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Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training


Become a Level 3 Personal Trainer

Become a Level 3
Personal Trainer

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

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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 a Personal Trainer. 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. Ideal if you're looking to become a Personal Trainer, this Personal Trainer course 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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Analyzing 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.

4 Webinars

1 Review Activity

Lifestyle Factors and Health and Wellbeing
To understand how lifestyle factors affect a client’s health and wellbeing, it is useful to understand and apply a range of psychological theories in relation to health behaviours.

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 who are affected by these conditions.

Risk Stratification and When to Refer Clients with Medical Conditions
Learn how exercise and physical activity offers many benefits for maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Communication to Encourage Positive Health and Fitness Behaviours
Learn how adherence to physical activity, exercise and fitness is not only essential to maintain the viability of health and fitness businesses, it is also essential for a client – in order to benefit from the physical activity or exercise, they need to take part regularly (reversibility principle – ‘use it or lose it’).

Behaviour Change Techniques and Motivational Strategies
This will explain the interaction between an individual’s beliefs, intentions and behaviours.

Health Screening and Fitness Assessment
This section explains it is essential that health screening and relevant fitness assessments form a part of initial consultations and ongoing reviews.

Using Technology to Encourage Positive Health and Fitness Behaviours
Learn why the health and fitness industry has embraced the development and usage of technology, both for performance and health benefits.

4 Webinars

1 Handout

2 Review Activities

The Cardiovascular System
This section will explain how the cardiovascular system operates and benefits through exercise. As well, explain the function of the heart and how blood pressure plays a role within the cardiovascular system.

The Musculoskeletal System
Learn how the skeletal system works in three basic planes and axes which include Anterior-posterior axis, Medical-lateral axis, and Longitudinal axis.

The Nervous System
This section will cover how the nervous system is responsible for sending, receiving and processing nerve impulses throughout the body.

The Endocrine System
Along with the nervous system, the endocrine system helps to maintain homeostasis. Instead of using action potentials, however, the endocrine system exerts its influence via hormones (chemical messengers).

Energy Systems
Learn how Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be converted from one form to another. The body, like all machines, requires energy for movement, to produce force, to generate heat and to grow or repair tissue. The body uses energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This is the energy currency of the body.

The Digestive System
This section will cover how the digestive system is the name given to the tissues and organs that are responsible for taking in food, preparing food for absorption, facilitating absorption and finally expelling waste once the nutrients have been removed.

The Principles of Programme Design
Practicing different training methods and flexibility techniques will minimise injuries and optimise recovery.

Learn the basic principles of periodisation is to break long-term programming into separate blocks of training. Each block is designed to progress a client towards a specific goal and elicit a specific adaptive response. These blocks are called phases or cycles.

Alternative Environments
This section will explain how each environment has benefits and disadvantages, and the PT must be able to consider these in order to safely and effectively deliver exercises to a range of clients in the most suitable environment.

Group Personal Training
Providing group personal training can broaden a personal trainer's target market. It can attract to clients who want to benefit from personal training, find working out on their own to be a challenge, enjoy social and group aspects in fitness, want to exercise with family or friends, and would benefit from the additional motivation offered in a group situation.

Special Populations
Learn how it is essential that personal trainer's have basic knowledge covering the key considerations for each of these special groups so they understand their professional boundaries and when to refer.

2 Videos

3 Review Activities

4 Webinars

The Scientific Rationale for Integrated Training
Learn how to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of integrated exercise programme design. Also, describe the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) Model.

Fitness Assessment
This section will cover the components of and rationale for an integrated fitness assessment.

Flexibility Training Concepts
Explain the effects of muscle imbalances on the human movement system (kinetic chain). Differentiate between the various types of flexibility techniques.

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Training
Be able to define and describe the components associated with cardiorespiratory training. How it is important to perform safe and effective exercises for clients.

Core Training Concepts
Understand the importance of the core musculature and be able to perform, describe, and instruct core training exercises.

Balance Training Concepts
Define balance and describe its role in performance and injury risk. Discuss the importance of balance training.

Plyometric (Reactive) Training Concepts
Define plyometric (reactive) training, discuss the importance, and describe its uses. Perform and instruct various plyometric training exercises.

Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training
This section will define and describe speed, agility, and quickness training and its purpose. Design a speed, agility, and quickness-training programme for clients at any level of training.

Resistance Training Concepts
This section will describe the stages of the general adaptation syndrome. Then list and define the various stages of strength and training systems.

Integrated Programme Design and the Optimum Performance Training ® (OPT ™) Model
Learn how to define and describe the acute training variables within the Optimum Performance Training ® (OPT ™) Model.

Introduction to Exercise Modalities
Be able to fine and describe the safe and effective use of selected exercise training methods, including various forms of resistance and proprioceptive modalities.

4 Review Activities

4 Webinars

The Legal and Professional Requirements of Personal Training
This section will cover the different legal requirements that the personal trainer (PT) has to abide by. The PT's primary responsibility is to maintain the health, safety and welfare of their clients at all times.

Health and Safety in the Workplace
Understand that it is the employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business, e.g. customers, suppliers and the general public.

Requirements of Being Self-Employed
Learn the different legal requirements for the self-employed in the UK. These include the registration with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), keeping accurate business records, and completing tax returns and paying income tax.

Legal and Professional Requirements for the Management of Personal Information and Records
As a PT, you will need to collect, store and use client information in order to meet client needs and expectations. The personal trainer needs to comply with the Data Protection Act by adhering to the data protection principles.

Marketing Techniques and Tactics
This section will cover the different marketing techniques and tactics for satisfying customer requirements in order to maximise profitability.

Closing a Scale
Learn many skills, techniques and methods that PTs can use to help them successfully sell their services, close a sale and gain new business. Whichever technique or method is selected, it is essential that the PT and the potential client are comfortable.

Setting Budgets and Managing Finances in a Personal Training Business
Annual budgets outline both the expected income and expenditure over a 12-month period. It is a crucial part of the PT business as it gives an overview of how the business is doing, what the personal trainer can expect to be paid, whether targets/objectives are being met and what expenditure will need to be outlined and when.

Using Information Technology (IT) to Support Effective Business Planning and Delivery
This section will cover how in addition to using IT for data collection and analysis, it can also be used to support effective business planning and delivery. The PT 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. Generally, applications will be interactive or informational.

Professional and Personal Importance of Continuing Professional Development
Learn 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. CPD can help to maintain, improve and broaden knowledge, skills and personal qualities. It is also a key element of maintaining currency of qualifications, to keep up to date within the industry and for recognition of professional associations.

3 Webinars

5 Review Activities

1 Video Submission

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 Personal Trainer course content and material available through our online Personal Trainer 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 vary within the industry, however fitness instructors employed at one of the more recognised health and fitness clubs can expect to receive a salary starting between £18,000-£25,000 per year. Instructors who have more advanced fitness training skills, including the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, will earn significantly more.

Upon completion of one of our Personal Trainer courses, many students follow a self-employed career path. In this situation, Personal Trainers could charge anything from £30-£70 per hour depending upon location. A successful self-employed Personal Trainer can earn well in advance of £50,000 per year. Premier Global NASM helps students find employment opportunities through our Recruitment Team.

Students who wish to enrol onto a University course would need to contact UCAS to help them work through this process. 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.

A Level 3 Personal Trainer can work with clients with a varying range of fitness levels, whose goals range from weight loss to sports performance. Once qualified, they will be able to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and 1-1 Personal Training workouts.

A Level 3 qualification in Personal Training is a Diploma and you will be awarded a certificate to authenticate this upon successful completion of your course. Premier Global NASM’s Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is globally recognised and is endorsed by CIMPSA and ActiveIQ.

The majority of gyms, leisure centres and fitness operators will require you have a Level 3 qualification that is recognised by a UK governing body before you are able to deliver 1-1 sessions or instruct their clients in any capacity. As an individual, it is also unlikely that you will find appropriate insurance to cover you to deliver Personal Training sessions, without the necessary qualifications. By completing your Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma, you ensure the safety of your clients through the delivery of safe and sustainable exercise, and you protect your own Personal Trainer business with confidence in your knowledge and expertise.

  • Gym instructors are able to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and some group fitness classes within a gym, health club, leisure centre or fitness facility environment. A key part of their role will be to carry out inductions and provide basic guidance to individuals on the gym floor.
  • Personal trainers are able to assess clients, design programmes and deliver one on one sessions encompassing the emotional, nutritional and physical needs of the client. This qualification is also required in order for you to obtain the appropriate insurance.


No, this is not possible. The Level 2 Gym Instructor Course equips you with the basic knowledge and foundations for a career in the health and fitness sector, it is purely a stepping stone to becoming a Personal Trainer. In order to become a successful Personal Trainer, you will require a deeper understanding of anatomy, nutrition and mental health to fully support your clients and help them achieve their goals. These elements are not covered in the Level 2 Gym instructor course.

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