Level 3 personal trainer course

Discover what it takes to become a fully qualified PT with this industry-leading course.

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Industry-leading level 3 personal trainer qualification

Take the next step towards becoming a fully qualified personal trainer with this level 3 personal trainer course. This is arguably one of the most comprehensive PT qualifications in the business.

  • Blended learning:

    Home study with weekend attendance

  • Internationally recognised:

    Ofqual, YMCA and CIMSPA endorsed

  • Flexible pace:

    Work to your own timeline

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Book your place for only £100 deposit

Book your place for only £100 deposit

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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



Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £1054.50 5% discount £55.50
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £170 and 5 x £168 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £1110
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Enrol Now, Train Later

For our attended and virtual courses, if you don't know your availability right now but you want to get started, no problem...

With our enrol now, train later facility, you can:

  • Start your learning today
  • Select your attendance later
  • Get full access to all your materials
  • Complete your online assessments
  • Get full support from our team
  • Make good progress towards completion

Note: You'll have 12 months from your enrolment date to book your course dates.

This facility is provided in-line with our Terms of Business

Course overview: Level 3 personal trainer

Become a personal trainer with our level 3 personal trainer course. This is an industry-leading programme that is written and presented by some of the most respected doctors, physiotherapists, personal trainers, dietitians and nutritionists in the business.

With an industry worth over £5bn and more than 7,000 gyms currently operating in the UK, there has never been a better time to become a personal trainer.

Personal trainers use their expertise on a daily basis to get inside the heads of their clients, design training programmes that deliver results, and to support life-improving health, fitness and nutrition changes to their clients’ lives. Personal training is a results business and quite often, the results people achieve can be remarkable. If you feel that you have what it takes to help people to take control of their health, fitness and wellbeing, then maybe it’s time for you to step up and join the ranks?

Our programmes have been expertly designed with your continued success in mind. Our level 3 personal trainer course goes beyond the basics and our learning content, materials and support exceeds anything else on the market.

As standard, we provide you with flexible study options, practical experience in a leading gym, and bespoke learning resources designed and delivered by industry experts.

  • Entry requirements

    To complete this level 3 personal trainer course, you must already hold a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification. If you don’t already have this, you can complete it alongside this qualification with our essentials package.

    You will also need to have a reasonable amount of experience in a gym environment, particularly with regards to using resistance machines, free weights, CV machinery and basic stretching. You certainly don’t need to be an expert!

  • Learning materials

    When you choose to study with HFE you can rest assured you'll receive everything you need to succeed. On enrolment, we'll provide you with print and digital manuals, online interactive learning, an extensive range of engaging lectures presented by leading doctors, dieticians and physiotherapists, and practice knowledge tests so you can measure your own progress.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is certificated by YMCA Awards and is fully endorsed by CIMSPA. On completion, you'll receive an Ofqual regulated qualification that is recognised by fitness industry employers around the world.

  • Career and progressions

    Once you've qualified as a personal trainer, you may want to consider specialising, or adding additional qualifications to your name. Some of the more popular programmes with our PT graduates include our exercise referral courses and sports massage qualifications.

  • CIMSPA points

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

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We take great pride in our outstanding training reputation. When it comes to excellence, flexibility, and accessibility we are confident that our programmes are among the best in the business.

We have invested a significant amount of expertise and experience in designing a personal training certification that is both fitness industry-appropriate and affordable.

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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Get a 5% prompt payment discount
when you pay your fees in full.

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Term: 6 months

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Purchase Order


Provide a purchase order on enrolment
and settle the invoice within 30 days*

*Only available for business bookings and subject to the appropriate due diligence.

Pay in Full


Get a 5% prompt payment discount
when you pay your fees in full.

Buy Now, Pay Later


Term: 6 months

Buy now and pay later with
our INTEREST FREE payment plans.

ELCAS Points

20% deposit: £222

This programme can be funded with
MOD enhanced learning credits.

Purchase Order


Provide a purchase order on enrolment
and settle the invoice within 30 days*

*Only available for business bookings and subject to the appropriate due diligence.

Fanatical support...

Our team of learning support tutors are always on hand to provide you with expert guidance and tuition whenever you need them throughout your level 3 personal trainer course. As is standard at HFE, support is completely unlimited and tailored to your individual needs.

Some of the more common ways we support our learners includes:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video

  • Webinar

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What you'll learn

To succeed in the personal training game, you need to go beyond simply counting reps. It might seem obvious, but it’s important to underline this fact. To become an expert in this field, you’ll need in-depth knowledge and specialist skills, which is exactly what we’ll teach you on your course!

This level 3 personal trainer course has been specifically designed to make you more adaptable, more marketable and more versatile than the competition. Here’s just a brief overview of what you’ll learn on your course:

  • Anatomy and physiology

    Musculoskeletal system
    Posture and core stability
    Cardiovascular & respiratory system
    Nervous system
    Endocrine system
    Energy systems

  • Nutrition to support physical activity

    The digestive system
    Macronutrients & micronutrients
    Water and optimum hydration
    Healthy eating guidelines
    Eating disorders
    Designing a nutrition programme

  • Planning personal training sessions

    Progressive exercise programming
    Programming advanced resistance training,
    Planning stretching and CV training
    Measuring and monitoring performance
    Reviewing personal training programmes
    Screening and gathering information
    Goal setting and exercise counselling

  • Delivering personal training sessions

    Advanced warm-ups and cool-downs
    Teaching advanced resistance training
    Teaching advanced CV training
    Developing core stability
    Advanced teaching skills
    Passive and active fitness assessments
    Functional fitness training

  • Business acumen for personal training

    Running your PT business
    Setting business objectives
    Marketing, digital marketing and promotion
    Accounting and finance
    Cash flow forecasting
    Consumer behaviour

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

One personal training career
Unlimited possibilities

Join the graduates of our level 3 personal trainer course who are now working with some of the fitness industry's leading health and leisure and physical activity employers. Many of our graduates have also gone on to start their own personal training businesses, including opening their own PT studios.

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How you'll be assessed

The assessments for our level 3 personal trainer course are varied and different types of assessment are used for different aspects of the course. Here’s how you’ll demonstrate your theory and practical knowledge throughout your training experience with us.

If you want more detail about how specific assessments are structured, take a look at the video below.

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  • Promoting wellness
  • Exercise programming
  • Business acumen


  • Nutrition case study
  • Personal training case study
  • Business acumen case study


  • Advanced training session

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