A Level 3 personal trainer course provides one with the knowledge of programming, nutrition, assessment techniques and business skills. It is a step up from the foundational knowledge obtained during a Level 2 qualification. It is a programme worth investing in if you are someone who would like another qualification equivalent to an A-Level or NVQ Level 3. After completing the course, you will be a fully qualified personal trainer, with acknowledgement nationally and internationally, leading to many opportunities. You can guide clients, confidently, around the gym and tailor workouts to their goals and needs.

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Course Features

The certification received will state you have achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. This means you have worked or around 330 hours in guided learning and were assessed using workbooks and practicals.

Attributes to help you succeed

To become a personal trainer, one must, above all, be friendly and organised. By preparing well for sessions with clients, it will aid your reliability and the client’s confidence in you. To be a sociable individual will also help boost the number of people you teach, as it proves you can adapt to different personalities and programmes for each person. Communication is also an attribute which will build the relationship between you and a client. For example, if you can demonstrate explaining instructions clearly and helping to maintain a person’s motivation. Finally, the main attribute to help you succeed as a personal trainer is to be goal-orientated and driven. Your ambition will be reflected onto your clients, also, which will help them on their fitness journeys and ensure they enjoy the personal training sessions just as much.


There is more to becoming a Level 3 personal trainer than just understanding the human body and nutrition. It is important to also understand different exercises and their specific benefits on the human body. The ability to demonstrate these with perfect form will help guide clients and keep them from injuring themselves during exercise. An example of this would be when a client wants to push themselves further by lifting heavier weights, and you must understand the importance of health and safety first. It is your responsibility as a personal trainer to keep the training safe.

Pros and Cons of the job

The main attraction to becoming a personal trainer is the ability to set your own hours, as well as the flexible working times. It allows you to also have free time and enjoy your hobbies. Additionally, a benefit from gaining this qualification is the difference you are making in someone’s life, whether this is losing weight, toning someone’s body, post-injury workouts or offering nutritional advice. The results always have a positive physical and mental impact. Also, you have access to meeting lots of different people. Your days are less repetitive. On the other hand, there are some negative aspects to becoming a personal trainer. An example would be the possible costs of renting the gym or having to work some hours for free to gain access to the gym’s facilities. By working for yourself it means that income can sometimes be unreliable, as well as the sometimes-inconvenient working times for those who prefer early morning or late-night workout sessions.

To become a Level 3 personal trainer, it takes a lot of hard work and practice routine. You will need to have a strict, determined and ambitious mindset to complete the qualification, however, after you have received the certificate you are eligible to work in any fitness resource centre available and have gained life-changing knowledge.