Level 3 Active IQ Certificate in Personal Training (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is suitable for those who have already gained a level 2 qualification in gym instructing and are wishing to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a Personal Trainer.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in September and will take one year to complete. You will attend College on a Monday evening, from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

There is also a requirement to attend two Saturday's during the course for assessment purposes.

This course will take place at our Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

You will be taught by industry professionals and based in the College's fully-equipped sports studio and gym. The course will provide you with both the practical, hands-on expertise and theoretical knowledge needed to launch your career in Personal Training.

The course covers:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Health appraisal and lifestyle and fitness assessment
  • How to provide nutritional advice for personal training clients
  • Exercise prescription and programme design including how to conduct personal training sessions using advanced training techniques

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of multi choice exams, client case study work and observation of conducting a personal training session with a client.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You must have previously completed the level 2 Certificate Gym/Fitness Instructor or an equivalent qualification. Experience of working in a fitness environment is desirable but not essential.

What are the course fees?

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility is not dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments do not start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon completion of this course, there is the possibility to progress on to the FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness at University Centre St Helens, although this is dependent on other academic qualifications and/or experience. You could also go on to complete a level 3 qualification in Sports Massage or seek out employment as a Personal Trainer.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Chris O'Keefe