Fitness Instructing & Personal Training
Level 3 Diploma

Qualification Overview

The aim of this qualification is to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes, developing their skills and knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.

The qualification has been designed for:

  • Individuals (aged 19+) wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as gym-based fitness instructors and personal trainers
  • Individuals considering a career in a gym-based environment such as a health club or leisure centre
  • Individuals already working in the active leisure sector wishing to enhance their career progression opportunities

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Instructing gym-based exercise

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Programming personal training with clients
  • Delivering personal training sessions

Course Details

  • Type – Blended learning
    a mixture of face to face and home learning

Entry Requirements

This qualification is open to all and no previous experience or qualifications are required, therefore there are no specific pre-requisite qualifications but some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights, is highly recommended. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved, so learners should have basic skills in these areas.

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Professional Body Accreditation

The qualification provides entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3. Launched in 2002, the REPs are an independent, public register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. The REPs provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industries agreed National Occupational Standards. Through gaining the relevant, credible qualifications, REPs membership provides assurance and confidence to employers, consumers, and health care professionals that all REPs registered exercise professionals have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform specific roles. To read more about REPs please visit

Progression Routes for Graduates

The qualification is designed to offer you entry to employment and progression within your employment; however you can also progress onto the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Mat Work
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
  • Level 4 special populations qualifications

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