Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

The aim of this qualification is to provide the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. 

Course Dates

Course Overview

The aim of this qualification is to provide 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. To be eligible for this course, students must already have a level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise).

The course involves some self-study, covering anatomy & physiology.   There is a workbook to complete, which must be completed prior to attending the course, and there is a tutor available to give support to students if required.   We recommend a minimum of one week for the self-study component.   The Personal Trainer Certificate course runs over 10 days, usually over 5 weekends (not all consecutive) although we do offer some midweek courses (usually 2 days per week).   Course days run from 9.00-5.00PM and it is essential to attend all of these.  

There are number of assessment elements for this course, all of which are incorporated across the 10 days; assessment elements are spread throughout the course rather than all being at the end.   Assessment elements include multiple choice theory papers, worksheets, case studies & practical assessments.

If successful in all the assessment elements, students will be awarded a YMCA awards Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.   This qualification allows entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3 & carries 20 REPs CPD points.

On completion of this course, students are eligible to progress onto other specialised courses at level 3, for example, the Diploma in Exercise Referral or some additional modules (4 days) required to achieve the Diploma in Personal Training.  Alternatively, to gain a wider range of expertise, there are various courses available at level 2 which may be of interest. Some examples include Health Related Exercise for Children, Circuit Training, Group Indoor Cycling, Kettlebells & Suspended Movement Training.

Course Content

  • Advanced 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 apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • How to carry out a range of physical measurements & assessments
  • Advanced training systems; resistance, cardiovascular, flexibility & core stability training
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients.
  • How to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • How to deliver personal training as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages