Level 3 personal trainer course online

Discover what it takes to become a qualified personal trainer with this fully online PT course.

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Personal training tutor coaching a deadlift

The UK's leading level 3 personal training online course

This is the UK's foremost level 3 personal trainer course, expertly delivered online. With content written and presented by leading doctors, physiotherapists, dietitians and nutritionists, learn how you can unlock your potential as a professional personal trainer.

  • Fully online course:

    No attendance required

  • Recognised worldwide:

    Ofqual regulated qualification from YMCA Awards with CIMSPA endorsement

  • Self-paced learning:

    Achieve in as little as 6-8 weeks

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Book your place for only £100 deposit



Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £688.75 5% discount £36.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £105 and 5 x £104 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £725

Course overview: Level 3 personal trainer online

This is the industry's most popular online personal trainer qualification and a must-have if you want to advance your fitness career to become a professionally recognised PT.

No job role is more synonymous with health and fitness than that of the personal trainer. The influence and importance of PTs is not just limited to the life-changing impact they have on clients they train either. It’s estimated the PT sector makes up around 13% of the wider health and fitness industry and gross revenues from personal training exceed £700m a year.

If you have your heart set on becoming a qualified personal trainer and joining the ranks of the fitness elite, there are several options available to you.

Traditionally, blended and full-time face-to-face learning were the only two credible options. Now, with the arrival of our Level 3 online personal trainer course, there’s a new, game-changing way to launch your career as a PT. You can also select this online personal trainer course when you enrol onto one of our personal training courses as a career package.

This course can be completed from wherever you are in the world and it’s structured in a way that lets you tackle things at your own pace. It’s the perfect option if time or travel is a factor and you have personal or professional commitments need to work around.

  • Entry requirements

    In order to start your journey to becoming a PT, you’ll need to already hold a recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor Course, which can include our Level 2 Online Gym Instructor qualification.

    It would also be beneficial if you already know your way around the gym floor and you’ve had previous experience of using resistance and cardiovascular machines, as well as free weights.

  • Accreditations

    Our online Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course is CIMSPA endorsed and YMCA Awards accredited. It’s also recognised by all international employers which provides tremendous scope and opportunity for the future and your career as a PT.

  • Learning Resources

    All the world-class learning resources you need will be at your fingertips. These include access to our cutting-edge online platform LES, the Learner Engagement System, bespoke training manuals, video lectures, exercise demonstrations and more.

  • Career Progression

    There are several natural progression routes available including the Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma, Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage, and Level 4 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance.

  • CIMSPA CPD Points

    This qualification is fully mapped to CIMSPAs professional standards and is worth 10 CIMSPA CPD Points.

Payment Options

We are confident in the quality, flexibility, and accessibility of our training programmes, and take pride in our reputation for excellence.

Utilising our knowledge and expertise, we have crafted an online personal training qualification that is engaging, fit for the fitness industry, and financially accessible.

Special Offers, Discounts and Deals

We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.

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You're in safe hands

Throughout your studies and beyond, our amazing learning support tutors will be on hand to help, guide and support you with your training and development needs. Whether you have a burning question about anatomy, physiology, or nutrition, or you need help with designing your first PT plan, our team will be ready and waiting to help you.

Some of the most common ways we support our students include:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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What you'll learn

Personal trainers are recognised as experts in their fields. They have fine-tuned knowledge and specialist skills that enable them to transform the lives of clients. Gaining this knowledge and honing these skills isn’t something that happens overnight. It requires hard work, commitment and dedication. You won’t be alone in this journey as your dedicated Learner Support Tutor will on hand via phone and email to guide you every step of the way. Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll encounter with our online personal trainer course:

  • Level 3 anatomy and physiology

    Anatomical terminology
    The muscular system
    The skeletal system
    The nervous system
    The endocrine system
    The cardiorespiratory system
    Energy systems

  • Level 3 nutrition to support physical activity

    Healthy eating principles
    Weight management
    Popular diets
    Dieting myths
    Planning healthy meals

  • Programming personal training sessions

    Principles of exercise programming
    Variables of fitness training
    Advanced training methods and benefits
    Setting training goals and objectives
    Reviewing personal training sessions
    Screening clients
    Programme adherence
    Motivational interviewing techniques

  • Teaching personal training sessions

    Effective teaching strategies
    Motivating clients during exercise
    Monitoring exercise intensity
    Supporting clients holistically

  • Fitness assessments and functional screening

    Physical measurements
    Screening and informed consent
    Active fitness assessments
    Passive fitness assessments
    Functional fitness assessments
    Posture and movement screening

  • Business acumen for personal training

    Running a personal training business
    Business matters
    Business planning
    Marketing and promotion
    Basic accounting and finance

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Unlimited possibilities in personal training

When your studies are over and you've achieved your personal trainer qualification, you'll be eligible to work all around the world. Here are just a handful of clubs some of our graduates have gone on to work in:

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How you'll be assessed

Our online personal trainer course has been designed from the ground up to give you the best chance of passing first time. Theory exams can be completed online and booked at a time and day that’s suitable for you. For your practical assessments, you’ll need to film yourself in a variety of gym-based scenarios, essentially demonstrating how you would perform as a PT in the real world.

Here’s a brief overview of the theoretical and practical ways you’ll be expected to demonstrate your personal training knowledge and skills:

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  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Planning and teaching exercise


  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Exercise programming
  • Business acumen
  • Case studies


  • Client consultation
  • Delivering personal training
  • Reviewing personal training

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