The FAF International Diploma in Personal Training course is a leading fitness certification course offered in Finland. All the teaching and materials are provided in English. This YMCA Awards diploma level education is also authorized by the Finnish Health and Fitness Center’s Association (SKY ry). This means that after completion of the course you are also entitled to apply for membership of the Finnish Authorized Personal Trainer -register, in addition to the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS).
FAF is the only organization offering the acclaimed YMCA International Diploma in Personal Training in Scandinavia. The program provided the candidate with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to work in a fitness center or as a self-employed personal trainer. After earning the Internation Diploma in Personal Training, the candidate will be able to provide personal fitness guidance, advice on nutrition, conduct a range of common health screening and fitness tests, plan and implement fitness programs to achieve thelr clients’ specific personal goals.
In addition to receiving the highly respected and values diploma, the successful candidates will also qualify membership of the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS), which enables them to work abroad as a personal trainer across Europe, as well as other far away locations, such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, where the REPS system of personal trainer standards are also used (n.b. this does not cover separate working or other visa requirements).
Course structure and content
The International Diploma in Personal Training program is taught in English. All the course manuals and materials are also in English. The program taked approximately 10 months to complete, which is comprised of 19 days (130 hours) of face to face learning, written reports and practical assessments, as well as the use of a comprehensive eLearning platform. During the studies, students will take four theory and two practical assessments.
No specific prerequisite qualifications are needed in order to enroll in this diploma course, as all required topics will be covered during the course. Hence, no previous education in the field of fitness and exercise is needed, and so it’s suitable for anyone, including those looking to change from their current profession, whatever that may be. We will, however, interview all the course applicants to provide the opportunity for further discussion of course related information regarding, as well as to better understand each applicant’s personal motivations and needs.
- Anatomy and physiology for exercise, Level 2 & 3
- Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
- Principles of exercise, fitness and health
- Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
- Planning gym-based exercise
- Instructing gym-based exercise
- Applying the principles of nutrition as a part of a personal training program
- Programming personal training with clients
- Delivering personal training session
The evaluation of the training consists of theory assessments, written tasks and reports, practical assessments, as well as successful completion of the online training component. After having successfully completed all assessment items, the candidates will receive both the FAF International Personal Trainer and the YMCA Diploma in Personal Training licenses. The successful candidates can then apply for level 3 EREPS membership. They will also be awarded 20 REPS approved Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points.
Feedback from current and former IPT students:
”High level teachers and education in overall.”
”I feel that I got very good PT-abilities and confidence to start my career as a PT.”
”FAF is very nice platform to upgrade fitness knowledge to any fitness trainer I feel glad to find opportunity to learn fitness knowledge under excellent teacher thank you very much to all. Being a total new comers to this field, I found the course content interest, challenging and well-designed.”
”I am happy with my decision to invest into attending this diploma course.”
”I am very happy with this programme, I learnt so much, it has been totally relevant for me that THIS IS really the path I wanna take in life, that I really want to invest myself into a trainer career and, since I´ve started the study case training, I found myself that I can even be good at it, because I love what I do, I want the best for my client and I’m overwhelmed of happiness to see her progress, or to hear her positives feedback on our sessions.”
Greeting from IPT Senior Instructor Jyri Manninen:
What does it mean to be a FAF International Personal Trainer?
”With the level 3 YMCA Awards European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Diploma in Personal Training that you’ll earn upon graduation, you’ll become a member of a distinguished internationally recognised community of personal trainers. You’ll really hit the ground running at the very start of your personal training career with a highly respected standard of education that not only allows you to work across Europe, but with a diploma that is recognised in more far away countries, such as South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Our classes are made up of students from many, many countries, such as the UK, the USA, Germany, Hungary, France, Monaco, Morocco, Iran, Nigeria, Spain, Romania, Estonia and, of course, from Finland too. Our FAF IPT courses really are a kind of ’United Nations’ of personal trainers!
On an additional personal note, as a long term instructor in fitness and health education with over 25 years in the field, the group spirit amongst our international PT students is absolutely amazing. In fact, it’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced before in any courses that I’ve previously taught on. All the participants, regardless of age, gender or professional background, gladly work and share together to enrich everyone’s individual experiences. The bottom line is that our courses are not just about learning how to become a qualified, internationally respected personal fitness trainer, but they’re also a fantastic opportunity for accelerating each student’s general personal growth and development alongside a community of other like-minded colleagues.
So, to anyone considering the FAF International Personal Trainer course, I very much look forward to helping you at the start of your new and exciting career in fitness, health and wellness.”
Senior FAF IPT instructor
Website & contact: https://kajura.com
Will you come and join our ever growing family of present and past students?
The entire FAF team would certainly love to have you with us! In addition to Minna and Joni at the FAF office, Jyri is also available to chat with you about any aspect of the course and how it will lead you on a new, life changing journey towards an amazing future in the field of personal fitness training.”