Diploma in Gym Instructing & Personal Training (Practitioner)

The YMCA Awards Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer (Practitioner) combines the Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer courses into one qualification. This course will equip you with all of the skills and qualifications to establish yourself as a Personal Trainer.


Check out this Personal Trainer qualification if you already have a Level 2 Gym qualification.

Our flexible courses can be started upon enrolment, so you can get started straight away! This qualification also awards 10 CIMSPA points and 20 REPs points.

Online and Live Courses
Pay course in full: from £1178
Includes registration, course materials, assessments, workshops (if applicable), and certification. 
Or pay a £125 deposit to use our 3, 6 or 9 month interest-free payment plan.
How to book using our payment plan?
Study & Assessment Options

This qualification is offered as an ONLINE or LIVE course, which you can start studying straight away.

The ONLINE course includes online elearning for all units plus attendance and/or video submission for assessments. We have plenty of assessment dates available each month for our online students at our Midlands venue. It is possible to sit your exams in your workplace should you not be able to attend one of our assessment centres.

The LIVE course includes some online elearning and attendance to course dates.


The LIVE dates for the Gym units involve 6 tutor-taught attendance dates which includes the opportunity to complete all assessments.​ These attendance dates cover content from units 4 and 5:

Gym-based programme planning and preparation; and

Gym-based programme delivery and professional instruction.

The LIVE dates for the Personal Trainer units include 8 tutor-taught workshops to supplement the online learning. These workshops cover content from units 2, 3 and 4:

Promoting Wellness Through Client Motivation and Interaction;

Bespoke Exercise Programme Design, and;

Customised Exercise Programme Instruction and Communication Techniques.

All students have up to 12 months to complete and pass all assessments in order to achieve the qualification. 

Gym & PT (Practitioner)

Course Content

YMCA Level 3 Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner) for those who don't already have a recognised Gym Instructor qualification.

ONLINE and LIVE study options available



What course materials and support will I receive?

ONLINE Learning Course

Equipment Required


At least 3 cardiovascular machines, for example a treadmill, bike (upright/recumbent), crosstrainer and rower.

A range of resistance machines, for example, a leg press, chest press, shoulder press, leg extension, leg curl, seated row, lat pull down.


Free weights - dumbells and barbell

Some functional equipment (at least one) e.g. medicine balls, power bands, resistance bands, VIPRs, kettlebells, battle ropes, slam balls, TRX, BOSU, stability discs etc.



Blood pressure monitor

Height and weight measure

Tape measure for anthropometric body measurements

Skinfold callipers

Bio-electrical impedance (hand held or scales)



LIVE attendance dates


If you'd like to book the LIVE study option for the Gym Instructor course which includes 6 attendance dates, our next dates are the 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th January 2020 in Telford. Please select these upon booking. The ONLINE study option doesn't require any attendance, so if you'd prefer this option, please select this upon booking.


To supplement the online learning you can attend our optional 8 LIVE attendance dates. You don't have to commit to attending these workshops upon booking, so you can book on these at a later date. 

DAY 1 - Influencing health and wellbeing

DAY 2 - Client health screening and behavioural change

DAY 3 - Client health and fitness assessments

DAY 4 - Goal setting and reviewing client progress

DAY 5 - Cardiovascular and resistance methods

DAY 6 - Planning PT programmes

DAY 7 - Instructing PT programmes

DAY 8 - Alternative environments and small group personal training

The next PT workshop dates are 25th February, 10th, 24th March, 28th April, 12th May, 10th, 24th June, 8th July.

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