Module 1 - Introduction


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Welcome to the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training course.

As part of this course, you are required to:

  • Attend ALL of the planned practical training days
  • Complete the online theory
  • Complete all the coursework (provided in this online theory)
  • Complete your case studies
  • Attend your assessments (included in your training days)
  • Revise and sit your online exams

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 is based on fitness National Occupational Standards (NOS). The qualification is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for employment/self-employment as a personal trainer.

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

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.

This course covers the Level 2 Fitness Instructing as well as Level 3 Personal Training.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to join REPs and become a Level 3 member as a personal trainer.

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

On completion of the course you will be awarded VTCT qualification.

Throughout some of the modules, you will come across this image, where it will ask you to complete a task.

This is part of your coursework and is a requirement to complete the course.