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Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

CIMSPA recognised Active IQ qualification

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Do you want to start your journey to becoming a personal trainer? Then this Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training course could be perfect for you.

  • Become fully qualified to work in a gym, fitness centre, run your own fitness classes, or even start your own business!
  • Develop the knowledge to train your own clients and give nutritional advice.
  • Attend a 2-day practical assessment/exams at a gym in Birmingham.
  • Gain a CIMSPA recognised qualification.
This course is only available to study online.

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Course overview

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in personal training, this Active IQ Level 3 Diploma is ideal for students who want to progress their current career, achieve a nationally recognised CIMSPA qualification in personal training, and go on to further vocational training and placement opportunities.

If you’re looking to help people go through potentially life-changing transformations using your support and guidance, then this course could be the one for you.

During the course, you will explore the nutrients needed to maintain health, the risks of poor nutritional and lifestyle practices, designing safe and effective personal training programmes and session plans, and much more.

Through distance learning, you can study this course from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to study around other life commitments.

Enrol today and start your journey to becoming a personal trainer!

What next?

Upon successful completion of this course, you could enrol on another one of our fitness and sports courses and enhance your skills and knowledge even further. You will be one step closer to being a fitness instructor, but here are a few job roles that use the knowledge learnt during the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training:

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness specialist
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Online personal trainer
  • Fitness education and training provider

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 430 hours.

Course Outcome

Students will receive the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. You can become a qualified personal trainer.

Entry Requirements

Must have passed a Level 2 QCF registered gym fitness instruction course and have some degree of physical fitness.


Multiple choice exam, practical and video assessments and coursework.

Course content

Qualification code: 603/0895/3

Extra info

Course duration

This course involves approximately 430 hours of study time and you will have up to 1 year to complete your course. You can complete it in as little time as you need.

The only time limit would be your assessment day, as you will have needed to complete your theory before you are able to book on to this.



This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including a multiple-choice examination, practical assessment, video assessment, and coursework.

Once you have passed all theory units and assessments, you will be able to book on for your practical assessment. The practical sessions are run throughout the year and will take place at a venue in Birmingham. You must make sure you are able to travel to Birmingham in order to attend your practical assessment. Available dates will be subject to a waiting list.

On your assessment day, you will be assessed on:

  • Programme delivery
  • Group induction

Multiple-choice Examinations
Your multiple choice exam will be completed online at home the day before you attend your practical assessment, therefore access to a PC will be required.

Paper 1

Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise, Health, and Fitness Level 3 F/615/4012

There are 40 questions within this paper. To achieve a Pass you will need to score 28 out of 40 marks.

Paper 2

The Principles of Nutrition and their Application to Exercise and Health Level 3 J/615/4013

There are 40 questions within this paper. To achieve a Pass you will need to score 28 out of 40 marks.

Study method

You will study this course online, which will enable you to learn when and where you want, as long as you have access to an internet connection you are able to study.

You will receive access to an online learning platform including a variety of visual, audio, and text-based presentations. You will also have a personal tutor to support you through your course, so help is only a click away!

Course outcome

Once you have passed your theory and practical elements to your course, you will receive your Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training qualification. This is fully recognised by CIMSPA.

This qualification enables you to become a fully qualified Personal Trainer.

Awarding body

Active IQ are one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector and are recognised and regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA. They design qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways for the active leisure sector.
Your qualification is accredited by Active IQ, one of the UK’s leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies in the health, fitness and active leisure sector. This qualification will provide level 3 entry onto CIMSPA.

CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) are a professional development organisation from the United Kingdom. They work to enhance professional standards and skills in the industry by providing training, education, and qualifications to individuals working in various roles within the sector.

As a chartered institute, CIMSPA is recognised for its role in setting professional standards and supporting the career development in sport and physical activity. It strives to ensure that practitioners in the sector have the necessary knowledge, skills, and qualifications to provide high-quality services to the public.


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