Level 3 Diploma Gym and Personal Training Combined

This qualification is aimed at individuals who want to pursue a career in the active leisure industry as a Personal Trainer but who do not currently hold any Fitness Instructor qualifications.   This course includes both the Level 2 Gym and level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications.

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.   Although there are no prerequisites for this course, our advice is that students are already familiar with the gym environment as participants.    

This course combines the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 certificate in Personal Training so in total,  runs over 16 days (L2 Gym  6 days and L3 PT 10 days).   Each day runs from 9.00-5.00PM and it is essential to attend all of the days.

The L2 Gym module involves some self-study, covering mainly anatomy & physiology, along with some worksheets that cover health and safety & supporting clients in the fitness environment.   There is a tutor available to give support to students through the self-study component of the course.   We recommend a minimum of two weeks for the self-study component, which must be completed prior to attending the practical module of the course.   

The L2 Gym practical module runs over 4 days, usually over 2 weekends although we do sometimes offer some midweek courses (usually 2 days per week).   

The assessment for the L2 units runs over 2 days.  The first assessment day involves completion of 2 multiple choice theory papers; these are done in the morning following a short revision session.  The afternoon is used for practical workshops in preparation for the practical assessment on the second assessment day.    The practical assessments are by appointment, so for this day, attendance is only required for approximately 2 hours, although the facilities will be available for further practice prior to assessment if required.   

The L3 Personal Trainer module runs over 10 days, usually over 5 weekends (not all consecutive) although again, we do sometimes offer some midweek courses (usually 2 days per week).   This part of the course also involves some self-study, covering anatomy & physiology.   There is a workbook to complete, which must be completed prior to the start of this part of the course, and there is a tutor available to give support to students if required.   Course days run from 9.00-5.00PM and it is essential to attend all of these.  

There are a number of assessment elements, 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 (L2 and 3), students will be awarded a YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym Based Exercise).   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

L2 and 3 Anatomy and physiology including:

o The heart, lungs and circulatory system

o Energy systems and their relation to exercise

o The musculoskeletal system

o Posture and core stability

o The nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health

The skills and knowledge required for planning & teaching a safe & effective gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults. 

An introduction to group exercise & special populations in the gym environment.

How to communicate with clients effectively, & motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme.

How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments.

The health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating.

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