Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Active IQ)

This qualification develops your existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction if you would like to pursue a career in personal training

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Course overview

This is a blended learning course, which means you will have days with your tutor and peers, there is also an element of home study, preparation and revision along with tutor and centre support. Practice and session planning is required to be carried out in your own time in between the training days and leading up to assessment. You are also required to bring at a participant to the summative practical assessment.

This qualification is for individuals who would like to work with clients on a 1-1 basis. This is a challenging and rewarding career in the fitness industry as you will be responsible for training people, tailoring their fitness programmes to suit their personal needs and requirements and help them achieve their health and fitness goals


Colets Health & Fitness Club

St. Nicholas Rd, Thames Ditton, Surrey,  KT7 0PW

Entry requirements

  • Learners must be 18 years or older.
  • You must have a Level 2 qualification in Gym Instructing.

What you will learn

Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology
Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity
Promoting Wellness Through Client Motivation and Interaction
Bespoke Exercise and Program Design for Personal Training Clients
Customised Exercise Programme Instruction and Communication Techniques
Business Skills for a Personal Trainer


Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology

  • The heart and circulatory system
  • The musculoskeletal system
  • Postural and core stability
  • The nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health

Programming and Delivering Personal Training

  • Incorporate different resistance and cardiovascular training methods into an exercise programme
  • Construct and implement short term, medium and long -term exercise programmes (periodisation)
  • Plan one-to-one sessions
  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • How to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • How to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • How to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages

Physical Measurements

  • How to analyse and assess clients fitness, blood pressure and body composition
  • Analyse posture
  • Assess muscular strength and endurance
  • Assess flexibility
  • Aerobic capacity
  • Stress and stress management techniques
  • Pre exercise screening

Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity

  • Food labelling
  • Eating disorders and prevention
  • Sports nutrition concepts
  • Psychology of weight loss
  • Digestive systems

Business Skills for a Personal Trainer

  • Initial Business Evaluation
  • Market Research
  • Business Planning


  • 2 x Theory papers and Worksheets
  • Practical assessment
  • Coursework/Case Studies

What to do now

  • Complete an online application form, making your deposit or full payment
  • You will be assigned a tutor with contact via email or telephone
  • Your training resources will be sent to you in the post
  • Attend training days and return for assessments

What you will achieve

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • CPD Points and Certificate


£ 1399

You can choose to pay the full price upfront, or a deposit followed by the balance before the course starts.

The price includes

  • Registration with the awarding body, Certificate, Course manual and Learner Assessment Portfolio, Initial assessment, training days with tutor as stated.
  • Support from the centre and tutor on course and via email, WhatsApp group and / or Zoom from the start right through to assessment and beyond.
  • Mock theory papers.
  • A login to our website to access all course materials including handouts, PowerPoints and any additional resources to accommodate your learning.
  • Access to our host centre Nuffield Leatherhead to practice your teaching skills leading up to assessment.

Upcoming dates

    Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training: 3 Weekends plus assessment

    W/E One - 19th & 20th October

    W/E Two -  2nd & 3rd November

    W/E Three -  16th & 17th November 

    PT practical Assessment - 7th December

    This course is held over 6 days from 10,00am to 5.00pm each day - Plus assessment day

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