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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Sport and
- Level 4 HNC Diploma in Sport (QCF)
- Level 5 HND Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences (QCF)
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.
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