Personal Training Courses

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Fitness HQ’s Level 3 certificate in personal training is approved and recognised by REPS. As a result, our personal training qualification is nationally and internationally recognised by employers. Over the years Fitness HQ has had several students from various countries throughout Europe complete our personal trainer course due to the international recognition and the reputation we have for delivering some of the best fitness qualification in the UK.

With academies in most major cities throughout the UK, our courses are easily accessible. Fitness HQ has fitness academies in Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. All Fitness HQ’s personal training courses are delivered over two days a week for 6 weeks. Our blended approach involves direct delivery, online support via a designated tutor, physical resources such as manuals and online resources in video format. The direct delivery days include a mixture of theory based lessons and practical lessons; no day is the same and all our students find the delivery days informative, fun yet relaxed and enjoyable.

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At Fitness HQ, we boast a success rate in excess of 95%. We attribute our success rates to our delivery team and our expert tutors. All our tutors are well sought after professionals in their chosen careers. As well as this, all our tutors who deliver and assess our personal trainer courses have successful careers and boast a wealth of knowledge and experience which they want to pass on to our students.

The Level 3 diploma in personal training is assessed via 4 multiple exams, 4 observed assessments and case studies. For more information on the structure of our personal training qualification, please complete the contact form below and one of our advisors will be in touch within 24 hours.

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Personal training course venues

Fitness HQ’s personal training courses are aimed at individuals who want to develop a career as a personal trainer or to further their own knowledge regarding training and nutrition. The pre-requisites for this qualification are either a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or Exercise to Music.

About the qualification

This qualification is more advanced that the Level 2 Fitness Instructing and would enable you provide more detailed training programmes and nutritional advice. There are many advantages of becoming a Personal Trainer, such as becoming self employed and charging an hourly rate which reflects your knowledge and experiences, delivering group training sessions, offering nutrition advice and securing employment at Personal Training studios and other leisure facilities. Ultimately you’ll be able to manage your own diary with the potential for unlimited earnings.

Learners will cover:

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:

  • anatomy and physiology (including: the heart and circulatory system, the musculoskeletal system as well as the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health)
  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating

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  • how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • how to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages- postural and core stability
  • how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages

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The course is assessed by:

  • coursework
  • multiple choice theory paper/eAssessment
  • practical examination
  • worksheets

Why become a personal trainer?

A career in personal training is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. Not only is it financially rewarding with prospects of earning up to and in excess of £40k a year, but it is also creates a huge sense of satisfaction. A personal trainer is far more than just a drill sergeant. A personal trainer is a confident, a support mechanism and most of all a motivator. There is no better feeling than going to work every day doing the job you love and helping clients achieve better health, drop body fat and improve the quality of life.

Following the completion our personal trainer course, the possibilities for you are endless. Our qualifications are not only recognised in the UK but also as far away as Australia. As well as this, all our level 3 qualifications are recognised by institutes of higher education, therefore not only will our courses help you secure employment in the UK, but our personal trainer course will also help you secure a place in University and also employment abroad.

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Why choose Fitness HQ?

Fitness HQ is one of the most sought after training providers in the UK. Not only do we deliver nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, but all our courses are delivered by industry experts. Below are just a few reasons why you should choose Fitness HQ for your personal trainer course:

  • We deliver courses nationally throughout the UK
  • Our tutors are widely considered as the best
  • We only use the best venues and locations such as David Lloyds Leisure Clubs for the delivery of our courses


  • Once you complete your qualification we will support you in gaining employment
  • Fitness HQ also have a directory of trainers which we share with employers. This directory has a profile page which you can use to advertise your services
  • Pay NOTHING until you earn £25k or more a year

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Don’t just take our word for it. Fitness HQ is also the ‘athlete’s choice’ for personal trainer courses, check out these testimonials below from professional athletes:

Martin Murray - Professional Boxer

Sporting Accolades:

Martin Murray is one of the most prolific professional boxers to ever come from the North West. His Boxing accolades include the WBA interim, British, Commonwealth and the WBC Silver middleweight championships.

Martin has been a professional boxer since 2007 and has fought all over the world. He is a true professional in every sense of the word and has a professional boxing record of 34:4.

Why FHQ:

Martin can’t recommend our personal trainer courses and all other fitness qualifications enough. Not only does he recommend us, but recently his wife Gemma has just qualified as a personal trainer at our Liverpool academy.

Fitness HQ and Martin hope to work closely together over coming months and even possibly develop a boxing fit qualification together.

Tommy O'Sullivan - Professional Footballer (Wales & Cardiff City)

Tommy is a professional football who currently plays for Cardiff City who were recently in the premier league. Tommy is a huge fitness enthusiast and trains several times a day in order to maintain his strength, speed and stamina in order to compete at the professional level. Recently Tommy was voted as player of the year for Wales at Under 21 level where he also captained his National side to some impressive victories.

Why choose Fitness HQ’s personal trainer courses?

It’s no fluke that Fitness HQ are widely recognised for delivering the best personal trainer courses in the U.K. Their tutors and the directors are some of the most knowledgeable professionals you’ll ever meet. They have a reputation for being the best because their courses, tutors and venues are the best in the UK. I highly recommend Fitness HQ and their personal trainer courses.

Jason Morris - Irish Bodybuilding Champion

Jason is a competing Irish Bodybuilder and somewhat of a celebrity in his own town and gym. Jason has competed at National level and is extremely successful on stage. Not only is Jason a competing bodybuilder but Jason is also a certified personal trainer. In fact, one of our tutors taught Jason and helps him structure his training and nutrition to get that amazing physique you see in the picture featured.

Why would Jason recommend FHQ?

Out of all the Training Providers who deliver personal trainer courses, in my opinion Fitness HQ is the best. Their tutors are considered as the best in the industry and I often turn to them for advice with my own training a nutrition. Not only that, the support they offer in helping you secure employment afterwards and their CPD options, there is no other provider in the UK or Ireland who come close to what they offer and the quality of their delivery.

Marie Hourihan - Professional Footballer (England & Manchester City)

Sporting Accolades:

  • Currently professional footballer for Manchester City Women FC and previously Chelsea Ladies FC
  • WSL League Champion 2015 & 2016
  • League Cup winner 2016
  • FA Cup Winner 2012 & 2015
  • England u23 international

Why FHQ:

Great reviews from current personal trainers who qualified that used their services before made the decision easy. FHQ provide a wide variety of fitness and wellbeing qualifications which interested me.

Why I recommend FHQ:

I really enjoyed my Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in personal training courses with FHQ. The content and delivery from the tutors was fantastic and catered to all my learning needs and with all the course dates being at the weekend fitted in really well with my own training and work schedule. I’d highly recommend Fitness HQ to any aspiring personal trainers or anyone with a keen interest in fitness and well being qualifications.

Antony Brown - Director, Elite Performance
Elite Performance Gym
Body and Mind Retreats

Antony Brown is the Managing Director at Elite Performance which is one of Manchester’s most sought after gym’s and personal training studios. Elite Performance has been operating in Manchester for over 7 years and has produced some amazing transformation results but has also worked with several professional / premiership footballers, rugby players and athletes. Antony is also the co-founder and owner of Body and Mind Retreats LTD which is a fitness, wellness and health retreats company which organize frequent retreats to Marbella, Austria and the UK. Having been in the fitness industry for over 12 years, Antony knows what to look for in Personal Trainers.

Why FHQ:

According to Antony: “Fitness HQ is one of the most innovative and professional Training Providers we have ever worked with. I have several members of the personal training team that have completed the Fitness HQ Diploma in Person Training in Manchester and they are by far some of the best personal trainers I have ever hired. It is clear that Fitness HQ are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. If you are based in Manchester and want to complete a personal trainer course, as an employer and a gym owner I can’t recommend Fitness HQ enough!”

Funding Available


If you’ve been considering a change in career or the pursuit of a fitness career but the cost of the qualification has put you off, then why not contact us for information regarding 0% Payment Plans .

Interested in our Personal Training course?

Developing a career as a personal trainer is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only is it fun, flexible and financially a good career to pursue, it is also extremely rewarding. If you like the idea of coaching clients to a healthier, stronger and happier version of themselves, then this is the career for you!

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