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Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (QCF)


This is a blended learning course which allows students the flexibility to study theory elements online at a time convenient to them using comprehensive E-resources. There will be six days of face-to-face workshops covering the practical components.

Dates and times

All sessions run from 9am-5pm. The examination date will be an additional day and once agreed you will be notified by email.

  • Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th January and Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th January 2021
  • Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th April and Monday 19th - Wednesday 21th April 2021
  • Monday 5th - Wednesday 7th July and Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th July 2021


The full cost is £950. The deposit cost is £150.


Whilst enrolled upon the course you will study the following modules:

  • E-Learning
    • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
    • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
    • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

You will be given access to the E-learning resources before your taught sessions so you can study these before the practical sessions which will take place on our campus in Twickenham.

  • Taught Sessions
    • Programming personal training with clients
    • Delivering personal training sessions

These sessions are delivered over six days on our campus in Twickenham. You will also revise the topics you learnt via the E-learning resources.

The course is assessed via...

  • Practical exam
  • Theory examinations
  • Portfolio of evidence

Your practical exam will be a minimum of six weeks after the start of your course as you will need to take your client through a full six week training plan.


You must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym) (QCF) or equivalent with the following components:

  • 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

It is advisable that you have a current First Aid Certificate. Candidates must also have good health, since the course involves a practical component. A sporting background is advantageous as well.

This course has elements of E-learning combined with taught sessions. We understand that our student's learning styles and needs are different and offer E-learning to allow greater flexibility. Upon enrolment, and a minimum of 4 weeks before the taught sessions, students are given access to our interactive online course materials. This will allow students to study at a time and a pace to suit them.  

The level 3 personal training qualification is designed for those 18-years-old and over. Whilst candidates younger than 18 are not barred, it is likely they will experience difficulty in obtaining the personal liability insurance cover needed to work in this area. The Level 3 certificate is intensive, and therefore requires home-based study on theoretical aspects.


Upon successful completion of this module you will be awarded a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (QCF) from Active IQ.