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ELCAS Funding for Personal Trainer Courses: What you Need to Know!

ELCAS Funding for Personal Trainer Courses: What you Need to Know!

If you leaving the forces and want to pursue a career in fitness, then you have come to the right place. It's a big life change when you move from civilian life to society, it can all feel a little overwhelming. However, here at FIT, we want to make the process as smooth as possible and support you wherever we can. 

We have been helping service leavers for over 10 years, guiding them into long successful careers in the fitness industry. We have a great range of courses you can use your ELCAS credits towards. We offer you guidance with the application programme, fitness industry and career advice and lifelong career support after you have completed your course. 

Stick around to find out all the information you need when it comes to using your ELCAS credits towards a personal training or sports massage course. This blog walks you through how to apply for your funding, what courses you can use it on and some of our success stories from our service leavers.

ELCAS personal training courses

The fitness industry is expanding at a huge rate after the pandemic, with an increasing need for personal trainers, sports massage therapists and fitness professionals. Which is great news for you. As long as you have a passion for fitness and helping others, you will thrive in this ever-growing industry.

Before we get started, here is what is to come in this blog:

Table of Contents:

  1. What courses can I use my ELCAS funding on?
  2. How does ELCAS funding work?
  3. How do I claim ELCAS funding if I'm a Service Leaver?
  4. Success stories from Service Leavers

So without further delay, let's dive into all things ELCAS so we can help you succeed in the fitness industry.

What Courses can I Use my ELCAS Funding on?

We may be a little biased, but when leaving the forces, bringing your existing skills into the fitness industry is a great way to progress in your career. There are lots of pathways into the fitness industry and ELCAS offer to fund a variety of options.

We recommend studying to a level 3 standard or above as this will help you enter the fitness industry with all the right qualifications.

There are two pathways you can go down when using your ELCAS credits: personal training and sports massage therapy. For both of these, you don’t need any pre-existing qualifications, just a passion for fitness and helping others. 

You can use your ELCAS credits for personal training courses like: 

Once you have qualified as a personal trainer, you can further upskill yourself with courses like:

The other route to go down is sports massage therapy. There are two options for courses depending on how much you want to upskill yourself. These are:

With all these courses, you can use your ELCAS credits towards the cost. Now you know what courses are available, let's look at how you apply for your funding.

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How does ELACS Funding Work?

ELCAS will fund 80% of your chosen fitness course, which covers the majority of your qualification. There is always a 20% personal contribution towards your qualification. 

For example, our level 3 in gym instructing & personal training is £1750. This would be funded as follows:

Level 3 in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Total Price:


ELCAS Contribution:


Personal Contribution:


ELCAS funding personal trainer

How do I Claim ELCAS Funding if I'm a Service Leaver?

It's time to take a look at our courses. If you're not sure, we're here to help. We can offer advice on courses, bundles and what career path works best for your skills. 

1. Get in Touch

To start the ball rolling, we ask you to get in touch with our team to discuss what course you would like to do. We offer free course advice to help you in the right career direction. Before you call us, we ask you to check with your education centre to make sure you're eligible for funding. 

2. Get a Quote from Us

We will provide you with a quote for your qualification. Ask us if we have any service leavers discounts available at the time! We will also let you know how much your personal contribution will be.

3. Time to Apply with ELCAS

Now you have the quote and all the information you need, it's time to apply on the ELCAS website. Once you apply, you will get an authorisation note from ELCAS. This will tell us you have been approved for the course. 

4. Send us Your CAN Authorisation

Once your course has been approved with ELCAS, we need you to send us your CAN (claim authorisation note).

5. Start Your Qualification

Now we have your CAN, it's time to pay your personal deposit. Once we receive this, it's time to start your qualification. 

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Success Stories from Service Leavers:

Here are some of our fantastic students who have used their ELCAS credits to study with us. 

Craig Heaton:

James Tait:

Mark Hardy:

Now you know how to apply, it's time to start studying. This is the first day of your new career and the team here at FIT is here to support you every step of the way. Get in touch now to start your new career!

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