Personal Training Certificate Level 3
The YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is an ideal qualification for those in the exercise and fitness sector who wish to develop and refine their existing skills. The qualification aims to provide students with the understanding and practical skills needed to work as a Personal Trainer in a variety of settings. This includes understanding health and safety in a fitness environment, customer service, anatomy and physiology, personal training programmes and sessions, and nutrition.
Students successfully completing this qualification will be able to gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3.
You must have completed the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing prior to starting this course.
What will I study?
Units studied include:
- 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
You can re-sit GCSE Maths and/or English alongside this course.
Method of delivery
The practical element of the course will involve working in the Athletic Suite. You’ll also study a range of theory sessions to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of theories that underpin fitness. You will also take part in some client-facing sessions.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by two online multichoice exams, Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition. You will complete some workbooks and have one summative practical assessment.
Good course combinations
This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.
Your next steps
You could enter employment (including self-employment) as a Personal Trainer or could combine this with another Level 3 qualification to enter higher education. On completion of the course, you will be CIMSPA accredited and be licensed to practice. You could become a self-employed Personal Trainer or work for a leisure centre or private gym. Some students move into more specialised personal training such as in the Armed Forces.