Personal Training – Health and Fitness (Gym Based) Apprenticeship

Personal Training – Health and Fitness (Gym Based) Apprenticeship

A Personal Training Apprentice will work within a gym environment, helping clients to reach their fitness goals.

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Sport and Fitness
  • Qualification Apprenticeship
  • Study Mode: Day Release
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Victoria House
  • Course Length Up to 18 months

A Personal Training Apprentice will work within a gym environment, helping clients to reach their fitness goals. You will create bespoke programmes based on your knowledge of health and fitness, the equipment available and the desired outcome. A personal trainer will support a client from start to finish, providing an initial demo and then offering mentoring and guidance they’re after.

Topics include:

  • Developing the knowledge needed to build bespoke programmes to help clients reach their fitness goals
  • How to effectively communicate with a client to understand their current fitness level and desired outcome
  • Instructing effectively through good leadership and clear speech
  • Developing your own skills in the gym to help create new programmes for your clients
  • Understand how to utilise all gym machines and equipment
  • Learn the required Health and Safety for each machine and activity to stop clients from getting injured
  • Develop methods to motivate and encourage others

Example job roles include: Personal Trainer/Gym Instructor/Gym Leader/Coach.

Course delivered predominantly at the learners place of work, with occasional visits to Victoria House.


  • NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Activity Leadership
  • If required: Functional Skills (IT, English, Maths)

Next steps: Some Apprentices go into employment within a public leisure facility or a private gym/health centre.

Entry Requirements

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide, you ideally need GCSE grade 4 in English Language and Maths. However, we will work with you and provide additional support to help you achieve their requirements, either prior to your Apprenticeship or during the delivery of your programme.

Ideally you should  have gained the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (gym-based) qualification and gained the required additional experience of working in a gym with different types of client groups. The Level 2 qualification can be discussed at interview.

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