Personal Fitness Trainer - Virtual

Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma (Virtual) – Elevated Learning Academy

Elevated Learning Academy is celebrated across Canada for graduating more personal trainers than any other post-secondary institution in Canada. If you’re looking to be a respected personal trainer, with a long-standing and successful career, then you’ve come to the right place. Elevated Learning Academy’s Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma has been offered to students in Alberta since 2011, and has begun its virtual offering in 2020 to the rest of Canada. For the first time in 9 years, students no longer need to travel to one of our Calgary or Edmonton campuses to take part in this highly-esteemed program, and can take it from the comfort of their own homes.

This is the only personal training post-secondary program where graduates receive accreditation with two designated bodies: 

  1. Elevated Learning Academy– A Provincially licensed and designated vocational college in Alberta.
  2. American Council on Exercise (ACE) – The largest, non-profit, certification body for fitness professionals world-wide.

What we offer:

Virtual Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma – Elevated Learning Academy 
Online Courses – 4 months 

To inquire more information: Contact Us
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Learning Fitness Virtually – Is it for me?


Our number one goal is to ensure that our Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma’s virtual classroom provides our students with the same or even greater value as they would receive in a typical classroom. The added value that it gives our students is the experience of working wi

th clients online, whether it’s doing online fitness coaching, online fitness demonstrations, using online tools for program planning and communication, and/or general virtual presentation skills. The experience that students receive is rich beyond belief! 

No matter what type of learning you are; kinesthetic, visual or auditory, this program is for you, as it checks off all the boxes for all learners. Our instructors are expected to accommodate all learning styles, and being that they’ve all come from a traditional instruction environment, they are experts at ‘engaging the room’, whether it be a physical classroom or a virtual one.

Kinesthetic learners (ie. ‘doers’) need not worry. This program is as ‘hands-on’ as can be. It’s not unusual for our students to sweat at least once during a class, through the various demonstrations they’re instructed to follow along with, and/or through trying out various activities for themselves. Plus partner and group work is easier than ever with our virtual classroom’s ‘break-out rooms’.

Visual learners (ie. ‘seers’) need not worry. Between almost daily power-point presentations, demonstrations, a graphics-filled textbook, videos, and seeing your instructors’ and peers’ faces at every class, your visual senses will be satisfied, for sure!

Auditory learners (ie. ‘listeners’) need not worry. Being that classes are all based on live instruction, and that there is plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions and for all to hear instructors’ answers to not just your own, but to all questions, auditory learners shall be quite pleased.


ELA’s Virtual Classroom vs. Other Online Courses



ELA’s Virtual Classroom

Typical Online Courses

Key Difference

Very few differences from taking a course in a regular classroom. We believe with being hands-on and engaging with our students.

Most courses involve self-directed learning from a book and then, simply, the writing of a test. 


Theory and application are in balance:
Every class includes both, learning of theory its application into practice. Be ready to move, feel, maybe even sweat.

Little or no application:
There are no practical or hands-on components to most online courses.

Engagement and Support

Live engagement & support:
Whether it’s live group engagement, or individual support in a private setting, both are available and applied with all students.

Independent learning:
In most courses, there is zero interaction with an instructor and/or fellow students. 

Structure & Accountability

Plenty of structure and accountability:
Just like taking a program at any reputable post-secondary educational institutions, there’s a strict schedule of class attendance and assignment completion.   

Students learn at their own pace, leading to high incompletion rate:
Although, for most of us, learner-driven education may sound appealing at first glance, it doesn’t really work, unfortunately.

What you Graduate With

Govn’t-Designated Diploma upon Graduation:
ELA’s Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma is government-designated, and along with it, students also receive: Level C CPR, an internationally-recognized personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise, along with a Practicum Certificate.

Lacks regulatory & industry recognition:
Beware! Most online certification courses are developed by non-regulated private companies that do not guarantee quality or accuracy of curriculums.


The teachers were able to put up with my million questions!” – Craig Z., Fall 2019


The instructors encouraged me, inspired me, and treated me with so much care and concern.” – Shanal P., Fall 2019 Grad


This program was life changing for me. I met classmates and made friends from all walks of life and we’re are all passionate to change lives as personal trainers. Would highly recommend ELA PFT Diploma!” – Erikam, Winter 2020 Grad


Program was very challenging. A lot of information to handle at once, especially between second and third exams. It was hard being a full-time student in the evening and a full-time employee during the day. Program was worth it though. Life changing in a good way and I’m glad I signed up and got to experience it.” – Kam, Winter 2020 Grad



Frequently Asked Questions:


I live in a different province than AB, can I still apply for govn’t student funding?

Yes, you can apply through the government student funding program in your home province. Every province has one. Most students, despite the province they’re from, will receive sufficient funding to cover their entire tuition, plus a bit more to assist with living expenses. 

Why does ‘live instruction’ matter?

Each group of students is different, and as such, instructors need to be able to adapt their teaching styles, pace, examples/anecdotes shared, and other teaching strategies to the group. By the instructors doing so, effective and successful learning is achieved by the students.

What are some other online courses cheaper?

ELA’s instructors are available to our students via their instructional hours or additional one-on-one or small-group support hours for up to 40 hours per week. With many other online courses, students don’t have access to instructors at all. 

Why is going to a designated school beneficial?

The only way to qualify for government student funding or to utilize your RESP funds is to go to a designated educational institution. Plus, designated institutions are monitored for high graduation of students and grads’ job placement rates. Hence, designated educational institutions are highly committed to our students’ success in, and outside, the classroom.

Will I be required to purchase any equipment in order to be able to participate in the Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma program?

It is recommended that you have handy a few small pieces of fitness equipment, likely, in total, not costing more than $200, if you were to buy them all new. However, without this equipment, you can still participate in all components of the program, but may require an instructor’s assistance with coming up with some creative workarounds. A list of required equipment will be provided once you are enrolled. Also, all students will be required to have access to a computer or tablet with a webcam and microphone, as well as an ability to connect to the internet.


Virtual Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma – Elevated Learning Academy 
Online Courses – 4 months 

To inquire more information: Contact Us
Become a Personal Trainer

Job and Practicum Placement Assistance | Admission Requirements | Enroll | Curriculum Outline | What does it Mean to be Certified