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Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Payment Plan)

From: £109.09 / month and a £195.00 sign-up fee

Course Details – The aim of this qualification is to develop candidates with existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction who would like to pursue a career in personal training. The qualification will be delivered face to face over six days (3 consecutive weekends) with the use of lectures, and learning resources. Once the candidate is qualified, they will be able to train clients on a one-to-one basis and in small groups using advanced training methods and creating programs specific to the client’s needs. This qualification also includes business skills which is an important part of starting a new career as a Personal Trainer.

Applications for all courses close at 12 pm on the Monday before the course commences, unless the course is full prior to this.

Payment Plan Options:

Regular – £195 non-refundable deposit, Then 6 payments of £200 per month.
Extended – £195 non-refundable deposit, Then 11 payments of £109.09 per month.

Full Price: £1395 (includes non-refundable deposit)

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Home Study

Once the candidate completes the application process, they will get access to resources to help them prepare for the course and their assessments.


Manual – Candidates will receive a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training manual when booking and be asked to read through specific sections of the manual prior to attending the course. The sections of the manual include:

Applied anatomy, physiology for exercise, health and fitness
The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
Lifestyle, health wellbeing and common medical conditions
Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
Programme design and delivering for personal training
Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

In Person Delivery

This course is delivered over 6 days where the following elements are covered. (This may vary):

Day 1 – Introduction to the course Coursework and consultation assessments discussion Anatomy and Physiology including detail on muscle fibre and neuron anatomy, sliding filament theory, action potentials, planes of motion and the bodily systems. Creating a positive environment (part 1): Introduction to communication

Day 2– Nutrition for exercise, events, and specific goals. How to analyse a clients food diary Creating a positive environment (part 2): Active listening communication techniques, Client Consultation practical (part 1)

Day 3- Risk Stratification Physiological Measurements Fitness Testing Behaviours and habits Nutrition Mock Papers

Day 4- Nutrition Mock Papers: results Cardiovascular and Resistance Methods SMART goal setting, lifestyle barriers and overcoming them Client Consultation practical (part 2)

Day 5 –Programming Periodisation and Alternative Environments Periodisation strategies and how to focus towards client goals Core stability/injuries & Stretching Anatomy and Physiology Mock Paper

Day 6- Anatomy and Physiology Mock Paper: Results Legal Professional requirements, Marketing for a business,  Business planning, Client Consultation practical (part 3)

Course Dates

Diploma in Personal Training

2023 New delivery structure
This course will be delivered in a blended learning format; the first two days will be online (Saturday and Sunday) and then four days face-to-face over the next two consecutive weekends.

Location: Livingston
Course Code: PT 0226
Delivery dates: 5th, 6th (Online), 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th ( Face to Face) of October 2024.
Online Theory Assessment Date: 9th of November 2024.
Practical Assessment dates: 16th and 17th of November 2024.


Throughout the course candidates will be set Coursework/Projects, worksheets etc and will be marked by their course tutor.

Online Theory Assessments – There are two online theory assessments for this qualification, the assessments are multiple-choice, there are 40 questions for each assessment and the allocated time to complete it is 90 mins. The pass mark is 28/40.
A date is set for each course.

  • Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise health and fitness
  • The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health

Practical Assessment:

There are a few modular practical observations for the following areas: Consultation, Personal Training session and Training Techniques, these will be assessed within the course delivery days.

A practical day will be set so that the candidate can complete their summative assessment. From a planned programme that is devised by the candidate on the course, the candidate will deliver a Personal Training session to an experienced client using a range of Advanced training methods. Afterwards the candidate will evaluate the session.

Entry Requirement

Learners 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).

Please note if you hold a Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Exercise, and Health qualification, it can only be used towards the Nutrition theory and cannot exempt you from the case study.


On completion candidates will be awarded with an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training e-certificate. Active IQ are no longer offering hard copy certificates.

Progression Routes

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Pre and Postnatal Clients with Exercise and Nutrition.

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