YMCA Level 3 Diploma 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 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
  • Conduct a variety of fitness tests and anthropometrical measurements (e.g skinfolds, girths)
  • 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


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 Awards Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing (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 | TBC | Spaces Available

Hamilton |TBC|Spaces Available

Stirling | TBC| Spaces Available

Glasgow | TBC | Spaces Available

Edinburgh | TBC | Spaces Available

Aberdeen | TBC| Spaces Available

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