Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

This qualification gives learners the knowledge and skills to work with individuals and groups of clients in a personal training setting. It can lead to employment within an organisational setting or in a self-employed environment.

Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 11177
Campus: Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Sport & Recreation
Course Overview
The aim of the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is to develop a learners existing knowledge and skills to a professional level in gym instruction, allowing them to become a certified personal trainer.

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise, Health and Fitness
  • The Principles of Nutrition and their Application to Exercise and Health
  • Understanding Lifestyle, Health, Wellbeing and Common Medical Conditions
  • Encouraging Positive Health and Fitness Behaviours in Clients
  • Programme Design and Delivery for Personal Training
  • Professionalism and Business Acumen for Personal Trainers

Gym instructors wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as personal trainers. 

Individuals, who already hold a gym instructor qualification, wishing to become self-employed running their own personal training business.

This qualification will further develop learners, who have existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction, to enable them to pursue a career in personal training. During the qualification learners will cover the following:

  • Further knowledge of anatomy and physiology applicable to personal training.
  • Nutrition for exercise, health, and fitness.
  • Lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing.
  • Effective communication skills for client consultations to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours and strategies for change.
  • Skills to plan and conduct physical activity sessions with different types of clients in a variety of environments with a range of resources.
  • Legal and professional requirements for personal training.
  • How to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if they wish to.
  • How to manage, evaluate and improve own performance.

The course content and the practical aspects of the course.

A wide number of progression routes are available on completion of the Level 3 qualification, including:

  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal Clients with Exercise and Nutrition.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Disabled Clients.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.
  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning.

A suitable 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 an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading, and writing) and maths involved, so, learners should have basic skills in communication and maths pitched at level 2 (as a minimum).

Please note, there are two possible pathways for this course:

  1. funded pathway
  2. self-funded pathway

Once we receive your application, we will discuss the funding options with you.

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