Gym Instructor and Personal Training (Combined) - Level 3 Diploma


Gym Instructor and Personal Training (Combined)

This qualification is for those people who would like a career as a Personal Trainer, but don’t have any previous Fitness Instructor qualifications. 

Next Course Dates

  • Sheffield - Start Date: 3rd Aug 2024
  • Sheffield - Start Date: 25th Sep 2024
  • Sheffield - Start Date: 12th Oct 2024

Cost: £1,950.00

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Course Summary

As long as you are familiar with a gym environment you can sign up for our Level 3 Diploma Gym and Personal Training combined to start your career as a Personal Trainer.

The aim of this qualification is to give you the knowledge and understanding you need to work in a gym environment, as well as the skills and expertise to be able to coach people on a one-to-one basis. 

On completion of this course, you’re able to progress onto other specialised courses at Level 3 and above this includes the Diploma in Exercise Referral, Level 3 Performance Massage, Level 3 Pilates, Level 4 Strength and Conditioning, and/or Level 4 Sports Massage. You may even want to expand your knowledge with one of our other Level 2 courses such as Health Related Exercise for Children, Circuit Training, Group Indoor Cycling, Kettlebells & Suspended Movement Training.

"Doing the Diploma meant I was able to get my career up and running, confident that I have the knowledge to train people safely"

How You're Taught

This course combines Level 2 Certificate Gym Instructor and Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. In total the course runs for 15 days. Each day starts at 9 am and finishes at 5 pm and it is essential that you attend all of the days to achieve the Diploma.

Level 2 Gym 

There is an element of self-study which you will be required to do before you attend the course. This includes some worksheets you will need to complete. We advise you to spend a minimum of two weeks on this part of the course. Your tutor will be available to offer support to you during this time. 

The practical part of the course runs over 5 days. This is usually over two weekends, although we do sometimes offer midweek courses, usually over two days a week for two weeks. 

Level 3 Personal Trainer

Like Level 2 there is an element of self-study and a workbook to complete before you attend your practical sessions. Your tutor is available to offer you support. 

The practical part of the course runs over 9 days, usually over five weekends (not all consecutive). We do sometimes offer midweek courses, again over two days a week. 

Over the 9 days, there are assessment elements which are incorporated into the course, rather than them all being at the end.


Level 2

There are a number of different assessments at level 2. Over the 5 days, you'll complete and submit a learner assessment record which includes a session plan for a healthy client, an older client, and a younger client. You'll complete a worksheet and an online assessment workbook with questions and answers on a range of topics covered as part of the course. In terms of practical assessments, you'll be assessed on the course coaching each other through a range of activities.

On day 5 you'll then complete a multiple-choice exam in anatomy and physiology and you'll also deliver a  full gym-based exercise session using one our your class peers as your client.

Level 3 

The first part of your assessment is the workbooks you are to complete as part of your self-study. 

The assessment elements of this part of the course are incorporated into the practical sessions and include multiple-choice theory papers, worksheets, case studies, and practical assessments. 

Gym Instructor and Personal Training (Combined)


Once you have achieved this qualification you will be able to apply for a job as a fitness instructor at any gym facility. Whether that is a private gym, or a local authority-run facility. If you continue onto your Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, you will be able to train people on a one-to-one basis either within a gym complex or as your own business. 

Once qualified you may want to further your knowledge and skills in other areas such as Level 4 Nutrition, Level 3 Exercise Referral, Level 3 Performance Massage, Level 4 Sports Massage, Level 4 Strength and Conditioning and/or Level 3 Pilates.

Entry Requirement

There are no previous qualification requirements for this course. We just ask that students have a knowledge of the gym environment. 



An advanced understanding of anatomy and physiology including:

  • The heart and circulatory system
  • Energy systems and their relation to exercise
    • The musculoskeletal system
    • Postural and core stability
    • The nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health.

How to design, manage, and adapt a safe gym-based training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages, in addition to being able to adapt personal training programmes for 

How to perform group exercise in the gym environment

How to identify special populations and prepare training programmes for them within the gym

How to effectively communicate with gym members and clients and help motivate them to perform their exercise programme to the best of their ability.

How to maintain health, safety and welfare procedures in a variety of fitness environments.

The health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating. 

How to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme

How to carry out a range of physical measurements & assessments

How to create advance resistance, cardiovascular, flexibility & core stability training programmes

Fees & Funding

The fee for this course is £1950. A £100 deposit is required to secure your place on the course.

You can pay for this course yourself (self-funded) or if you’re ages 19 or over, have been a resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course, and are applying for a course that is over £300 and a level 3 or 4, then you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learner Load. 

Gym Instructor and Personal Training (Combined)

How to Apply

Click the book now button on this screen.

You'll be taken to a booking details page, enter your information, and choose your payment method.

Payment methods include:

  • Pay for your course
    • £100.00 deposit, then pay the remainder before you start
    • Or pay in full now
  • Envisage Payment Plan
    • Arrange a payment plan with us so that you can spread the payments over 3 months or 6 months. 
  • 19+ Advanced Loan
    • You'll not be charged anything at this stage and a member of our team will contact you to arrange a loan sign-up.
  • Invoice
    • Is your employer or another organisation paying for the course for you? If so, choose invoice and you'll not be charged anything up front, we'll then contact you for further details.

If you have any questions about booking a course with us then please get in touch.


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