Level 3 Diploma

in Gym Instructing

and Personal Training

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification aims to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes developing their skills knowledge to pursue a career in personal training. During the qualification learners will cover 11 mandatory units:

  • Anatomy and 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.
  • Assessment of a client’s current health and fitness status.
  • 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.

Entry Requirements include

  • Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended.
  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
  • There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.

  • Coursework/Project.
  • Multiple Choice Examination.
  • Portfolio of Evidence.
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment.
What could this qualification lead to?

A career as a Gym instructor and/or Personal Trainer

This qualification also provides progression onto:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal Clients with Exercise and Nutrition.
  • Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults.
  • Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Disabled Clients.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.
  • Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning.
3rd Year Students will also have the opportunity to complete, or continue, sport specific coaching awards and CPDs
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