WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition


After an incredible few years with the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition, AoC Sport will again be the trusted organising partner for the 2019 cycle – after proudly being shortlisted for ‘Partner of the Year’ by WorldSkills UK in 2017.

The WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition is the only WorldSkills UK competition – of a suite of more than 55 competitions – in the active leisure industry and the only skills competition for students in the UK working towards qualifications in the fitness industry, regardless of where and with which institution they study.

The competition challenges aspiring fitness professionals’ skills on industry-driven criteria – developed by a professional technical experts group under the direction of Karen Stanton – and allowing them to demonstrate that they have more to give to prospective employers than just their qualification.

Sign up to hear first about the competition by contacting

Before deciding to compete, organisations in the UK can request a FREE resource pack, compiled by AoC Sport, which contains over 30 documents to enable an organisation to run their own mini taster competition. Available October/November 2018 for the 2019 competition.

Fitness Professionals can also get more involved in the competition by becoming a judge. Judges for the competition come from a range of organisations and backgrounds and support the competition through judging either remotely or at our live events. Get in touch with the team to find out more.

Entry Process

Competition entry through the WorldSkills UK website is open from 1 March to 5 April.

Once competitors are registered they will be sent a link to complete an online test about their previous fitness knowledge and experience. They’ll also need to submit a short video showcasing their talents as a Personal Trainer which will be judged by our expert team. The combined scores from these elements will decide which competitors we go on to see at the National Qualifiers which take place in June.

Competitors at the National Qualifiers are seen working 1-1 with their client by a panel of expert judges who grade them on industry driven criteria, they can work in the studio and/or the gym to show off their full range of skills as a fitness professional.

From the National Qualifiers we select only the best competitors to invite to compete one last time at the UK National Finals, part of WorldSkills UK Live which showcases the finals of all 50+ WorldSkills UK Competitions.

Competitors are judged over three days of competition in a range of real-life scenarios, which have in the past included working with new clients, designing circuits for small groups, using rowing machines for 1-1 and group classes, using new equipment as well as working on planning, profiling and being interviewed by our judges and the media team.

The 2018 finals will take place from 15-17 November and tickets to the show will be FREE as always and booked through the WorldSkills UK website.

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