The Active IQ Certificate in Personal Training is at level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. It also provides access onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3.


Guided learning hours: 245
Total Qualification Time: 360
Credit: 36


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 application of number involved, and learners should have basic skills in communication and application of number pitched at levels 3 and 2 respectively.


Qualification Outline

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.



To develop learners with existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction who would like to develop their skills and knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.



To provide learners with the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, functional kinesiology and concepts and components of fitness.

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to successfully gather and analyse client information using the most accepted techniques.

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to assess a client’s current health and fitness status.

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to plan and conduct a physical activity session, within a variety of environments using multiple resources.

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to perform a client consultation using the most accepted methods and providing strategies for successful behavior change.

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to communicate effectively to build successful relationships with their clients and other health care professionals.

To provide learners with the knowledge to be able to prepare for employment or to set up in business on a self-employed basis.

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to manage, evaluate and improve own performance.

To provide learners with the knowledge to be able to offer nutritional advice for physical activity based on clients’ needs.


This qualification provides progression to:

Learners may also progress onto qualifications in related sectors, like Sports Massage, where they will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practice sports massage alongside personal training in the health club environment or own business.

Alternatively, learners may broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing onto qualifications mapping to additional branches of the Level 3 Standards, such as Exercise Referral and Leisure Management.

Mandatory Units

Learners who have achieved a Level 2 Fitness Instructing qualification or an NQF Active IQ Level 2 Fitness Instructing qualification (500/1803/6) or equivalent (Skills Active have agreed exemption for these specific NQF qualifications) will have already achieved the following three units at Level 2.

Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity

Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environement

Principles of exercise, fitness and health

Learners who hold a Level 2 qualification in Gym instructing which is not an agreed equivalent/ exemption to the three units detailed above may require further guidance and support to ensure the correct learning pathway is selected to achieve the required units. For those who need to complete the above units an additional digital Learner Achievement Portfolio (L.A.P.) is available from Active IQ.


Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health

Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

Programming personal training with clients

Delivering personal training sessions







































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About Active IQ

Active IQ is committed to providing vocational qualifications that are fit for purpose, dynamic and supported by innovative resources, and ensuring that key stakeholders are involved in qualification development.

Within the Active IQ team there is a vast wealth of industry and educational experience, alongside the technical and vocational knowledge and expertise to ensure that the qualifications we develop meet the needs of the sector and its employees.

Active IQ is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clear career pathways. Active IQ’s qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework and align to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

BFIT SPORTS SERVICES is proud to be an approved centre for ACTIVE IQ in the middle east to deliver its qualifications.

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