CIMSPA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training & Fitness Instructing

Online course, with coursework and practical assessments

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Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training (RQF)
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This Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is the perfect qualification for anyone looking to become a fitness professional and pursue a career in the fitness industry, it is recognised across the globe, with no previous fitness qualifications needed. The qualification is designed for anyone with a passion for fitness, and who wants to help others in their fitness goals and lifestyle changes. Once qualified it will allow you to work with clients, design bespoke periodised programs for your clients, and give sound nutritional guidance to help them be successful in their goals. You will be able develop and grow your own personal training business, working with clients in a 1-1 and group training setting, either in a gym, at home, or online personal training.

Gain the fundamental knowledge through the fitness instructing unit then build on this knowledge with advanced training techniques, programme design and practical expertise of a Personal Trainer.

Gain our Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and start your journey to a successful PT business. Including your choice of one of our other Level 2 qualifications, such as Level 2 Suspension Trainer, Level 2 Kettlebells, or Level 2 Group Indoor Cycling, to help you in your own versatility and continued professional development.

Make the most of our home study learning options and secure your course today.


Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training (RQF)
Regulated by Ofqual

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Become a Level 3 Personal Trainer with our CIMSPA accredited Level 3 Diploma qualification. The qualification will cover units across both the Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym) and Level 3 Personal Training.

Gain the fundamental knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, with the ability to provide sound nutritional advice, with the ability to design and implement bespoke programming for clients. Learn the principles of exercise, fitness, and health, and how to support clients in their lifestyle changes, offering a quality service, delivering gym and PT based sessions, learn how to implement SMART goal setting into training and nutrition targets, to help your clients be successful and in turn helping your business thrive.

Study anywhere with a mix of online home learning options, guided by our advanced tutors, each with over 20 years experience as successful personal trainers, through online webinar training, continued tutor support via phone call, live chat, and email. Assessments completed via video assessments, and portfolio assessments. All learning resources are supplied, including our unique e-learning platform, which isn't available from any other training provider, giving you your own personal learning centre, to study and upload any coursework to be marked.

Study a range of topics within the Level 3 Personal Training Diploma. Beginning with the Level 2 Gym Instructor.

Level 2 Gym Instructor

Unit 1 – Principles of health and wellbeing for exercise, fitness and health

Unit 2 – Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology for exercise and health

Unit 3 – Know how to support clients lifestyle management and enhance client motivation for exercise and physical activity

Unit 4 – Principles for professional practice and health and safety in a fitness environment

Unit 5 – Planning professional practice with effective consultations and assessments for gym-based exercise sessions

Unit 6 - Planning and Instructing gym-based exercise

Level 3 Personal Trainer

Unit 1 - Anatomy physiology and kinesiology for exercise and health

Unit 2 – Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Program

Unit 3 – Planning exercise program design for personal training clients

Unit 4 – Delivering exercise programs for personal training sessions including an Assignment: Part 1, 2, and 3 (details are attached)

Unit 5 – Business and Marketing for Fitness Professionals and the use of information technology for personal trainers

The qualification will be assessed via practical video assessments, completion of coursework portfolios, and client case studies. Along with an industry experience log, with relevant industry experience gained.

On completion of the Level 3 Personal Training Diploma qualification, you will receive your REPs and CIMSPA recognised certification from Focus Awards. Enter the industry as a fully qualified Personal Trainer.

Who is this course for?

This level 3 personal trainer diploma qualification is designed for those looking to become a personal trainer - with no previous fitness qualifications required. Take the step from gym-goer to becoming a qualified Personal Trainer with this qualification.


This qualification is for fitness enthusiasts looking to turn their passion into a career in the fitness industry as Personal Trainer.

Career path

When you have completed your course you'll be a qualified Personal Trainer. You can be your own boss or gain employment in a gym anywhere in the UK with earning potentials of £40,000+

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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