Course Overview

Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Course code: QCF301

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Kick-start your career as a personal trainer, from home!

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.

Open Study College is recognised by REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) as an endorsed provider of RQF qualifications.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in personal training, this Active IQ Level 3 Certificate course is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in personal training
  • Want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those that want to become a REP’s recognised personal fitness trainer
  • Those that want to progress in their current career

This Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course enables you to:

  • 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 1 day practical assessment/exams at a gym in Birmingham
  • Gain 20 CPD points for REPs membership
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Course Content

Course Content

QCF Number: 500/8820/8
Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Heart and circulatory system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Musculoskeletal system and its relation to exercise
  • Postural and core stability
  • Nervous system and its relation to exercise
  • Endocrine system and its relation to exercise and health
  • Energy systems and their relation to exercise
Unit 2: Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Key guidelines in relation to nutrition
  • Nationally recommended practice in relation to providing nutritional advice
  • Relationship between nutrition and physical activity
  • Collect information relating to nutrition
  • How to use nutritional information
  • Principles of nutritional goal setting with clients
  • Collect and analyse nutritional information
  • Apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
Unit 3: Programming personal training with clients
  • How to prepare personal training programmes
  • Importance of long term behaviour change for personal training
  • Principles of collecting information to plan a personal training programme
  • How to screen clients prior to a personal training programme
  • How to identify personal training goals with clients
  • How to plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Adapt a personal training programme with clients
  • Collect information about clients
  • Able to agree goals with clients
  • Plan a personal training programme with clients
  • Manage a personal training programme
  • Review progress with clients
  • Adapt a personal training programme with clients
Unit 4: Delivering personal training sessions
  • How to instruct exercise during personal training sessions
  • How to adapt exercise to meet client needs during personal training sessions
  • How to review personal training sessions with clients
  • Plan and prepare personal training sessions
  • Prepare clients for personal training sessions
  • Instruct and adapt planned exercises
  • Bring exercise sessions to an end
  • Reflect on providing personal training sessions
Other Information


This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including 2 multiple-choice examinations, a practical assessment at a gym, coursework and a portfolio. 

Assessment Day

Once you have passed your assessments, you may book your exam/practical assessment. Simply call us whenever you're ready and we'll provide you with the details for arranging this. The exam/practical sessions are run on a student demand basis, with 8 students taking the exam/practical sessions at a time. 

Your examination and practical assessment will take place on the same day at a gym in Birmingham.

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 245 hours to complete. Once enrolled, you will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. You will receive access to an online learning platform including a variety of visual, audio and text-based presentations. Your personal tutor will be there to support you by email, so help is only a click away!

eLearning System Requirements

You will need Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. You will also need to ensure your computer is able to play sound as some of the videos include audio.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an ActiveIQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. This means that you will achieve a Level 3 qualification on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In addition, you will gain 20 CPD points for REPs membership. 

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 the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). REPs is an independent public register which provides regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet National Occupational Standards agreed by the health and fitness industry. This will enable you to obtain public liability insurance to practise as a Personal Trainer.

Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability, and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Open Study College is endorsed by PD: Approval and our qualifications are recognised by REPs.


Your Questions Answered

What are the requirements needed to enrol onto this course?

To enrol on this Level 3 qualification, you must have passed a Level 2 QCF registered gym fitness instruction course. We have one available here.

Students must be 16 or over to enrol on this course and a degree of physical fitness is necessary to complete the practical assessments. It is also recommended that you have some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights, and basic level communication skills.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

How do I arrange to attend my assessment day?

Once you have passed your Learner Achievement Portfolio, you may book to confirm your attendance. Simply email your tutor who will advise you on assessment dates. Alternatively call us whenever you're ready and we'll provide you with the details for arranging this. The practical sessions are run on a student demand basis, with 8 students taking the practical sessions at a time.

What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Online learning platform
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.


Strongly recommend this college

At the moment I can only write about Gym Level 2 as I have not started level 3 yet. I am very happy with it, but somehow I need to find the way to spend more time to study. I wanted to study this subject, because I have been very interested in sport.

I did horse riding before for 8 years. 2 years ago I changed my job and since then I have been working in a restaurant, what is inside of a leisure centre. I met a women here from my country and she works here as a personal trainer. I have been training with her for 2 years and I just love it. We also started to do studio work such as step and dance aerobic, so we do a few days in the studio and a few days in the gym every week.

I can strongly recommend this college to all my friend!

- Bettina Saqi

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
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Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

Open Study College, 6140 Knights Court, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7WY is a licensed credit broker, authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (licence number 724179 with FCA).