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Personal Training

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Sport & Leisure

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime, Evening
Duration: 15 months
When you'll study: Mondays or Tuesdays 5.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturdays 9.00am to 5.00pm

About the course

The role of a personal trainer is to coach clients (on a one-to-one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals.

Through the design and provision of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management, personal trainers will motivate clients to positively change their behaviour and improve their overall wellbeing by providing specialist, tailored advice within their scope of practice, while always being aware of when to refer clients to relevant appropriate professionals for specialist information and guidance (eg physiotherapist, registered dietician, medical specialist).

Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth one to two days a week to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship who will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.

What you'll learn

To achieve the Apprenticeship and occupational standard the personal trainer will demonstrate that they are a positive and professional individual that is committed to motivating clients to achieve their health and fitness goals through individualised coaching, taking into account lifestyle, wellbeing, fitness and nutrition for an effective holistic service. The competencies they will gain consist of the following elements:

  • anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
  • lifestyle management and client motivation
  • health and wellbeing
  • exercise programme design and delivery
  • exercise technique
  • nutrition
  • information technology
  • professional practice
  • communication
  • business acumen.

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.

Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your keenness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.

Employers will set their own entry requirements, however applicants should have acquired relevant, active experience in the fitness sector prior to enrolment. It is recommended that applicants will hold a fitness instructing (level 2) qualification.

If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skill (level 1 – 2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.


The course has a range of formative assessment to support the students throughout the apprenticeship. There is an end point assessment which consists of the following:

  • practical observation with questions and answers
  • presentation with questions and answers
  • interview.
What's next?

In order to complete this Apprenticeship you will be required to pass an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 15 months, however this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.

Successful completion will enable further experience and training in the fitness industry to support the role into fitness management or a specialist instructor.

Professional registration

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship the personal trainer will be eligible to apply to become an Affiliate of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and a Member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

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.)

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