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Flexible Payment Options

You can enrol today from as little as £9.99 and not pay any course fees until . What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

Learn At Your Own Pace

Study wherever and whenever you want. You’ll have access to your course for two years so you can fit your learning around your other commitments.

Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF) Level 3 Diploma
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10 units
346 guided
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Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF) Level 3 Diploma

Key Points

  • Learn how to safeguard adults and adults at risk in a gym
  • Coach clients towards their health and fitness goals
  • Become a self-employed personal trainer
  • Meet CIMSPA practitioner membership requirements
  • Gain a nationally recognised RQF qualification
  • Complete your course online

About your Diploma

Undertaking regular exercise can help keep us fit, maintain a healthy weight, keep diseases at bay and improve our mental health. But not everyone knows how to exercise properly or appropriately for their age and ability.

This course teaches you how to engage, facilitate, educate and support clients in the gym environment. So you can help them reach their health, fitness and wellness goals effectively and safely, and in a way that enables them to sustain their results long-term.

You’ll learn how to coach clients, plan and deliver creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction. As well as provide tailored nutritional advice. All of which can help the people you assist embrace healthier lifestyle habits.

In addition to this, you’ll learn how to safeguard adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment. Exploring what is meant by safeguarding and your related duties and responsibilities surrounding safeguarding as a personal trainer. Allowing you to create a safe fitness environment for your clients.

You’ll also learn about business planning in a gym environment. Covering the essentials that enable you to set up your own business, from managing finances to business planning and marketing strategies.

Getting Started

learndirect is one of the UK’s leading online course providers. This Level 3 Diploma for the Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF) is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). So you can be confident that the material is relevant and meets the requirements for a practitioner membership of CIMSPA.

This course will equip you with the skills to effectively help your clients reach their exercise goals. As well as the industry insight that will enable you to run an effective personal training business.  

It will give you an introduction into anatomy and physiology for exercise, and how to maximise the customer experience in an exercise environment. Which can be a great starting point for those looking to become self-employed in the fitness industry.

Studying an online course couldn’t be simpler, just enrol and start your learning when you’re ready. Your entire course will be made available via our online student portal so you can study at a time and place that suits you.

Because all the material is available to you straight away, you also have the freedom to work through the course as quickly as you like. Allowing you to reach your career goals as a personal trainer faster than other learning methods.

OUR PASS RATE
Fitness (National Average 75.1%)
94.7%

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. 

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system
  • Understand the structure and function of the skeleton
  • Understand the joints of the skeleton
  • Understand the muscular system
  • Understand the life-course of the musculoskeletal system
  • Understand the energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the digestive system

Unit 2: Maximising the Customer Experience in the Exercise Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to assess customer needs in a gym environment
  • Understand customer service in a gym environment
  • Understand how to engage and communicate with customers
  • Be able to engage and communicate with customers and colleagues
  • Understand professional practice
  • Understand the principles of business planning in a gym environment

Unit 3: Client Consultation and Lifestyle Management  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the client consultation process in the gym environment
  • Understand health screening, fitness testing and risk stratification
  • Understand lifestyle and health promotion
  • Understand the prevention and management of common health conditions
  • Understand principles of behaviour change and exercise adherence
  • Be able to conduct consultations and assessments

Unit 4: Planning and Delivering Gym-Based Exercise Programmes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand components of fitness and programming variables
  • Understand gym-based exercise training and techniques
  • Be able to plan gym-based exercise programmes
  • Understand how to deliver gym-based exercise programmes
  • Be able to deliver gym-based exercise programmes
  • Be able to review gym-based exercise programmes

Unit 5: Cleaning and Maintenance within a Gym Environment  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand cleaning and waste management
  • Be able to clean and maintain the gym environment

Unit 6: Applied Anatomy and Physiology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the cardio-respiratory system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand the skeletal system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the muscular system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand postural and core stability
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the endocrine system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand energy systems and their relation to exercise

Unit 7: Lifestyle Management and Motivation for Personal Training

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the components of a healthy lifestyle and factors that affect health and wellbeing
  • Understand psychological factors influencing behaviour change
  • Understand strategies to encourage long-term adherence to positive lifestyle practices
  • Be able to implement strategies to encourage long-term adherence to positive lifestyle practices
  • Understand health conditions and medically controlled diseases

Unit 8: Consultation, Assessment and Programme Design for Personal Training

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to obtain client information to inform programme planning
  • Be able to conduct client consultations to collect and analyse information
  • Be able to conduct health and fitness assessments appropriate to individual clients
  • Understand key principles and guidelines for programming exercise for a range of clients
  • Understand how to manipulate training variables to meet different programming goals
  • Understand how to deliver different modes of exercise in different environments
  • Understand how to design small group training sessions
  • Understand a range of fitness training techniques and methods

Unit 9: Planning and Delivering Personal Training Programmes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan sessions and programmes for a range of clients
  • Understand how to observe and adapt exercise techniques
  • Be able to demonstrate professional conduct when delivering personal training sessions
  • Be able to instruct and adapt personal training sessions to meet the needs of different clients
  • Be able to review sessions and programmes

Unit 10: Nutrition for Physical Activity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Understand key nutritional strategies and guidelines
  • Understand how to use nutritional assessment tools
  • Be able to collect and analyse nutritional information
  • Be able to apply the principles of nutrition

Unit 11: Business Acumen for Personal Trainers

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to create business and marketing plans to support a successful personal training business
  • Understand how to manage finances related to a personal training business
  • Be able to create a business and marketing plan to support a successful personal training business

Unit 12: Safeguarding Adults and Adults at risk in a Fitness Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by safeguarding adults and adults at risk
  • Understand how safeguarding legislation is regulated
  • Understand the safeguarding of adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities in safeguarding adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment
  • Be able to safeguard adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course, however, some experience of gym-based exercises would be beneficial. This course is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

You must be aged 16 or over to enrol on this course.

You will be assessed through a combination of methods. This will be the provision of a portfolio of evidence and the completion of a multiple choice examination on topics covered in two of the course units.

Innovate Awarding

Innovate Awarding logo

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Level 3 Diploma for the Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF) (Qualification Number: 603/6001/X).

Innovate Awarding is an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation with an innovative and dynamic approach. They develop off-the-shelf, customised and fully bespoke qualifications across a growing number of sectors – all on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 

This course provides an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to pursue a career in personal training and set up their own business. You will gain the skills and knowledge to engage, facilitate, educate and support clients in the gym environment. Plus, the course meets the requirements of a practitioner membership with CIMSPA, which is the agreed industry prerequisite to become a personal trainer.

You can also take the knowledge gained from this course into further study by completing other related courses and qualifications. Further enabling you to assist a support a wider range of clients in an exercise capacity.

Register your interest today

Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF) Level 3 Diploma

Key Points

  • Learn how to safeguard adults and adults at risk in a gym
  • Coach clients towards their health and fitness goals
  • Become a self-employed personal trainer
  • Meet CIMSPA practitioner membership requirements
  • Gain a nationally recognised RQF qualification
  • Complete your course online

About your Diploma

Undertaking regular exercise can help keep us fit, maintain a healthy weight, keep diseases at bay and improve our mental health. But not everyone knows how to exercise properly or appropriately for their age and ability.

This course teaches you how to engage, facilitate, educate and support clients in the gym environment. So you can help them reach their health, fitness and wellness goals effectively and safely, and in a way that enables them to sustain their results long-term.

You’ll learn how to coach clients, plan and deliver creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction. As well as provide tailored nutritional advice. All of which can help the people you assist embrace healthier lifestyle habits.

In addition to this, you’ll learn how to safeguard adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment. Exploring what is meant by safeguarding and your related duties and responsibilities surrounding safeguarding as a personal trainer. Allowing you to create a safe fitness environment for your clients.

You’ll also learn about business planning in a gym environment. Covering the essentials that enable you to set up your own business, from managing finances to business planning and marketing strategies.

Getting Started

learndirect is one of the UK’s leading online course providers. This Level 3 Diploma for the Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF) is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). So you can be confident that the material is relevant and meets the requirements for a practitioner membership of CIMSPA.

This course will equip you with the skills to effectively help your clients reach their exercise goals. As well as the industry insight that will enable you to run an effective personal training business.  

It will give you an introduction into anatomy and physiology for exercise, and how to maximise the customer experience in an exercise environment. Which can be a great starting point for those looking to become self-employed in the fitness industry.

Studying an online course couldn’t be simpler, just enrol and start your learning when you’re ready. Your entire course will be made available via our online student portal so you can study at a time and place that suits you.

Because all the material is available to you straight away, you also have the freedom to work through the course as quickly as you like. Allowing you to reach your career goals as a personal trainer faster than other learning methods.

Modules

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. 

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system
  • Understand the structure and function of the skeleton
  • Understand the joints of the skeleton
  • Understand the muscular system
  • Understand the life-course of the musculoskeletal system
  • Understand the energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the digestive system

Unit 2: Maximising the Customer Experience in the Exercise Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to assess customer needs in a gym environment
  • Understand customer service in a gym environment
  • Understand how to engage and communicate with customers
  • Be able to engage and communicate with customers and colleagues
  • Understand professional practice
  • Understand the principles of business planning in a gym environment

Unit 3: Client Consultation and Lifestyle Management  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the client consultation process in the gym environment
  • Understand health screening, fitness testing and risk stratification
  • Understand lifestyle and health promotion
  • Understand the prevention and management of common health conditions
  • Understand principles of behaviour change and exercise adherence
  • Be able to conduct consultations and assessments

Unit 4: Planning and Delivering Gym-Based Exercise Programmes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand components of fitness and programming variables
  • Understand gym-based exercise training and techniques
  • Be able to plan gym-based exercise programmes
  • Understand how to deliver gym-based exercise programmes
  • Be able to deliver gym-based exercise programmes
  • Be able to review gym-based exercise programmes

Unit 5: Cleaning and Maintenance within a Gym Environment  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand cleaning and waste management
  • Be able to clean and maintain the gym environment

Unit 6: Applied Anatomy and Physiology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the cardio-respiratory system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand the skeletal system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the muscular system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand postural and core stability
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the endocrine system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand energy systems and their relation to exercise

Unit 7: Lifestyle Management and Motivation for Personal Training

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the components of a healthy lifestyle and factors that affect health and wellbeing
  • Understand psychological factors influencing behaviour change
  • Understand strategies to encourage long-term adherence to positive lifestyle practices
  • Be able to implement strategies to encourage long-term adherence to positive lifestyle practices
  • Understand health conditions and medically controlled diseases

Unit 8: Consultation, Assessment and Programme Design for Personal Training

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to obtain client information to inform programme planning
  • Be able to conduct client consultations to collect and analyse information
  • Be able to conduct health and fitness assessments appropriate to individual clients
  • Understand key principles and guidelines for programming exercise for a range of clients
  • Understand how to manipulate training variables to meet different programming goals
  • Understand how to deliver different modes of exercise in different environments
  • Understand how to design small group training sessions
  • Understand a range of fitness training techniques and methods

Unit 9: Planning and Delivering Personal Training Programmes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan sessions and programmes for a range of clients
  • Understand how to observe and adapt exercise techniques
  • Be able to demonstrate professional conduct when delivering personal training sessions
  • Be able to instruct and adapt personal training sessions to meet the needs of different clients
  • Be able to review sessions and programmes

Unit 10: Nutrition for Physical Activity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Understand key nutritional strategies and guidelines
  • Understand how to use nutritional assessment tools
  • Be able to collect and analyse nutritional information
  • Be able to apply the principles of nutrition

Unit 11: Business Acumen for Personal Trainers

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to create business and marketing plans to support a successful personal training business
  • Understand how to manage finances related to a personal training business
  • Be able to create a business and marketing plan to support a successful personal training business

Unit 12: Safeguarding Adults and Adults at risk in a Fitness Environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by safeguarding adults and adults at risk
  • Understand how safeguarding legislation is regulated
  • Understand the safeguarding of adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities in safeguarding adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment
  • Be able to safeguard adults and adults at risk in a fitness environment

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course, however, some experience of gym-based exercises would be beneficial. This course is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

You must be aged 16 or over to enrol on this course.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of methods. This will be the provision of a portfolio of evidence and the completion of a multiple choice examination on topics covered in two of the course units.

Qualifications

Innovate Awarding

Innovate Awarding logo

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Level 3 Diploma for the Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF) (Qualification Number: 603/6001/X).

Innovate Awarding is an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation with an innovative and dynamic approach. They develop off-the-shelf, customised and fully bespoke qualifications across a growing number of sectors – all on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 

This course provides an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to pursue a career in personal training and set up their own business. You will gain the skills and knowledge to engage, facilitate, educate and support clients in the gym environment. Plus, the course meets the requirements of a practitioner membership with CIMSPA, which is the agreed industry prerequisite to become a personal trainer.

You can also take the knowledge gained from this course into further study by completing other related courses and qualifications. Further enabling you to assist a support a wider range of clients in an exercise capacity.

Salary Indicator

Salary Projection
Entry Level Salary
£14k
Average Salary
£18k
Experienced Salary
£22k
Average Salary
after completing
£18k

You can earn an average of £18,000 a year

OUR PASS RATE
Fitness
94.7%
(National Average 75.1%)
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