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Level 3 Personal Training Course

Discover what it takes to become a fully qualified PT with this industry-leading course

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Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training


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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £1054.50 5% discount £55.50
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    1 x £170 and 5 x £168 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £1110
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With content written and delivered by some of the best doctors, physiotherapists, personal trainers, dietitians and nutritionists, this is the most advanced personal training course in the industry.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    8-10 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    Level 2 Gym Instructor

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

One Personal Trainer Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join our personal training graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms, health clubs and PT management companies.

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Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Become a personal trainer with our Level 3 Personal Training Course. This is an industry-leading programme that is written and presented by some of the most respected doctors, physiotherapists, personal trainers, dietitians and nutritionists in the business.


With an industry worth over £5bn and more than 7,000 gyms currently operating in the UK, there has never been a better time to become a personal trainer.

Personal trainers use their expertise on a daily basis to get inside the heads of their clients, design training programmes that deliver results, and to support life-improving health, fitness and nutrition changes to their clients’ lives. Personal training is a results business and quite often, the results people achieve can be remarkable. If you feel that you have what it takes to help people to take control of their health, fitness and wellbeing, then maybe it’s time for you to step up and join the ranks?

Our personal training courses have been expertly designed with your continued success in mind. Our programmes go beyond the basics and our learning content, materials and support exceeds anything else on the market. As standard, we provide you with flexible study options, practical experience in a leading gym, and bespoke learning resources designed and delivered by industry experts.

Course Structure:

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Practical training



This personal training course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and endorsed by CIMSPA.

Entry Requirements

To complete this course, you must already hold a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification. If you don’t already have this, you can complete it alongside this qualification with our essentials package. You will also need to have a reasonable amount of experience in a gym environment, particularly with regards to using resistance machines, free weights, CV machinery and basic stretching. You certainly don’t need to be an expert!

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

To succeed in the personal training game, you need to go beyond simply counting reps. It might seem obvious, but it’s important to underline this fact. To become an expert in this field, you’ll need in-depth knowledge and specialist skills, which is exactly what we’ll teach you on your course! This course has been specifically designed to make you more adaptable, more marketable and more versatile than the competition. Here’s just a brief overview of what you’ll learn on your personal training course:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

    Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

    • Musculoskeletal system
    • Posture and core stability
    • Cardiovascular & respiratory system
    • Nervous system
    • Endocrine system
    • Energy systems
  • Nutrition to Support Physical Activity

    Nutrition to Support Physical Activity

    • The digestive system
    • Macronutrients & micronutrients
    • Water and optimum hydration
    • Healthy eating guidelines
    • Eating disorders
    • Designing a nutrition programme
  • Planning Personal Training

    Planning Personal Training

    • Progressive exercise programming
    • Programming advanced resistance training, stretching and CV training
    • Measuring and monitoring performance
    • Reviewing personal training programmes
    • Screening and gathering information
    • Goal setting and exercise counselling
  • Delivering Personal Training

    Delivering Personal Training

    • Advanced warm-up and cool-down
    • Teaching advanced resistance training
    • Teaching advanced CV training
    • Developing core stability
    • Advanced teaching skills
    • Passive & active fitness assessments
  • Business Acumen for Personal Training

    Business Acumen for Personal Training

    • Running your PT business
    • Setting business objectives
    • Marketing, digital marketing and promotion
    • Accounting and finance
    • Cash flow forecasting
    • Consumer behaviour

How You'll be Assessed

The assessments for our level 3 personal training course are varied and different types of assessment are used for different aspects of the course. Here’s how you’ll demonstrate your theory and practical knowledge throughout your training experience with us:



  • Promoting wellness
  • Exercise programming
  • Business acumen


  • Nutrition case-study
  • PT case-study
  • Business case-study

Theory exams

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Understanding nutrition
  • 70% pass mark

Practical assessment

  • Client consultation
  • Individual session
  • Group session

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level Certificate in Personal Training course has been developed from the ground up with your success in mind. The course is delivered using a blend of home-study and face-to-face training, culminating in a series of theory and practical assessments. To support your journey to becoming a world class personal trainer, some of the resources and materials you’ll receive are summarised below:

On-demand lectures for anatomy, physiology and nutrition
Online lecture series

On-demand lectures

Learn everything you need to know from our expert tutors as they walk and talk you through the essential knowledge.

All-inclusive training manuals in print and digital formats
Online textbooks

Engaging training manuals

Our high-quality and visually engaging training manuals provide all the information you need to succeed on your PT journey.

Unlimited learning support and tuition
Learner support

A dedicated team of tutors

Our team of Learning Support Tutors are always on hand to provide help and support when you need them. Did we say support is unlimited?

A step-by-step guide will show you how to best prepare for your course
Home study guide

Stick to the plan

Our flexible study guide will help you navigate the course content and get you ready for your course and assessments.

World class training venues available nationwide
Learning support tutor

An outstanding experience

With over 35 training venues in our supply chain, you don't need to travel far to complete this personal training course.

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