Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

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  • The most advanced personal trainer course in the industry
  • World-class training, unlimited support and nationwide venues
  • Prepare for a rewarding career without limits

intro

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

Worksheets

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

 

Exams

  • 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

prerequisites

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.

accreditations

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.

what the experts say

  • Kardy Laguda (International Fitness Presenter) "HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."
  • Holly Bradshaw (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter) "HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."
  • Laura Massaro (World No. 1 Squash Player) "The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1"
  • Laura Turner-Alleyne (Team GB Olympic Sprinter) “I would recommend HFE to anyone looking for health and fitness qualifications.”

student reviews

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Level 2 GYM Instructor

    Just completed my course, even though I was not experienced in teaching the support I received both from tutor over the phone and during the practical weekends was second to none.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity

    HFE are an excellent training provider. The tutors are very supportive and remained in contact regularly throughout the course.

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