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Course Information


  • Anatomy and physiology, functional kinesiology and concepts and components of fitness.

  • Nutrition for exercise, health and fitness.

  • Lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing.

  • Analysis of client information using the most accepted techniques.

  • Assessment of a client’s current health and fitness status.

  • Planning and conducting of physical activity sessions, within a variety of environments using multiple resources.

  • Client consultations using the most accepted methods and providing strategies for successful behaviour change.

  • Communication skills to effectively build successful relationships with their clients and other health care professionals.

  • Legal and professional requirements for personal training.

  • How to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if they wish to.

  • How to manage, evaluate and improve own performance.

Entry Requirements:

  • Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended

  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

  • There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2

Qualification Structure:

  • Learners must complete the eleven mandatory units


  • Coursework/Project.

  • Multiple Choice Examination.

  • Portfolio of Evidence.

  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment.

Career Progression

  • This qualification provides progression onto:

  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training.

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.

  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal Clients with Exercise and Nutrition.

  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults.

  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Disabled Clients.

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.

  • Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning.