Personal Trainer Practitioner

Everything you need to know about joining CIMSPA as a Personal Trainer Practitioner.

  • Personal Trainer Practitioners coach clients towards their health and fitness goals through the planning and delivery of creative, bespoke exercise programmes and instruction, whilst also providing nutritional and overall lifestyle management advice.

  • You analyse your client’s needs in order to adapt and modify guidance to positively impact and improve your client’s behaviour and overall wellbeing by providing specialist, tailored advice within your scope of practice.

  • You are aware of when to refer your clients to relevant appropriate professionals for specialist information and guidance (e.g. physiotherapist, registered dietician, medical specialist).

  • You have a comprehensive understanding of business, finance, sales and marketing to enable you to build and retain a stable client base.

  • You are employed by a fitness or leisure centre, or can be self-employed.

Entry requirements

  • You hold a Personal Trainer occupational qualification certificate issued by a recognised awarding organisation dated within the last 5 years.
  • If your qualification is older than 5 years, evidence of CPD completed within the last 5 years is required.
  • For overseas qualifications - your letter of portability (see FAQs below)

Apply for your membership

Step 1 – prepare your evidence, apply and pay

  • Evidence of qualification and CPD documentation in PDF, JPEG or PNG format.
  • Debit Card, Credit Card or Direct Debit payment options are available.

Step 2 – We will process your application

  • You will receive email updates as we review your application.
  • We will let you know if we require any further information from you.
  • You will receive an email confirming that your Membership has been approved.

Personal Trainer Practitioner membership cost: £36* per year (inc VAT)

*Discounts apply if your organisation is a CIMSPA employer partner.

Membership benefits - Practitioner

Including UK Coaching Coaching Club access

Take complete control of your career progression and stay at the forefront of our sector

  • Recognition and status as a member of the sector’s only chartered professional body.
  • Exclusive member logos to showcase your professional status
  • Enhance your career prospects - many of our employer partners commit to only employing CIMSPA members.
  • Access FREE endorsed CPD eLearning with SkillGate.
  • Eligible practitioner categories get free access to the UK Coaching Club platform, with exclusive resources.
  • Discounts on endorsed qualifications and CPD from a range of training providers.
  • Sector job opportunity information from our jobs board and partner network.
UK Coaching

Highlight – Access to the UK Coaching Club platform

As part of your membership UK Coaching provides you with access to its learning and development platform, which includes:

  • Access to all UK Coaching’s most valuable tips, guidance, videos and webinars.
  • Free or discounted learning, many attracting CIMSPA CPD points.
  • Membership to a new collaborative group for exercise and fitness professionals in their online community ConnectedCoaches.
Free CPD

Highlight – SkillGate

  • Your CIMSPA membership includes FREE access to hundreds of online CPD courses with the SkillGate.
  • The CPD on offer ranges from “bite-sized” quick eBriefings to certificate courses that award multiple CIMSPA CPD points.

Build your professional network through CIMSPA’s community of members, partners and events

  • Shareable profile on the CIMSPA membership directory – the definitive listing of qualified sector professionals – connecting you with potential employers and customers.
  • Receive digital access to S&PA Professional, S&PA Extra and the CIMSPA member bulletin – our quarterly magazine and monthly digital newsletters.
  • Access to member-only webinars featuring cross-sector experts.
  • Make connections through CIMSPA and partner events and conferences, and at our professional development boards and consultations (by invitation).

Benefit from a range of discounts and offers across key categories identified by members and provided by our partners*

Bigwave Growth

Get exclusive access to Bigwave Growth’s free at distance market penetration and national benchmark assessment plus their Insight 360 30 minute Explosive Growth conversation and 1 hour business support Zoom call.

Biomechanics Education

Get exclusive access to free CPD worth up to £100+ VAT through Biomechanics Education.


Get the exclusive ability to download CoverMe’s Instructor app for free and an exclusive offer of a 3-month subscription at half price for CoverMe’s Venue app.

Financial Fitness Group

Get a discount on their sector specific accountancy service and advice, free advice on the requirements of HMRC for direct reports, and a free monthly phone call with an industry specific accountant.

Future Fit

Get a 30-day free trial with Future Fit’s Prozone, a comprehensive online training and resources platform. You can also speak to a careers advisor and gain 3-months free use of the Future Fit Job Board.


Gymcatch logo


Get 20% off your first 12 paid months with Gymcatch’s complete software management solution for your fitness or wellness business.

My PT Hub

Access a 30-day free trial and an exclusive 50% discount off My PT Hub’s All-In-One personal training software and app plus an exclusive deal of a free custom app (worth approximately £95).


Get exclusive access to £80 off an MZ3 heart rate monitor and £75 off an MZ Switch Myzone belt.


Get exclusive access to a 15% discount sitewide on the TRX UK website.

UK Coaching

Gain access to UK Coaching Fitness and/or Sports Massage Cover. You can ensure you enjoy peace of mind by being protected with specialist insurance from our preferred provider, UK Coaching.


Become a Certified Online Trainer with Wellhub for free, and receive industry-exclusive training and certification, connect to new clients from Wellhub’s corporate business model, and grow your monthly income via a new, incremental revenue stream when you register with Wellhub.


Get exclusive access to money off all WSHQ’s license free music. Benefit from music for any type of fitness class that you teach. Whether you love teaching aerobics, spinning, yoga, pilates or HIIT, they’ve got the perfect workout music to match your type of exercise class.

*Terms and conditions apply for all offers.


Contribute to the continued improvement of the sport and physical activity sector

  • Be at the forefront of the sector with the very latest news, guidance and resources.
  • Be the first to hear about opportunities to be involved with CIMSPA consultations and insight, helping to influence sector policy and future research.
  • Take part in focus groups and committees to help shape the sector’s future.

Ready to get started now?

Membership join FAQs – Practitioner


We have an agreement with and can accept a Letter of Portability during your membership application from the following organisations, providing it is transferrable to your chosen CIMSPA membership category:

Other countries

If your qualification was completed in a country outside the above organisations’ jurisdiction, please email with a copy of your letter of portability or qualification, confirming the country of issue, for further support.

If you have successfully met the professional standard following completion of your CIMSPA endorsed course for your chosen practitioner category, your professional qualification certificate issued by CIMSPA and awarded by your education provider will clearly confirm this and should be submitted with your application.

If your qualifications have not been mapped to the industry professional standards, they may be submitted for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. For further information, please email

Your membership will be approved within the affiliate membership category to bring you onboard as a CIMSPA member. We will email you with guidance to support you with your next steps towards becoming a practitioner or associate member.

Need to discuss your membership?

If you’re unsure on any aspect of your CIMSPA membership application, get in touch or call our membership hotline on 0343 836 0200