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Personal Training

Course Code: YMCPT

Level: 3
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: YMCA
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 116 weeks (plus blended learning)
When you'll study: Saturdays, 9.00am to 5.00pm

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About the course

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.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following areas:

  • anatomy and physiology including:
    – the heart and circulatory system
    – the musculoskeletal system
    – postural and core stability
    – 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
  • 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
  • how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages.
Entry requirements

You will need to hold the YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise) or equivalent.

Assessments/Exams

You will be assessed via coursework, multiple-choice theory papers/e-assessments, practical examinations and worksheets.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.