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Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training



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LEVEL 3 Diploma


Our Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is perfect for those who already have a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness/Gym Instructing and want to become personal trainers.

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What Will I Learn

Our Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is perfect for those who already have a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness/Gym Instructing and want to become personal trainers. This level 3 personal training course will earn you an Active IQ Level 3 fitness qualification. As part of this diploma course, you'll master the science of applied anatomy and physiology when it comes to exercise, health, and fitness, as well as the basics of nutrition.

You'll also learn what it takes to help people from all walks of life by gaining a deep understanding of factors that impact clients such as lifestyle, health, common medical conditions, and more. This knowledge will help you provide the most effective and efficient workouts possible, all in a safe setting.

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Course Curriculum

In order to complete your Level 3 personal training course, you first have to complete your Level 2 Certificate in Fitness/Gym Instructing. If you don't have a level 2 qualification, we have a range of diploma packages available to suit your needs. Simply call our Course Advisors on 0333 920 3622 today!

Section 1: The Cardiovascular System
Gain an understanding of how the heart functions and connects with the rest of the body. Additionally, learn how to check blood pressure and safely train clients with cardiovascular training.

Section 2: The Musculoskeletal System
Grasp the fundamentals of the three basic planes and axes of the musculoskeletal system, the myofascial system, and much more within this section.

Section 3: The Nervous System
This section will leave you with a sturdy understanding of the neuromuscular functions of the body. Learn about the difference between the Central and Peripheral Nervous systems and how the nervous system is a communication network throughout the body.

Section 4: The Endocrine System
To truly understand personal training, you will need a thorough understanding of the Endocrine System and how it relates to homeostasis, its role in regulating and using hormones, and much more.

Section 5: Energy Systems
Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be converted from one form to another. Like all machines, the body requires energy for movement, to produce force, generate heat, and grow or repair tissue. This section of the course will teach you about this important facet of fitness.

Section 6: The Digestive System
Healthy digestion is a significant component of fitness success for your clients. This section will put you give you an overview of the GI Tract, the organs that work together to make digestion possible, and the relationship between physical activity and overall digestive health.

Section 1: Accessing Credible Nutrition Information
You will learn how nutrition is a broad and varied subject that constitutes an important area of scientific study and why it is vital to retrieving nutritional information from reliable, evidence-based sources.

Section 2: Common Nutritional Terms Related to Exercise and Health
Learn how to define health, diet, nutrition, well-being, macronutrient, micronutrient, phytonutrient, and more.

Section 3: Nutrients Required to Maintain Health
Providing healthy nutrition recommendations centers on understanding the balance between micro and macronutrients. This section of the course will give you the knowledge to make informed nutrition decisions.

Section 4: Using Nutrients to Fuel Activity
Learn how to achieve the optimal amount of nutrition for individuals - and how to maximize physical performance through the right kind of foods.

Section 5: Tailoring Nutrition to Client Goals
Not all of your clients' goals will be the same. Learning how to create personalized nutrition plans per client is one of the most important skills to develop. This section touches on that subject.

Section 6: Nutritional Considerations for Specific Client Groups and Medical Conditions
When you train pre and post-natal clients, senior populations, youth, or those with specific medical conditions, you will need to modify existing exercise and nutritional prescription. This section will provide you with the details.

Section 7: Analysing Dietary Habits and Identifying Areas for Improvement
Gain knowledge of how to assess and change nutrition for each of your clients by collecting information and providing helpful feedback based on data.

Section 1: Lifestyle Factors and Health and Wellbeing
Absorb the facts and theories about how lifestyle and social factors contribute to the health of your clients.

Section 2: The Impact of Common Medical Conditions on an Individual's Lifestyle
This section will introduce a range of common medical conditions that affect many individuals in the UK. It will cover the progressions and risk factors to enable the skilled professional to understand the key considerations for individuals affected by these conditions.

Section 3: Risk Stratification and When to Refer Clients with Medical Conditions
Exercise is a significant component of a fit and healthy lifestyle, but sometimes there are health risks attached to the practice. This section will give you a breakdown of the potential issues you can encounter as a personal trainer.

Section 1: Communication to Encourage Positive Health and Fitness Behaviours
Learn about incorporating effective communication and motivation for your clients, touchpoints, active listening, affirmations, and more.

Section 2: Behaviour Change Techniques and Motivational Strategies
Learn how to motivate and strategise with clients through Behaviour Change. Set SMART goals, learn behavioral models, and apply motivational interviewing skills with this section of the course.

Section 3: Health Screening and Fitness Assessment
Fitness assessments are a necessary tool for providing safe and effective workouts for your clients. Combined with health screening procedures, assessments ensure that all contingencies are accounted for. Learn more within this section.

Section 4: Using Technology to Encourage Positive Health and Fitness Behaviours
Discern the different applications and benefits of using technology to drive the fitness endeavors of your clients.

Section 1: The Principles of Programme Design
Gain the necessary knowledge and context for exercise programme design. This includes the number of sets and reps for hypertrophy, the kind of programming needed for an emphasis on weight loss, and more.

Section 2: Periodisation
The basic principle of periodisation is to break long-term programming into separate blocks of training. Trainers design each block to progress a client towards a particular goal and elicit a specific adaptive response. This section will explain the power behind the concept.

Section 3: Alternative Environments
Because personal trainers are required to work in a wide range of environments, it's important to be prepared for every setting. This section of the course will show you how.

Section 4: Group Personal Training
You can expand your client base and market to more clients by broadening your fitness offerings. Group Personal Training is a great option for reaching more clients at once. This section will show you the steps to take and considerations to make.

Section 5: Special Populations
In order to work with any special population group (e.g. pre and postnatal women, older adults) on a regular and long-term basis, the PT should seek additional training and qualifications. If a PT does not hold these specialist qualifications, they are still likely to be approached by clients who fit into these population groups.

Section 1: The Legal and Professional Requirements of Personal Training
Learn the variety of different legal requirements that a personal trainer (PT) has to abide by and how a failure to do so is likely to result in injury and possible legal action being taken against the organisation or the individual.

Section 2: Health and Safety in the Workplace
Get on the same page with your clients about safety in the workplace. Employers, employees, and the self-employed have responsibilities under both the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to themselves and members of the public.

Section 3: Requirements of Being Self-Employed
If you work for yourself as a personal trainer, you will fall under the class of being self-employed or a sole-trader. There are certain legal requirements for the self-employed in the UK, which this part of the course will cover.

Section 4: Legal and Professional Requirements for the Management of Personal Information and Records
Understand the basics of protecting confidential client information in this section of the course. Because there are specific legal requirements and considerations with sensitive customer data, it pays to be careful.

Section 5: Marketing Techniques and Tactics
Becoming a personal trainer is one thing. Growing a consistent client base is another. This part of the unit shows you some of the best, proven techniques for securing a robust client base.

Section 6: Closing a Sale
Personal trainers are talented and intelligent individuals. But sometimes it isn't easy to sell your services to other people. This section will show you how to close the sale.

Section 7: Setting Budgets and Managing Finances in a Personal Training Business
Learn how to set budgets, manage finances, calculate gross and net profits, and how to thrive in your PT business.

Section 8: Using Information Technology (IT) Applications in Business
The digital age has brought with it a plethora of different software and applications that you can use to manage your business more effectively and efficiently. As a PT, you can manage and streamline all aspects of business from a desktop, phone or laptop. This section will show you how to integrate IT.

Section 9: Using Information Technology (IT) to Support Effective Business Planning and Delivery
In addition to using IT for data collection and analysis, you can also use it to support effective business planning and delivery. You can use IT to enable a more efficient and effective use of time and to support clients with achieving their fitness goals without the need to leave the house.

Section 10: Professional and Personal Importance of Continuing Professional Development
This section will show you how Continuing professional development (CPD) is a fundamental factor for the PT wishing to realise and maximise their potential and development in their professional and personal lives.

The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training includes (2) exams. The Level 3 - Applied A&P consists of 40 questions, with 90 minutes to complete. The Level 3 - Nutrition for exercise and health consists of 40 questions, with 90 minutes to complete.


Nuffield Health
David Lloyd
Fitness First
Virgin Active

Why Learn Online With Premier Global NASM?

  • Study your Level 3 Personal Trainer course anywhere, anytime in our virtual classrooms with live tutors
  • Never miss a session with all Level 3 PT course content and material available through our online courses
  • Learn uninterrupted with no stress of a traditional classroom (enhance learning potential)
  • Learn from experienced tutors who coach and support you every step of the way
  • Interactive instruction on exercise technique, coaching and cueing
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Your Premier Global NASM Diploma course provides you an enrollment duration for both the exam and content of 180 days from the date of purchase or enrollment key activation.

The course follows a suggested schedule to maximize the learning process, and the course Tutor follows a grading schedule within the course to assist you with feedback, which includes 4 weeks after the 10 week program timeframe to review late assignments. You do have access to the course and materials for 180 days from your time of purchase or enrolment key activation, but take caution if you fall behind, as breaking from the suggested schedule limits participation in the group discussions and timely information from the Tutors to assist you in best preparing for the Assessments and Exams. If you find yourself behind by more than 4 weeks you will want to reach out to the Success Coach team for by phone at 0333 400 0354 or by email at

You can find a full downloadable PDF of the textbooks within your Getting Started Module. Additionally, a non-downloadable flip book (eBook) will be available for each Module.

The course follows a suggested schedule that optimizes the ability to learn and recall the material on the exam/ assessments, and that is the schedule your Tutor will follow to facilitate the discussion questions and provide feedback within the course. However, you can work ahead in all areas, except for the discussion questions that are each opened at the start of their scheduled week. You can still see the questions and review the content; you just cannot post to the discussion forum until it has been opened by a Success Coach.

Salaries within this industry vary greatly. Fitness Instructors employed at one of the more recognised health and fitness clubs can expect to receive a salary starting anywhere between £13,000 – £18,000 per year. For instructors who have more advanced fitness training skills, including the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, earnings will potentially be enhanced by an extra £3,000 – £10,000 per annum.

On completion of our courses many students follow a self-employed career path. In this situation they could charge anything starting from £25 per hour and up to £70 per hour depending upon location. A successful self-employed personal trainer can earn well in advance of £35,000 per year. For Sports Massage, charges range from £15 – £60 per treatment. Premier helps all students find suitable employment opportunities through our Recruitment Team.

Students who wish to enrol onto a University course would usually need to ensure they have successfully gained at least a grade C in GCSE Maths and English. Subsequently, when completing the UCAS form, applicants need to highlight achievement of the Awarding Organisation Active IQ (AIQ) fitness qualification in their personal statement. This is because AIQ qualifications have been matched with occupational standards set by the QCA (Qualifications Curriculum Authority), an organisation more familiar to UCAS than Premier Global NASM.

After the initial enrolment duration, you will no longer have access to the Guided Study course. This means, at that time, you will lose the ability to use all videos, activities, quizzes, and resources from the course. If you need an extension for your course, please contact Premier Global Member Services at 0333 400 0353. Please note, extension fees may apply.

You will complete the Level 3 exams online through your Moodle platform. They can be found within your course under the relevant modules. All exams are timed and if you need to re-sit the exam, you will need to call Member Services by phone at 0333 400 0353. Please note, additional fees may apply.

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