certified personal trainer courses

Level 3 Personal Training bundle (includes level 2 gym, emergency first aid, 2 CPD courses and all online workshops)


If you are looking to become a personal trainer and do not yet have your gym instructor qualification (the pre-requisite) why not take advantage of this bundle offer which includes Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym), Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, Emergency First Aid at Work, 2 CPD courses of your choice and all of our online workshops.


The Level 2 Gym Instructor course is the first step you will take, it is a mixture of home study and practical workshops, referred to as blended learning.  Initially once you book onto the course you will be supplied with a course manual and access to our e-learning covering the exercise and fitness knowledge element of the course.  After successfully completing the home study element of the course (recommended 80 learning hours) you will be required to undertake five days of training which will focus on the practical element of the course (choose your dates from the level 2 gym instructor course dates.  On this part of the course candidates will learn:

  • Bones and joints
  • Muscles and muscle actions
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory system 
  • Principles of exercise and fitness

The practical element of the course will cover:

  • How to plan and teach safe and effective gym sessions
  • The principles of training
  • How to adapt exercise to suit varied fitness levels 
  • How to use a range of teaching skills
  • The body's systems and its response to exercise
  • Health and safety factors
  • How to motivate and support clients

This part of the course is assessed through written questions, continuous assessment during the course and you will return (usually one week after the last attendance day) for a practical exam and two multiple choice theory exams (there is also the option to complete your theory assessments at an earlier date if you prefer).


After completion of your level 2 course you can then move on to the level 3 personal training part (choose your dates from the level 3 certificate in personal training dates), 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, fitness assessments, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.  It is also taught through ‘blended learning’ which is a mixture of home study (e-learning) followed by attendance days focussing mainly on the practical aspects of the course.  The qualification is broken down into the following units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
  • Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme
  • Client appraisal and Fitness Testing
  • Programming Personal Training with Clients
  • Delivering Personal Training Sessions
  • Advanced Training Methods
  • Training in Different Environments

The course is assessed through theory assessments, written questions, case studies and observations. 



On completion of the course candidates will be awarded a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym) and a level 3 Certificate in Personal Training which will also allow them to gain entry onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3.


If candidates prefer, they can choose to complete the courses in stages, rather than doing the bundle course together as one, they could do the gym instructor part, followed by the level 3 anatomy and physiology and the nutrition units which can be completed prior to attending the rest of the course as home study with then attending invigilated exams, this then allows the candidate to concentrate on the practical element of the course and the personal training case study.


On completion we don't leave you there, we understand that you may require help in setting up your business and building your client base, therefore we are available to offer self employment advice along with free advertising on our personal training website at www.personaltrainersscotland.co.uk which attracts a number of enquiries from members of the public looking for personal trainers in their area.


*Emergency first aid to be booked from dates advertised

*CPD courses to choose from include Suspended Bodyweight Instructor, Kettlebell Instructor, Boot Camp Instructor, Studio Resistance Instructor, Group HIIT Instructor, Studio Combat Instructor (ETM required as pre-requisite), Circuit Training Instructor, Sports Conditioning Instructor. CPD course to be taken within one year of PT course start date.





Price: £1791.67 plus VAT (£2150) if paid in full on booking or £1958.33 plus VAT (£2350) for full bundle course booking
Comment: Choice to pay in full or £300 deposit followed by full payment 4 weeks before first attendance day, payment plans from £200 a month