Online Level 3 Certificate In Planning and Delivering Personal Training

Course Description

Our Level 3 Certificate in Planning and Delivery Personal Training replaces the original Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

This course is recognised by CIMSPA and provides a stepping stone for already qualified Level 2 Fitness Professionals to advance their career working as a Personal Trainer anywhere in the world.

The course is comprised of a range of units that all offer both practical and theory-based learning opportunities. The demand and level of knowledge required increases from the Level 2 course, and you will need to complete detailed training plans for your client to achieve their fitness goals.

On completion, you will be able to access the CIMSPA Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 3 and work in the active leisure industry as a fully qualified PT. You can choose to work in a gym or operate as a self-employed trainer running your own Personal Trainer business, gradually building a lucrative client base.

Please see the ‘How it Works’ section below for full details on course structure and completion.

On completion of this course you will:

be a fully qualified and professionally recognised Personal Trainer

be able to access the CIMSPA Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 3

have the skills and knowledge to support others in achieving their fitness goals

train others using advanced training systems in a range of environments

What will you study?

During this course you will study the following units –

  • Anatomy physiology and kinesiology for exercise and health (K/617/8594)
  • Applying nutritional principles to personal training (M/617/8595)
  • Planning exercise Programme design for Personal Training Clients (T/617/8596)
  • Delivering exercise programmes for Personal Training sessions
  • Business acumen and the use of information technology for a personal trainer (F/617/8598)
  • Principles of health and wellbeing for exercise, fitness and health
  • Know how to support clients lifestyle management and enhance client motivation for exercise and physical activity (R/617/8590)

Entry Requirements

In order to gain entry to this course students must have already completed the Level 2 Fitness Instructor course or equivalent . The course also requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary. There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved.

How You’re Assessed

You’ll be assessed by a learner achievement portfolio including:

  • worksheets/assignments
  • delivery of an exercise session with a client
  • self-evaluation of performance
  • creation of your own brand and client templates
  • a practical exam

How It Works

It starts with your welcome email and a request to choose a convenient time for your initial appointment…

Initial Appointment with your Tutor – Once you have purchased the course your allocated tutor will be in touch to arrange an initial consultation where they will discuss the course requirements and resources and answer any questions that you have.

Access to Study Materials – Learners will then have access to an interactive Elearning platform that contains all the required learning in a range of formats including videos, interactive tasks and guided reading.

You will also receive a 200 page digital course manual to support your study plus access to online lectures and webinars delivered to offer additional support in areas such as getting started on your course to successfully completing your practical assessment.

Final Assessment – The practical assessment that concludes the course can be completed in learners’ own fitness environment with a client of their choice. The session is then recorded and submitted to learners tutor for assessment. Alternatively, learners can attend a live practical assessment day subject to availability and location.

Completing Your Course –  As online learning is self-paced, students can take as little or as long as they wish to complete the programme. Future Step Education does not place any deadline on course completion.  All online PT  learners are supported by a personal tutor from start to finish who are themselves CIMSPA registered, expert fitness professionals, available to reach by phone, Zoom or email whenever needed.

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Course Cost


  • 10% discount applied for payment made via the website.
  • 0% payment plans available with no credit checks. Please contact us for more details.
  • Price is all inclusive and there are no additional costs required to complete your qualification or obtain your certificates.

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