Level 3

Price: £1,645.00
Number of Sessions: 1 session
10 CIMSPA CPD Points


This qualification aims to train you to a professionally competent level, enabling you to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes developing your skills and knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.  During the qualification you will cover:

  • Anatomy, physiology, functional kinesiology and concepts and components of fitness
  • Nutrition for exercise, health and fitness
  • Lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing
  • Analysis of client information using the most accepted techniques
  • Planning and conducting of physical activity sessions, within a variety of environments using multiple resources
  • Client consultations using the most accepted methods and providing strategies for successful behaviour change.
  • Communication skills to effectively build successful relationships with their clients and other health care professionals
  • Legal and professional requirements for personal training
  • How to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if they wish to
  • How to manage, evaluate and improve own performance.
  • Nutrition for sport and exercise performance.


  • Aged 16+ (note 16-18 year olds may need to be supervised in the workplace after qualifying).
  • Wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as a personal trainer
  • Empathetic to the abilities and goals of others
  • Able to work independently and enthusiastically
  • Motivating and energetic



Units in this qualification include:

  • Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
  • Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors
  • Health and safety in the fitness environment
  • Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Applied anatomy & physiology for exercise, health and fitness
  • Understand lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions
  • Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers


You should have some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights.

The course requires physical  exertion, and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

There is an element of communication (discussion, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication.

As this course is predominately online you will need access to a computer with a stable internet connection.


  • Coursework/project
  • Multiple choice papers
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration/Assignments

Although this course is on-line, for you will be able to access all of our face to face sessions with your tutor.  Some learners benefit/appreciate face to face time and the flexibility to do a mix or on-line and face to face.



This qualification is recognised as an approved qualification for entry as a Professional member of CIMPSA. Learners who successfully complete this programme will be equipped to work as personal trainers in a variety of contexts throughout the sport and active leisure industry.

  1. This qualification provides progression onto:
    • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.
    • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.
    • Level 4 special populations-related qualifications.
    • You may also progress onto qualifications in related sectors, e.g. Sports Massage, where you will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practise sports massage alongside personal training in a health club environment or in your own business.