Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
Suitable for qualified Fitness Instructors
Our level 3 personal trainer diploma course offers the perfect stepping stone for already qualified level 2 Fitness Instructors to advance their career working as a Personal Trainer.
Taught by highly qualified Personal Trainers with years of industry experience we deliver a tailored learning experience to our students which means you get the maximum benefit from studying with us.
You will qualify in personal training at level 3 with a certification that is fully recognised by CIMSPA. This enables you to work in the active leisure industry as a fully bona fide Personal Trainer.
Most of our level 3 personal trainer course graduates choose to work in a gym or operate as a self-employed trainer running their own PT Trainer business gradually building a lucrative client base.
Our CIMSPA recognised personal training diploma course teaches you advanced anatomy and physiology, client programming skills, how to deliver personal training sessions and the fundamentals of nutrition. You will be ready to work in personal training and fully recognised at level 3.
We deliver the highest standards of education to our students and offer excellent value. Check out what’s included with this course below.
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At a Glance
Personal Training Level 3 Diploma
From £1095 Pay in Full
CIMSPA, OFQUAL & NCFE
Guided Learning Hours
Video or practical workshop
Why Choose Our Personal Training Level 3 Diploma Course?
This Diploma in Personal Training will enable you to gain insurance and work in a gym or freelance running your own PT business.
The course is designed for those who have completed a level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification, possibly already working in the sport and active leisure sector. It contains six theory modules and a course practical which can be evidenced by video or by attending a two day workshop.
Once your course is complete you will be ready to work with your very own clients either one to one or in small groups. You will be fully qualified to conduct client fitness assessments and design and deliver effective personal training programmes enabling them to reach their goals.
Is this course for me?
You will gain your diploma in personal training and can join CIMSPA with Practitioner status. You are also ready to work in personal training, recognised at level 3.
Once your course is booked we will simply arrange your enrolment and course welcome and you’re ready to start. When qualifying with us here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals there’s also the peace of mind that course materials, tutor support, workbooks, assessments and certification fees are all included as standard.
Once qualified you’ll be a fully recognised Personal Trainer and are ready to start working with your own clients.
Your Personal Training Start Point
If you aspire to work with your own personal training clients this is the course for you
We know that ultimately it’s the person that makes a great Personal Trainer. That’s why throughout your studies you will build your knowledge, skills and talent, step by step. Our emphasis is on you, ensuring that during your studies you are able to develop your individual talents and interests.
This means you gain your personal trainer certification with experiences you can apply directly to your own clients in the workplace. By the end point you will have the confidence to establish your own personal training business working with clients on their personal goals.
What Our Students Say
I qualified to become a fitness instructor through the Academy of Fitness Professionals and then immediately began my Personal Trainer qualification. I continued to train with my own trainer throughout my learning…Once I qualified I set up an Instagram account and started posting videos to help people my age and older with their strength training from beginner through to advanced levels. I quickly gained three clients and am about to sign up another two. Recently, I’ve launched my website and really love to help people with their fitness.
Choose your preferred study pathway and payment method
* You will need to provide a copy of your level 2 certification for verification as part of our enrolment process.
This Ofqual regulated PT diploma course is for qualified fitness instructors who are ready to progress to gain their personal training level 3 certification. You will study theory and practical content so that you have the skills, knowledge and talent to go on and work as a personal trainer in a variety of settings.
You start by studying applied anatomy and physiology, followed by client motivation and lifestyle management. You then move on to look at programming and delivering personal training sessions to adults of all ages. Then during the final course modules you will learn about nutrition related to physical activity and the business knowledge that will help you succeed.
Applied anatomy and physiology for activity, health and fitness
Gain the knowledge a Personal Trainer needs around anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology to enable effective exercise/activity programming for a range of clients.
Client motivation and lifestyle management
Develop the skills a Personal Trainer needs regarding lifestyle management, client motivation and health and well-being, to be able to develop and implement strategies to encourage long-term adherence to positive lifestyle practices.
Programming personal training sessions
This module covers the knowledge and skills Personal Trainers need to design, manage and adapt a personal training programme
with adults of all ages.
Delivering personal training sessions
Gain the skills a Personal Trainer needs to deliver exercise and physical activity to training sessions to adults of all ages.
Nutrition to support a physical activity programme
This module covers the knowledge and skills a Personal Trainer needs to be able to apply the principles of nutrition and recommend current healthy eating guidelines to individuals.
Business acumen for personal trainers
Gain the ability and technological insight needed to grow a successful personal training business.
Let's Get Started
This personal training level 3 diploma course course comes with the choice of two study pathways so you can choose the one that suits you best.
Online Study Pathway
- Complete 6 theory modules and workbooks from home.
- Work through our step by step PT practical skills pack which you submit to us via video clips.
Practical Attendance Pathway
- Complete 6 theory modules and workbooks from home.
- Attend two personal training workshop days to develop your practical skills.
This course comes with full tutor support by phone or email. Sometimes it’s helpful to ask a question, check you’re on the right lines with an answer, or just have a quick chat and your friendly course tutor is there to lend a hand.
There are no exams involved in gaining this qualification.
Once everything is complete you will receive your level 3 Diploma in Personal Training in the post.
Book Your Place
It’s easy to book your place on our personal trainer course. You can pay by debit or credit card online, or call Customer Services on 0845 270 1990.
Choose from our pay in full or three and six month flexible payment options.
Once your booking is processed we will register you as a student with the Academy of Fitness Professionals and arrange your course welcome and enrolment.
We will also ask for a copy of your level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification so please make sure this is to hand.
You can then access your course materials and start studying your personal training course.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common questions we’re asked about our Personal Trainer Course are listed here. If your question isn’t covered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Which are the best pt courses?
It’s really important that your course is the real deal. Sadly there are many courses that aren’t what they first seem so make sure you do your homework. The best pt courses will be regulated and endorsed by a credible, independent awarding body, like ours.
That’s why our diploma in personal training is regulated by Ofqual, endorsed by the NCFE awarding body and CIMSPA industry recognised.
But we don’t believe being the best stops there! Our students benefit from detailed course materials that truly support their studies and future work goals. We also provide students with official, embossed, hard copy certificates not e-certificates. We also give students two years to complete their studies.
This gives the reassurance and peace of mind that it anything comes along that delays your study, you’ve spent your money wisely and still have plenty of time.
Why choose our Personal Trainer Diploma course?
If you are passionate about becoming a Personal Trainer this nationally accredited course offers you a gateway into a rewarding career. By the end of your course you will have gained the knowledge and practical skills to work in a personal training level 3 job role or run your very own personal training business. Whether you are looking to fast-track your learning from as little as 8 weeks of study or spread your course over a longer period your tutor will provide tailored support to help you accomplish your career goals.
- Qualify as an industry recognised Personal Trainer
- Gain an Ofqual and NFCE regulated level 3 personal trainer certification
- Gain access to CIMSPA as an industry endorsed Personal Trainer
- Start your gym based or freelance personal training career
- Build a lucrative client portfolio and grow your earnings
As you progress the course materials will help you develop your knowledge and confidence which you’ll then be able to demonstrate in the portfolio assessment.
Which certification in personal training will I achieve?
Once your course is complete you will receive the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. This nationally recognised certification also enables you to join CIMSPA at level 3 with 10 CIMSPA CPD’s. You will also be able to obtain the necessary insurance to practice as a freelance Personal Trainer.
How is the course assessed?
You will compile your own portfolio of evidence by completing workbooks for each theory module which you submit to your Personal Trainer course tutor. In addition, you will either attend two PT practical workshops or develop your practical evidence via video submission. Here you will learn how to design, manage and instruct effective personal training programmes for your clients.
You can both study and complete your portfolio at a pace that’s right for you.
How will I get my level 3 personal training diploma?
Once you have received confirmation from your course tutor that you have passed we will arrange for your certification to be processed through our awarding body.
This hard copy certificate is embossed with the Ofqual regulator and NCFE awarding body logos. It also has the CIMSPA logo which demonstrates your qualification has been mapped to expected industry standards.
Your certificate will be posted to you by recorded delivery to ensure safe transit.
Do I need any existing skills or sports abilities?
You do not need to be of a particular fitness level or sporting ability. However, to be a successful Personal Trainer it helps if you have a genuine interest in fitness and are passionate about helping clients accomplish their fitness related goals. This course is tailored to enabling you to pursue a personal training career assisting your clients and at no time will your personal fitness levels determine your progress on this course.
What previous education is required?
To have studied one of our Level 2 Fitness Instructor courses, or have an equivalent industry recognised qualification.
How old do I need to be?
The minimum age for this course is 16.
How long does the course take to finish?
The majority of students complete this course from 8 weeks, however you have a maximum of one year to qualify enabling you to study at your own pace.
Is there any expiry date?
No. You will always have this nationally recognised NCFE fitness qualification to hand and your Diploma does not have an expiry date.