Qualification Purpose

This qualification is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to work as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer in a variety of settings.

Aims and Objectives

This qualification aims to:

  • Focus on the role and scope of a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer
  • Offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • Provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

The objectives of this qualification are for learners to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed to work as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer
  • Develop skills and knowledge in a range of areas relevant to their role, such as:
    • The principles of working in the gym environment, including customer service and how to maintain health, safety and welfare
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • How to conduct consultations and promote the health benefits of physical activity
    • How to communicate effectively and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
    • How to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme
    • Nutrition to support a physical activity programme
    • Marketing and business planning
    • Personal training programming and delivering personal training sessions.


Learners who achieve this qualification could progress into employment or self- employment as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer in a range of settings, including:

  • Gyms
  • Leisure centres
  • Sports clubs
  • Hotels, Resorts or Spas
  • Self-employed or freelance work in a gym or client's home.

Other potential roles at this level could include:

  • Lifeguard
  • Membership Sales Consultant
  • Leisure Industry Sales Assistant
  • Sports Coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Gym Manager/Owner.

Achieving this qualification

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully achieve 12 mandatory units.

  • Unit 01 - Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Unit 02 - Maximizing the customer experience in a gym environment
  • Unit 03 - Supporting client health and well-being
  • Unit 04 - Conducting client consultations and gym inductions
  • Unit 05 - Planning and reviewing gym-based exercise programmes
  • Unit 06 - Instructing and supervising gym-based exercise programmes
  • Unit 07 - Applied anatomy and physiology for activity, health and fitness
  • Unit 08 - Client motivation and lifestyle management
  • Unit 09 - Programming personal training sessions
  • Unit 10 - Delivering personal training sessions
  • Unit 11 - Nutrition to support a physical activity programme
  • Unit 12 - Business acumen for personal trainers
Total Qualification Time (TQT) - 680
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) - 425

Entry guidance

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification.

Centres are responsible for ensuring that this qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the learning outcomes and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of this qualification

Resource requirements

Where the assessment requirements for a unit allow, it is essential that organisations wishing to operate a real work environment do so in an environment which reflects a real work setting and replicates the key characteristics of the workplace in which the skill to be assessed is normally employed. Often used to support simulation.

How the qualification is assessed

Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification. The Level 3 Diploma in Photography is internally assessed.

Internal assessment

Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. On completion of each unit candidates must declare that the work produced is their own. The Assessor must countersign this. Examples of suitable evidence for the portfolio for each unit are provided in the Handbook.

The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include (in no particular order):

  • Assessor observation – completed observational checklists and related action plans
  • witness testimony
  • candidate’s proof of work
  • worksheets
  • assignments/projects/reports
  • record of professional discussion
  • record of oral and written questioning
  • candidate and peer reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Moderation is the process by which we confirm that assessment decisions in centres are:

We do this through:

external moderation – which we carry out through our External Moderators who, by supporting you, will make sure that assessments meet nationally agreed standards and that your quality assurance systems continue to meet our centre approval criteria.