ACTIVE IQ - Certificate in Personal Training - Level 3
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 3 Central Fitness, Victoria Yard Various - please see below* Various* Wednesdays 9:00-16:00 £1200 None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Becoming a Personal Trainer is a very rewarding career for those looking to help others achieve their fitness goals. This ACTIVEIQ Personal Trainer course is the perfect course for the working professional. You will be given all of the knowledge you need to become a first class personal trainer and work as a self-employed or employed personal trainer.

Course dates (16 weeks):

  • 26/09/2018 to 06/02/2019
  • 27/02/2019 to 03/07/2019

To find out more:
Telephone: 01392 400500 

What topics will I study?

Our Level 3 Personal Trainer courses will develop students to an experienced and confident level to plan and implement 1 – 2 – 1 exercise programmes, covering subjects including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Programming Principles for Personal Trainers (including special populations and different environments)
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Delivering Personal Training Sessions (including functional and portable equipment)
  • Functional Training and Movement Analysis
  • Client Lifestyle and Fitness Appraisal (including lifestyle and stress management)
  • Postural and Core Stability
  • Flexibility Methods
  • Core Training
  • Introduction to Communication, Motivational Techniques and Behaviour Change Strategies

Assessment includes:

  • 2 x 60 minute multiple choice examinations
  • 1 x 1 hour Practical Assessment
  • 1 x 12 week periodised programme, 4 programme cards and the completion and evaluation of knowledge questions
  • 4 PT sessions
  • 1 x Professional Discussion exploring your 12 week plan
  • 1 x Client Lifestyle Assessment 1 x Nutrition Case Study

What are the entry requirements?

A REPS recognised Level 2 fitness instructor. A copy of your current Level 2 fitness instructor qualification will be needed.

What facilities are there?

Central fitness (college gym) – a fully equipped fitness centre.

What can the course lead on to?

Progression onto roles in exercise referral and personal training as well as Level 4 specific units associated with the health and fitness industry.

Are there any additional costs?

None - the fee includes ACTIVEIQ registration and certification.

What do our students think?

Being nearly 40 years old I was more than a little bit apprehensive about doing the CYQ level 3 Personal Trainer programme. However, I needn't have worried, the training team at Exeter College was great and infrastructure including the college gym was fantastic. I have also completed the course and made some firm friends in the meantime. I am hoping to specialise in strength and conditioning and embark on a new career.”


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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