About this course

This Level 3 Personal Training Diploma (Practitioner) is for anyone that wants to start a career as a personal trainer that already has Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based) qualification.

Our personal trainer courses are all delivered with face-to-face training to give you the practical experience of communicating, assessing and motivating your clients. We believe that training you in a gym and studio environment, with tutors and peers, gives you the right skills and experience to start your PT career.

You’ll leave this course having received the guidance and support to train clients and create advanced fitness plans over a number of practical sessions.

This course has been developed to meet the latest industry standards. It’s CIMSPA accredited and is internationally recognised.

key Takeaways

  • This course is delivered full-time (weekdays) or part-time (weekends/weekdays/evenings)
  • Builds on the knowledge you have learned on the Level 2 Gym Instructor certificate
  • Be able to start-up, develop and market your PT business with our business skills course units
  • Take part in inspiring practical workshops and engaging theory sessions to learn the skills and knowledge to build a longstanding career
  • Learn the skills to train clients and small groups
  • This course will qualify you to work as a Personal Trainer in a gym or self employed.


Full-time / Weekdays
  • 12 days face-to-face tuition
  • More face to face content with two online units to study at home
  • 1 day practical assessment
Part-time / Weekends or Weekdays or Evenings
  • 7 days face-to-face tuition
  • More online course content to study at home than the full-time format to give you a more flexible learning experience
  • 1 day practical assessment

eLearning home study is supported by our Learning Support team who will provide you with revision plans, training tips and ongoing support through the Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition modules. You will also get access to our eLearning portal as soon as you book your place.

Theory modules

The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (practitioner) will provide you with a deeper knowledge of the anatomy and physiology, weight management, nutrition and advanced teaching and programming skills. After taking this course you will be ready to coach clients to reach their desired goals using sessions and programmes that you have designed.

  • Applied Anatomy (Level 3)
  • Nutrition to Support Physical Activity
  • Promoting Wellness Through Client Motivation
  • Bespoke Exercise Programme Design
  • Customed exercise Programme Instruction
  • Communication Techniques
  • Business Acumen for a Successful Personal Training Practice


Practical modules
  • Level 3 Personal Training
  • HIIT
Develop your skills to help clients achieve their goals
  • Provide you with the ability to train a wide variety of individuals (including those with medical conditions which effect their lifestyle and wellbeing)
  • Gain an understanding of the role digital technology can play in supporting your clients programmes
  • Use your nutritional knowledge to support your client’s physical activity and help them achieve their personal goals
  • Carry out detailed postural analysis with clients to help you to write corrective programmes to increase their function
Develop your business skills and client base
  • Learn how to promote, market and sell your PT service
  • Understand how digital and social platforms can be used to grow your client base
Develop your communication skills
  • Learn how to communicate with clients effectively to promote wellness and exercise
  • Understand how rapport and soft skills can be used to motivate and change your clients behaviour

Your assessments will include:

  • Practical
  • Multiple choice theory papers
  • Case studies
  • Knowledge question worksheets

This combined course is accredited and endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and will give you a total of:

  • 10 CIMSPA points

The certificates you will receive are:

  • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner)
  • YMCAfit HIIT
  • Anyone over 16
  • You will need a current Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based) qualification

Funding Available


As part of a Government-backed initiative, the Advanced Learner Loan provides a flexible way for students over the age of 19 to pay their course fees. You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,000 a year. There are no credit checks and applications are not dependent on your income.


Level 3 & 4 courses with funding

The Advanced Learner Loan is available on the following level 3 & 4 courses and will cover the cost of your full course. To find out how much your deposit and the maximum loan will be, see the ‘How to book’ section of your chosen course.


Who can get this loan?

In order to qualify for the loan you must be either be:

    • 24+ years of age on the first day of your course, or
    • 19 to 23 years of age and have already completed a level 3 qualification

You will also need:

    • A National Insurance number
    • To have been living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
    • Be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)

You may also qualify if you’re:

    • An EU national or a family member of one
    • A refugee
    • A migrant worker
    • The child of a Swiss national
    • The child of a Turkish worker

How to apply

    1. Book onto a course
    2. Let the adviser know that you’re interested in applying for the Advanced Learner Loan
    3. You will then be asked to pay a deposit of £125-£375 depending on the course – this is refunded upon receipt of full funding
    4. The adviser will arrange for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter to be sent to you – you’ll need this for your application as it contains the details of your course
    5. After this, you can register and apply on the gov.uk website. If you can’t apply online you can download the application form and send it to the address on the back
    6. If you need to send evidence to support your application, you can fill in the evidence return form
    7. You will receive a letter confirming your loan – usually within 2 weeks if you apply online (postal applications may take up to a maximum of 20 working days)

You’ll find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan on the gov.uk website, but here are some guidance notes to help with the application.

Forgotten to sign your form?

Fill in the signature form and send to the address on the back. 

Changed your mind about the loan amount?

You can change the amount you have applied for by filling in the loan request form.

How to pay back your loan

You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,000 a year. 

Key information about paying back the loan

    • Your repayments won’t start until a year after you finish your course, in April
    • Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £25,000 a year
    • Your monthly repayment will be 9% of any income you earn over £25,000
    • If you’re an employee, your employer will work out your repayments and take them out of your salary with your tax
    • If you’re self-employed your repayments will be paid as part of your Self-Assessment tax return. You can also pay some or your entire loan at any time without any extra charges.

For more information about repayments visit the gov.uk website.


If you are interested in applying for the Advanced Learner Loan, here are some useful forms and information available: 

Loan Request Form

Learner Signature Form

24+ Evidence Return

24+ Advanced Learning Loan

24+ Application Guide Notes


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