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You may be wondering “how exactly does this work?”, and we don’t blame you. Our competitors don’t seem all that forthcoming with the ‘how, when & why’ of the course outline, which we think is very weird indeed!

To help keep things simple, we’ve formulated a 6 step process to getting Personal Trainer qualified.

Select the correct course – If you already hold a recognised level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym Based qualification then you can start your Level 3 straight away starting with Unit 1 – Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health. If you are starting fresh you will need to start with the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym Based course. Please book the course that you need and then pay online. You can choose your training and assessment days at this point but don’t worry too much as your online tutor will support you through this process once you are ready.

We will register you with the Awarding Body (YMCA awards) for the qualification and request your secure login details to access the online learning platform to complete your studies. This can take up to 5 days.

You will receive an email introduction from your online Tutor, please check your junk mail just in case it ends up there. Hotmail especially are very restrictive on emails.

Once you have received your login details you can access the online learning platform and begin your studies; anywhere anytime. You will have 215 days (7 months) to complete the online modules for each individual course. Your Tutor will ensure that you are booked onto your Training Day when you feel ready. You will also need to download and complete the Learning and Assessment Records (LARs) and bring these to your Training Day.

For the practical courses you will need to attend and complete your Training Day at one of our venues. You will be with one of our fully qualified Teachers who will support you to develop the skills needed to complete your course. They will cover equipment usage and all the technical demonstrations of safe and effective exercises and training methods. You will have the opportunity to train clients and practise safely for your Assessment. This is also an opportunity to meet face to face with our team and discuss any issues or concerns with your studies.

Once you are ready your will book your Assessment day. This will involve taking your externally set multiple choice theory papers.

For the practical courses you will also complete your practical assessment delivering a planned exercise session to a client (a suitable person that you must bring with you on the day). You will be told on the day if you have passed your practical assessment. Your theory results will follow – usually one/two weeks later.

Your Certificate should arrive within six weeks and you are ready to start your new career.




Working as a Personal Trainer is a fabulous opportunity to use your skills and motivation to help a wide range of clients to reach and in most cases exceed their goals. In today’s society it is well documented that we all need to live healthy and more active lifestyles but with the ever increasing pressure of life most of us struggle to get there. As a Level 3 Personal Trainer you will be prepared with all the skills and abilities needed to fully support clients with lifestyle changes, nutritional strategies and most importantly be able to inspire individuals to work hard and be the very best that they can be.

A career as a Personal Trainer is hugely rewarding and to be in a position where you can impact positively in someone’s life is a great privilege. Working in the health and fitness industry is a varied, exciting, and at times challenging career move that comes with great job satisfaction. The industry has a wide range of opportunities and roles available to build a successful career. Once qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer you will be able to seek employment with any of the health and fitness clubs nationally and across the globe. Most Personal Trainers once established go onto to build successful businesses training clients at home, in their work place, local parks and even sports specific development programs.

The Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course from YMCA Awards is the Industry’s leading most recognised Personal Trainer qualification available. The course is designed to meet the very highest standards required to work in one of the UK’s leading Health and Fitness Centres. You can be confident that you are studying the very best qualification available at the most affordable price.

The Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course is considered the best point of entry into the Industry as a Personal Trainer, qualifying learners to be able to work in a gym and start up their own independent Personal Training Company.

This Blended course will provide you with all the necessary up-to-date skills needed to become a successful Personal Trainer from the leading Awarding Body. The qualification is recognised worldwide and will enable you to work as a Personal Trainer with any leading fitness provider. One of the Training Team will be in touch with you once you have enrolled and introduce you to your course Tutor who will be there to support you through your studies.

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The Course has been designed using the Awarding Body’s Online Learning Portal to support you in your studies anywhere and at any time. So you can be confident that you are using the best media rich and interactive Online Learning delivery system.

You will be supported by one of our Online Tutors via email and over the phone. You will also be required to attend face to face practical training days at one of our training and assessment centres nationally where you will work with our Training Team to cover all the practical hands on skills needed to give you the edge in the Industry and support you to successfully pass your assessment. Once you are ready for your assessment you can book onto an Assessment day to complete the course. Your Tutor will support you through this process. Contact us or call now! 01223 909 019


Q: What type of course is the Personal Trainer Blended course?
A: This is part time home study course, where you will complete most of your studies from home/work in your own time. There are several separate dates you need to attend face to face with an instructor. These dates are advertised on the course content page.

Q: Who are the qualifications accredited with?
A: All qualifications are accredited by YMCA AWARDS and Registered on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s).

Q: Can I work abroad with your qualifications?
A: YMCA Awards has worldwide recognition in most major Leisure Facilities.

Q: Is there any entry requirements?
A: Yes, before you start studying any of the Personal Trainer Units you will need to have completed the Level 2 Gym Instructor Course, We also recommend that you have a keen and active interest in the Sports/Fitness Industry and a good level of Fitness to participate in physical activity required to pass your practical training.

Q:How long will it take me to complete the course?
A: On average it takes learners 3 – 6 months to complete the course, however this is dependent on how much time you dedicate to the course and which dates you chose to attend.

Q: How do I enrol onto the course?
A: To enrol onto our Gym Instructor Online course, you just need to head to the ‘Get Gym Qualified‘ page or straight to the Get PT Qualified page, then complete the booking form and payment pages.

Q: What are my options with regards to payment?
A: Once you have completed the booking form for the course online and agreed to the terms and conditions you will then be taken to our secure payment page where any credit/debit/electron and master cards can be used for making payment.

Q: Can I pay over the telephone or online?
A: To ensure your security there is no telephone payment facility all payments must be made on line using the secure online payment facility, which at the moment is PayPal and Sage Pay.

Q: How much is the course?
A: Gym £399.00/ PT Total £970 but this is broken into 3 Unit payments making it more affordable.

Q: What is included within the course cost?
A: The course fee includes; enrolment onto the course through the Awarding body, online unit access to the Awarding Bodies interactive learning portal for 215 days per unit, online tutor support, training day, assessment day including all assessments and full certification.

Q: Are there any additional fees?
A: The only additional fee is if you refer on any of the assessments, cancel/don’t turn up to any training or assessment day without giving notice. You can also purchase additional resources e.g. manuals.

Q: When will I gain access to the course content?
A: Once enrolled onto the course it can take 2-5 working days to receive your login details to access the online portal, where you will study both course units.

Q: Will there be both theory and practical in the course?
A: Yes each course will have both a theory and practical element.

Q: Is there any assessments?
A: Yes, several worksheets, two theory exams and one practical assessment.

Q: What can I expect from the instructors on the course?
A: Up to date current Industry expertise from real Trainers with successful back grounds in the Fitness Industry.

Q: How much support from the GIO team do I get?
A: GIO is open for all enquiries Monday to Friday 9:30 – 17:00, you will also have an online tutor to support you throughout the duration of time you are on course and they will have set tuition times where you can contact them for help.

Q: How long do I have to complete the course?
A: You must attend your training and assessment within the 215 days of access to the online portal.

Q: What are the minimum system requirements for the resources on the Gym Instructor Online course?
A: To gain access to the online YMCA Awards portal, learners will need a PC running Windows XP or later, or Mac OSX with at least 512MB RAM or anything from the past three years should be fine. You will need your screen/monitor resolution set to 1024×768 or greater.

You will also need the latest Adobe Flash player/plug-in. Beware that you may need “administration rights” to install or enable this, especially if this is a public, shared or work PC. http://www.adobe.com/ap/products/flashplayer/

Some learners with apple mobile devices may wish to try download an App called “Photon”, a flash enabled ‘browser’ which may enable them access to the online portal as well.

Q: Which browsers does the online YMCA Awards portal support?
A: Internet Explorer version 7 or later. People have had success using Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox but we can only guarantee the experience with Internet Explorer.

Q: How do I book my training and assessment day?
A: When enrolling onto the course you will be able to see what training and assessment days are available, you should then pick which dates you would like to attend and on completion of enrolment let your online tutor know. They will then book your place and send you an email confirmation.

Q: When do the training and assessment days run?
A: Weekends.

Q:What time does the training and assessment days start and end?
A: 10am until 5pm, *times subject to change.

Q: How do I get to the venue?
A: It is down to the candidate to plan routes and accommodation if required. All venues have good Public Transport access; addresses are available on the ‘Venue’ page.

Q: Do you offer accommodation?
A: No

Q: Is travel included in the price?
A: No

Q: What do I need to bring on the training day?
A: You will need to bring comfortable gym clothing, refreshments, pens, paper and both learner assessment records YMCA Awards (LARs).

Q: What do we do on the training day?
A: During the training day you will go through all the course assessed elements for both units. The training day will mainly be focused on the practical unit, and you will work with other learners like yourself within a gym environment. You will be asked to demonstrate and instruct other learners onto the equipment and to take them through small workouts. The trainer will continually assess you on the day and provide feedback on your performance.

Q: What do I need to bring with me on the assessment day?
A: On the assessment day you will need to bring a client to use for your practical assessment, your practical learner assessment record, pen, paper, photo ID and refreshments.

Q: What does the assessment day entail?
A: During the assessment day you will either sit a 1 hour theory exam, and/or your practical assessment which will last 1hr 15.

Q: What should I do if I am unable to attend my training or assessment day?
A: Please let your online tutor know immediately via email. You must give at least 7 days’ notice of cancellation to avoid any charges. You may change your planned days subject to availability and notice period.

Q: Are both theory exams multiple choices?
A: Yes

Q: How long do I get to sit both exams?
A: 1 hour per exam

Q: When do I find out if I have passed or referred?
A: For both theory exam results, these can take 3 weeks to arrive so you will get a call once they have been received. For your practical assessment a result will be given on the day.

Q: What happens when I pass?
A: You will be told by your tutor and will receive certification from the awarding body. This may take several weeks.

Q: What happens if I fail?
A: You will be given support and guidance by your assessor and offered the opportunity for a re assessment.

Q: If I pass one unit of the course and not the other is there a time scale in which I need to complete the other unit?
A: As soon as possible while it still remains fresh in your mind. Qualifications should be completed within the 215 days.

Q: When do I receive my certificate?
A: It can take 3 – 6 weeks to receive your certificate in the post.

Q: What can I do with my qualification?
A: On completion of the course you can apply to work within any gym, start your own business as a Personal Trainer or progress onto a level four course.

Q: Do you offer support with gaining jobs within the fitness industry?
A: Yes, please contact a member of the team.

Q: Do the qualifications expire?
A: No – however candidates will need to do yearly CPD throughout their careers to remain registered on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s).