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