Option of 100% online or weekday and weekend workshops ran every 4 weeks
Option of 100% online learning or a 4 day workshop attendance (09:00 to 16:30)
Expected Course Length:
This qualification can be achieved within 4 – 8 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, 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.
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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 a 4-day workshop. Of the 4 workshop days, 2 cover the level 2 gym instructing element of the qualification and 2 cover the level 3 personal training element.
Workshop days are delivered on a weekday and weekend with a new course starting every 4 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 a 4-day workshop.
All four days are a combination of learning and assessment. Days 1 and 2 will help you complete your Level 2 Gym Instructor practical assessments. On day 1 you will review your learning of programme writing principles and key variables you should apply when prescribing exercise. Throughout the day you will complete some formative and summative assessments on your peers and be supported and assessed by your CMS tutor. On day 2 of the workshop, you will be required to attend with a ‘client’ for a period of 2 hours. Your client can be a friend or a family member, and has to be healthy with no additional medical needs.
As you progress on to days 3 and 4, you will review your Level 3 studies. On day 3 you will focus on the advanced cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training techniques, practicing your delivery on your peers under tutor observation. Day 4 is similar to day 2 (the level 2 assessment day), where you will need to attend for a period of 2 hours, and deliver a one-on-one personal training programme on a ‘client’.
When you attend the workshop days for the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training, the dates do not have to be attended as part of the same cohort. For example, those learners wishing to attend all 4 workshop days in quick succession could attend the full 4 days of a specific cohort. Another learner may wish to space their learning out or may be unable to attend a given date, therefore they could spread their attendance between 2, 3 or more cohorts.
You will be required to complete a certain amount of studies and have passed some assessments prior to your attendance on a workshop, 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 will 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 the workshop days but then prefer to switch to 100% online learning, this is not a problem, simply contact your tutor and we will arrange the rest.
Prior to, 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 and Resistance Training Practical||Cardiovascular and Resistance Training Practical||Group Induction Practical Assessment||Group Induction Practical Assessment|
|2||One-on-One Summative Practical Assessment||One-on-One Summative Practical Assessment||One-on-One Summative Practical Assessment||One-on-One Summative Practical Assessment|
The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing workshop is delivered over 2 days. The workshops are delivered both on a weekday and weekend and are structured so you can attend all 2 days within a 2-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. In addition, you will be required to submit and pass 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. You will also be required to submit an individualised programme card for Unit 5.
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 and resistance exercises and intensities to suit their needs.
You will complete activities to practice and 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.
You will learn how to perform, instruct, and correct all major resistance 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.
Towards the end of the day 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, and to a small group. In this session, you will be assessed delivering a group induction on your peers, which fulfills your assessment for Step 1 of your Unit 5 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise unit.
Workshop Day 2
On day 2 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 fulfill 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||Advanced CV, Resistance and PNF Training Methods||Advanced CV, Resistance and PNF Training Methods||Advanced CV, Resistance and PNF Training Methods||Advanced CV, Resistance and PNF Training Methods|
|2||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment||Summative Practical Assessment|
The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is also delivered over two days. The personal training workshops are delivered both on a weekday and weekend and are structured so you can attend all 2 days within a 2-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, 4, 5 and 5B
Unit 5 requires the submission of a video assessment of you completing a consultation with your client, submission of a diet diary analysis, an educational handout leaflet, a 12-week periodised programme, and a session plan.
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
On day 1 of your Level 3 personal training workshop you will learn the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training methods.
You will develop a deep understanding of the different types and methods of CV training methods, such as interval training, fartlek training, continuous and tempo training, as well as high-intensity interval training.
After your first break, 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.
In the afternoon you put in to practice the advanced resistance training methods you have learnt 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 we bring the content covered throughout the day together to explain how you can combine these areas into a periodised and progressive programme, learning about periodisation models and cognitive learning phases.
Throughout the day 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-2 but also help you fulfill the assessment criteria for Unit 5 Programme design and delivery for personal training Step 5B.
Workshop Day 2
On day 2 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 fulfill 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.
After you sign up for the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to join. This gives you access to the learning materials for your Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.
You will discover that these tools offer you access to all of the worksheets, necessary manuals, mock tests, case study documents, and knowledge checkers that you will require. Because the resources have been thoughtfully organised in the appropriate unit order, you should have no trouble navigating through them all. The combination of all of these resources will guarantee that you are well-prepared for both the test and the workshop.
A tutor will then be in contact in the next few working days to schedule your online induction which will usually last for 60-90 minutes.
You will receive ongoing support from your tutor but also be able to communicate with them via email, phone, and request additional webinar support when requested.
There are many different resources that you can use on our platform that is modelled after “Netflix,” and each of these plays a function in assisting you in getting the most out of your learning journey.
Your on-programme teacher will provide you with lessons that contain a variety of educational materials for you to work through. These will assist you in reaching each milestone of the personal training qualification you are working towards.
You’ll get access to the following:
A variety of high-quality manuals are provided in PDF format.
Access to an online learning platform featuring extensive content that has been developed expressly for each individual training course unit.
You will have the option to check your understanding of each unit using a knowledge checker. Each question in the knowledge checker has been carefully selected from a very large question bank. These might be true or false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, mark the words, or any number of other types of questions!
You will be paired with a tutor who will serve as a source of encouragement and direction throughout your time here with us. They play a crucial part and are there to offer explanations, create structure, and set goals in addition to providing any additional help you may feel you might need at any given time.
The first thing that will happen is your tutor will provide you with a detailed introduction. This is an opportunity to discover more about you, your aspirations in your professional life, your background both academically and professionally, as well as your lifestyle and interests, and it will last for approximately sixty to ninety minutes. You will get the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding potential obstacles to your success as well as any educational requirements you may have.
The next section of the introduction will focus entirely on the programme that you have elected to take. You will be given an overview of our e-learning platform, which was modelled after the popular streaming service Netflix, as well as instructions on how your programme will be organised, what kinds of resources you can anticipate receiving, and how you will advance in your personal training qualification.
Since 2008, CMS has been in the business of providing personal training credentials, so you can be confident that we know how to make this process enjoyable and stress-free for you.
After the initial orientation, about one to two weeks later, you will have a support visit with your on-programme tutor through a webinar.
Face-to-face time with your instructor gives you the chance to discuss everything you’ve learned up to this point in your studies. In your personal training course, this is your opportunity to seek clarification on anything you do not fully understand, ask questions, or bring up any other topic you would like to talk about.
After this initial support visit, the general plan is to have a webinar once a month during the calendar year to discuss your development during the duration of the personal training course. This will involve talks of what has been finished, further help to check and enhance your knowledge on the personal training units that you have completed so far, and agreement on your goals for the future.
If you require assistance on a more consistent basis than this, there won’t be a problem here. Additional options for getting in touch with your tutor include participating in webinars, making phone calls, or sending emails.
You are required to go to a workshop as part of the curriculum for your personal training course. On each of these days, there will be a total of four sessions: two in the morning and two in the afternoon. A review of previously acquired knowledge is followed immediately by an exercise that puts that information to use during each and every session. You will have the opportunity to have open conversations in an atmosphere that is both encouraging and friendly during these sessions, which are led by our knowledgeable personal trainers.
You are welcome to participate in our personal training workshop days at either our location in Batley, West Yorkshire, where we hold them, or at the location of one of our employer partners.
You may check out the reviews that people have left about our personal training workshop days on Google. There have been a lot of favourable comments.
Recorded Webinars and Workshops
We at CMS want you to get the most out of your personal training course, but we also recognise that not everyone learns and advances at the same pace.
Your instructor for the personal training course can supply bespoke recorded materials to you, if appropriate. You will be provided with a web link that will allow you to access these materials for a period of thirty-five days; this is an excellent perk and allows CMS to individualise the content of your programme where appropriate.
In addition to the webinars, the workshop days of the personal training course have been pre-recorded. This means that if you ever find it necessary to do so, you will be able to see all of your workshop sessions again.
You will have the option to better prepare for what will happen throughout the sessions of your personal training course by seeing the pre-recorded materials that may be seen before those sessions begin.
It is essential to be able to observe how the things you are studying are applied. When you enrol in one of our personal training courses, you will have the option to see demos given by our professional instructors online as often as you like.
We strongly encourage you to provide your own recordings of your approach, delivery, and consulting styles so that we can better support online and distant learning. This can be accomplished by providing your instructor with a link to a recording of you speaking, which they will then listen to and provide you with valuable feedback on. This provides you with the additional benefit of ongoing support in between the days of your personal training course, allowing you to ensure that you are continuing to develop and use your newly acquired abilities.
This works both ways; you may also expect your personal training course tutor to deliver recorded demonstrations and further explanations in the same way, depending on the circumstances.
Worksheets, case studies, and assignments will need to be turned in at various stages throughout the Level 3 Personal Training course that you are taking. We realise that you may not be familiar with this procedure, so in order to help you have a better grasp of what is expected of you, we will provide you with some examples of completed proformas.
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 £1,500
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|
|10||£222.50||9 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:
- 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 a personal training opportunity.
- Flattery: Approaching a targeted employer and 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 overwhelmingly 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 boards 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 training 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 that you shouldn’t source employment opportunities 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.