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The fitness industry is an exciting and expanding industry and there is a high rate of employment within the industry with currently more than 6,000 fitness centres located all across the UK. Many people from all walks of life long to get fitter and feel healthier but are not quite sure how. This means that there has never been a better time to take action towards becoming a qualified fitness professional.

As a personal trainer you will be able to give advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes to your clients. You will help support them with their workouts and monitor their progress over time.

Our Lifetime Awarding Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training RQF Qualification (601/3866/X) is a fully recognised qualification listed on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). It carries 52 credits which can be transferred to progress onto further study (e.g. a degree).

Requirements for Course Entry

There are no entry requirements for this qualification but some experience of gym based exercise is recommended and a level of physical fitness is necessary.

This is qualification also combines units from the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing with the full Level 3 Personal Training qualification. This qualification is suitable for learners who have no prior experience or qualifications, as usually you need to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing before you would be able to commence the Level 3 Personal Training qualification.

So if you have never had any experience at all within the fitness industry, and are looking to work as a fully  Personal Trainer or become a fitness instructor (at level 3), then this is the ideal course for you.

Overview of the Fitness Instructing and Personal Training course

The Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training RQF Level 3 will train you to become professionally competent. It will allow you to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and develop your skills and knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.

The qualification is designed for those who want to gain the skills required to offer both instruction and personal training, covering both aspects within the same qualification. Employers are supportive of this approach for their employees. They endorse this approach for staff that new to the industry, without qualifications - who will be covering both aspects within their roles.

The online fitness instructor and personal training course is made up of 10 units covering a range of topics such as principles of exercise, fitness and health, instructing gym based exercise, anatomy and physiology for exercise, programming personal training with clients and delivering personal training sessions.

Do I need to have access to a practical placement in order to complete this course?

Whilst you don’t need a formal work placement you will need to have access to a gym and gym equipment to satisfy certain practical aspects of this course.  To successfully complete these practical aspects you will need to demonstrate competence working with a number of participants (min 2) on nutrition, goal planning, exercise preparation/instruction & adaption as well as providing records and audio-visual evidence.  To do this, access to a gym or fitness setting and the supervision of a qualified instructor will be necessary.  This is to meet health and safety requirements as well as witness your work.

What can I do once I have successfully completed the Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training RQF Level 3 course?

This Lifetime Awarding Level 3 Diploma confirms that your training and subsequent credentials will be recognised by employers and clients alike. On completion of the Personal Trainer Advanced qualification you will be able to work as a fitness instructor, class instructor, fitness coach or personal trainer within the health and fitness industry:

• Work within a luxury hotel, health club or spa

• Join large chains, or independently owned gyms

• Instruct at holiday resorts or on cruise ships

• Go self-employed and build a private client base

You will also have the benefit of being able to offer your clients nutritional advice and information on a one to one basis.

What are the average salaries for full qualified Personal Trainer?

Personal trainer salary

Personal trainers are usually paid by the hour for each session with a client. There are no set salary scales and earnings depend on location, number of clients and whether the trainer is self-employed or works for a gym.

Self-employed (also known as freelance) instructors can earn between £20 and £40 an hour. Some instructors with high profile clients can earn between £50 and £100 an hour.

Personal fitness trainers in full-time employment can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year.

All figures are intended as a guideline (source:  National Careers Service website)

Can I join REPs on completion of this course?

On completion of this course you will be able to gain employment in any of the major or independent gyms in the UK and you will also qualify for entry on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3 Personal Trainer status.

ECDL Certificate

This course is the official British Computer Society (BCS) ECDL course. The qualification has been designed to map directly into the ITQ. (for more information please see: http://www.bcs.org/category/16699). When you gain the ECDL certificate you will also receive the ITQ certification. In order to gain the ECDL certificate you must sit the exam at a registered ECDL test centre (when you search for your nearest test centre simply select “ECDL/ITQ” and “Testing only” from the available options and then click “Go Find”). If you would like to find your nearest test centre please see:http://apps.bcs.org/fac/.

Unit One: Principles of exercise, fitness and health (A/600/9017)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the effects of exercise on the body
  • Understand the components of fitness
  • Understand how to apply the principles and variables of fitness to an exercise programme
  • Understand the Exercise contraindications and key safety guidelines for special populations
  • Understand how to safely monitor exercise intensity
  • Understand the health benefits of physical activity
  • Understand the importance of healthy eating

Unit Two: Instructing gym-based exercise (A/600/9020)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to provide gym-based exercise
  • Be able to prepare self and equipment for gym-based exercise
  • Be able to prepare clients for gym-based exercise
  • Be able to instruct gym-based exercise
  • Be able to supervise clients undertaking gym-based exercise
  • Be able to bring a gym-based exercise session to an end
  • Be able to reflect on providing gym-based exercise
  • Be able to support clients taking part in gym-based exercise

Unit Three: Anatomy and physiology for exercise (H/600/9013)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the circulatory system
  • Understand the structure and function of the respiratory system
  • Understand the structure and function of the skeleton
  • Understand joints in the skeleton
  • Understand the muscular system
  • Understand the life-course of the musculoskeletal system and its implications for special populations exercise
  • Understand energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise

Unit Four: Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (M/600/9015)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to form effective working relationships with clients
  • Understand how to address barriers to exercise/physical activity that clients experience
  • Understand how to support clients to adhere to exercise/physical activity
  • Understand how to provide ongoing customer service to clients

Unit Five: Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment (T/600/9016)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand emergency procedures in a fitness environment
  • Understand health and safety requirements in a fitness environment
  • Understand how to control risks in a fitness environment
  • Understand how to safeguard children and vulnerable adults

Unit Six: Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (A/600/9051)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the heart and circulatory system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand the musculoskeletal system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand postural and core stability
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the endocrine system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand energy systems and their relation to exercise

Unit Seven: Programming personal training with clients (F/600/9052)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to prepare personal training programmes
  • Understand the importance of long term behaviour change for personal training
  • Understand the principles of collecting information to plan a personal training programme
  • Understand how to screen clients prior to a personal training programme
  • Understand how to identify personal training goals with clients
  • Understand how to plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Understand how to adapt a personal training programme with clients
  • Be able to collect information about clients
  • Be able to agree goals with clients
  • Be able to plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Be able to manage a personal training programme
  • Be able to review progress with clients
  • Be able to adapt a personal training programme with clients

Unit Eight: Delivering personal training sessions (J/600/9053)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to instruct exercise during personal training sessions
  • Understand how to adapt exercise to meet client needs during personal training sessions
  • Understand how to review personal training sessions with clients
  • Be able to plan and prepare personal training sessions
  • Be able to prepare clients for personal training sessions
  • Be able to instruct and adapt planned exercises
  • Be able to bring exercise sessions to an end
  • Be able to reflect on providing personal training sessions

Unit Nine: Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme (L/600/9054)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Understand key guidelines in relation to nutrition
  • Understand nationally recommended practice in relation to providing nutritional advice
  • Understand the relationship between nutrition and physical activity
  • Understand how to collect information relating to nutrition
  • Understand how to use nutritional information
  • Understand the principles of nutritional goal setting with clients
  • Be able to collect and analyse nutritional information
  • Be able to apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

Unit Ten: Planning gym-based exercise (F/600/9018)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to collect client information to plan gym-based exercise
  • Understand how to use client information to plan gym-based exercise
  • Understand how to plan gym-based exercise with clients
  • Be able to collect and use client information to plan a gym-based exercise programme
  • Be able to plan a safe and effective gym-based exercise programme with clients

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £75.00).

The fitness industry is an exciting and expanding industry and there is a high rate of employment within the industry with currently more than 6,000 fitness centres located all across the UK. Many people from all walks of life long to get fitter and feel healthier but are not quite sure how. This means that there has never been a better time to take action towards becoming a qualified fitness professional.

As a personal trainer you will be able to give advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes to your clients. You will help support them with their workouts and monitor their progress over time.

Our Lifetime Awarding Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training RQF Qualification (601/3866/X) is a fully recognised qualification listed on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). It carries 52 credits which can be transferred to progress onto further study (e.g. a degree).

Requirements for Course Entry

There are no entry requirements for this qualification but some experience of gym based exercise is recommended and a level of physical fitness is necessary.

This is qualification also combines units from the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing with the full Level 3 Personal Training qualification. This qualification is suitable for learners who have no prior experience or qualifications, as usually you need to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing before you would be able to commence the Level 3 Personal Training qualification.

So if you have never had any experience at all within the fitness industry, and are looking to work as a fully  Personal Trainer or become a fitness instructor (at level 3), then this is the ideal course for you.

Overview of the Fitness Instructing and Personal Training course

The Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training RQF Level 3 will train you to become professionally competent. It will allow you to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and develop your skills and knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.

The qualification is designed for those who want to gain the skills required to offer both instruction and personal training, covering both aspects within the same qualification. Employers are supportive of this approach for their employees. They endorse this approach for staff that new to the industry, without qualifications - who will be covering both aspects within their roles.

The online fitness instructor and personal training course is made up of 10 units covering a range of topics such as principles of exercise, fitness and health, instructing gym based exercise, anatomy and physiology for exercise, programming personal training with clients and delivering personal training sessions.

Do I need to have access to a practical placement in order to complete this course?

Whilst you don’t need a formal work placement you will need to have access to a gym and gym equipment to satisfy certain practical aspects of this course.  To successfully complete these practical aspects you will need to demonstrate competence working with a number of participants (min 2) on nutrition, goal planning, exercise preparation/instruction & adaption as well as providing records and audio-visual evidence.  To do this, access to a gym or fitness setting and the supervision of a qualified instructor will be necessary.  This is to meet health and safety requirements as well as witness your work.

What can I do once I have successfully completed the Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training RQF Level 3 course?

This Lifetime Awarding Level 3 Diploma confirms that your training and subsequent credentials will be recognised by employers and clients alike. On completion of the Personal Trainer Advanced qualification you will be able to work as a fitness instructor, class instructor, fitness coach or personal trainer within the health and fitness industry:

• Work within a luxury hotel, health club or spa

• Join large chains, or independently owned gyms

• Instruct at holiday resorts or on cruise ships

• Go self-employed and build a private client base

You will also have the benefit of being able to offer your clients nutritional advice and information on a one to one basis.

What are the average salaries for full qualified Personal Trainer?

Personal trainer salary

Personal trainers are usually paid by the hour for each session with a client. There are no set salary scales and earnings depend on location, number of clients and whether the trainer is self-employed or works for a gym.

Self-employed (also known as freelance) instructors can earn between £20 and £40 an hour. Some instructors with high profile clients can earn between £50 and £100 an hour.

Personal fitness trainers in full-time employment can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year.

All figures are intended as a guideline (source:  National Careers Service website)

Can I join REPs on completion of this course?

On completion of this course you will be able to gain employment in any of the major or independent gyms in the UK and you will also qualify for entry on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3 Personal Trainer status.

ECDL Certificate

This course is the official British Computer Society (BCS) ECDL course. The qualification has been designed to map directly into the ITQ. (for more information please see: http://www.bcs.org/category/16699). When you gain the ECDL certificate you will also receive the ITQ certification. In order to gain the ECDL certificate you must sit the exam at a registered ECDL test centre (when you search for your nearest test centre simply select “ECDL/ITQ” and “Testing only” from the available options and then click “Go Find”). If you would like to find your nearest test centre please see:http://apps.bcs.org/fac/.

Unit One: Principles of exercise, fitness and health (A/600/9017)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the effects of exercise on the body
  • Understand the components of fitness
  • Understand how to apply the principles and variables of fitness to an exercise programme
  • Understand the Exercise contraindications and key safety guidelines for special populations
  • Understand how to safely monitor exercise intensity
  • Understand the health benefits of physical activity
  • Understand the importance of healthy eating

Unit Two: Instructing gym-based exercise (A/600/9020)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to provide gym-based exercise
  • Be able to prepare self and equipment for gym-based exercise
  • Be able to prepare clients for gym-based exercise
  • Be able to instruct gym-based exercise
  • Be able to supervise clients undertaking gym-based exercise
  • Be able to bring a gym-based exercise session to an end
  • Be able to reflect on providing gym-based exercise
  • Be able to support clients taking part in gym-based exercise

Unit Three: Anatomy and physiology for exercise (H/600/9013)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the circulatory system
  • Understand the structure and function of the respiratory system
  • Understand the structure and function of the skeleton
  • Understand joints in the skeleton
  • Understand the muscular system
  • Understand the life-course of the musculoskeletal system and its implications for special populations exercise
  • Understand energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise

Unit Four: Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (M/600/9015)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to form effective working relationships with clients
  • Understand how to address barriers to exercise/physical activity that clients experience
  • Understand how to support clients to adhere to exercise/physical activity
  • Understand how to provide ongoing customer service to clients

Unit Five: Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment (T/600/9016)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand emergency procedures in a fitness environment
  • Understand health and safety requirements in a fitness environment
  • Understand how to control risks in a fitness environment
  • Understand how to safeguard children and vulnerable adults

Unit Six: Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (A/600/9051)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the heart and circulatory system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand the musculoskeletal system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand postural and core stability
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Understand the endocrine system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Understand energy systems and their relation to exercise

Unit Seven: Programming personal training with clients (F/600/9052)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to prepare personal training programmes
  • Understand the importance of long term behaviour change for personal training
  • Understand the principles of collecting information to plan a personal training programme
  • Understand how to screen clients prior to a personal training programme
  • Understand how to identify personal training goals with clients
  • Understand how to plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Understand how to adapt a personal training programme with clients
  • Be able to collect information about clients
  • Be able to agree goals with clients
  • Be able to plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Be able to manage a personal training programme
  • Be able to review progress with clients
  • Be able to adapt a personal training programme with clients

Unit Eight: Delivering personal training sessions (J/600/9053)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to instruct exercise during personal training sessions
  • Understand how to adapt exercise to meet client needs during personal training sessions
  • Understand how to review personal training sessions with clients
  • Be able to plan and prepare personal training sessions
  • Be able to prepare clients for personal training sessions
  • Be able to instruct and adapt planned exercises
  • Be able to bring exercise sessions to an end
  • Be able to reflect on providing personal training sessions

Unit Nine: Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme (L/600/9054)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Understand key guidelines in relation to nutrition
  • Understand nationally recommended practice in relation to providing nutritional advice
  • Understand the relationship between nutrition and physical activity
  • Understand how to collect information relating to nutrition
  • Understand how to use nutritional information
  • Understand the principles of nutritional goal setting with clients
  • Be able to collect and analyse nutritional information
  • Be able to apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

Unit Ten: Planning gym-based exercise (F/600/9018)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to collect client information to plan gym-based exercise
  • Understand how to use client information to plan gym-based exercise
  • Understand how to plan gym-based exercise with clients
  • Be able to collect and use client information to plan a gym-based exercise programme
  • Be able to plan a safe and effective gym-based exercise programme with clients

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £75.00).

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