Level 3 Business Skills Award

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  • Discover how to thrive when starting your own business or launching a fitness brand
  • A standalone qualification for every type of fitness professional
  • Delivered through distance learning, providing the ultimate in flexible study


According to the latest Working in Fitness report, which surveyed 35,000 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) members, 62% of respondents are self-employed. When it comes to business, getting the basics right is of paramount importance, though it’s often overlooked by many fitness professionals. This goes some way to explaining why 1 in 3 UK businesses fail within the first three years. Equipping yourself with the necessary knowledge is an assured way of making sure you thrive, rather than becoming a start-up casualty.

If you’re someone with an engrained entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to help others achieve their fitness goals, the Level 3 Business Skills Course for Exercise Professionals is perfectly tailored for you. The course is specifically designed to aide you in developing the critical knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your own tax, national insurance, marketing, promotions and pricing strategy. You’ll also work closely with one our support tutors to craft your very own bespoke business and marketing plan. Using this plan you’ll feel more than equipped to achieve your short, medium and long-term business objectives.

course content

In order to keep things flexible for you, the course is delivered entirely through distance learning. There’s no need to spend time travelling to and from training venues, which frees you up to focus on mastering the content of the qualification.

Home study by no means suggests you’ll be isolated. We’ll supply you a comprehensive training manual, access to the online Learner Management System (LMS) and extensive guidance and tuition from our dedicated support tutors.

The course itself includes the following modules:

  • Tax and National Insurance
  • Legal obligations of running a business
  • Brand management
  • Effective marketing skills and strategies
  • Generating leads and sales
  • Performance monitoring
  • Business planning
  • Financial management
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Basic accounting


Your initial requirement for the course is to complete some online multiple choice assessments. Once complete, you’ll then work towards developing an achievable business plan. We will provide you with a template, and working with your support tutor, you’ll populate the plan with your vision and goals for a career in the fitness profession. You’ll also be required to complete a business and marketing workbook.

Qualification: Central YMCA Level 3 Award in Business Skills.


As this course is primarily standalone, there are no formal perquisites. However, because the content is directed to those currently working in, or immediately looking to enter, the fitness industry, we recommend you’ve already obtained a Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification.

This qualification is a mandatory component of the Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer Diploma.


REPs 20

Level 3 Business Skills is worth 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points with REPs. Fitness professionals cannot obtain direct entry onto the Register with this qualification alone, however it is the highest number of points that can be awarded from a single qualification.

The Level 3 qualification is also worth 6 credits in the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

Payment Options

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6 Month Payment Plan

1 x £30 and 5 x £29

Total Payable £300 / Minimum Deposit £125

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    The course was run professionally but was laid back and fun. The 2 tutors on the course were very knowledgeable in the field of pilates, ready to answer any questions I might have. They gave positive feedback and encouragement throughout.

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