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Learning Support:

Direct tutor communication via email and phone. Monthly webinar support. Additional support as required.

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Learning Resources:

Manuals | E-Learning | Knowledge Checkers | Recorded Webinars |Tutor Demonstrations | Recorded Assessment Guidance |

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EXPECTED COURSE LENGTH:

This qualification can be achieved within 8 – 12 weeks. CMS has a maximum expected completion timeframe of 10 months.

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Accredited Achievement:

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training (603/2693/1)

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Location:

100% Online – study where and when you want. Supported with excellent flexible tutor support.

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Payment Methods:

Advanced Learner Loans

0% Interest Free Monthly Payments Over 4 Months

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What is your goal?

Our Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training combines content from our two most popular qualifications to enable learners to become a Personal Trainer with no prior learning.

Fast track to becoming qualified: The online Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training provides a fast-track route for those wanting to work as a Personal Trainer in the Active Leisure Sector.

Alternatively, if you are looking for your First step towards a career in health and fitness: The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing may be a more suitable starting point.

Already Level 2 qualified and want to be a Personal Trainer: The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is the next step for you.


The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training allows access to The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Course Details

Our Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training combines content from our two most popular qualifications to enable learners become a Personal Training with no prior learning.

You will gain the abilities necessary to organise and instruct adult gym-based fitness programmes while enrolled in the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course. You’ll also learn how to effectively support clients who engage in physical activity and exercise.

Fast track to becoming qualified: The online Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training provides a fast-track route for those wanting to work as a Personal Trainer in the Active Leisure Sector.

The Level 3 Diploma is a combination of the Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. Your personal tutor will support you and guide you with a purpose built course structure to ensure you progress with your studies and assist you with any career and business support.

Alternatively, if you are looking for your First step towards a career in health and fitness: The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing may be a more suitable starting point.

Already Level 2 qualified and want to be a Personal Trainer: The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is the next step for you.

The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training allows access to The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

It is expected that the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training will take between 5 to 10 months to complete, depending on how many hours you complete per week and your rate of learning.

You will have access to certain units and resources in a specific order allowing you to ensure you complete your learning and assessments in the most logical sequence ensuring your continual progression. A typical pathway is shown below:

Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing - Example 4 Month Online Pathway

UnitTimeframe for Completion in Days
Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology for exercise (H/600/9013)0-90
Unit 2: Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (M/600/9015)0-60
Unit 3: Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment (T/600/9016)0-60
Unit 4: Principles of exercise, fitness and health (A/600/9017)60-120
Unit 5: Planning gym-based exercise (F/600/9018)60-120
Unit 6: Instructing gym-based exercise (A/600/9020)60-120
This table illustrates the planned unit order of delivery against a 4 months learning timeframe. For learners wishing to achieve in 2 months they should half the timeframes.

 

The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing can be delivered 100% online.

Studying this way allows you to complete your gym instructor learning and assessments at a time, place and speed of your liking. In addition to this, you will also receive the same high-quality fitness instructor resources and tutor support learners attending our gym instructor workshop days receive.

This online gym instructor course is designed for an expected achievement duration of 4 months with a maximum allowed timeframe of 6 months. Where this timeframe is exceeded, additional fees may be incurred. Duration of study for the online gym instructor course can vary learner to learner, with completion timeframes varying between 2 to 6 months, depending on individual backgrounds and time available to study on a weekly basis.

During your online gym instructor course you will be supported by a highly qualified and experienced tutor to induct you on to our ‘Netflix Style’ Learning Portal. As a minimum, all learners are supported via mandatory live 1:1 webinars, ensuring actions are agreed and you know what work needs to be completed by when.

The content and structure of the level 2 gym instructor is delivered in a specific order to ensure learning is completed in a coherent and logical sequence. This ensures you learn the fundamentals before progressing on to the more advanced content.

Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology

You will typically start revising this unit from the very start of your programme in preparation for your exam. Once you have completed this unit you will understand the skeletal and neuromuscular system and the effects of exercise, the function and structure of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, be able to explain how energy is produced in the body and the effects of exercise on energy production, understand the structure and function of the digestive system and how all of these factors can impact on your clients health and well-being.

After completing the online eLearning resources and interactive assessment materials, you will have access to a mock exam and then finally book your online remote exam. It is expected you will achieve this unit within 45-90 days.

Unit 2 Professionalism and Customer Care for Fitness Instructors

Whilst studying towards your Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology exam you will also work towards your Unit 2 Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructor’s assessments. This unit will help you understand the legal and professional requirements for fitness instructing and understand the products and services offered by fitness instructors and facilities. You will learn the skills and behaviours needed to deliver effective customer care and how to communicate clearly and interact with a variety of customers in different situations. You will learn how an instructor can help all types of customers to have a positive exercise experience, and the importance of personal and professional development throughout the rest of your career. It is expected you will achieve this unit within 30-60 days.

Unit 3 Health and Safety in the Fitness Environment

You will also work towards your Unit 3 Health and safety in the fitness Environment assessments at the same time as your Unit and Unit 2 studies. The unit 3 health safety module will help you understand health and safety in the workplace, including normal and emergency operating procedures in the and how to maintain a safe and effective fitness environment via the application of risk assessments. You will also learn the cleaning requirements in fitness environments including key legislation relating to working practices such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR) Regulations. It is expected you will sit this exam within 30-60 days.

From day 60 onwards you will start completing your learning towards your Unit 4 Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change, as well as your Unit 5 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise unit.

Unit 4 Conducting Client Consultations to Support Positive Behaviour Change

By the end of your Unit 4 you will be able to complete a client consultation interview, using established protocols for health screening and fitness assessments, and support clients to change their exercise behaviours. You will understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of healthy eating. As well as how technology can be used to support exercise adherence and the benefits of technology for both the client and the instructor.  The assessments for the Unit 4 Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change unit, include the submission of a knowledge-based worksheet, an educational leaflet, and a video assessment, of you completing a consultation with your client. It is expected you will achieve this unit within 60-120 days.

Unit 5 Planning and Instructing Gym-based Exercise

The Unit 5 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise module is final, and arguably one of the most important units of your qualification. As you complete your studies for Unit 5 you will learn how to plan and deliver a safe and effective gym-based exercise session to both individuals and groups. You will learn the fundamental teaching points and coaching cues to demonstrate, instruct and correct a wide range of exercise techniques to support a variety of different clients. You will also learn how to encourage clients to increase physical activity and exercise adherence and be able to evaluate your own practice to continuously improve your knowledge and skills. It is expected you will achieve this unit within 60-120 days.

Areas of study for these online gym instructor units include how to assess your client’s fitness levels, understand their goals and be able to competently prescribe correct cardiovascular exercises and intensities to suit their needs. You will learn how to plan, prescribe, and deliver cardiovascular sessions including, warm-ups, main sessions, and cool downs, covering how to introduce and instruct correct technique as well as how to monitor intensity effectively. In addition, you will also learn how to apply a variety of stretching techniques including dynamic, static, and developmental stretching.

Following on from the cardiovascular training sections you will start to explore the benefits and theory of resistance training. This includes topics such as understanding the importance of exercise choices, exercise sequence, and the prescription of reps and sets, as well as other key topics such as progression and overload, to ensure you can competently prescribe resistance training to your clients.

As part of your eLearning content, you will learn how to perform, instruct, and correct all major exercise techniques, such as squats, deadlifts, rows, and presses, as well as be able to prescribe suitable alternatives, progressions, and regressions, to ensure you can support all types of clients. You will learn the principles of safe and effective lifting techniques and spotting, allowing you to perform the techniques and support a variety of clients in the gym.

In addition to one-on-one programme delivery, you will cover the principles of group instruction. This is a key role of a gym instructor and ensures you are competent in the delivery of exercise both one-to-one, as well as to a small group.

By following the curriculum and learning pathway set out by see CMS, you should have completed all assessments for all five units of your level 2 gym instructor qualification by the end of the final workshop day, allowing you to progress onto your next qualification, and/or gain a job as a level 2 gym instructor.

 

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training - Example 6 Month Online Pathway

UnitTimeframe for Completion in Days
Unit 1: Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness (F/615/4012 3)0-90
Unit 3: Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions (R/615/4015 3)0-60
Unit 4: Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients (Y/615/4016 3)91-150
Unit 2: The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health (J/615/4013 3)91-180
Unit 6: Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers (D/615/4020)91-180
Unit 5: Programme design and delivery for personal training (H/615/4018 3)0-150
This table illustrates the planned unit order of delivery against a 6 months learning timeframe. For learners wishing to achieve in 3 months they should half the timeframes.

 

Learners have the option of  completing the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training via a 100% online route.

The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is available via 100% online learning that allows you to complete your learning studies and your assessments at a time and rate of your liking, all whilst having access to the same high-quality CMS resources and tutor support.  The course is designed for an expected duration of 2-6 months, depending on individual background and preferences, with a maximum contractual timeframe of 8 months.

During your online course you will be supported by a highly qualified and experienced CMS tutor to induct you on to our ‘Netflix Style’ eLearning Portal course. As a minimum, all learners are supported via mandatory live one-to-one webinars, ensuring actions are agreed and you know what work needs to be competed and in what time frame.

The content and structure of the level 3 diploma in personal training is delivered in a specific order to ensure learning is completed in a coherent and logical sequence, so you learn the fundamentals before progressing on to the more advanced content.

Unit 1 Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness

You will typically start revising this unit at the start of your programme in preparation for your exam.

Once you have completed this unit you will understand the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, the myofascial system and the neuromuscular-skeletal system in relation to health and fitness, as well as be able to explain the role of the energy systems in relation to physical activity, exercise and training and the structure and function of the digestive system in relation to health and fitness.

After completing the online eLearning resources and interactive assessment materials, you will have access to a mock exam and then finally book your online remote exam. It is expected you will sit this exam within 8-12 weeks.

Unit 2 The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health

Once you have completed your Unit 1 anatomy and physiology exam your tutor will progress you on to your next multiple-choice theoretical exam which is Unit 2, The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health.

When completing this unit you will learn how to access credible information about nutrition for exercise and health, as well as learn common nutritional terms related to exercise and health. You will understand what nutrients are required to maintain health, as well as key food groups required to fuel and recover from physical activity. You will be able to analyse clients’ dietary habits and identify areas for improvement, estimate daily energy and nutrient requirements for clients with different goals and provide nutritional considerations for specific client groups, as well as advise on the risks of poor nutritional and lifestyle practices.

Unit 3 Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions

Whilst studying towards your Unit 1 Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness exam you will also work towards your Unit 3 Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions unit.

You will learn about commonly occurring medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases, and how they may impact a client’s lifestyle. You will learn how lifestyle factors such as healthy and unhealthy behaviours affect a client’s health and wellbeing, and how to risk-stratify and refer your clients with common medical conditions as part of your client induction, and consultation process.

Your assessments for Unit 3 includes the completion of two information-based leaflets illustrating your understanding of common medical conditions that may be prevalent with your future clients.

Unit 4 Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients

You will work towards your Unit 4 content towards the end of your qualification. As part of this unit you will develop an understanding of the importance of communication skills and learn key communication techniques to effectively communicate and engage with clients, and support clients making lifestyle behaviour changes. You will learn how to collect and interpret health screening and fitness assessment data, how to monitor and interpret client data from a range of current information technology (IT) applications and understand how technological advancements can help clients increase their activity levels and stay motivated and focused.

Your assessment for Unit 4 is the completion of a technology recommendation assignment, where you are required to highlight and recommend different technologies to your client that could assist them achieve their goals and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

Unit 5 Programme design and delivery for personal training

Your Unit 5 Programme design and delivery for personal training content spans across the breadth of your studies. It is where you will learn how to assess your client’s fitness level and understand how to complete a series of static and dynamic fitness tests to establish your clients base line fitness, help you monitor their progress on programme with you, and discover how to use the data you collect to risk stratify your client to ensure you work safely with all levels of clients.

Once you have mastered the principles of client consultation you will progress on to the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced cardiovascular training methods. You will develop a deep understanding of the different types and methods of interval training, fartlek training, continuous and tempo training, as well as high intensity interval training.

As you progress through the elements of advanced cardiovascular training methods you will delve into the complex anatomy of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitative stretching, also known as PNF stretching, as well as develop an understanding of the structure, function, and anatomy of the core. You will be able to apply advanced cardiovascular training methods, know how to off-set poor postures, be able to teach client how to brace and engage their core effectively and apply advanced stretching techniques to improve on those hard-to-reach stretches.

Following this you will progress on to the advanced resistance training techniques. You will learn over 15 advanced resistance training methods and understand how to apply these on your clients to maximise their training. Exercise technique learnt at level 2 will be built upon, covering key progression and overload techniques, including the use and development of the central nervous system.

Once you have a thorough understanding of the advanced cardiovascular and resistance methods you will learn how to combine these areas into a periodised and progressive programme, learning about periodisation models and cognitive learning phases.

To assess your understanding, you will be required to complete a series of assessments that includes a recorded submission of a client consultation, a diet diary analysis, an educational leaflet handout, a periodised 12 week programme and two practical observation assessments, allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding on how to deliver a variety of advanced cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training methods, as well as manage a personal training session form start to finish.

Unit 6 Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

By following the curriculum and learning pathway set out by see CMS, you should have completed all assessments for the first five units of your level 3 personal trainer qualification. To complete your qualification, your CMS tutor will support you in the completion of the final unit, unit 6 Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers.

The aim of this unit is to help you set up as a personal trainer. You will learn the legal and professional requirements for personal training, such as health and safety, equality and diversity and the legal and professional requirements for the management of personal information and records, also known as data protection.

You will learn how to set budgets and manage finances, as well as understand marketing techniques and tactics, so you are able to plan and strategise to develop a successful personal training business. You will learn how to how to use, monitor and interpret business data from a range of current information technology (IT) applications to support effective business planning and delivery and understand the requirements of a self-employed individual, such as tax and insurances needs, as well as the professional and personal importance of continuing professional development (CPD).

Upon completing your Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training, your options are numerous and could include working as an online personal trainer, a self-employed freelance personal trainer, and or an employed personal trainer working within a facility of your choice.

The career options available following your level 3 certificate personal training don’t just stop there. With CMS there are options to progress onto other Level 3 and higher qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage the Level 3 Diploma in Long Term conditions and eventually become a Level 4 Specialist in either Lower Back Pain Management or Obesity and Diabetes.

Whichever pathway you choose, CMS will provide unbiased support and guidance to ensure you make the right steps towards your career in health and fitness and provide you with the most update scientifically proven health and fitness qualifications that are internationally recognised.

When you sign up for the online Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training, you will receive an email containing your joining instructions, which will provide you with access to your online Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instruicting and Personal Training learning resources.

The resources are organised by unit, so you can find the manuals, worksheets, case study documents, mock tests, and knowledge checks you need to progress with your learning and prepare for your assessments.

Learning Portal

A wide range of learning resources are available through our ‘Netflix-style’ learning environment. Each one contributes to the success of your educational journey. Lessons are made up of learning resources that are released by your tutor as you progress through your personal training qualification.

  • Manuals — high-resolution PDF manuals in colour
  • E-Learning Content — Each personal training course unit includes comprehensive, high-quality e-learning content.
  • Checkers of Knowledge – Complete a set of questions from a bank of hundreds to assess your knowledge of a subject area. Multiple choice, true and false, drag and drop, fill in the gaps, and mark the words are just a few examples of question formats.

Tutor Support

All of the learning resources in our personal training courses are crucial, but none more so than your tutor. Your tutor will walk you through your personal training qualification step by step, outlining what has to be done, how, when, and why.

Your personal training certification will begin with a thorough induction. In this 60 – 90 minute session we discover more about you, your career aspirations, your academic and job background, your interests, lifestyle, impediments to achievement, and learning needs.

After that, you’ll be taken to our ‘Netflix’-inspired learning portal, where you’ll be given an overview of the programme structure, as well as an overview of our various learning materials and how you can progress with your personal training qualification.

Since 2008, we’ve been providing personal training certifications, and we know how to make your learning experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. You will receive a support visit via webinar 1-2 weeks after your induction. This is an opportunity to speak with your instructor in person about your previous experience and to ask any questions you may have regarding your personal training course. Following your support visit, the natural order is for you to attend a tutor webinar with your tutor every calendar month to review your personal training course progress since your last tutor webinar, clarify and develop your understanding of the personal training qualification topic areas studied, and agree on your goals. This is the normal service, with tutor support webinars taking place as needed. Your personal training course tutor is, of course, reachable by phone and email.

Recorded Webinars and Workshops

Our personal training course tutors can record all or parts of your webinar and make them available to you via a 35-day weblink. Ideal for students who prefer to go over their notes again and again.

Furthermore, all of the sessions from our personal training course workshop days have been pre-recorded so you can watch them again. This allows you to get the most out of your personal training sessions while also allowing you to develop and progress at your own pace.

Demonstrations by Tutors

As part of your online personal training course you are able to review a library of tutor demonstrations. Demonstrations include exercise technique, advanced training method and client consultations.

Submissions that have been recorded

We strive to make your online and remote learning experience as helpful as your personal training course workshop days. To help you with this, you can send a link to your instructor with recordings of your method, delivery, and consultation style for him or her to review and give feedback on. This is a terrific approach to ensure that you are developing and implementing your new abilities as needed before, after, or in between your personal training course workshop days.

You can also expect your personal training course tutor, as required, to provide extra demonstrations and explanations via screen recordings and recordings of themselves performing the relevant demonstrations to promote your progress if appropriate.

Example Proforma’s

You will be required to submit pro-forma materials such as worksheets, assignments, and case studies during your Level 3 Personal Training course. Unfamiliar documents might be perplexing, therefore we help you comprehend and finish your tasks faster by supplying you with sample completed pro-forma.

The online Level 3 Diploma for Gym Instructing and Personal Training qualification is accredited by Active IQ, the leading awarding body in the health and fitness sector. It is also recognised by CIMSPA.

The online Level 3 Diploma for Gym Instructing and Personal Training is structured into eleven separate units which all teach you the vital knowledge in becoming a successful personal trainer.

Unit 1: Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness (A/616/7499)
Unit 2: Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors (K/616/7501)
Unit 3: Health and safety in the fitness environment (M/616/7502)
Unit 4: Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change (A/616/7504)
Unit 5: Planning and instructing gym-based exercise (F/616/7505)
Unit 6: Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness (F/615/4012)
Unit 7: The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health (J/615/4013)
Unit 8: Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions (R/615/4015)
Unit 9: Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients (Y/615/4016)
Unit 10: Programme design and delivery for personal training (H/615/4018)
Unit 11: Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers (D/615/4020)

Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training Course - Unit Assessment Overview

UnitAssessments
Unit 1: Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness (A/616/7499)Theory paper – Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
Unit 2: Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors (K/616/7501)Worksheet – Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors
Assignment – Personal and professional development
Modular summative observation – Consultation
Modular summative observation – Group induction
Unit 3: Health and safety in the fitness environment (M/616/7502)Worksheet – Health and safety in the fitness environment
Assignment – Risk assessment, maintenance and handover
Unit 4: Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change (A/616/7504)Worksheet – Supporting clients
Assignment – Health promotion poster
Modular summative observation – Consultation
Unit 5: Planning and instructing gym-based exercise (F/616/7505)Assignment – Session plan
Summative observation – Programme delivery
Worksheet – Session evaluation
Unit 6: Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness (F/615/4012)Theory paper – Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness.
Modular summative observation – training techniques (Mark scheme criteria: A4, B3).
Unit 7: The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health (J/615/4013)Theory paper – The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health.
Case study – Personal training client (Step 2, Step 3, nutritional guidance).
Worksheet (Q1-5).
Unit 8: Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions (R/615/4015)Assignment – Educational information handout and infographic.
Modular summative observation – Consultation (Observation checklist criteria: B1, B2).
Assignment – Developing a new personal training business(SWOT analysis, scope of practice).
Worksheet (Q12, 14-16)
Unit 9: Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients (Y/615/4016)Modular summative observation – Consultation (Observation checklist sections: A, B and C).
Assignment – Recommending the use of technology to clients.
Worksheet (Q6-11)
Worksheet – self-evaluation.
Unit 10: Programme design and delivery for personal training (H/615/4018)Modular summative observation – Training techniques (All sections).
Case study – Personal training client (Step 3, FITT guidelines; Step 5).
Summative observation – Personal training (Case study - Step 6).
Worksheet (Q12-16)
Unit 11: Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers (D/615/4020)Assignment – Developing a new personal training business.
This table outlines the various assessments required to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course.

Unit 1 is called ‘Principles of Anatomy, Physiology and Fitness’ and covers all the foundational knowledge about the human body a certified personal trainer should know. We will then build on this knowledge in later units. You’ll learn about the cardiorespiratory system, the structure and function of the skeleton joints, the muscular system, energy systems, digestive system and nervous system will also be covered.

This unit is externally set and assessed through multiple choice theory exams which you will sit at the end of the unit.  This assessment can be sat remotely from the comfort of your own home.

Unit 2, ‘Professionalism and Customer Care for Fitness Instructors’ and Unit 3, ‘Health and safety in the fitness environment’, is where we move onto maximising the customer experience in the exercise environment. This is all about putting the customer first and where we learn about those smaller details to become the highest quality gym instructor or personal trainer. We cover customer service skills, how to engage and communicate effectively, understand professional practise and how to maintain a safe gym environment.

These units are assessed through a series or written assignments.

Unit 4 is ‘Conducting Client Consultations to Support Positive Behaviour Change’. You will begin to learn how to lead a consultation as gym instructor or personal trainer and the value of exercise adherence by personal training clients, which is why we also teach you the principles of behaviour change which is fundamental in helping personal training clients achieve their long-term goals.

This unit is assessed with a combination of written assignments and video submissions of you leading a personal training client consultation and health assessment. We will provide you with recorded examples and guidance on how to record this evidence.

Unit 5, ‘Planning and Instructing Gym-Based Exercise’ and Unit 10, ‘Programme Design and Delivery for Personal Training’ are where you learn how to plan and then deliver gym and personal training programmes. These are the core skills you need to learn as a certified personal trainer and you will be building on and utilising the knowledge you have learnt in the previous four units. Our expert tutors will be walking you through the important steps you need to take in building an effective and appropriate personal training programme for any personal training client.

These units are assessed through a combination of written assignments, video submissions programme cards and self-reflection documents. Please note: Students will be required to bring a participant to two of the assessment days.

Your video submissions need to be recorded in a suitable environment. This requires you and your personal training clients to remain in view of the camera and to be always heard. This can be difficult in a busy public gym with background music. But don’t worry, if you do not have access to a suitable environment in order to record your practical assessments, we also allow you to attend our own gym facility in Batley, West Yorkshire. Alternatively, a member of our assessor network will be able to attend a facility of your choosing to conduct your practical assessment in person.

Unit 6 is called ‘Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise, Health and Fitness’ where we expand on the knowledge learnt from unit 1 and learn how to apply it to exercise and health as a certified personal trainer. We will discuss the same topics as the foundation anatomy and physiology unit but this time delve deeper into their specific impact, risks and considerations when applied to exercise as a personal trainer.

This unit is set in the same way as unit 1 within multiple choice theory exam at the end of the unit. This assessment can be sat remotely from the comfort of your own home.

Unit 7 is called ‘The Principles of Nutrition and their Application to Exercise and Health’ here you learn all the nutritional fundamentals that you will need to provide accurate and appropriate advice to your clients as a certified personal trainer. You’ll learn the principles of macro and micronutrients, how to find credible sources of information, how to make use of nutritional tools and technology and how to effectively educate personal training clients about their nutrition.

This unit assessed via a multiple-choice theory paper and an assignment.

The theory paper is set and assessed in the same way as Unit 1 and 6 with the multiple-choice theory exam sat at the end of the unit. This assessment can be sat remotely from the comfort of your own home.

Unit 8, ‘Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions’, covers how lifestyle factors such as dietary intake, stress, fatigue, alcohol and levels of physical activity affect a personal training client’s health and wellbeing. You will also learn how commonly occurring medical conditions such as hypertension, obesity, cardiorespiratory disease, diabetes and stress and how they may impact a client’s lifestyle. We will also cover when to refer personal training clients with common medical conditions

Unit 9, ‘Encouraging Positive Health and Fitness Behaviours in Clients’ covers understanding the importance of communication skills to effectively communicate and engage with clients, evaluating and adapting your own communication styles.

You will learn techniques used to effectively communicate and engage with personal training clients to support them in making positive lifestyle behaviour changes to meet their desired goals. You will learn how to establish rapport and engage personal training clients in conversations about their health and fitness while collecting meaningful information and assessing their readiness to change behaviour. This includes knowing how to provide relevant information to personal training clients and close sessions in a way that encourages ongoing motivation and goal achievement.

You will learn how technological advancements can help personal training clients increase their activity levels and stay motivated and focused in line with legislation and professional standards.

This unit is assessed via a worksheet and written assignment. It is also partially assessed via your practical observations or recorded submissions.

Unit 11, ‘Professionalism and Business Acumen for Personal Trainers’, is where you learn the core business skills for becoming a certified personal trainer. We will go through the basics of creating a business and marketing plans, how to manage your finances, the importance of social media and so much more.

This unit is assessed through an internally marked business project

The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instruction and Personal Training is priced at £2,225

CMS wants to make paying for your Level 3 Personal Training qualification as accessible as possible.

Therefore, we offer three routes to purchasing your Level 3 Personal Training qualification:

Please note CMS will not ask you for any bank details over the phone or email and you should not provide any payment details in this way.

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are a great way to pay for your Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instruction and Personal Training.

Pay for your level 3 personal training qualification via a government-backed loan and repay the balance after you complete your course and are earning over £27,295 a year.

More information on Advanced Learner Loans

If you would like to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instruction and Personal Training qualification please call us on 01924 470 477.

Pay in 0% Interest Monthly Installments

CMS offers the ability to pay for your Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training qualification in 4, 7 or 10 0% interest monthly installments.

If you would prefer to pay for your Level 3 Personal Training qualification via 0% interest monthly installments, you can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Purchase via this webpage by selecting a personal training course date above and clicking ‘self-fund’, select the ‘Direct Debit’ payment option. You will pay an immediate deposit with the option to make a further 3, 6 or 9 installments.
  2. Alternatively, call CMS on 01924 470 477 and we can send you a direct debit payment link via email.
InstallmentsDepositMonthly InstallmentTotal Cost
4£556.253 x £556.25£2,225
7£317.866 x £317.86£2,225
10£222.509 x £222.50£2,225

Pay in Full

If you would prefer to pay for your Level 3 Personal Training qualification in a one-time upfront installment, you can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Make payment via our payments URL making sure to include notes on the personal training course you wish to enroll on and a CMS representative will call you back to confirm the details, issue your joining instruction, learning portal access and arrange your induction.
  2. Alternatively purchase via this webpage by selecting a course date above and clicking ‘self-fund’, select the PayPal or ePDQ payment option to pay in full.

To enrol on the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training you need to:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • 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 maths involved, so learners should have basic skills in communication and maths pitched at level 2 (as a minimum)

In addition, to complete the 100% online pathway you will:

  • Complete the course over a duration and speed that suits you
  • Have 24/7 access to our high-quality digital technology learning platform and regular support from your personal tutor
  • Learning can be completed in your own time and at your own pace but the attendance of some live webinar sessions is required
  • Need to have access to a commercial/professional gym environment
  • Be required to complete all practical delivery sessions within a gym setting
  • Need to have access to a video camera/smartphone to record some of your assessments

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