Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

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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.

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


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 points

Traditionally, the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training awards 20 REPs points and helps you gain Level 3 status with the Register.

Payment Options

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6 Month Payment Plan

1 x £210 and 5 x £208

Total Payable £1370 / Minimum Deposit £120

what the experts say

  • James Crossley (Hunter from Gladiators) "HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal trainer courses are the best in the industry."
  • Antonia Johnston (Co-Founder of YogaFit Retreats) "I did my ETM and yoga teacher training with HFE and thoroughly enjoyed both... I highly recommend them."
  • Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw
    Holly Bradshaw (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter) "HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."
  • International instructor Kardy Laguda
    Kardy Laguda (International Fitness Presenter) "HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."
  • Laura Massaro British squash player and HFE yoga student
    Laura Massaro (World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016) "The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1"

student reviews

out of 5 from 427 reviews
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Yoga, Pilates, Pre-and Post Natal, Exercise Referral

    Overall, the courses were great and I am now near completion of Pilates and Pre-and Post Natal Level 3s. These have been great too. I would recommend them.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Quality education in no time. Absolutely worth it!

    I absolutely recommend HFE if you are considering getting any fitness qualifications anytime soon. I have done my Level 2 ETM and Level 3 Pilates and this weekend I am doing Level 3 Personal Training. The process is fast and intense.

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