Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

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Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
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Course Description

Qualification: Personal Training Level 3 Certificate

Awarding Body: Active IQ

Support: 12 months

RQF Listed: Yes - 36 credit points (500/8820/8)

Reps Recognised: Yes -20 CPD points

Ofqual Recognised: Yes

Estimated Study Time: 245 hours



Paying in Full: £699

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £149, then a direct debit will be set up for six monthly payments of £100. Only available to students with a UK bank account. 



Personal Training Level 3 Certificate is most suited for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in fitness instruction 
  • Students who want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those what want to become a REPs recognised personal fitness trainer
  • Those that want to progress in their current career

The course and qualification will allow you to:

  • Become fully qualified to work in a gym, fitness centre, run your own fitness classes or even start your own business
  • Develop the knowledge to train your own clients and give nutritional advice
  • Gain 20 CPD points for REPs membership

*Please note you will be required to attend a 1 day practical assessment/exams at a gym in Birmingham


Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 245 hours so if you average around 5 hours a week study you would complete in 12 months.

The course is delivered through an online learning platform which includes a variety of visual, audio and text-based presentations.

Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone.

The course is split into four units. There are a variety of ways in which you are assessed including two multiple choice exams, a practical assessment, coursework and a portfolio.

Units 1 & 2: Multiple choice question papers to be completed on the practical assessment day

Unit 3: A case study submitted via the e-portfolio at home

Unit 4: A practical session to be completed at a gym in Birmingham


Once you have passed your assessments you may book your exam/practical assessment. Simply call us whenever you are ready and we will provide you with the details for arranging this. The exam/practical sessions are run on a student demand basis with eight students taking the exam/practical sessions at a time.

Your exam and practical assessment will take place at a gym in Birmingham.


Students must be 16 or over to enrol onto this course. A degree of physical fitness is required to complete the practical assessments. It is also recommended that you have some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights and basic level communication skills.

You must also have passed a Level 2 RQF registered gym fitness instruction course. Please see our Level 2 Certificate in Fitness instruction.

You will need Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. You will also need to ensure your computer is able to play sound as some of the videos include audio.


Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health

  • Heart and circulatory system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Musculoskeletal system and its relation to exercise
  • Postural and core stability
  • Nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Endocrine system and its relation to exercise and health

Unit 2: Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme

  • Principles of nutrition
  • Key guidelines in relation to nutrition
  • Nationally recommended practice in relation to providing nutritional advice
  • Relationship between nutrition and physical activity
  • Collect information relation to nutrition
  • How to use nutritional information
  • Principles of nutritional goal setting with clients
  • Collect and analyse nutritional information
  • Apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

Unit 3: Programming Personal Training with Clients

  • How to prepare personal training programmes
  • Importance of long term behaviour change for personal training
  • Principles of collecting information to plan a personal training programme
  • How to screen clients prior to a personal training programme
  • How to identify personal training goals with clients
  • How to plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Adapt a personal training programme with clients
  • Collect information about clients
  • Able to agree goals with clients
  • Plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Manage a personal training programme
  • Review progress with clients
  • Adapt a personal training programme with clients

Unit 4: Delivering Personal Training Sessions

  • How to instruct exercise during personal training sessions
  • How to adapt exercise to meet client needs during personal training sessions
  • How to review personal training sessions with clients
  • Plan and prepare personal training sessions
  • Prepare clients for personal training sessions
  • Instruct and adapt planned exercises
  • Bring exercise sessions to an end
  • Reflect on providing personal training sessions



At the end of this course successful learners will receive an Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. This means that you will achieve a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualification Framework.

Your qualification is accredited by Active IQ one of the UK's leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies in the health, fitness and active leisure sector. In addition you will gain 20 CPD points for your REPs membership.

This qualification will provide level 3 entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). This will enable you to obtain public liability insurance to practise as a Gym Instructor.

REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) is the largest public independent register which provides regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet National Occupational Standards agreed by the health and fitness industry. Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Once you have completed this course you will be offered a guaranteed place on a recruitment day at your nearest SWEAT Union gym. The possible locations are:

  • Walsall
  • Denton
  • Chelmsford
  • Glasgow SkyPark
  • Sheffield

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