YMCA Level 3 Personal Training - Practitioner
The YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training qualification aims to turn your passion for the health and fitness into an exciting career in the health and fitness industry.
This qualification builds on the knowledge and skills developed within the Level 2 Gym Instruction course (must already hold as a pre-requisite) and supports you to becoming a CIMSPA accredited personal trainer.
Student must have a Level 2 Instructing Fitness (Gym-based) qualification and an understanding of how the human body functions. As this is a personal trainer qualification, a good level of verbal communication is also required.
The course covers the following:
• Anatomy and physiology knowledge as applicable to personal training
• Nutrition and its application to support a client’s health and physical activity programme
• Health and wellbeing and factors that affect this
• Effective communication during client consultations to promote and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours and long-term change
• Designing and planning effective Personal Training sessions for a range of clients in different environments
• Executing effective physical activity sessions for a range of clients in different environments
• Professional practice and legal requirements for personal training
• Business acumen for working in both an employed role and for self-employment
• Self-evaluation and professional development
The Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Applying the Principals of Nutrition will require additional independent home study via the internet, with revision sessions being provided prior to an exam. You will learn the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme to both individuals and groups.
A range of compulsory assessment is covered including:
- 1x combined multiple choice theory exam – online assessment
- Practical assessments
- Learner Assessment record
Regular formative assessment will be included throughout the course, with home study required.
The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility and loan availability, if you feel you may qualify for funding, or wish to discuss loan options, please contact the Funding Team.
Following successful completion of the Level 3 Personal Training qualification, students will be equipped to enrol on specialist fitness and leisure courses e.g. strength and conditional, group-based exercise, exercise prescription qualifications and more.
On successful completion of this course, you could progress to our VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy qualification.
Dates & course durations
Intake 1: September 18th 2023 - January 29th 2024
(17 weeks of face-to-face contact time)
Intake 2: February 5th 2024 - July 1st 2024
(17 weeks of face-to-face contact time)
A range of teaching methods will be utilised, including a mix of theory-based sessions and practical gym-based sessions in the newly refurbished Athletic Suite. Normally, a theory and a practical session each week will occur.
Practical sessions are held in The Athletic Suite with a range of commercial standard cardiovascular and resistance machines and free weights.
Our course is delivered face-to-face by highly experienced fitness tutors in a state-of-the-art facility, providing you with the best training to develop your skills and confidence in instructing health and fitness. The course meets the latest industry requirements & standards set by CIMSPA which is internationally recognised as a benchmark for training in the industry and will qualify you to work in any gym across the UK.
Our course is delivered face-to-face by highly experienced fitness tutors in a state-of-the-art facility, providing you with the best training to develop your skills and confidence in instructing health and fitness. The majority of lessons will take place in our newly refurbished gym, The Athletic Suite, where students will have access to industry standard gym equipment, including health screening resources.
Students also have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.
This course requires practical clothing and footwear and resource packs which will need to be purchased by the student, the cost of this can vary depending on individual budgets.
Some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.
Former students have gone on to employment within a gym environment or self-employment as a personal trainer.