Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

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Advance your fitness career with the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. This is the UK's most widely recognised personal trainer qualification and is absolutely essential if you want to start your own PT business, or work as a trainer in a gym, health club or leisure centre.

Our programme has been specifically designed with your success in mind and goes above and beyond the standard qualification framework. Supported by industry experts and the most up to date learning resources, we're setting the platinum standard for personal trainers in the health and fitness industry.

  • This is the most advanced PT qualification in the industry

    In addition to the standard qualification content, our programme also includes a number of advanced and functional training approaches, including: kettlebell training, dynamic flexibility, foam rolling/myofascial release, suspension training, and motivational interviewing. This is no ordinary PT course!

  • World-class training and unlimited support

    Our teachers and trainers are experts in their field and will work tirelessly to guide you through your course – all you need to do is follow the programme! There are no scripts, no automation and no limits – just real people with a genuine desire to help you fulfil your career aspirations.

  • Prepare for a career without limits

    With this qualification you will really stand out from the crowd as a highly competent and expert personal trainer. The skill, knowledge and confidence you will gain will empower you to change the lives of your clients through exercise and nutritional interventions.

For a more detailed insight into this highly rewarding and fulfilling career path, our 'Become a Personal Trainer' guide outlines everything you need to know, including salary expectations, employment opportunities, REPs membership and more…

Course Content

The Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is more than just a qualification, it's a gateway to a deeper level of knowledge and understanding, designed to make you more adaptable, marketable and versatile.

The course is designed to equip you with practical and applicable skills that you can use immediately when working with clients. There's no room for fat or filler here, just anatomical, physiological, applied training and nutritional content distilled to its purest essence.

Working with clients

  • Assessing clients, analysing information and goal-setting
  • Delivering and reviewing sessions
  • Motivational interviewing


Level 3 Nutrition

  • Weight management
  • Fats, proteins and carbohydrates
  • Designing effective nutrition programmes


Flexibility concepts

  • Developmental stretches
  • Dynamic stretch techniques


Myofascial release

  • Self-myofascial release (SMR or SMT)
  • Foam rolling techniques


Kettlebell and suspension training

  • Principles and benefits
  • Planning sessions
  • Illustrated exercises complete with teaching points and variations

Assessment Method

To ensure you're constantly progressing and stand the greatest chance of completing the course first time, you will be continually assessed by our dedicated support tutors and a team of assessors. This also gives you ample opportunity to apply the knowledge you've gained regularly and practically. The final assessments for the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training are:


  • Delivering Personal Training Sessions worksheet
  • Programming Personal Training with Clients worksheet



  • Anatomy and physiology multiple choice exam
  • Nutrition multiple choice exam


Case studies

    • Programming Personal Training case study
    • Nutrition for Physical Activity case study


Practical assessments

  • Fitness assessment
  • Personal training assessment


In order to enrol on this course you must be 18 years of age or older, and hold a recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification. It would also be advantageous if you have experience of using a variety of gym-based equipment for your own exercise.

Access to a computer or tablet is recommended for the distance learning elements of the course. Everyone has a different learning style and will pick things up at different speeds, but you should aim to dedicate approximately one hour a day to your studies.


Level 32 CD pointsREPs - 16 CPD points

Traditionally, the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training awards 20 REPs points and helps you gain Level 3 status with the Register. As this course includes added elements such as kettlebells and suspension training, an extra 16 CPD points are awarded.





Customer Reviews

out of 5 from 333 reviews
  • Rating: 5 out of 5. AndyLavery 2014-06-23

    “Great delivery, great support!”

    I completed my Level 3 Personal Trainer Cert with HFE. I can't speak highly enough of both the delivery staff and my online course tutor, any questions were answered quickly and always in the detail I needed.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5. qkMcNulty 2015-12-17

    “HFE = Caring, friendly, health and fitness course provider!”

    I have just completed my second course with HFE and would like to compliment them on their quality of care and provision of courses. The tutors have been fantastic, are readily available if needed and are friendly and welcoming, offering extra advice on setting up your business as well as ensuring you make it through the course.

  • Rating: 4 out of 5. ocdoyle1 2014-03-11

    “Competitively priced and excellent service provided!”

    When I first started looking for a Level 3 Personal Trainer course my top criteria where price and location. HFE stood out above the competition in both of these areas. HFE's courses are competitively priced and the weekend course dates and venues were easily accessible.

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