Looking to embark on or fast-track a career in the health and fitness industry? Get off to the best start and gain a recognized qualification when you enrol on our Physical Trainer program.
Our Physical Trainer program is designed to help you embark on or advance your career, and to gain a qualification if you're already a working professional. You'll also get access to complementary education programs. Off to a flying start…
Once you've gained your Physical Coaching Academy qualification, we'll automatically enter you in the EREPS (European Register of Exercise Professionals) register. EREPS is recognized by EuropeActive (the European Health and Fitness Association).
Looking to advance your knowledge? You must have completed the Physical Trainer course in order to be eligible for the NASM™ Certified Personal Trainer module (unless you have an EREPS level 3 qualification or equivalent).
To understand basic anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and physical training.
Teaching covers the following topics:
- Functional anatomy
- Exercise physiology
- Training principles and methods
- Nutrition and sport
- The psychosocial aspects of health and fitness
This course will fully prepare you to progress to the NASM™ Personal Trainer qualification.
Lessons and exams
- The course spans 6 weeks (1.5 months)
- 5 days of lessons, alternating between theory and practical sessions
- 1 exam day (written and oral)
Teaching days are organized so that every participant has sufficient time to absorb the theory and put it into practice.
- Supervised 15-hour internship at a fitness center.
- 15 hours of training recorded by the student in a logbook
Day 1 teaching
- Skeletal anatomy
- Joint anatomy
- Terminology of movements
- Planes and axes of movement
- Muscular system
- Postural deviations and assessment
Day 2 teaching
- Functional anatomy of the muscles:
- The abdominal muscles
- Chest and shoulder
- Lower limbs
- Core Training:
Day 3 teaching
- Resistance training
- Resistance training (free weights)
Day 4 teaching
- Physiological basics of training
- Assessing cardiovascular endurance
- Training and cardiovascular endurance
- Sport and nutrition:
- Nutritional hierarchy
Day 5 teaching
- Training basics
- Recovery, overload, overtraining
- Program Design
- Communication and motivation
- Professionalism, code of conduct, ethics, national standards and directives
- Designing a training program
The 30-hour internship breaks down as follows:
- At least 15 hours in a fitness centre (supervised by an instructor qualified to at least EREPS level 3 or equivalent).
The internship offers students an opportunity to observe a Fitness Instructor at work and to participate in various tasks.
Students learn how to introduce clients to the equipment and support them during their training session. They will also become familiar with how to design and explain a training program. This helps them to assist with the smooth running of the centre. They will help open and close the venue. They will answer the phone, schedule appointments and register new clients. Finally, they will help inspect and clean the equipment, and ensure the centre is kept tidy.
Once the 15 hours have been completed, the supervising instructor will carry out an assessment of the knowledge acquired during the internship. You have a maximum period of 6 months from the last day of the course to send us all the documents regarding your internship, otherwise you will be considered to have failed.
- 15 hours of training to be recorded in a logbook.
Teaching culminates in a written exam and an oral exam, in addition to a practical assessment carried out by the supervising instructor.
50 multiple-choice questions (60 minutes). To pass, students must score at least 80%.
To prepare for the exam, you'll be asked to design 2 training programs for an imaginary client. On the day of the oral exam, you'll bring along the 2 programs you've designed and your logbook. The examiner will question you on all of these documents. To pass, students must score at least 50%.
Included in the 15-hour internship at a fitness centre: train a client during a coaching session.
In order to gain the qualification, you must pass all components: written exam, oral exam and practical assessment.
A student who fails an exam may retake the exam once, at no extra cost. In any event, you have a period of 6 months from the final day of the course in which to sit your exams, after which point you will be deemed to have failed.
Once you pass your exams and assessment, you'll be awarded the Physical Trainer qualification, and automatically be entered into the EREPS register (level 3).
An asset for you and your clients: first-aid certification
As a health professional, you're no doubt keen to have the knowledge and instincts you need to be able to help your clients, especially in the event of a heart attack. That's why we strongly encourage our students to undertake training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in how to operate a defibrillator, by completing our CPR/AED course. Plus, this qualification is a real asset for your CV.
You must be at least 18 to sit the exams.
The Walloon and Flemish Regions offer financial support for this program.
- Intended for the self-employed/SMEs in the Walloon Region.
- €15 (inc. VAT) funded by the Region per hour of teaching. You can use chèques formation up to € 525 (35 vouchers) to pay for this course.
- Intended for the self-employed/SMEs in the Flemish Region.
- Voucher for 30% off the cost of the program, excl. of VAT.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that, following a reform of the 'KMO portefeuille' system, courses aimed at developing technical knowledge and skills to work in the sports and fitness sector (fitness instructor, Personal Trainer...) are no longer eligible for subsidies. We regret this decision, which was made independently of our will. If it turns out, after verification, that certain courses meet the criteria, we will inform you.
Lessons take place between 9.00 and 16.30.
Physical Trainer Summer School
Over summer, you'll also have the opportunity to take part in the Physical Trainer Summer School and gain your qualification in under 3 weeks.
Once you have specified your preferred language, simply choose the schedule that suits you and follow the steps below to confirm your registration. It will take you no more than 2 minutes.
Due to the logistical organization, we kindly request you to ideally register for a course at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.