Personal Trainer – Level 3


This qualification gives learners the knowledge and skills to work with individual and groups of client in a personal training setting. Successful achievement of the qualification will allow the learner to gain employment within an organisational setting, or alternatively in a self-employed environment.

It also provides access onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3.

Entry requirements

  • A suitable Level 2 qualification in Gym Instructing
  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
  • There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) and application of number involved, and learners should have basic skills in communication and application of number pitched at levels 3 and 2 respectively.

Qualification Structure and Credit Value

The learner must achieve all mandatory units. The total credit value is 36.

Mandatory Units

This qualification comprises of 7 mandatory units

The following 3 units have already been achieved at Level 2 (unit 1,2,3) and in order to achieve the full personal training certificate learners must achieve all 7 units.

  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity.
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment.
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health.
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health.
  • Programming personal training with clients.
  • Delivering personal training sessions.
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme.


Internally assessed:

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