Extended Diploma in Personal Training (inc. Gym)

Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma

This is an industry recognised qualification that qualifies you as both a gym instructor and personal trainer. It is recognised by CIMSPA. If you want to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer working freelance or in health clubs, then this extended diploma is for you.

A career as a gym instructor is both fun and rewarding. You will be working with clients helping them to meet their health and fitness goals, as well as supervising the gym environment and giving professional information, advice and support to your customers.

Personal training is an exciting, challenging and responsible career. You will need to be flexible, possess in-depth knowledge and have excellent communication skills. This course enables you to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming all specific to the individual needs of your clients.

Please note:


In line with current Government advice, we have resumed face-to-face training in a covid-secure way with small groups.

The next spaces available to book to attend the Gym Instructor course followed by the Personal Trainer course will be in February and March 2021. Students will be able to frontload their studies with all the theory aspects of the course in advance of attending, as follows:

Study level 2 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology and Fitness through eLearning and hard-copy manuals. Then move onto the level 3 Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition theory. In preparation for the exams, all our Theory Revision Days have moved online in a series of online workshops. You will be able to try out the online exam platform with mock exams and then take all three multiple-choice live exams for both level 2 and 3 from home (free resits allowed).

Complete three worksheets and assignments covering the level 2 professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors, health & safety in the fitness environment and conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change. You can submit these by email for marking prior to attending course dates.

In readiness for the practical training courses, you will be given access to online Study Support Areas with additional resources and tasks to complete ahead of the face-to-face training. This will enable us to minimise the face-to-face contact time on-course, allowing more flexibility to work in a socially-distant way.

This package includes x3 profusion courses which can be started following attending the level 2 Gym Instructor Course. In response to Covid-19 these are being changed to an online format. The eLearning courses available for this package in 2021 will be:

  • Rope Training
  • Sandbag Training
  • High Intensity Interval Training
  • Kettlebell Training
  • Combat Fitness
  • Circuit Design and Delivery

We continue to work closely with Maidstone Leisure Centre, awarding body and Department of Education over best way to deliver the face-to-face training in a Covid-secure manner which we will share with you in advance of attending.

Quick Overview

The personal trainer extended diploma is the same as doing the gym instructor and then the personal trainer qualifications separately but this extended diploma also includes an additional unit in ‘Nutrition for sport and exercise performance’.

Divided into theory units and practical units (see full details below)
Maximum of six months to achieve the qualification- but you can complete much quicker than this as this is a blended learning course with many of the units studied for independently.

‘Tutors provide learners with very clear guidance on the skills and knowledge they need. This helps learners make rapid progress in developing the essential
instruction techniques needed to be an effective personal trainer or fitness instructor.’

Ofsted Inspection Report, 2019

Course Content

  • Anatomy and physiology, functional kinesiology and concepts and components of fitness.
  • Nutrition for exercise, health and fitness.
  • Lifestyle and medical factors that affect well-being.
  • Analysis of client information using the most accepted techniques.
  • Assessment of a client’s current health and fitness status.
  • Planning and conducting of exercise and physical activity sessions, both one-to-one and with groups, within a range of environments and using multiple resources.
  • Client consultations using the most accepted methods and providing strategies for successful behaviour change.
  • Communication skills to effectively build successful relationships with their clients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Legal and professional requirements for personal training.
  • How to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if they wish to.
  • How to manage, evaluate and improve their own performance.
  • Nutrition for sport and exercise performance.

Course Details

  • Active IQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training
  • Entry requirements: Over 16

Unit Topic Method Assessment
1 Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Multiple choice exam
2 Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Worksheet and assignment
3 Health and safety in the fitness environment Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Worksheet and assignment
4 Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning
Face-to-face training 6 days attendance
Worksheet, assignment and on-course observation
5 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise Face-to-face training 6 days attendance Session plan on course, on-course observations and self evaluation
6 Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Multiple choice exam
7 The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Multiple choice exam
8 Understanding lifestyle, health, well-being and common medical conditions Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Assignment
9 Delivering client consultations and health and fitness assessments Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Assignment and video submission of consultation session
10 Personal training for individuals and groups in a range of environments Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning
Face-to-face training 4 days attendance
Case study, session plan on course, worksheet, on-course observations and self evaluation
11 Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Assignment
10 Nutrition for sport and exercise performance Independent learning manuals, Active IQ eLearning Worksheet
You will need to select a gym instructor course and a personal trainer course for this diploma. You will be contacted about the PT choice of dates in order to complete the booking process. You will have 6 months to complete the Diploma so choose the gym and PT courses within this timescale.

Gym Instructor Course Dates

Feb 2021

Gym Instructor, Maidstone Leisure Centre – 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 February 2021

Apr 2021

Gym Instructor, Maidstone Leisure Centre – 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 April 2021

Personal Trainer Course Dates

Mar 2021

Personal Trainer, Maidstone Leisure Centre – 16, 17, 18, 19 March 2021

May 2021

Personal Trainer, Maidstone Leisure Centre – 11, 12, 13, 14, May 2021
Already have your Gym Instructor qualification? Check out our PT Career Package for qualified Gym Instructors especially for you- also available on the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan

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£2500 Full Cost Book Now
£250 Deposit – Easy Payment Plan With x6 monthly payments of £425 Book Now
£1350 First Payment – 50:50 Payment Plan With two payments of £1350. Second payment due at least 7 days before the course start date Book Now
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£0 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (for qualified gym instructors) Offer letter forwarded to you so you can apply for a loan of £1950 Book Now

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