NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Qualification reference: RQF 500/8526/8

Level: NCFE CACHE Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to work for a gym or become a freelance personal trainer
  • Be awarded the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training* – a nationally recognised qualification, regulated by Ofqual in England
  • Be able to join CIMSPA

This course is currently being updated and will be available shortly

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course is ideal for those in the exercise and fitness sector who wish to complement their existing skills.

As a personal trainer, you will be able to work with individuals or small groups, setting targets for your clients, creating specialised personal training programmes and supporting them to achieve results. You can:

  • Educate, motivate and coach clients to help them follow their programmes safely and effectively
  • Give clients advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Create and guide clients through tailored workouts
  • Check and record clients’ progress

You can earn money from your enjoyment of health and fitness, and meet and work with a wide variety of interesting people.


Our training is split into seven units:

  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Programming personal training with clients
  • Delivering personal training sessions
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

Practical training

To gain the NCFE Level 3 qualification, you will need to successfully:

  • Complete assessments at the end of each unit to create a portfolio of work.
  • Submit recorded practical sessions (for example, in DVD format) where you plan and train a client, and demonstrating the required competences for creating personal training programmes. A qualified person will need to be present during the training session.

*NCFE registration fee of £90.50 applies