The NCFE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training (QCF) is a competence-based qualification. A competence-based qualification is based on National Occupational Standards and is a job-ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work in a specific industry. A competence-based qualification must be assessed in the workplace in accordance with the relevant assessment requirements.

This Qualification aims to provide Learners with:


  • An opportunity to develop their own practice in providing exercise and physical activity
  • Knowledge of exercise, fitness, health and nutrition
  • The ability to design, deliver and evaluate a personal training programme

Learners who successfully complete this qualification will be eligible for registration with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a Level 3 Personal Trainer.

Entry Guidance

Learners have to be at least 16 years old. There aren't any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However learners might find it useful if they've already completed qualifications in a related area at Level 2.

Progression and Development Opportunities

Learners who successfully complete this qualification are likely to go on to work as personal trainers in the sport and active leisure industry.

Credit Transfer

One of the benefits of the QCF is that learners can transfer credit from one qualification to another. Learners who've already achieved one or more of the units included in this qualification elsewhere can transfer the credit already achieved. Simply let us know which units are being achieved by credit transfer on the Certificate Claim Form.

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

Diploma: 501/1999/0