YMCA Awards Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

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 including:
  • the heart and circulatory system
  • the musculoskeletal system
  • postural and core stability
  • the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments
  • how to perform a client needs assessment and conduct a variety of fitness tests and anthropometrical measurements (e.g skinfolds, girths)
  • how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • how to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages


REPs CPD Points: 20 points


  • Coursework
  • Multiple choice theory papers
  • Practical examination
  • Worksheets

Entry Requirements

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

Progression Routes

Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness

Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning

Course Prices

£1660 £1300

£1660 £1100 – Student Rate

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

Our Gym Instructor and Personal Training package deal is only £1600 (£1400 – student rate) when booked together.

Payment Plan

12 month 0% interest payment plan available on request

Course Dates

Ayr | 7,8, 20,21 December & 18,19 January 2020| Spaces Available

Hamilton |11,12,18,19 January & 8,9 February 2020|Spaces Available

Stirling | 25,26 January & 15,16,22,23 February 2020 | Spaces Available

Glasgow | 7,8,21,22,28,29 March 2020 | Spaces Available

Ayr | 2,3,9,10,16,17 May 2020| Spaces Available

Hamilton | 6,7,9,10,16,17 May 2020| Spaces Available

Stirling | 12,13,16,17,23,24 May 2020 | Spaces Available

Edinburgh | June TBC | Spaces Available

Aberdeen | 1,2,8,9,29,30 August 2020| Spaces Available

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