DPT-104-Course Assessments

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Below you will find an overview of the course assessments. Naturally, they ALL must be passed before you will be a certified Personal Trainer.

Each one of these online lessons has a checkpoint assessment to enable us to see if you have understood the content as you have found it.

Formal Assessments

Multiple Choice Theory

There are 40 questions on Anatomy & Physiology and Principles of Exercise in Fitness and Health. These will be at the end of that particular module.

There is an 80% pass Mark for each of these assessments.

Completed Workbook / Portfolio

In the next lesson, we will break down what exactly the workbook is, where you get it from and how best to complete it. This must be fully completed BEFORE you arrive on the live weekend workshop (day number 4) as that is when you will hand it to your assessor. There is of course an option to hand it in prior to that weekend if you have completed an electronic version (Recommended).

Practical Assessment

On Day number 4 (Typically the final day of weekend 2 but subject to change) you will showcase your knowledge via a practical application with a live subject (Client). Based upon the case study you have chosen for your workbook, you will execute a personal training session in front of an assessor to be marked upon competence.

You will go through all of this with your tutor beforehand but here is a quick idea of what to expect.

Below is an example, EXAMPLE, Level 2 Gym Instructor assessment.

Credit: Discovery Learning

Below is an example, EXAMPLE, Level 3 Personal Trainer assessment.

Credit: Discovery Learning

What are the Assessors looking for?

When delivering the exercise session here are some practical guidelines that you can follow for your assessment: 

  • Establish a rapport by welcoming the client appropriately
  • Outline the purpose and structure of the session including health and safety considerations


Select appropriate exercises to achieve the purpose of the warm up to include: 

  • Mobility (can be combined with CV machine pulse rising, if appropriate)
  • Pulse raising (use of CV machine)
  • Stretches (all muscles to be worked)
  • Demonstrate correct use of equipment
  • Identify any alternatives that are appropriate for the skill and fitness level of the client


Select appropriate activities to achieve cardiovascular training benefits to include:

  • Appropriateness to participants needs
  • Uses a different machine to the warm up
  • Structure the session progressively and safely to include, rewarm, peak and cool down. 
  • Sessions plans and explanations to participant must include information on timing, intensity, type of machine)
  • Methods of monitoring heart rate intensity to ensure intensity is appropriate to the component and the client (talk test, Heart Rate Monitor, Rate of Perceived Exertion)
  • Monitor the participant’s performance throughout the session to include: 
    • Observation to identify errors and correct performance
    • Change teaching positions
    • Give accurate teaching points (to improve technique and help achieve objectives)
    • Motivate and encourage


  • Select appropriate exercises that reflect: 
  • Skill and fitness level of the participant
  • A balanced approach
  • Identify alternative and progressions for the equipment used
  • Demonstrate safe and effective lifting and passing techniques appropriate to each exercise 
  • Give clear explanations and emphasise key in instruction points
  • Use supportive behavior throughout the exercise session by: 
    • Encouragement
    • Praise
    • Empathy
    • Non-judgmental
  • Show accurate technique in demonstrating exercises to include: 
    • Good posture
    • Correct alignment
    • Strong clear movement quality
  • Project your voice and use appropriate tone and pitch to deliver instructions 
  • Manage the exercise session effectively 


  • Allow sufficient time to cool down appropriate to the fitness levels and skill levels
  • CV machine should be different to the machine used in the warm up and the main component
  • Explain the purpose of the cool down
  • Include a pulse lowering CV machine (if leading on from free weights, then the aim of this element may be to re-warm before stretching)
  • Stretching (developmental and maintenance)
  • Check that the equipment and environment is left in good working order
  • Obtain feedback from you client on their performance and give them feedback on how they performed. 24. Gain feedback from your client on your performance.
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