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Active IQ Level 3 Certificate Personal Training Course

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This personal training course gives learners the knowledge and skills to work with individual and groups of client in a personal training setting. Successful achievement of the qualification will allow the learner to gain employment within an organisational setting, or alternatively in a self-employed environment.

It also provides access onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3 (Providing a full Level 2 Certificate has been completed)

Personal Training Course Units:

This qualification comprises of 7 mandatory units

The following 3 units * will have already been achieved at Level 2 and in order to achieve the full personal training certificate learners must achieve all 7 units.

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

Who is the course for?

People aged 16 – 19 (Please note that 16-18 year olds may need to be supervised in the workplace, once they have achieved the qualification)

Adults aged 24+

Those considering moving into personal training from fitness instruction

Assessment method

  • Coursework
  • Multiple Choice Examinations (unit
  • E-portfolio of evidence
  • Practical Demonstrations/Assignments

Entry requirements

  • A suitable full Level 2 qualification in Gym Instructing
  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary
  • There is a need for strong communication skills (discussing, presenting, reading, word processing and writing)
  • Learners should possess / be working towards a Level 2 in Maths and English as a minimum

Future opportunities / career options

On successful completion, students:

  • Will have the opportunity to apply for employment within the fitness industry
  • Can look towards starting their own personal training business
  • Can apply to complete a range of additional courses to compliment the personal training qualification

When is the course run?

September 2019

Students must be able to commit to some independent study time in preparation for the exams, worksheets and their case studies.

Students must be flexible in their approach to assessments and assessment feedback.

Course Fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18

If the course is funded by the 24+ Learning loan the course fee is TBC. Find out about the 24+ Learning Loan

FREE gym membership for all Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training students.

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