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Course Overview

Diploma in Fitness Instruction & Personal Training

Qualification Overview

The Universal Training Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training (RQF) is a competency based qualification that will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to enable them to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective fitness instruction and personal training sessions.

The Universal Training Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training (RQF) is at level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. It also provides access onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3.

Qualification Structure

In order to achieve this qualification, learners must complete the following 9 mandatory units. If the learner wishes to then they can also complete the additional optional unit.

  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Promote health, safety and welfare in active leisure and recreation
  • Reflect on and develop own practice in providing exercise and physical activity
  • Design, manage and adapt a personal training programme with clients
  • Motivate clients to maintain long term adherence to exercise and physical activity
  • Deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a personal training programme
  • Evaluate exercise and physical activity programmes
  • Apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme

Additional Unit

  • Plan, market and sell services

Qualification Type

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in in Personal Training (RQF) is a work based qualification accredited on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF).

The RQF framework gives learners the opportunity to get the qualifications they need, in a way that suits them. RQFqualifications are designed with the help of employers so learners can be assured that they’re gaining skills that employers are looking for.

The RQF:

  • Recognises smaller steps of learning and enables learners to build up qualifications bit by bit
  • Helps learners achieve skills and qualifications that meet industry needs
  • Enables work-based training to be nationally recognised.

Learner Entry Requirements

  • Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended
  • The qualification 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 and learners should have basic skills in communication at level 2

Employment Opportunities

On achievement of the Universal Training Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training (RQF) learners could move into becoming a specialist exercise instructor or a club/centre manager.

Qualification Progression Routes

Learners wishing to progress from this qualification can undertake the following qualifications or any qualification at level 3 within the sector:

  • Level 4 NVQ in Sport and Active Leisure
  • Level 3 Diploma in Leisure Management
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness
  • Multiple ADD-ONS such as:
    • Kettlebell Award
    • Mixed Martial Arts for Fitness Award
    • Suspension Training Award
    • Group Cycling Award
    • Olympic Weightlifting Award


The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) have provided a letter of recognition for the qualification indicating that the qualification is fit for purpose in terms of work based learning and progression within the health and fitness sector and is deemed a specialist category on their professional register.


All resources will be made available upon course purchase. These include:

  • A full online guide, a companion of sorts.
  • Downloadable Manuals for Level 2 and Level 3 components
  • Online workbooks
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Online Videos for each module/unit
  • A full (Exclusive to Universal Training Students) additional online resource area
    • In depth Anatomy & Physiology Videos
    • In Depth Flexibility Manual
    • Revision Notes
    • Mock Assessments
    • Public domain tutorials for revising
    • Research papers
    • Example workout plans


As you’ve noticed, there are a whole bunch of online lessons for you to complete BEFORE you get to the live workshop and assessment days.

This is a self paced course so you can learn around your current commitments and lifestyle. Please however, do the work. Please don’t attempt to book a live workshop without completing all lessons on this system beforehand. There is vital information about how to progress through the course and not miss anything that you’ll need on the live days. We hope to maximise practice time on the live days rather than talk through the theory that you learn at home.

There are in-depth lessons and text on the following subjects and corresponding units:

Unit TitleUnit Ref
Anatomy and physiology for exercise and healthA/600/9051
Applying the principles of
nutrition to a physical activity programme
Programming Personal Training with ClientsF/600/9052
Delivering Personal Training sessionsJ/600/9053 
Principles of exercise, fitness and healthA/600/9017
Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activityM/600/9015
Anatomy and physiology for exerciseH/600/9013
Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environmentT/600/9016
Planning gym based exerciseF/600/9018
Instructing Gym based ExerciseA/600/9020

(Live Days)


Stuff to do before attending (yep, we use lay terms and say it how it is).  

  • Completion of ALL preceding online material
  • Review of Manuals
  • Completion of Theory Worksheets

Time Table of the live workshop and Assessment Day(s) can be downloaded by clicking the relevant weekends below:

WEEKEND 1 – Level 2 Gym Instructor Theory Workshop Practice Assessments

WEEKEND 2 – Level 3 Personal Trainer Workshop & Assessments

Once you complete these weekends, your assessor (at the end of day 4) will mark your portfolio/workbook and submit it back to head office for verification.

These timetables are a guide and depending on venues, some of the timings may change

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