[wpspoiler name=”Why should I choose to train with European Sports & Fitness Academy?” ]

ESFA offers you not just a course, but a learning experience based in our training facility located in sunny Spain that provides a relaxed learning environment and gives you the motivation and inspiration to successfully complete your course.

Our courses include all of the components to ensure you have everything you need to confidently start a successful career or business in the fitness industry.  Our training staff are all fitness professionals who have had over 10 yrs industry experience and hold the relevant teaching qualifications.   Training amongst motivated and like minded people, your learning experience ensures you are job-ready and have experienced hands-on training with real clients above and beyond what the industry requires.

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[wpspoiler name=”Will my qualifications be recognised in the industry?” ]

ESFA delivers fitness courses that meet the guidelines set out on the Qualifications and Credits Framework which is regulated by Ofqual, DCELLS and CCEA. ESFA’s courses are externally accredited by Active IQ and are mapped to the National Occupational Standards. Our courses are recognised by REPs at level 2 or 3 with some upcoming courses recognised at level 4.  ESFA also offers ACE courses that are accredited in the USA by NCCA and IHRSA for students wishing to work in the USA.  Both Active IQ and ACE Personal Trainer certification gives the student eligibility to  register with EREPS at level 3.

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[wpspoiler name=”What are REP’s and EREPS?” ]

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is a UK government backed system of self-regulation for all instructors, coaches, trainers and teachers involved in the exercise and fitness industry. Registration is achieved and maintained through qualifications and training which are nationally recognised and which are linked to the National Occupational Standards for exercise and fitness. For more information, see www.exerciseregister.org

The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) is a system of self-regulation run by the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA).  EHFA is a standards setting body of the health and fitness sector in Europe and promotes best practice in instruction and training, with the ultimate objective to raise the quality of service and the customer’s exercise experience and results.

EHFA currently represents approx. 10,000 facilities and 18 national associations spread across 25 countries in Europe. Membership is open to all stakeholders – public or private – including operators, suppliers, national associations, training providers, higher education and accreditation institutions.

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[wpspoiler name=”What is CPD?” ]

To continue as a Register of Exercise Professionals member, you must continue to meet the standards that are set for the profession through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Members will need to earn 24 CPD points every 24 months which can be gained through relevant qualifications, awards and courses.

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[wpspoiler name=”What is Active IQ?” ]Active IQ is a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) approved awarding body, which certifies courses in the active leisure industry. These certifications act as a benchmark for quality and credibility both for those employing Premier’s graduates and also for those wishing to join the industry. For more information, see www.activeiq.co.uk.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”What kind of practical training do I get with my course?” ]All courses are completed with hands on training with both your fellow students and real clients  under the close supervision of the ESFA training team. Industry requirements state that we must assess you on your practical skills that can actually be learned online, but we believe that you will hugely benefit from hands-on practical training with real clients which is above and beyond what those industry standards require. We will even help you with communication skills as well as teach you all the PT skills that are necessary to ensure you have the competence to start your new career with confidence.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”How old do I have to be to take a course with you?” ]

Because our course is a residential course run in Spain, the minimum age to take a ESFA is 18 years old.  Students travelling from outside of Spain must also hold a passport valid with an expiry date that exceeds the course finish date.    You should also consider that if you are planning to work outside of clubs or leisure centres as a Personal Trainer you may have to wait until aged 18 before insurance companies will provide you with cover you for this work.

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[wpspoiler name=”Are there any hidden fees?” ]

ESFA course fees are made up of two components, the course fees and the all-inclusive accommodation fees.   Everything described to you on the website, the course brochure or quoted by a careers advisor is inclusive of everything you need to enjoy your course and what you pay.  All prices include VAT. All courses include the learning, manuals, practical sessions and assessment and certification.  The accommodation is all-inclusive of meals and still bottled water is provided free.

However, alcohol, bar bills, and extras such as additional snacks or food are at the expense of the student and must be paid at the time of purchase.

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[wpspoiler name=”Do I have to pay in full when I enrol on a course?” ]

No but it may be beneficial to. Speak to one of our careers advisors on +44 (0)203 468 2368 or request a callback to discuss the best payment options for you.
If you’d like to source other payment methods for our courses then you may like to consider a Career Development Loan.
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Young People’s Learning Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.
For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact Careers Advice on +44 (0)203 468 2368 .

To order an application pack call +44 (0)203 468 2368.
You can use a Professional and Career Development Loan to help with:
– course fees (up to 80 per cent of the total – or up to 100 per cent if you’ve been unemployed for three months)
– other course costs, like books, travel and childcare
– living expenses, like rent, food and clothing (if you are unemployed or working less than 30 hours per week)

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[wpspoiler name=”I’m having problems booking a course online, what should I do?” ]If you are having problems booking online then call our careers advisors on +44 (0)203 468 2368 or request a callback and we will be able to get you booked on your course over the phone.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”When will I receive my certification?” ]

You will receive ESFA certification at the graduation event held on the last day of your course. training and assessments are completed. External certificates from ACE or Active IQ will usually be received within 30 days of completion.

ESFA is responsible for requesting certificates from ACE and Active IQ which will be sent back to us in within 15 working days.  We process them and forward the certificates on to the appropriate students and you.

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[wpspoiler name=”How do I pay for the course?” ]To successfully enrol onto any ESFA course you will be required to send in a completed enrolment form (or online www.premierglobal.co.uk) together with a £500 deposit. Students must then pay the balance either in installments or a lump sum prior to the start of their chosen course.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”Can I pay for the course in installments?” ]There are a number of payment methods available to you. You would be advised to discuss your circumstances with one of our Career Advisors who will explain your options to you.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”Do you offer any funding options to help with the course price?” ]There are several options with which you can fund your course. You may personally fund the course, paying by cheque, credit card or cash. There is a range of industry related schemes for those leaving the armed forces and members or depending on your personal circumstances, help may be available from government funded agencies, including community based projects and job centres.  Please do not hesitate to contact ESFA to discuss your individual funding requirements.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”Can I reserve a place on one of your courses?” ]Yes, by paying the appropriate non-refundable deposit of £500.   All fees must be paid in full before the start of the course.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”How do ESFA qualifications compare to other training providers?” ]Currently, ESFA is one of only two providers of ACE certifications in Europe. ESFA specialises in preparing and training students for a career as a Fitness Instructor or a Personal Trainer.  Our 5 star facility in Spain provides students with the optimum environment to really enjoy their learning experience and totally immerse themselves in becoming a successful trainer.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”Is the ESFA Certification in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training an internationally recognised qualification?” ]This depends very much on the country in which you want to work.  Australia recognises all REPs qualifications and countries within Europe recognise EREPs, the European version of REPs.   PTs wishing to work in the USA, Canada or on cruise ships are recommended to take the ACE certifications which are recognised not only in the USA and Canada but countries such Dubai. [/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”Do I need to be CPR certified before I start a course with you?” ]No, ESFA provides a CPR certification as part of the course.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”What can I expect to earn on successful completion of my course?” ]

Salaries within the fitness industry vary greatly depending on regions and locale. Fitness Instructors employed at one of the more popular health and fitness clubs can expect to earn between £12,000 – £20,000 per year, possibly more in London.

For instructors who have more advanced fitness training skills there is potential to earn more with Personal Training. This could potentially enhance earnings as much as £10,000 per year.

As a self-employed Personal Trainer, it’s normal to charge between £20 per hour and up to £70 per hour depending upon location. A successful self-employed personal trainer can earn well in excess of £35,000 per year.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”Where can I get insurance?” ] The following insurer offers policies for fitness professionals: PSP Insurance – +44 (0)1249 653461, www.pspinsurancesolutions.com.[/wpspoiler]