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Qualification Overview

The aim of this qualification is to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes developing their skills knowledge to pursue a career in personal training in Plymouth.

The qualification has been developed for:

  • Individuals (aged 19+) wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as gym-based fitness instructors and personal trainers in Plymouth
  • Individuals considering a career in a gym-based environment such as a health club or leisure centre
  • Individuals already working in the active leisure sector wishing to enhance their career progression opportunities

Details

  • Funded for ages 19 and over
  • Plymouth Centre
  • Accredited Qualification
 

Course Details

Course Length: Complete at your own pace up to a maximum of 20 weeks

Type: Blended learning – Gym based practical (8 weeks) and e-learning (up to 20 weeks to complete)

  • Personal tutor to support you through your qualification
  • State of the art e-learning platform
  • Choose your practical sessions around your personal commitments
  • Rolling start - Apply today, start tomorrow
Entry Requirements

Ages 19+

This qualification is open to all and no previous experience or qualifications are required, therefore there are no specific pre-requisite qualifications but some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights, is highly recommended. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved, so learners should have basic skills in these areas.

Level 3 Diploma

Qualification Structure

This qualification comprises of ten mandatory units

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing in Plymouth:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Instructing gym-based exercise

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training in Plymouth:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Programming personal training with clients
  • Delivering personal training sessions
 

Useful Information

YMCA is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clear career pathways. YMCA pride themselves on excellent customer service, and strive to provide high quality resources for their qualifications enabling Training Providers to give a positive learning experience.

 

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a personal trainer. You will be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a personal trainer. Career opportunities as a personal trainer are varied, but include:

  • Permanent member of a gym’s staff
  • Self employed personal trainer working with a gym using their client database
  • Self employed personal trainer with own client database.
 

Learners can progress onto qualifications in related sectors, like Sports Massage, where they will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practice sports massage alongside personal training in the health club environment or their own business.

Alternatively, learners may broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing onto qualifications mapping to additional branches of the Level 3 Standards, such as Exercise Referral and Leisure Management. The qualification will provide knowledge and practical skills to enhance provision alongside other academic courses such as: National Diploma in Sports Studies, A-level PE and HND in Sport and Leisure

 
Funding

Advanced Learning Loan

Learners can progress onto qualifications in related sectors, like Sports Massage, where they will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practice sports massage alongside personal training in the health club environment or their own business.

Alternatively, learners may broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing onto qualifications mapping to additional branches of the Level 3 Standards, such as Exercise Referral and Leisure Management. The qualification will provide knowledge and practical skills to enhance provision alongside other academic courses such as: National Diploma in Sports Studies, A-level PE and HND in Sport and Leisure

 
Funding

Adult Education Budget

Adult Education Budget is full government funding to up-skill yourself if you are aged between 16 and 24 for courses at level 1, 2 and 3 if you have not previously completed a qualification at these levels.