Candidates who already hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing only need to take the Level 3 certificate in Personal Training to get CIMSPA registered as a Personal Trainer Practitioner.
For further information call Alison Hall on 0208 568 5336 or 07799 621 456 or email us.
Total duration is about 4 weeks minimum or up to one year maximum.
Level 3 Personal Trainer Certificate Entry Requirements
- 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 application of number involved, and learners should have basic skills in communication and application of number pitched at levels 3 and 2 respectively.
- Gym instructors wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as personal trainers.
- Individuals, who already hold a gym instructor.
Full distance learning format (strict conditions apply)
- Home study course.
- Live internet-based individual tutorials.
- Remote Practical Skills Development Programmes.
- DVD submitted practical assessment (date to suit candidate).
- Live internet theory assessment (date to suit candidate).
Location (for face-to-face days, if applicable)
For those who choose to attend face-to-face the location is London Metropolitan University at 166-220 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DB. It is 2 minutes walk from Holloway Road tube station which is on the Piccadilly Line. There is no attendance for distance learners.
Syllabus and Assessments’ Format
This qualification comprises of 7 mandatory units
The following 3 units have already been achieved at Level 2
- Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity.
- Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment.
- Principles of exercise, fitness and health.
Level 3 Units
1 – Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health – Extended Worksheet.
2 – Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme – Extended Worksheet.
3 – Programming personal training with clients – Short Worksheet and Assignment.
4 – Delivering personal training sessions – 60 mins practical assessment (live with us or filmed by you).
5 – Business Acumen for Personal Trainers – Worksheet and Assignment.
Successful achievement of all seven units must be achieved for the full qualification.
Aim and Objectives
- To develop learners with existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction who would like to develop their skills and knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.
- To provide learners with the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, functional kinesiology and concepts and components of fitness.
- To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to successfully gather and analyse client information using the most accepted techniques.
- To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to assess a client’s current health and fitness status.
- To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to plan and conduct a physical activity session, within a variety of environments using multiple resources.
A fitness instructor/personal trainer’s role includes designing and implementing exercise programmes for a range of individual clients by collecting and analysing client information to ensure the effectiveness of personal exercise programmes. A personal trainer should also actively encourage potential clients/members to join and adhere to regular exercise programmes, employing appropriate motivational strategies to achieve this.
The personal trainer should be involved in:
- Collecting information relating to individual clients.
- Carrying out fitness assessments to establish client fitness and skill level.
- Analysing information relating to individual clients.
- Identifying, agreeing and reviewing short, medium and long term goals to ensure the effectiveness of exercise programmes.
- Providing a range of exercise programmes in accordance with the needs of the clients by applying principles of exercise programming.
- Making best use of the environment in which clients are exercising.
- Providing clients with accurate information on the principles of nutrition and weight management.
- Developing and applying strategies to motivate clients to join and adhere to an exercise programme
- Acting as a positive role model for all clients
- Proactively interact and develop positive relationships with clients in order to facilitate client retention.
- Promoting healthy activities and related strategies for daily living to clients/members
- Keeping up-to-date with health and fitness industry developments to ensure high standards of programmes that meet client needs in the short, medium and long term goals
- Making the appropriate decisions relating to clients and their programmes/goals and, where required, refer the client to a more appropriate professional
- Working within the parameters given at Level 3, recognising the standards and professional limitations that this provides, referring to appropriate members of staff for guidance and support
Learners may broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing onto qualifications mapping to additional branches of the Level 3 Standards, such as Exercise Referral. The Level 3 Personal Trainer together with the Level 3 Exercise Referral Qualification (See Exercise Referral Personal Trainer Package) allows access to all Level 4 Qualifications.
The qualification will provide knowledge and practical skills to enhance provision alongside other academic courses such as: National Diploma in Sports Studies, A-level PE and HND in Sport and Leisure.
L3 Personal Trainers should:
- Be aware of their professional role boundaries as listed.
- Give guidance to encourage special population clients* to follow the key safety guidelines and discourage them from anything deemed to be potentially hazardous/contraindicated to enable them to take part in sessions.*Special population clients including:
- 14-16 year old young people
- disabled people
- older people (50+)
- ante and postnatal women.
- Get advice from another appropriate professional if there are any objectives, physical activities or risks that fall outside their professional boundaries or that they do not feel competent to deal with and/or refer on to the appropriate person.
L3 Personal Trainers (who do not posses the appropriate special population qualification/s in older adults, ante/postnatal women and disabled people) should NOT:
- Be a specialist instructor in the area of special populations, or advertise as such.
- Instruct special population clients 1:1 or in groups on a regular or progressive basis.
- Plan a progressive, long-term special populations exercise or physical activity programme.
- Play any role in exercise or physical activity programming or monitoring in condition management on a 1:1 or group basis. (For this, a Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification is required and for certain conditions, where national occupational standards are in place, a Level 4 qualification).
- Prescribe any form of exercise session or individual exercise that they have not been trained to deliver/teach effectively.
- Instruct exercise in disciplines in which they are not qualified or where they do not hold appropriate endorsed training (e.g. a Level 2 fitness instructor should not ‘cover’ an ETM class or a spinning class if they do not hold the appropriate certificates).
- Provide prescriptive nutritional advice or develop bespoke individualised nutrition plans for clients.
Contact Alison at HFI on 0208 568 5336 or 07799 621 456 or email