Option of 100% online or weekday and weekend workshops ran every 8 weeks
Option of 100% online learning or between 4 and 8 workshop day attendance (09:30 to 16:30)
Expected Course Length:
This qualification can be achieved within 8 – 12 weeks. CMS has a maximum expected completion timeframe of 10 months.
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training (603/2693/1)
Option of 100% online or workshop attendance in Batley and Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
0% Interest Free Monthly Payments Over 4 Months
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WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
Fast track to becoming qualified:
The 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.
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 is awarded by Active IQ allows access to the The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3 and carries 20 CPD points.
To book - choose your preferred course dates below
Level 2 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Monday 14th and Monday 21st November 2022.
Day 1: Mon 31st October
Day 2: Mon 7th November
Day 3: Mon 14th November*
Day 4: Mon 21st November*
Level 3 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Monday 5th Dec, Monday 12th and Monday 19th December 2022.
Day 1: Mon 28th November
Day 2: Mon 5th December*
Day 3: Mon 12th December*
Day 4: Mon 19th December*
Level 2 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Monday 20th March and Monday 27th March 2023.
Day 1: Mon 6th March
Day 2: Mon 13th March
Day 3: Mon 20th March*
Day 4: Mon 27th March*
Level 3 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Monday 17th April, Monday 24th April and Tuesday 2nd May 2023.
Day 1: Tues 11th April (Mon is Bank Hol)
Day 2: Mon 17th April
Day 3: Mon 24th April
Day 4: Tues 2nd May (Mon is Bank Hol)
Level 2 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Saturday 24th September and Saturday 15th October 2022.
Day 1: Sat 10th September
Day 2: Sat 17th September
Day 3: Sat 24th September*
Day 4: Sat 15th October*
Level 3 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Saturday 29th October, Saturday 5th November and Saturday 12th November 2022.
Day 1: Sat 22nd October
Day 2: Sat 29th October*
Day 3: Sat 5th November*
Day 4: Sat 12th November*
Level 2 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Saturday 28th January and Saturday 4th February 2022.
Day 1: Sat 14th January
Day 2: Sat 21st January
Day 3: Sat 28th January*
Day 4: Sat 4th February*
Level 3 Workshop Days
Assessments will take place on Saturday 18th Feb, Saturday 25th Feb and Saturday 4th March 2023.
Day 1: Sat 11th February
Day 2: Sat 18th February*
Day 3: Sat 25th February*
Day 4: Sat 4th March*
Becoming a personal trainer is not only financially profitable, but also emotionally rewarding, as there is nothing more satisfying than assisting customers in achieving their objectives.
The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instruction and Personal Training provides a thorough overview of the field. The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instruction and Personal Training has been carefully crafted by fitness experts to support those with no prior qualifications, allowing you to enter the industry as a certified Personal Trainer right away, whether you want to work in a gym, start your own freelance business, or become an online personal trainer.
The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training offers a fast-track route for those wanting to work as a Personal Trainer in the Active Leisure Sector.
The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training is awarded by Active IQ and is recognised by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
What is your goal:
Fast track to becoming qualified: The 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.
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.
CMS offer the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training via a 100% online learning delivery method as well as 5, 6, 7, or 8 day workshops. Of the 8 workshop days, 4 cover the level 2 gym instructing element of the qualification and 4 cover the level 3 personal training element.
Workshop days are delivered on a weekday and weekend with a new course starting every 8 weeks. With our commitment to flexibility of delivery you can spread your learning timeframe over a period of 8 weeks to 15 months.
Whichever study method you choose you are supported throughout your programme via exceptional tutor support, learning portal and learning resources.
You will undertake 11 units to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training qualification.
CMS Fitness Courses offer a range of payment methods. You can choose to pay for your course upfront via our website or by calling 01924 470 477. Equally, via the website, or by calling, you can pay for your personal training course in 0% interest monthly instalments over a period of 4, 7 or 10 months.
CMS Fitness Courses are one of only a handful of training providers able to offer Advanced Learning Loans as a funding method for our learners. Advanced Learner Loans allow you to pay for your personal training course with a government back loan. The loan is repayable, and repayments would start when you are earning over £27,295 per annum. For more information call CMS on 01924 470 477 or see our advanced learner loans webpage for more information.
CMS Fitness Courses are contracted with the ESFA as an Apprenticeship training provider and registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. This means that we are able to support those individuals in finding employment or supporting those already in employment in achieving a personal training qualification.
If you are a member of the military with access to ELCAS funding, then this funding route is also available to you.
Want to know more
For more information about the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training, explore the expandable accordion sections below or call our team on 01924 470 477.
For the Level 3 Diploma in Gym instructing and Personal Training, learners can attend between 5, and 8 workshop days.
The 5 workshop day option requires attendance on the 3rd and 4th Level 2 workshop days and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level 3 workshop days. This is to ensure that all assessments can be completed. If you choose to attend additional workshop days, these days would be 100% learning days where you would review your understanding and practice the application under the guide of an experienced tutor.
Whether you choose to attend 5, 6, 7 or 8 workshop days in order to achieve your Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training, these dates do not have to be attended as part of the same cohort. For example, those learners wishing to attend all 8 workshop days in quick succession could attend the full 8 days of a specific cohort. Another learner may wish to space their learning out or be unable to attend a given date, therefore they could spread their attendance between 2, 3 or more cohorts.
We would advise learners to leave themselves sufficient time in order to complete suitable learning before attending workshop days. This helps learners maximise the learning benefit and chances of a successful assessment. Your tutor would advise you how best to do this.
If you are unsure which option is best for you, feel free to call us on 01924 470 477 and we can discuss your options with you. If you opt to attend 5 workshop days but then prefer to attend all 8 or even switch to 100% online learning, this is not a problem, simply contact your tutor and we will arrange the rest.
Prior, during and after the personal training course, you will be supported by a highly qualified and experienced tutor. As a minimum, all personal training qualification learners are supported via mandatory 1 on 1 live webinar with your tutor on a monthly basis. During these visits learning activities are reviewed and new ones agreed with suitable support provided. As all learners have their own circumstances additional webinar, phone and email support is provided to learners when necessary.
Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing Workshop Day Overview
|Workshop Day||Session 1||Session 2||Session 3||Session 4|
|1||Cardiovascular Training and Prescription||Cardiovascular Training and Prescription||Cardiovascular Training and Prescription||Resistance Training Programme Variables, Sequence and Balance|
|2||Resistance, Free Weight and Body Weight Training||Resistance, Free Weight and Body Weight Training||Resistance, Free Weight and Body Weight Training||Resistance, Free Weight and Body Weight Training|
|3||Group Inductions and Delivery||Group Inductions and Delivery||Summative Practical Assessment Preparation||Summative Practical Assessment Preparation|
|4||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment|
The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing workshop is delivered over four days. The workshops are delivered both on a weekday and weekend and are structured so you can attend all 4 days within a 4-week period or mix and match your workshop dates over a 6-month period, depending on your personal situation and preferred time frame.
Prior to attending your level 2 gym instructor workshop we would recommend that you complete online learning to achieve the more theoretical units and content of the course. Typically, you will have submitted and passed all your assessments for Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology, Unit 2 Professionalism and Customer Care for Fitness Instructors, Unit 3 Health and Safety in the Fitness Environment, as well as submitted and passed your Unit 4 Conducting Client Consultations to Support Positive Behaviour Change, which requires the submission of a video assessment, of you completing a consultation with your client.
By completing these units prior to your workshop attendance, you will have completed a majority of the theoretical content of your level 2 gym instructor qualification and attained four out of five of your units.
When you attend the Level 2 Gym Instructor workshop, the days predominantly focus on the practical aspects of your qualification, as well as providing opportunities to embed some of the theoretical content that you have previously learnt.
Workshop Day 1
On day one you will learn 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.
Towards the end of day one, we 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.
Workshop Day 2
Day two of your level 2 gym instructor course contains the completion of a series of practical sessions. 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.
Workshop Day 3
On day 3 of the level 2 gym instructor workshop, we 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, and to a small group. Following this learning, you will be assessed delivering a group induction on your peers, which fulfils your assessment for Step 1 of your Unit 5 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise unit.
Finally at the end of day three, you will have an opportunity to practise your one-on-one programme delivery on your peers while under assessor guidance, to help you prepare for your final assessment on day 4.
Workshop Day 4
On day 4 you will deliver your one-on-one programme on a client of your choice. A client can include either a friend or a family member who will be required to attend the final assessment day for a period of 2 hours. This assessment will help you fulfil your assessment for Step 3 of your Unit 5 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise unit.
By following the curriculum and learning pathway set out by 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.
Level 3 Diploma in Personal Trainng Workshop Day Overview
|Workshop Day||Session 1||Session 2||Session 3||Session 4|
|1||Nutrition and Lifestyle Analysis||Nutrition and Lifestyle Analysis||Nutrition and Lifestyle Analysis||Goal Setting and Behaviour Change Models|
|2||Advanced CV Training Methods||Advanced CV Training Methods||Advanced CV Training Methods||Core, Flexibility and PNF Stretching|
|3||Advanced Resistance Training Methods||Advanced Resistance Training Methods||Advanced Resistance Training Methods||Periodisation and Programme Planning|
|4||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment|
Pre-WorkshopThe Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is also delivered over four days. The personal training workshops are delivered both on a weekday and weekend and are structured so you can attend all 4 days within a 4-week period or mix and match your workshop dates over a 6-month period, depending on your personal situation and preferred time frame.
Prior to attending your level 3 personal trainer workshop you will be required to complete online learning to achieve the more theoretical units and content of the course. Typically, you will have submitted and passed all your assessments for:
- Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology
- Unit 2 The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
- Unit 3 Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions
- Unit 4 Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients, and completed
- Unit 5 Programme design and delivery for personal training Step 1, 2 3 and 4
Unit 5 requires the submission of a video assessment of you completing a consultation with your client, and a submission of a diet diary analysis and educational handout leaflet.
By completing these personal training qualification units prior to your attendance, you will have completed majority of the theoretical content of your level 3 personal training qualification and attained four out of the six units
When you attend the Level 3 personal trainer workshop, the days predominantly focus on the practical aspects of your qualification, as well as provide opportunities to embed some of the theoretical content that you have previously learnt.
Workshop Day 1
In the morning of the first personal training course workshop day 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.
In the afternoon of the first Level 3 Personal Training workshop day, you will review your nutrition and dietary knowledge, linking the theoretical content with practical application. You will learn how to gather your client’s dietary information accurately and efficiently, practice analysing their diet diary and eating habits to identify strengths and areas of development. You will be able to competently prescribe recommended nutrition and dietary advice including guidance such as calculating your clients recommended calorie intake, applying appropriate macronutrient splits, provide guidance on food timings and frequency, as well as other health and wellbeing topics such as hydration alcohol and caffeine intake.
Workshop Day 2
On day 2 of your Level 3 personal training workshop you will learn 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.
Towards the end of day 2 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. By the end of day 2 you will be able to apply advanced cardiovascular training methods, know how to off-set poor postures, be able to teach personal training clients how to brace and engage their core effectively and apply advanced stretching techniques to improve mobility and biomechanics.
Workshop Day 3
Day three of your level 3 personal trainer course contains the completion of a series of practical sessions. You will learn over 15 advanced resistance training methods and understand how to apply these on your personal training 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.
Towards the end of day 3 we bring the content learnt from days 1, 2 and 3 together to explain how you can combine these areas into a periodised and progressive programme, learning about periodisation models and cognitive learning phases.
Throughout workshop days 2 and 3 you will be assessed by your tutor planning and delivering a series of advanced cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility stretching techniques. These assessments help you prepare for your final personal training qualification assessment on day 4 but also help you fulfil the assessment criteria for Unit 5 Programme design and delivery for personal training Step 5B.
Workshop Day 4
On day 4 of your personal training course you will deliver your one-on-one programme on a client of your choice. A client can include either a friend or a family member who will be required to attend the final personal training qualification assessment day for a period of 2 hours. This assessment will involve the delivery of a programme card for your Unit 5 Programme design and delivery for personal training case study, helping you fulfil your assessment for Step 6 of your Unit 5 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise unit.
By following the curriculum and learning pathway set out by CMS, you should have completed all assessments for the first five units of your level 3 personal trainer qualification.
Post Workshop Days
After attending the workshop days, your CMS tutor will support you in the completion of the final unit, unit 6 Professionalism and business plan to help you set up as a personal trainer. 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 the completion of your Level 3 Diploma in Gym instructing and 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 enrol on the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training you will receive your joining instructions via email giving you access to your Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training learning resources.
The resources are divided into unit order providing you with the relevant manuals, worksheets, case study documents, mock exams and knowledge checkers required to help you complete your learning and prepare for your workshop/assessment days.
Our ‘Netflix’ style learning portal contains a wide range of learning resources. Each one plays its part in maximising your learning journey. Learning resources make up lessons which are issued by your tutor as you progress and reach the required stage of your personal training qualification.
- Manuals – high quality colour PDF manuals
- E-Learning Content – comprehensive high quality e-learning content for each personal training course unit.
- Knowledge Checkers – Evaluate your understanding of a topic area by completing a range of questions selected from a bank of hundreds of questions. Question types include – multiple choice, true and false drag and drop, fill in the blanks and mark the words to name a few.
All our personal training course learning resources play an important part in your development but none more than your tutor. You can expect your tutor to guide you seamlessly through your personal training qualification, explaining what needs to be done, how, by when and why.
You can expect your personal training qualification to start with a comprehensive induction. This normally lasts 60-90 minutes in which we learn more about you, your career ambitions, your academic and employment background, your interests, lifestyle, barriers to achievement and learning needs. You will then be introduced to our ‘Netflix’ inspired learning portal and be provided with an explanation of the programme structure, as well as an overview of our different types of resources and how you can progress with your personal training qualification.
We have been delivering personal training qualifications since 2008 and we know how to make your learning journey as pleasant and stress free as possible. 1-2 weeks after your induction you will receive a support visit via webinar. This is an opportunity to hold a face-to-face conversation with your tutor about your experience to date and clarify any questions you have about your personal training course. After your support visit the natural order is then to participate in a tutor webinar every calendar month with your tutor where you will review your personal training course progress since your last tutor webinar, clarify and develop further your understanding of the personal training qualification topic areas studied and agree your targets. This is the standard offering and tutor support webinars will happen whenever they are needed. Of course, your personal training course tutor is also available via telephone and email.
Our personal training qualification workshop days are structured to deliver two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon. All sessions contain a knowledge review and then an application of that knowledge. Led by expert personal trainers it is an opportunity to have open discussions in a friendly and supportive environment. Our personal training course workshop days and tutors get rave reviews (check out our google reviews). Our personal training workshops are either delivered at our premises in Batley, West Yorkshire or at one of our employer partners.
Recorded Webinars and Workshops
Our personal training course tutors can record all or parts of your webinar and provide them to you on a weblink accessible for 35 days. Ideal for those learners who like to re-visit learning content.
In addition, our personal training course workshop delivery has been pre-recorded so you can watch all sessions experienced on the workshop days again. This ensures you take the most you can from the personal training course sessions, and you are able to develop and progress at your own pace. This also allows you to watch the sessions before attending your personal training course workshops, enabling you to best prepare and engage with tutor conversations on the day.
Not only will you benefit from seeing tutor demonstrations on your workshop days you will also benefit from being able to view tutor demonstrations as many times as you want online.
We work hard to make your online and distance learning as beneficial as your personal training course workshop days. To support this approach, you can submit recordings of your technique, delivery and consultation style via a link for your tutor to review and feedback on. This is a great way to give you confidence before, after or in between your personal training course workshop days, that you are developing and applying your new skills as required.
Equally, where appropriate you can expect your personal training course tutor to provide additional demonstrations and explanation via screen recordings and recording of themselves carrying out the appropriate demonstrations to aid your development.
Throughout your Level 3 Personal Training course you will be required to submit pro-forma documents such as worksheets, assignments, and case studies. Unfamiliar documents can be confusing, so we minimise this risk by providing you with example completed pro-forma to aid your understanding and speed of achievement.
The 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 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
|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).
|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 – 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).
|Unit 11: Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers (D/615/4020)||Assignment – Developing a new personal training business.|
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.
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:
- 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.
- Alternatively, call CMS on 01924 470 477 and we can send you a direct debit payment link via email.
|Installments||Deposit||Monthly Installment||Total Cost|
|4||£556.25||3 x £556.25||£2,225|
|7||£317.86||6 x £317.86||£2,225|
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
Learners wishing to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training should be:
- While this qualification is for people who are at least 18 years old this is an entry-level qualification for anyone who wants to work in the fitness sector aged 16 years old or above but does not have any official qualifications. While candidates under the age of 18 are not prohibited from working in this field, it is likely that they may have problems getting the personal liabiliy insurance coverage required.
- We recommend that you have experience of gym-based exercise including free weights, although this is not essential.
- You should be fit enough to cope with the physical exertion and individual participation involved in the course. CMS tuors will tailor your personal experience to your fitness, health and experiecne level and we would not discourage anybody from attending on the grounds of health, fitness or dissability. In some instances a doctors permission may be required in order to attend workshop days and assessment days.
- It is highly suggested that you have some gym-based exercise experience, especially free weights. The course necessitates physical exertion and individual participation, so a level of physical fitness is required, however this will be tailored for each learner by CMS.
Completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training qualification allows progression on to further CPD and career development opportunities.
- Level 3 Diploma in Long Term Conditions (Online)
- Level 3 Award in Designing Pre and Post Natal Exercise Programmes (Online)
- Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
- Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain (Online)
- Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Weight Management for Obese and Diabetic Clients (Online)
Frequently Asked Questions
A Personal Trainer’s salary is determined by their education and experience in the fitness sector. Personal trainers in the United Kingdom can expect to earn between £15,000 and £60,000 per year on average.
Because a Fitness Instructor is qualified to Level 2, and a Personal Trainer is qualified to Level 3, Fitness Instructor salaries are on average lower than Personal Trainer salaries. Fitness Instructors earn an average starting income of £17,115 per year, according to Payscale. The cheapest is £15,000, and the most expensive is £25,000.
Starting your path to become a personal trainer is exciting, but with so many different courses available, deciding where to begin may be a bit of a minefield.
It’s critical to choose a training programme that offers nationally recognised qualifications that have been approved by the Register of Exercise of Professionals (REPs) so you can be confident that you’ve undergone the proper training and are certified as a safe and effective trainer.
What are nationally recognised credentials?
Official UK regulatory authorities examine, recognise, and monitor nationally approved qualifications to ensure that they fulfil particular criteria and quality requirements. The qualifications are then posted on the Register of Regulated Qualifications, which also includes a list of recognised awarding organisations with the authority to award personal trainer qualifications.
What is the register of exercise professionals’?
REPs is a system of regulation for fitness professionals that ensures they meet the National Occupational Standards to work in health and fitness industry. REPs gives the public and employers confidence that all professionals on the Register are suitably qualified and have the knowledge, competence, and abilities to do their jobs well.
How do you know if a course is REPS approved and nationally accredited?
Ask any training provider if their courses are nationally certified and REPS approved before making a purchase to obtain the qualifications needed to become a personal trainer. You could check with the awarding body to see if this course provider is one of their certified training centres. All qualification awarding organisations are mentioned on the regulators’ official websites. The Register of Regulated Qualifications, which can be viewed on the Ofqual official website, is the most comprehensive.
What is the best way to get started?
The level 3 fitness instruction and personal training diploma is REPs recognised and nationally accredited. This personal trainer qualification permits you to work as a fitness instructor or a personal trainer. If you want to deal with people who have certain health concerns like hypertension or diabetes, you may choose to add on additional certifications like the Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Clients with Long-Term Conditions.
We would also suggest that this factor has little impact on your choice of training provider for your personal training qualification. Here is why:
- Just not needed: Any personal training interview you secure through a training provider could be secured just as easily by yourself being proactive towards your desired employer. If an employer needs to recruit a certified personal trainer, they want the right person, not the best person they can find at a given provider. Approach where you want to work personally, keep in touch, follow them on social media (facebook, instagram, linkedin), if they have opportunities then you can apply. You are just as likely to secure an personal training opportunity.
- Flattery: Approaching an targeted employer wanting to join their organisation as a certified personal trainer will make you more attractive as a potential employee.
- Employed or Rent a space: many facilities offering interviews for personal training positions will be overwelmingly space to rent on a gym floor. They are not offering employment, they are offering you the opportunity to rent their space in order to offer your personal training service on their premises. This might be what you want but the offer is often misunderstood at face value. Look at the companies the training provider says they work with, what is the business model of the ’employer partners’?
- Job board and websites: Look on website job boards and company websites to source relevant opportunities. Often the simplest ideas are the best ones.
- Advertising and PR Exercise: We are all in the business of making our services have a unique selling point, however, more often than not the offer of a guaranteed personal trauining interview is simply a PR exercise and an opportunity for fitness facilities to collect a target audience to sell space on the gym floor.
We are not suggesting nobody sources the employment opportunities they want via this route. We are just of the opinion that the best person will always get the job and sourcing employment opportunities is not a difficult task in the health and fitness sector and should not overshadow your decision in choosing the right training provider for your personal training qualification.