YMCA Diploma in Personal Training – Distance Learning

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.

Throughout the course candidates will learn:

  • Anatomy and physiology knowledge as applicable to personal training.
  • Nutrition and its application to support a client’s health and physical activity programme
  • Health and wellbeing and factors that affect this
  • Effective communication during client consultations to promote and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours and long term change
  • Designing and planning effective Personal Training sessions for a range of clients in different environments
  • Executing effective physical activity sessions for a range of clients in different environments
  • Professional practice and legal requirements for Personal Training
  • Business acumen for working in both an employed role and for self-employment
  • Self-evaluation and professional development


The home study program is ideal for those individuals who are looking for a flexible and convenient learning model that can be completed at the candidate’s own pace. The program provides an interactive e-learning platform along with hard copy study materials that systematically prepares students for the certification exam. Expert instructors are readily available to provide assistance throughout your course.

Program Benefits:

  • Self-paced learning allows you to move at your own speed
  • Ideal study program for the busy adult – study anywhere, anytime
  • Instructor supported learning means all your questions are answered
  • Study using your preferred method of online or hard copy materials


Level of entry onto REPS: Level 3

CIMSPA Endorsed


  • Learner Assessment Record
  • Assessment Workbook
  • Multiple Choice Theory paper (external)
  • Practical examination
  • Portfolio of evidence

Entry Requirements

YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing – Gym-Based Exercise (or equivalent)

Progression Routes

Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness

Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning

Payment Plan

0% interest payment plan available on request.

Course Prices

£1660 £1100

A £200 (non-refundable deposit) is required to secure a place on this course.

Our Gym Instructor and Personal Training package deal  for Distance Learning is only £1400 when booked together.

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