ONLINE Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training with Stage of Change Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing Workshop (Payment Plan)

£200.00 / month and a £150.00 sign-up fee

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Home Study


Candidates will receive a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training manual when booking and be asked to read through specific sections and utilise e-learning below to help with revision.


E-learning is included in the cost of the course. It is designed to offer a different learning style from the manual as some of our learners prefer visual and interactive learning as they struggle to study from the book alone. Within the e-learning resource it will cover:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness
  • The principles of nutrition and application to exercise and health
  • Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

Active IQ has advised that candidates would require a laptop or computer to access your e-Learning account as an iPad or mobile phone would not have the full capability to perform all the functions within the e-Learning.

Course work required before the course commences

There are worksheets and a food diary that are required to be completed before the course starts. Candidates will receive guidance on this when booking.

Online Delivery

Candidates will study some of the course through home study as well as six days of face to face delivery through an online platform ZOOM, a basic guide of the online delivery content is below:

Muscle fibre and neuron anatomy

4 stages of a muscle contraction.

Sliding filament theory

Nutrition for exercise

Fuel for an aerobic CV session

Creating a positive environnent/ effective communication technique/ Informed consent

Client consultation/ techniques and practice

Behaviours and habits/SMART goals

Breaking down barriers to exercise

Behaviour/lifestyle change

Client Consultation

Client consultation practical

Physiological Measurements

Lecture/Practical Videos

Medical Condition Lecture

Class discussion/presentation following breakout room

Nutrition recommendations

Alternative environments/ Special Populations Lecture

Nutrition Mock Paper

CV & RM Methods Lecture with demonstration videos

Core Stability &

Stretching Demonstration/Video/


Legal/Professional requirements of a PT H & S/ Management of personal info Business plan: SWOT analysis and CPD lecture

Programming/ Periodisation lecture

Risk stratification lecture

Complete Training Techniques Activity for Practical Assessment

Plan for Summative Practical Assessment

Client consultation practical

Marketing for a business lecture

A & P Mock Paper Review (30 mins)

IT for a business lecture

Business planning lectures:

*Homework is set after each da

Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing Workshop

The workshop is split into four modules delivered over consecutive weeks.

Module One lasts approximately three hours and the remaining models approximately two hours long.


MI Workshop

The motivational interviewing (MI) workshop will teach you how to enhance your client engagement. This will improve your business by increasing your ability to attract and convert prospective clients from initial first contact. It will also enhance client retention as you will be able to monitor your clients progress (from a psychological perspective) and most importantly understand what actions to take if a client is starting to relapse and will possibly leave your programme. The average client is most probably worth several thousands of pounds per year to a trainer, can you afford to lose this much?

You will also be able to assist clients with other lifestyle behavioural changes such as those required for exercise adherence, smoking cessation.  This important counselling skill (MI) has been incorporated into the behaviour change workshop to enable trainers to guide clients who are ambivalent about lifestyle change (sitting on the fence) and help them take the next step.


  • Throughout the course candidates will be set Coursework/Projects, worksheets etc and will be marked by their course tutor.
  • Multiple Choice Theory Examination – At the moment these are completed online. Once the leisure facilities are back open, they will be completed on the same day as the candidate’s practical assessment.
  • Practical Assessment – Summative Practical Assessment must be conducted by observation. However due to current COVID restrictions these can be completed through video submission as Adapted Assessment following Active IQ Digital Recording Guidelines.Video submissions of the learners planned session must follow NHS Public Health & Government Guidelines and may use members of their household as clients to participate in the summative practical session.Learners can utilise the equipment & environment available to them whilst enduring the safety of both themselves and their clients.The video submission of the demonstration of training systems with a client as prescribe in the LAP can be submitted as one continuous recording or each training system recorded separately.We deliver from Leisure facilities in the following areas:
    • Inverness
    • Aberdeen
    • Dundee
    • Perth
    • Livingston
    • Cumbernauld

Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Assessment is on-going throughout the workshop with weekly video submissions for each assessment. Each video will be approximately five minutes long.

Course Dates

L3 Diploma in Personal Training

Course Code PT0192X (ONLINE)
3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th April 2021
Assessment Date: 15th, 16th May 2021

Course Code PT0193X (ONLINE)
Course Dates: 1st, 2nd 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th May 2021
Assessment Dates: 12th and 13th June 2021 at Perth.

Course Code PT0194X (ONLINE)
Course Dates: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th June 2021
Assessment Dates: 17th and 18th July 2021 at Aberdeen.

Course Code PT0196X (Cumbernauld)
Course Dates: 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd August 2021
Assessment Dates: 18th and  19th September 2021 at Cumbernuald.

Course Code PT0197X (Livingston)
Course Dates: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th September 2021
Assessment Dates: 16th and 17th October 2021 at Livingston.

Course Code PT0198X (Cumbernauld)
Course Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th October 2021
Assessment Dates: 13th and 14th November 2021 at Cumbernauld.

Course Code PT0200X (Inverness)
Course Dates:  4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th December 2021
Assessment Date: 15th and 16th January 2022 at Inverness

Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Course Code: MI001 (ONLINE)
Course Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March 2021
Assessment Date: Video Submission

Course Code: MI002 (ONLINE)
Course Dates: 18th, 25th April, 2nd, 9th May 2021
Assessment Date: Video Submission

Course Code: MI003 (ONLINE)
Course Dates: 30th May, 6th, 13th, 20th June 2021
Assessment Date: Video Submission



Entry Requirement

Candidates must hold a suitable level 2 qualification in gym instructing.

The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) and maths involved, so learners should have basic skills in communication and maths pitched at level 2 (as a minimum)

Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing Workshop

There are no prerequisite requirements to participate in the workshop.


On completion candidates will be awarded with an Active IQ  Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training certificate

Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing Workshop

The workshop is certified by the Association for Nutrition.


Progression Routes

        • This qualification provides progression to the following qualifications:
          • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
          • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal Clients with Exercise and Nutrition

        Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing Workshop

        On completion of the Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing Workshop, students can progress to complete intermediate and advanced training in Motivational Interviewing.



I can confirm the eLearning tool is not a mandatory studying resource. It is designed to offer a different learning style from the manual as some of our learners prefer visual and interactive learning as they struggle to study from the book alone.

Customer Testimonials

Both tutors were very knowledgeable and approachable. I was so surprised on how much we covered in only 8 days.

Andrea – Cumbernauld March 2019

Course tutor was very good with a wide range of teaching methods. I feel I have gained lots of information and it was very beneficial.

Jack – Cumbernauld March 2019