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Study mode Part Time Day
Level 3
Duration 19 weeks
Subject Sport & Leisure
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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This qualification is suitable for students holding a Level 2 qualification in Gym Instruction or equivalent who wish to progress to a career as a professional Personal Trainer on an employed or self-employed basis. This qualification is mapped directly to: The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for a Personal Trainer.

Course content

This is an 18-week course for instructors wishing to work and/or seek employment in the health and fitness sector as a personal trainer on an employed or self-employed basis.

Delivery will consist of:

  • Anatomy and physiology knowledge as applicable to personal training.
  • Nutrition and its application to support a client’s health and physical activity programme.
  • Health and wellbeing and factors that affect this.
  • Effective communication during client consultations to promote and encourage healthy life behaviours and long-term change.
  • Designing and planning effective Personal Training sessions for a range of clients in different environments.
  • Executing effective physical activity sessions for a range of clients in different environments.
  • Professional practice and legal requirements for Personal Training.
  • Business acumen for working in both an employed role and for self-employment.
  • Self-evaluation and professional development.

Assessment on this course is both internal and external through:

  • Learner Assessment Record
  • Assessment Workbook
  • Multiple Choice Theory paper (external)
  • Practical examination
  • Portfolio of evidence

Qualifications on completion

  • Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner)

Entry requirements

A suitable Level 2 (or higher) gym-based fitness instructing qualification (e.g. YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing).


You may choose further same-level qualifications, for example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

You may also choose to progress to higher lever qualifications, for example:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Delivering Physical Activity for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions
  • Level 4 Certificate in Programming Physical Activity for Individuals with Low Back Pain
  • Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 4 Certificate in Weight Management for Individuals with Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus and/or Bolic Syndrome
  • Level 4 Sports and Conditioning qualifications

Fees and funding

The course fee is TBC.

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC002430
Start date 02 Jan 2024
Location East Ham Campus
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