The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client. A pre-requisite for this course is that you hold either a Level 2 Gym or Exercise to Music qualification.

This qualification includes all the practical and theoretical knowledge for students through the process of working as a successful personal trainer and providing the instructor a practical toolkit of approaches to exercise that will suit a wide variety of clients. To excel as a personal trainer with your clients, knowledge and application of the correct exercises are the most important concepts you will learn. This qualification gives you the confidence to apply, inspire and plan effectively to provide the best service for your client and their results.

On successful completion of this course you will be qualified to join the Register of Exercise Professionals as a Level 3 Personal Trainer.

What will your course cover:

  • Introduction of the personal training role
  • Roles and responsibilities of the personal trainer
  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
  • Resistance training systems
  • Cardiovascular training systems
  • Teaching strategies
  • Safeguarding and safety in the workplace
  • Training for all ages and goals
  • Client measurements
    • Health assessment and client review.
    • Fitness testing, strength, power, endurance and flexibility
  • Behavioural change concepts – review communication and motivation strategies
  • Programming and periodization
    • Planning and instructing different training sessions
    • Design for hypertrophy, strength, power and aerobic fitness systems.
  • Nutritional advice for physical activity – pre/post exercise and weight management concepts.

What Will You Learn

  • Anatomy and physiology including:
    -The heart and circulatory system
    -The musculoskeletal system
    -Postural and core stability
    – The nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • How to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • How to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • How to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages 

What Support Materials will you receive

  • Anatomy and Physiology – Manuals
  • Personal training and syllabus
  • Nutrition – Manuals
  • Assessment records
  • Anatomy for exercise DVD

Course Duration

  • Students undertaking this course can study over a length of time that is suitable to you. It can be done as quickly as three months, or a year – depending on how much time you have to study.

Students will complete 6 weeks distance learning followed by 6 face to face learning days and then a 1 day assessment

When the student is ready to be assessed you will return for an assessment day and hand your case studies in. Home study is also essential but you will be provided with study materials to work from the workbooks provided.


Multiple choice theory paper/eAssessment

  • The Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise & Health unit is assessed via a multiple choice theory paper, which consists of 40 questions and you are required to gain a 70% pass mark (28 correct answers), within a 60 minute time period.
  • The Applying the Principals of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme also requires you to complete a multiple choice theory exam consisting of 40 questions which require a 70% pass mark (28 correct answers), within a 60 minute time period. You will also need to complete some knowledge questions and a case study. The knowledge questions are set externally by YMCA Awards. The case study is externally set by YMCA Awards also and is in a template format, you will need to base it on an apparently healthy adult providing appropriate nutritional advice.

Coursework and Practical examination

As part of your assessment you will be tested on set knowledge questions for Programme and Delivering Personal Training sessions.

Coursework involves you to produce a client profile, includes fitness tests, goal setting, client testimony, programme and then a 12 week overview outlining weeks 1, 6 and 12, evaluation forms and a goals review.

Delivery of the programme: You will then need to deliver a planned personal training session which includes full planning and preparation. Your teaching includes 2 cardiovascular methods of training and 4 resistance methods of training from a set list.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent 

    Personal Trainer Level 3 Course Cost

  • £1499



    • Level of entry onto REPs: Level 3
    • REPs CPD points: 20

Future learning:

    • This qualification will enable you to progress onto a number of other qualifications and CPD options, please read other qualifications which may interest you for your future or contact us for more information