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The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client. Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self-employed students. Please ask for further details.
This course is delivered as a stand alone qualification, or it can be delivered as part of a package across the academic year. Starting in September students complete Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing, progressing onto Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training starting in January, and finally adding Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Sessions in June. *Skills Focus funding is available for eligible employers to upskill staff. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Active iQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction or equivalent.
Multiple choice theory paper/Assessment
Modular summative observation
On completion of this qualification candidates may progress into employment or to the following qualifications:
Level 4 Strength and Conditioning
Level 3 Award in Business Skills for the Fitness Professional
Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness
Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning
Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy)
Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
Learners will cover:
anatomy and physiology including:
- the heart and circulatory system
- the musculoskeletal system
- postural and core stability
- the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
how to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages how technological advancements can help clients increase their activity levels and stay motivated and focused
Mode of Study
Hours per Week
Number of Weeks
Total Annual Fee £238.00
Total Concessionary Fee N/A
Fees Payable Each Year
**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?
BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport and Exercise (1 year Top-Up) (Validated by The Open University)
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Sport