Qualification Information

Sector: Sports, Active Health and Fitness Category: Personal Training
VTCT Product Code: SP3D5 GLH: 346 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/4323/X Units: 10 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 52

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 10 November 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym Based Exercise) is for learners seeking to work in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, specialising in gym based exercise. This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group and is based on fitness National Occupational Standards (NOS).

There are no prerequisite qualifications required and entry can be via an interview.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This is one of two VTCT qualifications in personal training at Level 3. Whilst this qualification is similar in size to the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Specific Populations) both qualify learners for employment as a personal trainer. This qualification specifically qualifies learners as a personal trainer in a gym-based setting. This qualification is most suitable for learners with limited prior knowledge and skills of gym instructing and personal training.

In contrast, to undertake the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Specific Populations) learners must first hold a gym instructing qualification. The specific populations qualification prepares learners to work with older adults, antenatal and postnatal clients and older adults.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively and competently as a personal trainer in gym based exercise setting, which includes: anatomy and physiology for exercise and health, principles of exercise health and fitness, know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity, health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment and nutrition for physical activity.

Learners will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan and instruct gym based exercise programmes and personal training programmes. All units are mandatory.

What could this qualification lead to?

Career opportunities as a personal trainer for gym based exercise exist in a variety of settings, including:
- gyms/leisure centres/sports clubs
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- hotels and spas

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a personal trainer, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills by undertaking a specialist technical qualification, these include:

- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-Based Pilates

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Units - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 10 components and earn a minimum of 52 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20522 H/600/9013 Anatomy and physiology for exercise 2 6 41
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
UV20526 F/600/9018 Planning gym-based exercise 2 4 23
UV20527 A/600/9020 Instructing gym-based exercise 2 6 37
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

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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
Specialist Trade Courses 0345 5652656 Visit website England
Holistic Beauty Academy 07876 680133 Visit website Berkshire - Reading
Reading College 0800 371434 Visit website Berkshire - Reading
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Alpha Gateway College 02085271627 Visit website Durham
Green Labyrinth Training - Durham 01793 236245 Visit website Durham
School of Massage & Physical Performance 01323 736187 Visit website East Sussex
Active Health Group 0161 235 5306 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Tameside College 0161 908 6789 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
Specialist Trade Courses - Baldock 01279 210005 Visit website Hertfordshire
Green Labyrinth Training - Preston 01793 236245 Visit website Lancashire
Blackpool and the Fylde College - Bispham Campus 01253 504625 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
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
The City of Liverpool College - The Learning Exchange 0151 252 3725 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Wirral Metropolitan College - The Oval Campus 0151 551 7001 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Green Labyrinth Training - Middlesbrough 01797 236245 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
Northampton Academy 01604 210017 Visit website Northamptonshire
Green Labyrinth Training - Ashington 01797 236245 Visit website Northumberland
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
Enabling Development Opportunities Ltd - Hednesford 01543 458580 Visit website Staffordshire
Ruby Elite Training 01782 499227 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
Merrist Wood College 01483 88 40 00 Visit website Surrey
Bournville College 0121 477 1300 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
City of Wolverhampton College - Wellington Road Campus 01902 821074 Visit website West Midlands - Wolverhampton
Churchtown Institute +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Sports Fitness Academy +353 876288724 Visit website Ireland
Fitness Industry Training - Asylum Gym 07534 000290 Visit website Ards and North Down
Uni Learning 028 9590 2890 Visit website Belfast
Fitness Industry Training - Next Generation WLC 07534000290 Visit website Causeway Coast and Glens