Where will this course lead?

The qualification is designed to offer entry to employment; however, learners can also progress onto the following qualifications:

• Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.

• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training.

• Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.

• Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.

• Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.

• Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Fitness Instructing.

• Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning.

• Advanced Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness.

What will I study?

During the qualification learners will cover the following:

  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology that is applicable to gym instructing and personal training.
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health.
  • Health and safety in a fitness environment.
  • Customer care.
  • Nutrition for exercise, health and fitness.
  • Lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing.
  • Effective communication skills for client consultations to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours and strategies for change.
  • The skills needed to plan and conduct physical activity sessions with different types of client in a variety of environments and with a range of resources
  • Legal and professional requirements for personal training.
  • How to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if desired.
  • How to manage, evaluate and improve their own performance.
  • How to use technology to support clients and manage a personal training business.

How will this course be delivered?

17-week blended learning course. Most of the time you will work form home on modules directed by the tutor. You will have to attend college in person when requested by the tutor and especially for your practical assessments in the gym.

What qualifications will I get?

Gym Instructing and Personal Training Level 3 Diploma ACTIVEIQ

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework/Project.
  • Multiple Choice Examination.
  • Portfolio of Evidence.
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment.

How do I get a place on the course?

Complete application form. Interview with course tutor and initial assessment.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be 19+ years old. While there are no other specific entry requirements, an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) is involved, and learners entering the programme should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 2. The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary. The qualification has been designed for individuals who wish to work and/or seek employment as a personal trainer.

What else do I need to know?

To achieve the qualification learners must complete the eleven mandatory units.

  • 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 and physiology for exercise, health and fitness
  • The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
  • Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions
  • Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

*Free for students who meet the funding eligibility criteria.

What can I do after this course?

Successful achievement of this qualification will provide entry to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as a practitioner (exercise and fitness). Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA was awarded chartered status by the Privy Council, which came into effect at the beginning of January 2012. CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity and a single unified voice for the sector. To read more about CIMSPA, please visit https://www.cimspa.co.uk. This accredited achievement is valued and recognised by employers and can assist learners to increase/enhance their career opportunities, progression and earning potential. Learners will be able to progress into employment as a Personal Trainer.


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