please note however that the whole time you are not repaying your student loan, interest accrues. Meaning your loan grows a little larger every year it isn’t paid. The interest rate is very small, but this can still result in your original loan amount becoming much higher over a prolonged period of time.

For more information, click the image below to go through to our dedicated page on 19+ Advanced Learner Loans:

VASBA: This option also pays your course fees for you. Your repayments are then made over monthly instalments that are interest free. You only EVER pay back the original course fee amount.

You can spread the fees, interest free for between 6, 9, 12 15 or 18 months depending on the sixe of the course fees. For example, courses less than £650 can be spread up to a maximum of six months. Courses over these amounts can be spread up to 15 and even 18 months depending on the amount.

Prompt repayment, 9 months or less, results in a discount from your fees.

This is not a loan like the 19+ option above so it doesn’t appear on any credit searches.

For more information on VASBA, click the image below to visit our dedicated page on this funding option:

Personal Trainer Apprenticeship: An Amazing Opportunity Offered ONLY at our Academy…

This option offers an apprenticeship scheme specifically for the fitness industry whereby half of your fees can be paid through working for our partner health and fitness company – New Body Gym Ltd – as a trainee trainer.

You will undergo the fast track gym instructor qualification and complete this within 1-2 weeks. You will then begin your shifts at our gym and personal training studio as our gym instructor and trainee personal trainer.

Your weekly commitment can range from 6-16 hours each week of shifts at a rate of £7.50 per hour. Your hourly rate will go straight in to your student budget account and pay off half of the course fees each week.

In addition to typical gym instructor duties, your shifts will also include additional activities as part of your learning to help you gain essential work experience.

This is in addition to your classroom learning and will lead in to direct employment upon graduation – either with us or with one of our partners in the industry.

To apply, click the link below to get on board (8 spaces every 4 months):


Pay Upfront and get 20% off

This one is short and sweet. Pay the course fees up front and receive a 20% discount off your course fees.

Would like to pay the fees up front but haven’t got the funds saved?

Many students have paid the course fees up front using their credit cards in the past. Some have used the Paypal monthly payments option in their Paypal account to pay the course fees up front.

Either way, you get to pay the course fees up front and still spread the cost over a monthly basis with your credit card company or Paypal.

These are also good ways to pay the course fees as long as you are responsible when using credit.

However you do it, paying up front is always a good way to pay the fees as you get 20% discounted off! Furthermore, if you settle the fees using your own credit, as long as you are responsible, you can pay them back via low monthly repayments.

If this is your preferred choice, click the pay upfront button in step 4, complete the enrolment form and pay your discounted course fees.

Watch our video to see some of the fitness courses we offer…


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