Certificate in Personal Training

Certificate in Personal Training

Becoming a Personal Trainer is a very rewarding career for those looking to help others achieve their fitness goals.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Adventure
  • Qualification Active IQ Certificate
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Victoria House
  • Course Length 16 Weeks
  • Start Date Various - please see below*
  • End Date Various*
  • Day Wednesdays
  • Times 09:00-16:00
  • Fee £1,200.00 (*Advanced Learner Loan is available)
  • Reduced Fee £40.00

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:

Wednesday 25-Sep-19 05-Feb-20 09:00 – 16:00 Victoria House
Wednesday 04-Mar-20 01-Jul-20 09:00 – 16:00 Victoria House

To find out more:
Telephone: 01392 400170

*This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Level 3 and 4 courses for those aged 19 and over (on the date you start a course) no longer receive Government funding so the learner is responsible for the full cost of the course. Contact us to find out more.

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

Next steps: 

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

Entry Requirements

This course has a prerequisite of the Level 2 Fitness Instructor Certificate or Level 2 Exercise to Music Certificate.Writing and numeracy skills are also required for presentation of course work. Minimum age is 18. A copy of your current Level 2 fitness instructor qualification will be needed.


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

Additional Costs

None – the fee includes ACTIVEIQ registration and certification.

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