Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner) - Performance Training Academy

Level 3 Diploma in
Gym Instructing & Personal Training

*Best Seller* - Take the complete journey...

from where you are now, to having your own Personal Training business.


This isn't just a Personal Training course, it is everything you need to qualify as a knowledgeable Fitness Professional. Our course will show you how to set up your own business as a Personal Trainer, and our online platform will become a resource hub that will support you throughout your career.


This course is the end result of decades of learning and experience, giving you everything that you need to succeed in the Health & Fitness industry.


Watch our explainer video for this course:

If you want to become a Personal Trainer, you can enrol today and start your studies immediately with our online learning platform.

This course will give you everything that you need to not just qualify as an industry recognised Personal Trainer, but to ensure you can build a successful fitness business within the health and fitness industry.

How does it work?

You can start your studies as soon as you enrol, by getting immediate access to our award nominated online learning platform.

Your online student account will host the theory content of your course, all delivered as bitesize video lessons. Units include:


• Nutrition

• Programming

• Anatomy

• Business set up

• and even a full exercise and coaching library


Along with hosting your course content, this online platform will become a point of reference for you when it is often needed the most - when you are working with your paying clients as a Personal Trainer.




Complete your studies

To complete your learning, and to cover the all important practical skills, you will be able to attend our esteemed practical workshops.


These workshops are delivered by current fitness professionals, ensuring you learn from those working with their own client base and passing on industry relevant knowledge to benefit you as a Personal Trainer.


If you would like to discuss our course structure in more detail, and the options available to you once you are qualified - you can click on the 'Book consultation' button at the top of this page. 

For a full overview of units covered, and everything you will get as part of your educational package for this course, please read our 'prospectus'



Course Overview

The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training includes everything you need to not just get qualified, but to become a successful Personal Trainer who has all the tools required to be supported throughout your career.


Course structure:

As soon as you enrol, you are given immediate access to our online learning platform and will be contacted by your course support tutor to get you up and running. The online content includes all of the theory content, resources  and assessments required for your course.

To complete your learning, we have practical workshops that you can attend. These are delivered by experienced and leading Personal Trainers, who run their own personal training business - allowing you to learn from their experience and knowledge of the industry and working with clients.


What happens once you are qualified?

As you are working through your studies, your course support tutor will encourage you to start building the foundations for your business. This is not a requirement, but those who do this often complete their qualification with a business brand and paying clients ready to go.

This ensures you can put all of your newly learnt skills and education into practice straight away, and get a return back on the investment you have made in your education. Your course support tutor, will be at hand to get your business set up and your client base growing.

Download our 'Prospectus' for a full breakdown of the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course structure and timeline to completion, along with how you can start building your business:

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Your online learning platform

As soon as you enrol onto this course, you will be given access to our online learning platform. This allows you to start your learning journey straight away from home, and it is fully supported by your own dedicated tutor who will guide you every step of the way.

Your tutor will be in touch as soon as you enrol and will be at hand to support you through your studies, answer any questions, and give clarity on any part of the course. We can even offer regular accountability calls if it helps. Every individual learns in different ways, therefore we are at hand to help and guide you through every step of your learning in a way that suits you. 

Ongoing support

Support throughout your studies is of upmost importance to successful course completion, but support when you are building your fitness business and working with paying clients is when support and advice is often needed the most - we take pride in wanting to see all of our students thrive and grow in the industry so the more you stay in touch once you are qualified and take us up on our offer of support the better it is for us.

Your online learning platform doesn't just contain the necessary units to complete the theory side of the course, it also hosts important resources, practical workshop lessons for re-capping and tools to serve you through your studies and forwards into your career as a Personal Trainer, you will have lifelong access to this content.


Download our 'Prospectus' for a further breakdown of the online content, a complete overview of required assessments and to get a good idea of a timeline to completion:

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Practical workshops

Our practical workshops are delivered by leading fitness professionals, ensuring that you learn from those who have experience and can pass on their own knowledge of how to build your business and grow your client base - and importantly how to apply the practical skills to a range of different clients.

The practical workshops complete the course content along with the online work. There are five days in total and these are delivered at excellent 'working-gym' facilities in a variety of different areas in the UK.

On these workshops you will learn how to coach and instruct exercise to others, as well as how to apply advanced training methods and variables to a range of different clients with different needs and goals.

Re-cap these workshops when you need to

A valuable part to this course is the ability for our students to be able to recap what is taught on these workshops whenever they want to, and they can do that by going back to their online student learning platform. All of the content we cover on the workshops has been added into our online classroom style lessons to allow you to re-learn and refresh whenever you need to. We have even created an extensive 'Exercise and Coaching Library' to help you moving forwards into the industry.

Download our 'Prospectus' for a full insight into what is taught on each of our practical workshops, when the next set of course dates will be and how you can reference these workshops even after you are qualified by using your online learning platform:

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It is important when enrolling on to a course that you have a clear timeline to completion and an understanding of what you need to do to pass.

As soon as you enrol, your course support tutor will arrange a call with you so that they can talk you through your assessment plan. This will essentially be your timeline to completion and will set you some motivation with your studies and targets to aim for.

Online assessments

Once you complete a unit online, it can be assessed immediately, allowing you to do the assessment whilst the knowledge is fresh and to save you hanging around for an exam. Our online end-of-unit assessments can all be done from the comfort of your own home when you are ready to do so. Your support tutor will be at hand to help with any revision and to get everything organised for you.

Some units, such as nutrition and anatomy, will be assessed using a multiple choice exam - this is performed as exam conditions and is also completed from your home. It is an excellent set up that allows you to complete a unit before moving onto the next subject. 

And finally some units will be passed by completing some of your course portfolio which is a case study and online worksheet. Allowing you to apply your newly learnt skills to a real-life client.

Practical assessments

To showcase the knowledge you have learnt from the practical workshops and the online content, as well as allowing you to show us how you will want to be acknowledged as a Personal Trainer, you will build up a course portfolio and case study.

This is where you will train an individual as an active client, analysing and educating them on their training, lifestyle and nutritional habits. You course support tutor will be at hand to help with this every step of the way, this stage of your learning reflects who you are as an individual and it builds up your experience, knowledge and confidence in training a client.

As well as documenting your case studies journey through training and nutrition, you will complete the course by submitting to us a filmed assessment of you training your client in a gym or non-gym environment.

This filmed assessment is again done in your own time and in your own environment, giving a real relaxed sense to the assessment, allowing you to truly be yourself and to also document your transition from study to being a fully qualified Personal Trainer.

Download our Prospectus for a full overview of the assessments and what is required to pass them:

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YMCA Approved Centre

Accredited by:

The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training is governed by YMCA Awards and is industry recognised, both in the United Kingdom and Worldwide, meaning you can work as a personal trainer anywhere in the world.
Upon completion of our qualifications, you’ll also be able to gain membership with the standardising body for the Health and Fitness Industry - CIMSPA (previously REPS - The Register of Exercise Professionals).

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What Our Students Are Saying

Melissa Lang

The whole course from start to finish was well prepared and thought through

Ashley is a fantastic teacher. He is friendly, Very knowledgable and down to earth which makes the training a lot more enjoyable.
The whole course from start to finish was well prepared and thought through. Every practical day was great fun and I learnt a lot. I enjoyed meeting the same group of people each time and building lasting friendships. The theory for the course is perfect as you can do it in your own time in and around busy lifestyles which is perfect for some like me with work commitments and 3 children. I continued to finish my level 2 and started my level 3 straight after and I have just competently completed my final exam all thanks to Ashley @ Performance Training Academy!

Joe Hafner

I would recommend Performance Training Academy to anyone thinking of taking the course

My education with Performance Training Academy was direct and efficient, I conducted my learning on a blended learning basis. I learnt the theory part of the course with one to one help from the course tutor, and I joined a small group to carry out our practical education. It enabled the delivery of the course content to suit my needs.

I successfully achieved my qualification within my needed time scale, learning and retaining more information then I thought I would, as I usually struggle in class-based environments, so with this, I was really impressed and thankful.

I would recommend Performance Training Academy to anyone thinking of taking the course. Their deliverance of the content will keep you engaged and interested throughout the course, they also provide ongoing support after you have completed and begin your career as a Personal Trainer.

I am now working as a recognised Personal Trainer out of a gym in Dubai.

Lily Burks

Performance Training Academy work their hardest to help all students achieve their individual goals within the course

Before starting the course I had no previous coaching or teaching experience. I was a regular gym goer myself but had no base learning in how to instruct. I have always enjoyed working with people and being social, I am a qualified hairdresser as well and have always liked to build relationships and work on self-improvement and care. I wanted to be a Personal Trainer because I became passionate about exercise and enjoyed learning new methods and wanted to share that with the wider world.

The course was a fantastic way to get a feel for the gym environment as it was based in a working gym. My tutor Stuart and Ash who runs Performance Training Academy work their hardest to help all students achieve their individual goals within the course. It’s a very friendly and relaxed environment with a professional feel – which is exactly what they emphasise you convey to your clients.

Now I have qualified I plan on setting up all of my social media bases and working on my fitness personality through these and start to gain clients. I will be working for myself and then eventually look into potentially relocating and working from a gym. I will also be using Ash and Stu in the future for any programme queries or business advice!

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