Level 3
Route: Health and science 
Typical duration: 15 months 
Maximum funding: £4000
Overview of the role
Coaching clients (on a one to one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals.
Details of standard  
The role of a Personal Trainer is to coach clients (on a one to one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals.
Through the design and provision of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management, Personal Trainers will motivate clients to positively change their behaviour and improve their overall wellbeing by providing specialist, tailored advice within their scope of practice, while always being aware of when to refer clients to relevant appropriate professionals for specialist information and guidance (e.g. physiotherapist, registered dietician, medical specialist).
A comprehensive understanding of business, finance, sales and marketing is also essential to enable the Personal Trainer to build and retain a stable client base. Personal Trainers are typically employed by a fitness or leisure centre or, once qualified, can be self-employed and should expect to work hours that may include evenings, weekends and public holidays.
This occupation exists within a sector that plays an important role in improving the health of the nation, creating opportunities that get more people, more active, more often.
A Personal Trainer will have the following knowledge, be able to demonstrate the following skills, and exhibit the following behaviours: 
  • Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology 
  • Lifestyle Management and Client Motivation
  • Exercise Programme Design and Delivery
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Exercise Technique
  • Nutrition
  • Information Technology
  • Professional Practice
  • Communication
  • Business acumen
  • Behaviour
Entry requirements 
Employers will set their own entry requirements; however, applicants should have acquired relevant, active experience in the fitness sector prior to enrolment.
It is recommended applicants will hold a Fitness Instructing (level 2) qualification.
Employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above (or approved equivalent) must ensure the individual achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.
Successful completion of this apprenticeship will enable further experience and training in the fitness industry to support the role into fitness management or a specialist instructor.
Professional registration 
On successful completion of this apprenticeship the Personal Trainer will be eligible to apply to become an Affiliate of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and a Member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).