Certificate in Personal Training Level 3

Introduction to this course

This new and exciting course is for students who want to work as Fitness Instructors or Personal Trainers. It will help you develop a sound underpinning knowledge and understanding of gym instructing so you can grow into an outstanding practitioner. This is a nationally-recognised qualification within the fitness industry, allowing you to progress into the work place as part of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here

Entry Requirements

You need a NVQ Diploma (Level 2) Instructing Exercise & Fitness or an equivalent qualification. A placement or current job within a fitness-based setting is desirable.

Duration of this Course

This is a one year course. This is a bespoke programme. Enrol and start anytime..

If you are currently working in a gym, you may be able to fast-track or infill on to this course. Please contact Yeovil College for more information on 01935 423921.

Career Prospects

This course prepares you for a career in Personal Training. If you would like to develop your skills further, you may like to apply for the FdA Sports Coaching & Development available at the Yeovil College University Centre. This course is for people who want to develop a career in a fitness centre, professional sports club or other related establishment. It is also suitable for people who would like to become independent, self-employed personal trainers.

How will I be assessed?

Your competency will be assessed through practical demonstration, a portfolio of evidence and two written examinations.

Course content/units

You need to complete nine compulsory units to gain this qualification:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Promote health, safety and welfare in active leisure and recreation
  • Motivate clients to maintain long term adherence to exercise and physical activity
  • Reflect on and develop own practice in providing exercise and physical activity
  • Evaluate exercise and physical activity programmes
  • Design, manage and adapt a personal training programme with clients
  • Deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a personal training programme
  • Apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme

  • Expenses for this course

    Course Fees 2017/18: £975

    This is a maximum course cost. Please note that fees vary depending upon your personal circumstances and government funding. Additional membership and exam fees may also apply. First year cost only. Additional fees will apply for further years of the course. Please contact the Student & Customer Services Team on 01935 423921 for more information.

    To purchase your college kit please visit


    There is an expectation that all learners will wear their kit when representing the college in fixtures (home and away) and when taking part in physical activity sessions (as a participant, official or coach). Second year learners do not need to purchase new kit.

    There may also be charges associated with registering with Exercise Professionals (REPs). For more information, please visit www.exerciseregister.org