Course overview

This is a baseline course. Before diving into our wide range of courses, you’ll need to complete a baseline course. Our baseline courses unlock the majority of our other courses. If you are just beginning your fitness journey and have never completed one of our baseline courses before, this is your starting point.

One of our most popular courses at HFPA, this Personal Trainer Certificate is an occupational skills programme which qualifies you to work internationally as a Personal Trainer, offering one-on-one fitness instruction to individuals and small groups. If you are looking for a career change, or just entering the job market, this versatile course is the quickest way to get you from fitness enthusiast to qualified professional.

Key features

  • An internationally portable fitness qualification
  • Great for career changers
  • Allows you to work with individuals or small groups

Study modes

  • Online Learning: Complete your studies on our online platform under the guidance of an experienced tutor
  • Distance/Blended: Complete your studies online with structured workshops held nationally and internationally at our licensed campuses and centres

Career opportunities

You can work in:

  • Health clubs and gyms - we have long standing relationships with premium gym and health club networks around the country
  • Sport and recreation centres
  • Cruise liners. We are the preferred suppliers of Steiner cruise ships
  • International holiday clubs and spas


  • NQF 5 certificate
  • CATHSSETA registered course
  • Registered with REPSSA (Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa)
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Sport Conditioning Coach
  • National Certificate in Fitness