Sports and Fitness

YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Course overview

Are you motivated by fitness and health? Can you see yourself becoming a personal trainer? Do you enjoy leading a team? Personal training provides the basis for a closer and more motivational relationship between the client and trainer and the opportunity to develop much more focused activities that can be frequently adapted to maximise the client's progress.

As a personal trainer you will be required to work effectively with clients on a one-to-one basis; a role that requires personality, skills, knowledge and experience.

Our Personal Trainer course gives you in-depth knowledge and skills across a wide range of topics on which to base your client sessions.

Throughout this course you will examine a number of theory and practical related subjects such areas as: the anatomy and physiology of exercise, the principles of nutrition and how this can influence health and fitness goals, programming and delivering personal training sessions with a variety of clients and knowing how to support the clients throughout to evaluate the effectiveness of the programmes.

Please note that the duration of this course is 22 weeks.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need to have completed the Level 2 course in fitness instructing before progressing to the Level 3 course.

You will be invited to come for an informal interview to assess your suitability for this course.

How will I be assessed?

You will need to complete seven mandatory units and will be assessed through a variety of methods, including externally assessed theory papers, internally assessed worksheets, case studies, lesson plans and observations.

What can I do next

We will highlight and direct towards personal training job opportunities with local employers as part of the course. You might also consider one of our Foundation Degrees in Training or Sports.