The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training has been accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern IrelandA1, and is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This qualification is eligible for funding under the Learning and Skills Act 2000 under Sections 96 and 97. This qualification forms the technical certificate of the Apprenticeship for Active Leisure and Learning.

NCFE is a Component Awarding Body (CAB) for the 14-19 Diploma. This qualification is supported by the Sport and Active Leisure (DDP) as Specialist Learning. The qualification is also part of the Additional Specialist Learning catalogue for the Sport and Active Leisure Diploma.

Aims of the Qualification

The qualification aims to provide learners with the understanding and practical skills needed to work as a Personal Trainer in a variety of settings. This includes understanding health and safety in a fitness environment, customer service, anatomy and physiology, personal training programmes and sessions, and nutrition.

Entry Guidance

This qualification is designed for those who are seeking to develop advanced skills and knowledge in fitness instructing and for those seeking employment in the sector. Learners must have achieved the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing qualification before enrolling on the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Entry is at the discretion of the centre; however learners should be 16 to undertake the qualification. Centres are responsible for ensuring that this qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the assessment criteria and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of this qualification. Learners registered on this qualification shouldn't undertake another qualification at the same level with the same, or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding levels.

Achieving this Qualification

This qualification consists of 7 mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Unit 02 Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Unit 03 Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Unit 04 Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Unit 05 Programming personal training with clients
  • Unit 06 Delivering personal training sessions
  • Unit 07 Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme


Progression Opportunities

This qualification offers entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and progression into employment as a Fitness Instructor.
Learners could also progress to:

  • NCFE Level 3 NVQ in Instructing Physical Exercise and Nutrition
  • Level 3 Certificate in Fitness Management
  • Level 3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for Antenatal and Postnatal Clients (QCF)
  • Any other Level 3 qualification in the Health and Fitness Industry
  • Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management
  • Level 4 HNC Diploma in Sport (QCF)
  • Level 5 HND Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences (QCF)


Credit transfer

One of the benefits of the QCF is that learners can transfer credit from one qualification to another, where the rules of combination allow. Simply let us know which units are being achieved by credit transfer on the Certificate Claim Form. All units within this qualification are available for credit transfer. Please see www.ndaq.org.uk for information about these units.

How are they Assessed?

They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include tasks such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

Do you need to be working to take the Qualification?

No, as these are knowledge only qualification.

How long do they take to complete?

You can usually complete this in a year or less.

Which type of Job Roles can Learners Apply for on Completion?

This qualification do not qualify you to work but do provide a starting point for deciding whether a career in the sector is right for you.

Qualification Reference Number

Certificate: 500/8526/8