The aim of this Level 3 YMCA Diploma 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. Students will cover the course over 4 lessons a week for one year.

Students who are successful on this course are qualified to work as self-employed personal trainers either in the UK or abroad.

  • 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 to set up a PT business, and effectively market and promote the project

The units for the Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Training are covered within the Level 3 programme above.

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Personal Training (Level 3 YMCA Certificate) students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. Recently these have included:

  • A visit to Donyngs Leisure Centre in Redhill for a personal training and fitness workshop
  • The opportunity to meet and work with visiting personal trainers
  • Sports Awards ceremony

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment is by:

  • coursework
  • multiple choice theory paper
  • practical examination
  • worksheets

Students must have already successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2021

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2021 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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