Personal Trainer Certificate

Interested in becoming a Personal Trainer?

The Trifocus Personal Training Certificate is the perfect way to start your career in Fitness. You will learn everything there is to know about training clients, assessing their needs, and how to develop programs that are tailored specifically for them.

The Gold Personal Trainer Course comprises of the National Certificate of Fitness, which is registered as an NQF 5 on the National Qualifications Framework, along with numerous other accredited courses that will enhance your earning capacity when working in the real world as a Personal Trainer.

After completing this Fitness Certificate, you are eligible to work locally and internationally in leisure centres, gyms, cruise ships, or even on your own, as your own boss – this Personal Trainer Course will put the power back in your hands and enable you to spread your wings and excel in whatever career avenue you decide to take!

This fitness qualification will furnish you with all the knowledge you need to have in order to have a successful career in Personal Training both locally and internationally.

Trifocus offers flexible online learning options, so you can study at your own pace and get the most out of this comprehensive fitness course.

Enroll today for the Trifocus Gold Personal Trainer Course!

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The Personal Trainer Course | Gold Package:

Personal Training Certificate (National Certificate of Fitness)

Additional Free Courses include:

Group Instructor Course
Online Bootcamp Course
Sports Psychology Course
Online Personal Trainer Coach

The additional courses can be studied at your own pace and in your own time.

There are many benefits to becoming an accredited Fitness Trainer. The Gold Personal Trainer course is Trifocus Fitness Academy’s most popular and revered qualification.

The benefits are endless but here are just a few:

  • Become a locally and Internationally accredited Personal Trainer with this Personal Trainer Certification.
  • This is the crème de la crème of Fitness Certifications as the course has many additional added courses that will uplift your career prospects and skill.
  • The course is locally accredited with CATHSSETA, registered with SAQA, and endorsed by REPSSA.
  • This course is offered as a flexible online course that is available to purchase immediately.
  • This certification is the most well-priced Personal Training Course there is in the industry.
  • Trained Assessors and industry-specialised support staff are available to you for the duration of your fitness studies.

The world is literally your oyster after you complete the Personal Training Qualification. With this certification you will be ahead of the pack and propel yourself to the top of the industry.

  • Become eligible to complete any one of Trifocus Personal Training Courses that are of a higher level.
  • After course graduating from this Personal Training certificate, you will be able to work as a Personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach in private practice as well as any commercial, private, wellness, or sport institute.
  • You can travel the world and work locally and internationally as you will have an accredited Fitness Qualification under your belt.
  • Become a proficient virtual Personal Trainer and coach clients online from one to many.
  • Coach Clients in a group format, allowing you to 10x your revenue potential
  • Work as a fitness, nutrition, or health blogger.
  • Become a Fitness manager or wellness director for commercial gyms.
  • Open your own studio, gym, or wellness centre.
  • Work virtually with your clients and make money from anywhere in the world.

This Personal Trainer Course covers everything you will need to know in order to start a thriving career as a Personal Trainer in the fitness industry.

Here is a list of course modules you will cover in this course:

  • Identify the anatomy of the human body
  • Explain how joints, bones, and muscles move
  • Describe how common exercises work
  • Analyse movement biomechanically
  • Analyse the anatomy of movement
  • Adapt exercises – using biomechanical principles – for a particular person
  • Understanding body’s physiology responds to resistance training
  • Understanding the body’s physiology responds to flexibility training
  • Speed and power training in fitness
  • Advise your clients on how to enhance their performance with nutrition
  • Identify and correct people’s misconceptions about nutrition
  • Read and interpret food labels
  • Assist clients in developing their training regime
  • Coach clients through the programme you’ve developed for them
  • Demonstrate verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as teaching methods

Online Learning:

This Personal Trainer Course has current and trending study methods including online and virtual study methods. Both methods are current and are designed to make studying for your fitness qualification easy and accessible.

You can start this course any time of the year.

The learning platform includes all fitness assessments and learning material on a bespoke online learning platform that you can access from your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. You can start the fitness qualification at any time during the year.

Trifocus online learning platform includes:

  • Assessments
  • Interactive games
  • Progress trackers
  • Colourful illustrations
  • Trifocus ambassador videos

Virtual Learning:

Get the most out of your Personal Training Certificate. The Online platform is included in this exciting new learning option for this fitness qualification.

Join our live and on-demand virtual class community!

Enjoy the benefits of classroom learning from the comfort of your own home on any device.

Block 6 – 6th of February – Programme design

Block 1 – 6th of March 2023 – Anatomy

Block 2 – 3rd of April – Physiology

Block 3 – 2nd of May – Biomechanics

Block 4 – 5th of June – Nutrition

Block 5 – 3rd of July – Fitness Testing

Block 6 – 7th of August – Programme design.

  • Unlimited Access to live and on-demand lectures
  • 3 evening lectures per week
  • 2 hours per lecture
  • 144 hours of live classes over 6 months
  • Learn new skills in our immersive virtual environment
  • Interact with our master Personal Trainer facilitator
  • Join the tribe and connect with fellow students
  • Build a network of likeminded individuals

Join the Trifocus Virtual Personal Training Sessions Today!

The National Certificate in Fitness is the minimum Personal Training certification required by both Virgin Active and Planet Fitness gyms locally and will allow you to work as a personal trainer in their facilities.


  • SAQA ID 23374 level 5.
  • REPPSA Endorsed
  • Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) (International) Trifocus Fitness Academy is accredited by ICE according to the Assessment-based Certificate Accreditation Program (ACAP). ACAP is measured against the ICE 1100 Standard, which is an American National Standard.

Admission requirements:

To be admitted into the Personal Trainer course, you need a Grade 12/Matric or NQF level 4. If you do not hold a Matric or NQF Level 4 but rather a Grade 11 or lower, the Gym Instructor Course can be completed first as a prerequisite for this course.

Becoming a fitness professional requires a lot more from you than just reading the course content! All South African Accredited Fitness Qualifications require the student to complete a stipulated number of experiential hours of shadowing.

This is required of you to complete and pass your personal training qualification, as it will assist you in obtaining work experience before entering the fitness industry.

Trifocus Fitness Academy and teamed up with ShadowMe.Fitness to enable you to complete your certified fitness shadowing hours virtually. ShadowMe.Fitness has the world’s best fitness instructors demonstrating and upskilling you in your chosen fitness niche.

Benefits of this include:

  • Faster completion of your fitness course
  • Complete your certified shadowing hours in the comfort of your own home
  • Can be done from any device
  • Save on travel costs, gym entrance fees
  • No need to visit a gym or fitness studio to get your shadow hours
  • Your certified shadowing deck is authenticated through bespoke software
  • Lifetime access to your chosen fitness niche

How to become A Personal Trainer?

You can become an accredited Personal Trainer by studying any one of Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Personal Training Courses.

The National Certificate Fitness and the National Diploma Fitness are the best routes to take.

Are there payment plans available for this Certificate of Fitness?

Payments for the Personal Training Certificate can be made via Payfast, EFT, or by debit order (which is deducted on the last working day of every month). We offer discounts if you pay the Personal Training Certificate fees upfront.

Is there student support for the Fitness Course?

Yes, there are student support managers available to assist you with any queries from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm to assist you during the duration of your studies in Personal Training.

When can you start the Personal Training course?

This Fitness Course can be started anytime during the year.

What are the registration requirements for the Personal Training Course?

To register for the Personal Training Certificate, we require a valid South African ID, or a valid passport if you reside outside of South Africa. You must have a Matric/Grade 12 certificate.

How much do Personal Trainers earn in South Africa?

By becoming a Trainer in South Africa, you are eligible to earn anywhere from R20,000 – R80,000 per month in South Africa. Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Personal Training Qualifications will put you on the right footing.

Being a Personal Trainer means that you are a business owner. You control the amount that you earn: the more clients that you train (and give fantastic service to) the more money that you will earn.

How long does it take to become a Personal Trainer in South Africa?

The Personal Training course duration varies from individual to individual. The course times are flexible in nature. However, most students become qualified anywhere from 6-12 months.

Do you need a Matric to become a Personal Trainer?

You will need to have NQF 4 to be able to study for a Personal Training Certification in South Africa. Fitness industry employers typically expect an accredited fitness certification along with fitness practical experience. Follow these steps to become a fitness trainer.

What personal trainer course is the most well respected?

Since the boom of the health and fitness industry, the demand for personal training courses has skyrocketed. With this increased demand has come tonnes and tonnes of colleges claiming to offer the best personal training courses out there.

However, how do you know which course is better than the rest? Well, there’s an extremely easy answer to this.

If a personal training course is accredited by a recognised health and fitness body, this is the course that you should go for.


Because with this type of accreditation, health and fitness experts have put their stamp of approval on these courses. They are saying that by studying a particular course you will become the best personal trainer out there. For example, Trifocus Fitness Academy’s personal trainer courses are accredited with the following bodies:

  • The Register of Exercise Professionals SA (REPSSA)
  • Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA)
  • South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)


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