Recognition of Prior Learning

The cost of personal training qualifications are high because there is a large practical element that needs to be learned and assessed. When you have an array of other qualifications, especially if you have a BSc degree in an exercise-related field, it is down-right frustrating that you need to go through another qualification to become a personal trainer. To have to essentially repeat all the same content again can seem crazy. To become a personal trainer in the UK though requires a very specific skill and knowledge set and all these must be met by candidates before certificates can be issued. However, if you feel you have covered some, or all of the personal trainer syllabus and skills assessments in your degree or international personal trainer qualification please get in touch. We will do our upmost to map your prior qualifications so you can be exempt from some or all of the personal trainer qualification units. Some people do have all the requirements and some will need to take a few assessments to fill any skills, knowledge "gaps". The required units for the Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma Practitioner in Personal Training (RQF) are:

Level 2 Units:

• Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology for exercise and health D/617/8589

• Know how to support clients’ lifestyle management and enhance client motivation for exercise and physical activity R/617/8590

• Principles of professional practice and health and safety in a fitness environment Y/617/8591

• Planning professional practice with effective consultations and assessments for gym-based exercise sessions D/617/8592

• Principles of health and wellbeing for exercise, fitness and health Y/617/8588

• Instructing professional practice and effective exercise supervision in gym-based exercise sessions H/617/8593

Level 3 Units:

• Anatomy physiology and kinesiology for exercise and health K/617/8594

• Applying nutritional principles to personal training M/617/8595

• Planning exercise Programme design for Personal Training Clients T/617/8596

• Delivering exercise programmes for Personal Training sessions A/617/8597

• Business acumen and the use of information technology for a personal trainer F/617/8598

Below is a form that you download to help you search your qualification’s contents for the the required content. This way we can help you find out which scenario applies to you.

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In the meantime, here are some questions to ask yourself about your current qualification(s).

Gym Instructor Qualifications

Were any of the following units were included and assessed by the method stated here? Also, who was the awarding organisations for the qualification? Do you have the assessment paperwork?

Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology for exercise and health D/617/8589 via extended worksheet
Yes
No

Know how to support clients’ lifestyle management and enhance client motivation for exercise and physical activity R/617/8590 via worksheet
Yes
No

Principles of professional practice and health and safety in a fitness environment Y/617/8591 via worksheet
Yes
No

Principles of health and wellbeing for exercise, fitness and health Y/617/8588 via extended worksheet
Yes
No

Planning professional practice with effective consultations and assessments for gym-based exercise sessions D/617/8592 via written assignment and worksheet
Yes
No

Instructing professional practice and effective exercise supervision in gym-based exercise sessions H/617/8593 via practical assessment
Yes
No

Personal trainer qualifications

If you have a level 2 certificate in Fitness Instructing (use the above information to check the required content) and now check your Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification content.

In your Personal Trainer qualification, were any of the following units were included?

Anatomy physiology and kinesiology for exercise and health K/617/8594 via extended worksheet
Yes
No

Applying nutritional principles to personal training M/617/8595 via via extended worksheet
Yes
No

Planning exercise Programme design for Personal Training Clients T/617/8596 via via extended worksheet
Yes
No

Delivering exercise programmes for Personal Training sessions A/617/8597 via THEORY ASSESSMENT
Yes
No

Delivering exercise programmes for Personal Training sessions A/617/8597 via worksheet and practical assessment
Yes
No

Business acumen and the use of information technology for a personal trainer F/617/8598 via worksheet
Yes
No

Please do contact us to help you get CIMSPA 'PRACTITIONER 'LEVEL 3 PT' qualified in the easiest and most cost-effective way possible.

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