Qualification Information

Sector: Sports, Active Health and Fitness Category: Personal Training
VTCT Product Code: AF30079 GLH: 245 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 500/8721/6 Units: 7 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 36

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 10 November 2020

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 245 GLH.

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of health and fitness as a personal trainer. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a personal trainer.


The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a personal trainer. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a personal trainer in a variety of work settings, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. A Level 2 fitness instructor qualification must be held prior to undertaking this qualification.

This is a vocational qualification that includes all the required elements to work effectively as a personal trainer, it includes the following mandatory units: anatomy and exercise for exercise and health, principles of exercise, fitness and health, supporting clients who take part in exercise and physical activity, health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment, nutrition, and programming and delivering personal training sessions. There are no optional units.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning science and principles which underpin safe and effective exercise, as well as nutrition to support a physical activity programme. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

The practical units will prepare you to programme personal training, and in particular, collect client information, agree goals with clients, plan, manage and review programmes and adapt and modify programmes accordingly.

Furthermore, you will be prepared to instruct personal training, in particular, planning and preparing sessions, preparing clients, instructing and adapting exercises and bringing sessions to an end.

This qualification is challenging and comprehensive and will certainly prepare you for employment as a personal trainer in a variety of contexts.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a personal trainer. Career opportunities as a personal trainer exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working at a leisure centre or private health club/spa
- Working with sportsmen/women and teams
- Working in corporate business settings
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This qualification is also included in some health and fitness Apprenticeship frameworks, whereby it is delivered alongside other qualifications. However, this qualification on its own will qualify you for employment as a personal trainer and therefore does not have to be taken as part of an Apprenticeship. There are a number of education and training providers that support and deliver this qualification as standalone. This qualification is ideally suited to those who want to study part time without the need to undertake a full apprenticeship.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS).

This qualification has also been reviewed and deemed fit for purpose for preparing learners for employment as a personal trainer by the following training providers:

- Focus Fitness UK
- Craven College
- Grimsby Institute

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 7 components and earn a minimum of 36 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20523 M/600/9015 Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity 2 2 13
UV20524 T/600/9016 Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment 2 2 16
UV20525 A/600/9017 Principles of exercise, fitness and health 2 4 28
UV30536 A/600/9051 Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health 3 6 43
UV30539 L/600/9054 Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme 3 6 40
UV30540 F/600/9052 Programming personal training with clients 3 7 47
UV30541 J/600/9053 Delivering personal training sessions 3 9 58

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
School of Massage & Physical Performance 01323 736187 Visit website East Sussex
Essex Training Solutions - Colchester 07866 121121 Visit website Essex
Tameside College 0161 908 6789 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
Bay Leadership Academy 01524 416830 Visit website Lancashire
Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education 01472 311222 Visit website Lincolnshire - North East Lincolnshire
KSM Therapies 07931 231320 Visit website London - Bromley
The World of Work 020 3589 6723 Visit website London - Enfield
Specialist Trade courses - Origin Rainham 01782 499227 Visit website London - Havering
LionHeart In The Community (LITC) 020 3397 0303 Visit website London - Lambeth
St Mary's University, Twickenham 020 8240 4000 Visit website London - Richmond upon Thames
Wirral Metropolitan College - The Oval Campus 0151 551 7001 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
York College 01904 770200 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
Ruby Elite Training 01782 499227 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
Bournville College 0121 477 1300 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Churchtown Institute +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Sports Fitness Academy +353 876288724 Visit website Ireland
Uni Learning 028 9590 2890 Visit website Belfast