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Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

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Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training


The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is at level 3 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).


Guided learning hours: 152 

Total qualification time: 430


Entry Requirements:

• A suitable Level 2 qualification in Gym Instructing.

• 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) and maths involved, so learners should have basic skills in communication and maths pitched at level 2 (as a minimum).


Target Learners:

• Gym instructors wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as personal trainers.

• Individuals, who already hold a gym instructor qualification, wishing to become self-employed running their own personal training business. Purpose This qualification will further develop learners, who have existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction, to enable them to pursue a career in personal training. During the qualification learners will cover the following:

• Further knowledge of anatomy and physiology applicable to personal training.

• Nutrition for exercise, health and fitness.

• Lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing.

• Effective communication skills for client consultations to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours and strategies for change.

• Skills to plan and conduct physical activity sessions with different types of clients in a variety of environments with a range of resources.

• Legal and professional requirements for personal training.

• How to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if they wish to.

• How to manage, evaluate and improve own performance.

Qualification Structure and Unit Content:


This qualification is comprised of six mandatory units.

1 Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness 

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

3 Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions

4 Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients 

5 Programme design and delivery for personal training 

6 Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers 

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