Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Personal Trainer



ACCREDITATION: EHFA [European Health and Fitness Association]; EREPS Membership Certificate Level 4
PRICE: INR 58000.00

DESCRIPTION: Get qualified as a Personal Trainer with the industry’s most recognised training provider and turn your love for fitness into a rewarding career.

COURSE DURATION: All our courses have been designed for busy professionals so that they fit your commitment and the time you can dedicate to study. Usually in about 3 – 4 months, our learners are easily able to complete their course.

CERTIFICATES AWARDED: A total of 4 certificates are awarded:

1. FSSA Councils Certified Personal Trainer
2. EREPS Membership Certificate [Level 4 Personal Trainer]
4.    Fitness Trainer Certificate by Sports Sector Skills Council [SPEFL–SC]

COURSE DELIVERY: Hybrid, Blended Learning

  • To be eligible for this course, students must have a computer and internet access, be over 18 years old, and meet FSSA Councils acceptance criteria, which includes an eligibility interview and demonstrating satisfactory levels of language, literacy and numeracy.
  • The students [Indian Nationals only] must have an Aadhar Card; Not applicable for foreign students
  • Specific pre requisite: The student(s) must have completed EQF Level 3 Qualification


Welcome and Orientation

Role and Responsibility of a Personal Trainer
• Understanding Fitness and Its components
• Training methodologies
• Definition of a personal trainer
• Attributes and Education
• Scope of Practice of a Personal Trainer
• Working according to International standards i.e. according to the EHFA guidelines and/or standards and value of working to these standards

Showcase – Delivering a world class PT session covering all aspects of a world class PT Session [ as per FSSA Councils Practical Observation Checklist]

 Functional Anatomy
• Identify the major bones of the skeleton
• Major joints and movement action associated with each
• Familiarity with spatial terms
• Types of muscles
• Spine: Anatomy, Curvatures and the detrimental effects these abnormal curvatures pose to the surrounding structure
• Explain the agonist/antagonist relationship of muscle groups and their relation to movement economy and injury risk
• Identify proper biomechanical movements and common errors that occur when performing fundamental lifts??

Exercise Physiology – Muscle Physiology
• Identify muscle structure/composition and the pathways involved in muscle contractions
• Different types of muscle contractions and explain how they are used in human movement
• Explain the factors that affect force production capabilities within the muscle tissue
• Discuss the different factors that contribute to short term and long term muscle fatigue and recovery rate

Exercise Physiology – Cardiovascular physiology

• Identify the chambers and valves of the heart and how they maintain proper blood flow
• Explain how heart rate is regulated
• Define  cardiac output
• Discuss what is BP and levels of hypertension
• Develop and understanding of arterial and venous blood flow in the body
• Explain how oxygen and nutrients are exchanged in tissues of the body
• Be able to appropriately palpate a clients pulse at the carotid and radial arteries
• Exercise and its short term and long term effect on CVS
• Screening and Evaluation
• Pre exercise screening
• Explain the role of pre exercise screening in determining physical activity participation
• Identify the proper procedures used to clear a participant for exercise
• Explain the components of informed consent and how to properly implement the document
• Explaining the PAR – Q
• Explain how to increase exercise test validity, reliability and safety
• Explain the difference between short and long term goals and how to determine realistic (SMART) goals

Fitness Assessments
• Explain the difference between maximal and sub maximal testing for cardiorespiratory fitness
• Identify optimum muscle strength ratios at each major joint segment
• Explain the role strength plays in testing for muscular endurance
• Explain the difference between anaerobic power and capacity
• Identify and implement common field tests for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, endurance, body composition and flexibility

Body Composition
• Define body composition and be able to quantity fat mass and fat free mass
• Essential body fat values for men and women and explain fat levels play in the body
• Discuss the relationship between body composition and health
• Calculate BMI (Body mass index) and explain its role in predicting disease
• Be able to implement method used for circumference measurements
• Be able to perform skinfold analysis and girth measurements t determine body composition

Exercise prescription and programming considerations
• List and explain the principles of exercise program design
• Identify the role of a warm up and discuss the acute physiological response to the activity
• Identify the different types of warm ups and compare the role of each in an exercise prescription
• Explain the role of a cool down following exercise participation
• Discuss the importance of skill acquisition when implementing the exercise selected
• List the general order of activities in a program using concurrent aerobic and anaerobic training modalities
• Define and explain how the following
components are used in an exercise program: frequency, duration, volume, intensity, rest intervals and recovery periods
• Define the principles of exercise and role of each in program development

Programming for flexibility
• Benefits of flexibility training
• Problems and limitations associated with poor flexibility
• List and define different types of flexibility training
• Explain the factors determining flexibility technique selection and the advantages and disadvantages of each
• Identify the prescription guidelines for static/dynamic flexibility training
• Perform flexibility training techniques and identify common errors in performance

Programming for Cardiorespiratory fitness
• Identify the appropriate cardiorespiratory tests for varying populations
• Calculate predicted maximal heart rate and explain the factors that affect the prediction
• Discuss the roles of RPE & Talk Test within programming
• Calculate THR training zones and discuss relevance for exercise programming
• Identify the recommended training intensities for various populations
• Explain the differences between steady state and interval training
• List general guidelines for cardiorespiratory training
• Define a MET and explain its role in exercise programming

Anaerobic Training
• List the benefits of resistance training
• Explain the relationship between anaerobic pathways and exercise programming
• List and define each of the resistance training systems and identify their role in programming
• Discuss the differences in programming for power, strength , hypertrophy and endurance

Designing a weight training program
• Granddaddy laws
• Periodisation
• Advanced strength protocols

• Squat
• Lunges
• Leg Extension
• Leg Curl/Hamstring Curls
• Calves/TA (Tibialis Anterior)
• Abductors/Adductors/Hip Flexors

• Deadlift (Barbells/Dumbbells)
• Bent over Barbell Rows
• Seated Rows
• Lat pull down (Wide grip)
• Lat pull down (Narrow grip)
• Lat Pull Down (Back)
• High Pulley Row/Low pulley Row
• Pull ups/Chin ups

• Biceps Curls (Pulleys, Barbell, dumbbells, variations etc.]
• Hammer Curls
• Concentration Curls
• Preacher Curls

• Push ups
• Butterfly
• Chest Flies
• Barbell Bench Press (Flat)
• Dumbbell Bench Press (Incline)

• Military press
• Upright Rows
• Front raise
• Lateral Raise
• Rear deltoid flies
• Shrugs
• Rotator cuffs (Internal/External Rotation)

• Triceps Kickback
• Skull Crusher
• French Curls
• Close grip bench press
• Pulley push down
• Bench Dips
• Bar Dips

Sit ups
• Curls
• Leg raises
• Plank
• Hanging Leg Raises
• Back Extensions
• Russian Twist

Practical Assessment – Delivering a world class PT session [as per FSSA Councils POC i.e. Practical Observation Checklist]

5 weeks overall which includes:


Total: 96 Hours GUIDED LEARNING [Virtual and offline, including CPR AED]

There are 6 HOURS for CPR included and onsite training in a gym set up also besides the online training.

Week 01

DAY 01.
Professionalism and Ethics for a personal trainer
DAY 02
Role of the personal trainer and the role in developing enthusiasm and motivation in clients
DAY 03
Informing clients of a healthy lifestyle, barriers to exercise and incentives, etc. discussions, role plays
DAY 04
Functional anatomy, muscles, joints, interplay
DAY 05
Functional anatomy contd. power point presentations, diagrams, reference to manuals, etc.

Week 2

DAY 01
Functional anatomy contd.
Formative assessments done online with tutor and assessors in view
DAY 02
Exercise physiology, nervous system, power points, diagrams
Day 03
Exercise physiology contd. respiratory adaptations, endocrine system
Day 04
Nutrition, dietary role , etc
Day 05
Nutrition contd.., nutrition recommendations,

Week 3

DAY 01
Nutrition contd..
Formative assessment online

DAY 02
Understanding tools for physical assessment
Different types of questionnaires
Dealing with moods of clients and motivation

DAY 03
Understanding how to select behaviour change strategies to enhance performance,
Correct screening procedures
Identifying factors to refer, role plays

DAY 04
Psychosocial aspects and analysing information of client contd..
Summative assessments

DAY 05 (11.00-5.00 PM)
Training adaptations and exercise planning

Week 04

DAY 01(11.00- 5.00 PM)
Show casing of a PT Session
Continue with training adaptations and exercise programming

DAY 02 (11.00- 5.00 PM)
Practicing according to the Practical observation checklist, going through detailing of how a session needs to be delivered with focus on all skills learnt and biomechanics assessments.

DAY 03 (11.00-5.00 PM)
Strength training principles
Making strength training exercise schedules

DAY 04 (11.00-5.00 PM)
Emphasising regressions and progressions in excercises
Aerobic and anaerobic programme designing
Different methods of cardiorespiratory training
Flexibility principles to be used practically

DAY 05
(11.00-5.00 PM)
• Business and marketing skills

Week 5

DAY 01(11.00-2.00 pm)
Business and marketing skills

DAY 02(11.00-2.00 pm)
Discussions on developing business brands,
Knowledge on importance of website in marketing
How to sell personal training

DAY 03
CPR AED ( 6 hours)

ONLINE (11.00-2.00 PM)

Program designing
Fitness assessments
Strength training protocols
Role plays

ONLINE(11.00-2.00 PM)

Review of the course
Formative assessments
Preparation for summative assessment

Course FAQs

How long do I have to complete my Personal Trainer Course?

All courses must be completed within 6 months of the official purchase date (or enrollment by virtue of paying full/part payment).

How long does it take for FSSA Council to process my examination result(s) and Personal Training Certificate?

FSSA Councils personal training certificates are processed and mailed within three weeks after all certification requirements have been completed.There are some cases where the certificates have been issued approximately after 12 months of student enrolment. The reasons could be many such as payment delays from the learners side, failing of theory and/or practical assessments, not completing the paperwork [pre and post] on time, not taking the scheduled assessments, not complete one aspect of / complete training as per our original schedule. It has also been noticed that a lot if learners prefer to come through influencers and/or small academies to FSSA Council and sometime the only issue(s) are delay or lack of effective communication from the learners/influencers side. There are also some third party certificates involved in these qualifications and some times the delays could be in this regard also. This is an adult education program and it is 100% the learners responsibility to know what program he has enrolled for and what it contains to effectively and successfully clear the qualification.

What exactly should I find in my CPT course package?

Your package should include the following:

- Fitness Essentials Book
- The PT handbook
- Weight Training Guide
- Study Guide
- Anatomy & Physiology assessment workbook
- Client intake forms
- Course quizzes

What is the best way to go about reviewing the course material to prepare for the final examination?

The best way to complete your revision is by revising the class notes given by our tutors, and practicing course quizzes which are included in your CPT Package. You can also, always, speak to one of our advisors in case you need any further assistance.

My package includes study guide and workbooks. Is it mandatory to complete those?

The Workbook and Study Guide provides assistance in the retention of the course material. You are not required to submit the workbook in for grading. However, experience has shown that individuals who faithfully use the Workbook and Study Guide achieve greater understanding of the course materials than those who do not. We recommend that you actively use the Workbook and Study Guide to prepare for the final examination.(It is not mandatory)

What is required to get my Personal Training Certificate?

You must meet the following:

- The payment should have been received in full
- Your CPR AED certification should have been completed (Included in your package, unless otherwise stated in your confirmation email)
- Your SKILL INDIA Fitness Trainer Certification should have been completed (included in your package unless otherwise stated in your confirmation email)
- You should have successfully submitted and received a PASS grade on your practical assessment
- You should have taken your final theory examination and received a PASS grade

What do I have to do before I can take my final exam?

You must meet the following:

- Completed your CPR AED Certification
- Completed your SKILL INDIA Certification
- Paid in full
- Received a PASS on your practical assessment

What happens if I fail my examination?

- If you fail the FSSA CPT theory examination, You can simply retake the exam again by paying a charge of INR 3800.00
- If you fail the SKILL INDIA examination, You can simply retake the exam again by paying a charge of INR 3800.00
- If you do not meet the practical assessment guidelines, there will be a deadline given but no charges (second attempt). Post that there will be a charge of INR 4800.00

What happens if I am unable to complete my course within 6 months of my enrollment?

If you fail to complete the program requirements within 6 months, you may request a 2-month extension, free of charge, by writing to us at support@fssacouncil.org.

If you fail to complete the requirements during your first extension period, you may request a final 2-month extension for a non-refundable fee of INR 7500.00.

Completion of the program beyond the final extension period requires re-enrollment by paying full fee towards the program.

What type of CPR AED Certification is required for this certification?

All FSSA Professionals are required to maintain a current adult CPR/AED certification. If your CPR/AED expires before your renewal, you are responsible for updating your CPR/AED status. Your CPR/AED certificate must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the date of submission.

A CPR AED certification is already included in this package (unless otherwise stated in your confirmation email) by an approved provider.

What if I don’t have the CPR AED Certification?

You don’t have to worry. A CPR AED certification is already included in this package (unless otherwise stated in your confirmation email) by an approved provider.

What is your policy on certification course transfer?

Learners can transfer a course to another learner within one month of the original enrollment date.

A Course Transfer request by email, a copy of the current student's photo ID, and INR 4800.00 transfer fee must be submitted us within one month.

Courses may only be transferred once.

Can I exchange for CPT course for another course/speciality/training?

This option is not possible. You may however, transfer the course to another learner (Policy mentioned above). You will be responsible for finding the learner , whom you wish to transfer the course to.

Continuing Education FAQs

How do I renew and maintain my CPT Certification?

FSSA CPT certificate is valid for a period of 2 years. Trainers are required to renew their certification every 2 years. This process consists of a renewal fee, updated CPR/AED certification, and documentation stating the completion of 20 Continuing Professional Development points (CPD).

(Please note, fulfilment of this specification is required of trainers only after they have received certification through FSSA. CPDs are not a prerequisite to receiving certification.)

All FSSA Professional Trainers maintain their professional status by:

- Submission of documentation/Certificates of acceptable CPD points completed during the previous 2-year certification cycle.
- Proof of a valid Basic Adult CPR/AED certification.
- Payment of renewal fees of INR 9500.00

What is the renewal fee?

Member Renewal: INR 9500.00
The fee must be paid at the time of renewal.

What is the CPR AED Requirement?

All FSSA Professionals are required to keep a current basic adult CPR/AED certification. If your CPR/AED expires before your renewal, you are responsible for updating your CPR/AED status. Your CPR/AED must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the date of submission.

What qualifies as CPD?

One CPD point is equal to 1 contact hour of instruction. All 20 units or contact hours must be taken through FSSA Council directly, an FSSA Continuing Education Provider (GOFLO, NCSF, IAPC) or other FSSA-approved continuing education activity, Events and/or courses / workshops.

Can I receive CPD points for CPR AED Certification?

No, CPD points are not issued for CPR/AED training. CPR/AED training is a separate requirement for any professional qualification/ certification and, therefore, will not double as credit toward your CPD points requirement.

If I earn more than 20 CPD points, will the extra units carry over to my next renewal period?

FSSA Council seeks to uphold its standards of providing top-notch personal training education and information to its learners. Similarly, we encourage our learners to continue their learning with the most cutting-edge information available to health and fitness professionals. For this reason, the CPD points earned in excess of the required amount cannot carry over because new information is always emerging in the field of exercise and health. 20 CPD points is the minimum requirement for every 2-year renewal cycle.

Where can I check which course/courses/event provides FSSA CPD points?

You can simply write to us at support@fssacouncil.org or speak to one of our advisors

Should I send in my CPD documentation, each time I complete a course?

No, students should keep their CEU documentation in a safe place until it is time for them to renew. Students may submit all required documents and fees in 1 single, consolidated email when they wish to renew.

My personal Trainer Package has already expired. Can I still renew?

Renewal requests may be submitted up to one year after the original expiration date. Late fees will be assessed to all applications that are received after their expiration date. Charges shall apply as follow:

1 – 3 months late: INR 0.00
3 – 6 months late: INR 4800.00
6 – 12 months late: INR 6000.00

(Apart from late fees they would still need to pay renewal fees and show evidence of 20 CPD points)

For FSSA PT certifications that have been expired for over one year, the applicant will be required to pay the appropriate fees (Late and renewal), show evidence of 20 CPD points and also have to take an online re-examination (Charges included in renewal fees) prior to reinstatement of the personal trainer certification.

Payment FAQs

Can I pay in installments?
Yes. Please speak to one of our advisors and they will guide you

Can I pay it of early?
Yes. You can pay off your balance early.

Will there an extra cost to pay it off early?
No. There are no penalties for paying it off early.

Are there any additional charges for paying in instalments?
No. We not charge any additional fees.

Is there any interest?
No. We do not charge interest.

Do I have to go through a credit check?
No. Everyone is 100% approved with no credit checks.

Can I adjust my payment date ?
Yes. Please contact one of our advisors as this is a case by case decision or write to us at support@fssacouncil.org

What are your payment plans?
Please have a word with one of our advisors to understand this as per your convenience.

What happens if I miss a payment?
If you miss a payment, and you pay within 48 hours, there won't be any charge. More than 48 hours, you will be given 1 day to pay along with an additional fee of INR 6000.00. If the payment is not received within one week of the due payment date, The account may be suspended and you will have to pay complete payment due to resume your course/training with us. Please be in touch with one of our advisors to avoid such a situation.

General FAQs

What is a Certified Personal Trainer, legally able to do?

A personal trainer’s role includes designing, implementing and evaluating exercise/physical activity programmes for a range of individual clients by collecting and analysing client information to ensure the effectiveness of personal exercise programmes. A personal trainer should also actively encourage potential clients/members to participate in and adhere to regular exercise/physical activity programmes, employing appropriate motivational strategies to achieve this and to assist them with behavioural change as a result.

Essential skills:

Demonstrate a professional attitude
Demonstrate responsibility and professional duty of care to clients which will include communication skills and a focus of customer care orientation
Select and maintain a safe exercise environment
Select the correct training environment and assess risks to ensure it provides a safe, clean and friendly fitness environment and that it will be the best use of the environment in which clients are exercising

Motivate clients
Capability to develop rapport in order to motivate individuals to begin, adhere and /or return to exercise

Collect information
Identify client information which is to be collected and advise clients of correct procedures, protocols and risks prior to commencing physical assessment and exercising

Assess and analyse information
Carry out fitness assessments to establish fitness and skill level and analyse information relating to individual clients

Use current technology
Use appropriate technological developments to help clients increase general activity levels and be motivated to adhere to exercise programmes

Plan and prepare for an exercise session
Prepare equipment and facilities for the session ensuring compliance with industry and national guidelines for normal operating procedures and plan timings and sequences for the session

Identify customer motives and goals
Identify individual motives and resulting short, medium and long term fitness goals

Provide exercise prescription
Provide a range of exercise programmes in accordance with the needs of the clients by applying principles of exercise programming

Integrate the principles of training
Apply the knowledge of principles of training and components of health related fitness to the design of an individual programme to meet client’s abilities, needs, and lifestyle and exercise preferences

Adapt exercise
Suggest relevant exercise adaptations or options to allow for individual client differences or needs and provide participants with advice on intensity and how to progress their individual performance and results

Offer motivation
Positively interact and motivate clients/members using appropriate strategies in order to promote adherence to exercise.

Integrate Exercise Science to the design of the programme
Apply the knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, biomechanical concepts as they relate to movement and exercise, the knowledge of related physiological concepts, the knowledge of the cardio-respiratory system and energy systems, to programme design

Inform clients of benefits of a healthy lifestyle
Provide participants with accurate information on principles of nutrition and weight management

Promote a healthy lifestyle
Provide information about the role of physical activity, modes of exercise and related services and the importance of healthy activities for daily living to clients

Demonstrate professional conduct
Work within the parameters given, recognising the standards and professional limitations that this provides, and ensuring essential personal skills and knowledge to be a personal trainer are maintained and updated and to be a positive role model at all times and keep up to date with industry developments

Apply business and marketing skills
Apply business, marketing, and selling strategies and best practices to achieve success as an employee, independent contractor or entrepreneur.

Demonstrate professional responsibility
To ensure that other workers and clients are treated with respect and that appropriate civil liability insurance is in place at all times of instructing

The above mentioned job role and essential skills are taken from EuropeActive Standards - Personal Trainer

Scope of Practice:

Personal trainers are not endorsed to:

- Provide rehabilitation programs (i.e. to say that a Personal Trainer is not a physiotherapist)
- Provide exercise testing and prescription for at risk populations (i.e. to say that a Personal Trainer is not an exercise physiologist/ clinical Exercise Physiologist)
- Prescribe any kind of medication or supplements (i.e.to say that a Personal Trainer is not a General Practitioner)
- Prescribe Nutrition programs (i.e. to say a Personal Trainer is not a dietician /nutritionist however upon completion of detailed nutrition courses, offered by FSSA Council, may call themselves a Nutrition Advisor. However, giving specific , individualised dietary recommendations for health problems and giving specific nutrient intake are outside their scope of practice)
- Provide psychological counselling (i.e. to say that a Personal Trainer is not a Psychologist)
- Diagnose diseases, disabilities and/or other clinical conditions (i.e. to say that a Personal Trainer is not a General Practitioner/Doctor)

The above mentioned scope of practice is taken from EuropeActive Standards - Personal Trainer

What is the value of FSSA PT Certification?

Certification is a process by which FSSA Council, as a not for profit organisation, recognizes the competency of individuals who have met certain qualifications as determined by the FSSA Council. To achieve your personal training certification from FSSA Council, individuals must meet the eligibility requirements for certification and pass our personal training certification examination.

Certification provides both personal validation and validation for employers and consumers of the certificate holder's professional competence in the fitness field.

Specifically, certification by FSSA Council:

- Demonstrates to colleagues and superiors/management a dedication to quality healthcare and to the highest standards for conduct of fitness professionals.
- Presents solid evidence to employers that an employee has trained and has been tested to implement best practices and apply current technology solutions, in addition to any abilities that in turn advance the organization.
- Sets a person apart from uncredentialed (non certified & dodgy) job candidates.
- Assures current knowledge through continued education and verification of base level competency.
- Holds value to employers because it supports a worker's ability to uphold fitness industry standards and regulations, thereby potentially saving organizations from potential liabilities.

How does FSSA Council fit into the evolving fitness industry?

As FSSA fitness professionals it is imperative that we keep up with the ever-changing and evolving recommendations for health and physical fitness that have a direct application for fitness programs and exercise recommendations.

FSSA Council was the industry leading first fitness organization in the country to be accredited by the EHFA (European Health and Fitness Association) since 2017.As a result of this, our graduates can list themselves on the prestigious EREPS (European register of exercise professionals) website.

The FSSA Council is also an SPEFL – SC (The sports sector skills council) Affiliate.

FSSA Council management is also leading the panel in one of the sub sectional committee for BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) towards development of Gym Management and other standards in the Indian Fitness/Sports industry

What does professional accreditation mean?

Professional accreditation is a process that gives public recognition to educational institutions that meet standards of quality.

Professional accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental means of assessing and certifying institutional quality.

In other words, accredited institutions:
· Have clearly defined and well-stated learning objectives.
· Offer educationally sound and up-to-date courses.
· Provide outstanding educational services to students.
· Have demonstrated learner success and satisfaction.
· Have a competent staff.
· Promotes its courses truthfully.
· Have an effective research and self-improvement program.

Professional accreditation promises learners that the institution they elected to study with is a reputable one that will provide quality education.

Professional accreditation is not, however, a guarantee that your course work will be accepted by other educational institutions or government agencies, although this frequently can happen.

Is EREPS accepted in India or by the Indian Govt.?

Yes. EuropeActive and the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) have signed an agreement with the Council for Sports, Education, Physics, Fitness and Leisure-Skills (SPEFL-SC) in India for the creation of a national registry of India, whose supervision falls on the SPEFL - SC. The Indian fitness professionals who join this program, will be part of an expanding worldwide community of instructors.

What is EREPS?

EREPS is an abbreviation of 'European Register of Exercise Professionals', a fully independent register of trainers, instructors and teachers working in the European/Global fitness sector.