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YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training


This qualification is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a Personal Trainer.

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.

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Our rates are competitive and courses are delivered by our experienced tutors, who are practical and hands-on in their approach. Training will take place in our Academy of Sport, which has recently undergone £1 million of investment, and you'll have access to a wide-range of fitness equipment.

YMCA is one of the UK's leading awarding bodies in fitness, health and well-being.



  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments
    You will learn about the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients
    You will develop an understanding of the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating.
  • How to communicate with clients effectively
    You'll discover how to motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme.
  • How to communicate with clients effectively
    You'll discover how to motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme.
  • How to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals
    Done as part of an exercise and physical activity programme.
  • How to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme
    You'll develop the skills and knowledge required to plan a personal training programme for both individuals and groups.
  • How to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme
    You'll develop the skills and knowledge required to deliver programmes.

All units are assessed by coursework, multiple choice theory papers, practical examinations and worksheets.


LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent. Your certificate must be sent to before payment is made.

How to apply

To book your place on the course, download and complete the booking form (PDF File 259 KB) and return by email to

Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, your place will only be confirmed on receipt of full payment and completion of the application form.

Once you have returned the booking form, you can pay by card at our online store or come into the LSBU Sports Centre to pay in person.

Course 1:

Saturday 12 August10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 13 August10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 19 August10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 20 August10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 2 September10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 3 September10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 9 September10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 10 September10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 23 September10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 24 September10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 30 September10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 1 October10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Saturday 7 October10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Sunday 8 October10.30am-6.30pm

Course 2:

Saturday 17 February                 10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 18 February10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 24 February10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 25 February10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 3 March10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 4 March10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 17 March10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 18 March10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 24 March10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 25 March10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 7 April 10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 8 April10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Saturday 14 April10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Sunday 15 April10.30am-6.30pm

Fees and funding

Courses are normally £999 per person.

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Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

All participants will be given details about the course prior to attending, including; the time, location and course structure.

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