Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training aims to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and develop their skills and knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.

During the qualification learners will cover topics including anatomy and physiology; nutrition for exercise, health and fitness; lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing; planning and conducting of exercise and physical activity sessions, both one-to-one and with groups, within a range of environments using multiple resources; legal and professional requirements for personal training; and how to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis.

At a glance:

Our qualifications are available at the following levels

  • Level 3

  • Each level lasts approximately 390 guided learning hours.

  • We offer funded and co-funded courses (funding is subject to meeting the eligibility criteria)

  • Learners will be assessed through a range of methods, including coursework/project, multiple choice examination, portfolio of evidence and practical demonstrations/assignments


There are 12 mandatory units in this qualification:

  • Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness

  • Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors

  • Health and safety in the fitness environment

  • Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change

  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise

  • Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness

  • The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health

  • Understanding lifestyle, health, well-being and common medical conditions

  • Delivering client consultations and health and fitness assessments

  • Personal training for individuals and groups in a range of environments

  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

  • Nutrition for sport and exercise performance

Progression Routes

Learners who complete our L3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training qualification can progress onto higher level courses, or study a variety of other courses within CTP or with external providers. Contact CTP for information on progression routes.

Common progression routes include:

  • Apprenticeships

  • Traineeships

  • T-Levels

  • Further and Higher Education

  • Into employment

Entry Criteria

Age: 19 +
Entry profile:

  • Learners must have some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights

  • The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary

  • There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2

  • No prior qualifications required

  • Must not hold an equivalent qualification at the same or higher level

  • Funded and co-funded qualifications are subject to meeting eligibility criteria

  • Must not be enrolled on the same, or equivalent, programme elsewhere

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