This article provides an overview of the British Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor (Basic) (AR PTI (B)) course.
The course objectives are to train the student so that on successful completion of the AR PTI (B) course they will be able to:
- Deliver Reserves Soldiers’ Physical Training;
- Conduct Reserves Soldiers’ Physical Testing;
- Conduct Job-related administrative tasks; and
- Implement health & safety policy in relation to Physical Training.
The course is open to individuals in the rank range of Lance Corporal to Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) (see note 1) serving in the Army Reserve.
The following points regarding student attendance should be noted:
- Private Soldiers: Private soldiers are not permitted to attend the course, however, Local Lance Corporals may apply but will be afforded the lowest priority when loading the course.
- Foreign students: Foreign countries wishing to send students on the course must first apply to International Defence Training, who will then process the course application on their behalf.
- Suitability: Students attending the course are to be physically fit and have an aptitude for physical and recreational training. Applicants are to be volunteers and must meet the pre- course requisites as detailed in the Course Assessment Strategy (CAS).
All students must:
- Have gained the DIT qualification;
- Have successfully completed the ETL course;
- Hold the minimum substantive rank of Lance Corporal;
- Have passed a personal fitness assessment (PFA) and annual fitness test (AFT) within the previous one month; and
- Must be medically fit to attend the course.
- Students are to provide a completed FMed 566 annotated as “FIT TO ATTEND COURSE” and signed by a Medical Officer.
- Failure to produce this document will result in the student being returned to unit (RTU).
 In exceptional circumstances units may apply to LFTD to have the range increased to Lieutenant Colonel (OF-4).
4.0 Course Objectives
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Training Objective (TO) 1: Deliver Reserve Soldiers’ Physical Training (PT);
- TO2: Conduct Reserve Soldiers’ Physical Testing;
- TO3: Implement Health and Safety Policy in Relation to Physical Training; and
- Conduct Job-related Administrative Tasks.
5.0 Outline of the Course
- The course is twelve (12) days in duration.
- All students carry out two (2) periods of instruction, which is assessed; and
- Then plan and stage a practical training session.
An outline of the Regular Army’s All Arms Physical Training Instructor (AA PTI) course can be found here.
On successful completion of the AR PTI (B) course, students will gain the Army Reserves PTI (B) qualification, which is valid for 5 years from the date of qualification.
7.0 Further Courses
Successful completion of the AR PTI (B) course provides access to the following courses:
- Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor Intermediate Module One (IM1).
- Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor Intermediate Module Two (IM2).
- Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor Intermediate Module Three (IM3).
- Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor Advanced Module One (AM1).
- Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor Advanced Module Two (AM2).
- Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor Advanced Module Three (AM3).
Modules IM1-3 lead to PTI (Intermediate) status and modules AM1-3 lead to PTI (Advanced) status.