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YMCA Awards Level 3Personal Trainer Course

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£71/month interest-free



Total Price
£800 £640

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Average completion time5 months


Support period9 months


Learn onlinewith unlimited 1:1 tutor support


Start anytime& study at your own pace

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Additional fees£35 YMCA Awards registration and certification fee, £15 online exam fee per sitting

  • Become a REPs-approved personal trainer online
  • Ideal if you already have your Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Work in a gym or start your own personal training business
  • Study from home and film practical assessments at your local gym
  • Learn anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet

Why is this course right for you?

Love your job: build a fulfilling, flexible career helping others achieve their goals

Shape learning around your life: you control where, when, and at what pace you learn

Gain a respected qualification: 9.6/10 Trustpilot score from 2500+ independent reviews

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Get REPs-approved: join the essential Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). This is a requirement for working in most UK gyms, and it also gives you international accreditation in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, South Africa and more.

Entry requirements

To study the YMCA Awards Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise), you should be over 16 and live in the UK. All filming of practical sessions must take place in a UK gym.

You'll also need a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) that covers the required units:

  • Health, safety & welfare in a fitness environment
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise & physical activity
  • Principles of exercise, fitness & health

If you don't have this, you can become a personal trainer with our Level 2 & 3 Combined Course.

If English is your second language, we recommend you have IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we’re happy to review your case on an individual basis.


Course content

The Personal Trainer course and assessments are all online.

You’ll submit written assignments and take your theory exam securely online, film practical assessments at your local gym, and upload the videos to your tutor for marking.

You’ll study 4 units:

  • 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

For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our Level 3 course guide.

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Connah Lilleyman, Level 2 & 3‘The course includes everything you could possibly need to achieve a thorough qualification. My tutor was excellent, constantly supporting me to achieve high standards. I recommend this course to everyone.’
- Connah Lilleyman, Level 2 & 3

Brandon Marczak, Level 2 & 3 ‘Online learning gives you freedom. I didn't have to attend classes, travel to exam centres, or stress over ridiculous deadlines. And the tutors are very knowledgeable and passionate about fitness.’
- Brandon Marczak, Level 2 & 3

Shirley Smith, Level 2 & 3 ‘This course is perfect for anyone, but especially people with commitments that need to be worked around. It is easy to follow as it is so well laid-out. ICS Learn let me pursue my dream around my busy life.’
- Shirley Smith, Level 2 & 3

  • Contact your personal tutor anytime online or by phone
  • In-depth feedback on practical assessments so you’re constantly improving
  • All our tutors are hand-picked for their extensive fitness and education experience
  • Our friendly student services team are on hand for non-academic questions


Yes! This course will allow you to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3.

The qualification is accredited by YMCA Awards, the UK’s leading fitness organisation. They award over 20,000 certificates each year and are recommended by 96% of students.

Plus, as pioneers in flexible learning for 130 years, we’re a highly respected YMCA Awards provider. Our Trustpilot rating is 9.6/10 from over 2500 independent reviews.

This Level 3 Personal Trainer course is perfect if you want to become a personal trainer and already have the required Level 2 qualification.

You'll need a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) that covers these units: 

  • Health, safety & welfare in a fitness environment
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise & physical activity
  • Principles of exercise, fitness & health

If you don't have your Level 2 Certificate, or if the one you studied didn't cover the required units, you can become a personal trainer through our Level 2 & 3 Combined Course.

The standalone Level 2 Fitness Instructor course is ideal if you'd like to become a gym instructor, not a personal trainer.

Still not sure? Our expert course advisors will be happy to talk through your options with you.

You’ll need the following to access and complete your coursework, online exams, and practical assessments:

  • A computer or laptop with internet access
  • A webcam and microphone
  • A printer and scanner
  • A smartphone, tablet or camera that shoots video
  • Access to a UK gym
  • Authorisation to film within the gym
  • A gym buddy (with access to your gym) to participate in practical sessions

You'll also need equipment to create client profiles:

  • Blood pressure monitor and cuff
  • Skin-fold calipers
  • BMI monitor
  • CV fitness testing (such as step test app) 

These can be borrowed from your gym or purchased if not available.

For a full list of the equipment your gym needs to have, download our Level 3 course guide.

Right away! When you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started within an hour.

There are no set start dates or timetables – everything is shaped around you.

  • Unlimited 1:1 tutor support online or by phone
  • Interactive online content including videos, quizzes, mock tests and more
  • Study materials specially designed for online learning by fitness experts
  • 24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one online learning platform
  • Student forum so you can share advice and support with other fitness students
  • In-house student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

There are no workshops or in-person exams on this course. You’ll be assessed through:

  • Worksheets submitted to your tutor online
  • A proctored online multiple-choice theory exam
  • A case study in which you build a client profile, develop and carry out a training programme, and evaluate your results 
  • Filmed practical assessments in which you deliver a training session to your gym buddy

Our dedicated app lets you upload videos straight from your phone or tablet to your tutor for marking.

Get in touch with our Fitness Advisors on 0800 027 6960.

They’ll talk through your qualifications and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with an interest-free payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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