Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

Are you looking to take your career as a fitness professional to the next level? If so, the Level 3 Personal Training Course will help you qualify to become a dedicated and successful personal trainer.

A Level 3 Personal Training Qualification enables you to work independently with clients as a personal trainer, enhancing your employability prospects, increasing salary potential, and leading into a specialist Level 4 qualification.

If you have a passion for fitness, communication, hard work and helping others, this multi-dimensional course is exactly what you’re looking for. Find out more about the Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification by making an enquiry or downloading our latest prospectus.

Fully endorsed and accredited by REPs and CIMSPA.

Broad and varied course covering essential areas of personal training

Flexible payment plans with interest free payments

Fast track course with a 98% student pass rate

Get your qualification online in as little as 10 weeks

Guaranteed interviews post-course.

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Course Content

The Level 3 Personal Trainer Course accumulates all of the fundamental knowledge you need for a long and successful career as a personal trainer.

Advanced Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Exercise

You will build elite level knowledge in how the human body works and responds to exercise, helping you plan and manage the most effective and rewarding fitness plans for future clients.

Nutritional Principles

You are what you eat, and the Level 3 Personal Trainer Course will expand your knowledge of nutrition in a physical activity programme. Each client is different, and an advanced nutritional knowledge will set you apart from the rest.

Personal Training Delivery

The course will endow you with all the knowledge and skills required to put together and lead clients through the most effective, fun and rewarding personal training plans possible. 

Demonstrating Leadership

As a personal trainer or fitness instructor, you will be someone that ambitious clients look to for support and direction. This course will further your ability to lead by example and be the trusted advisor and support figure your clients need.

Learning the Business

How does a successful personal trainer market themselves? How do they maximise business opportunities? This course will help you develop a successful and sustainable personal training business model.

If you enrol in a full-time course and wish to switch start dates, you may do so free of charge, providing you give 48-hours before the course commences. You may only switch if the new course has space to accommodate you. This only applies to Level 2 and Level 3 full-time courses, as these are the courses with specific start dates.

There are no compulsory additional fees to pay for your course with OriGym. If you book a workshop or assessment and do not cancel within the cancellation period, you will be charged a £25 fee as this prevents access for other students. Should you book a CPD course, these can not be cancelled and you will lose the CPD from your account.

There are no other admin fees for assessments, certification fees, registration or any other fees hidden within our terms of service.

For Level 2 Fitness Instruction and Level 3 Personal Trainer courses, you can upgrade your course, but you can’t downgrade.

This is because, for part-time and full-time courses, teaching and venue hire times are much higher. If you do elect to upgrade, you would be required to pay the difference between the two packages, which can be incorporated onto a payment plan. There are no additional admin fees to do this.

All other courses have fixed learning methods and therefore cannot be changed.

OriGym does offer a few funding streams for students. 

We are proud partners of the MOD (Ministry of Defence) who provide funding for current and former military personnel. 

OriGym also partner with the PFA (Players Football Association), who help current and former professional footballers with funding towards their qualifications.

OriGym are proud to partner with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), who help current and former professional cricketers with funding towards their qualifications. 

Discounts for current and former rugby professionals through the RPA (Rugby Players Association) can also be obtained on enrolment.

Evidence of affiliation with these organisations is obtained prior to enrolment and is subject to check from each respective organisation.

Yes, a number of Level 3 courses carry UCAS Tariff points for university applications. Please contact the accounts team will show you which courses count towards this process.

For a Level 3 Personal Training qualification, you must have the Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification beforehand.

No, it is not mandatory to qualify in first aid to become a personal trainer. However, OriGym is a partner of Educare, the largest provider of first aid qualifications in the UK. This means all OriGym graduates receive a discount if they choose to get qualified in first aid.

OriGym is a partner of Omni Capital, with whom you can get 0% interest finance for up to 12 months on any course valued over £300. Additionally, OriGym offers its own in-house 0% payment plans which vary in length depending on the course package you select. You do not need a guarantor.

If you enrol in an online course or a blended part-time course you will sit your theory exams online through our state of the art technology. You can sit these assessments as soon as you feel ready to do so.

If you have enrolled in a full-time course, you will sit assessments within a classroom-based setting under exam conditions.

For the following courses, you will sit two theory exams online, and will also be required to complete coursework, a case study and practical assessment.

  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor Course
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Course
  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 2 Exercise to Music Course
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral Course
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructing, Level 3 PT, Diploma, ETM, Exercise Referral
  • Online & Blended full time courses

For CPD courses, you will complete an observed practical assessment where you will display competency and understanding of the course content.

For Teaching & Assessing courses, you will be required to complete a video assessment for the teaching aspect, and a practical assessment for the assessing aspect.

For the Level 4 Obesity & Diabetes Control course, you will be required to complete a portfolio as your assessment.

For the Level 4 Lower Back Pain course, you will be required to complete a portfolio as well as undertake a practical assessment.

Our online and blended Level 2, Level 3 and Personal Trainer Diploma students can book practical assessments via the Student Zone platform, under 'Assessment Bookings'. Online and blended learning students will book assessments via a first come first serve basis through our bespoke platform found on our website (student zone).  Please note you will need to bring a valid form of identification (Passport, Driver's License etc.) with you on the day.  Failure to do so will mean you will be unable to carry out your practical exam.  If you are having any issues accessing the platform, please contact our head office support team on accounts@origym.co.uk.  Our CPD fitness course students can book practical assessments via the Student Zone platform, under 'Assessment Bookings'.

Our Exercise to Music and Teaching & Assessor, as well as our Level 4 course assessments, can be booked once your portfolio has been approved.

All course enrolments are performed over the phone. This is so we can ensure you enrol onto the right course package for you and don’t miss out on any promotional offers running at the time.

OriGym is proud to qualify 4,000 fitness professionals each year. We also successfully place over 80% of students in job roles right after qualifying; that is the highest rate in the industry. We are also IS9001 certified and are one of only a handful of providers to hold this worldwide certificate of excellence. 

We are official partners with the Ministry of Defence, we run courses for QMU University, and also run the Academy for Sports Direct & Sweat Union Gyms and are proud partners of over 200 fitness brands worldwide.

We were recently nominated by the Active Training Awards, the biggest awards ceremony in the UK, for ‘most innovative training provider of the year’ and ‘training provider of the year’.

If you are still not convinced, check out our reviews on neutral platform like Google, Facebook and Trustpilot, where we have hundreds of reviews from very satisfied customers.

For online or blended learning courses (Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer), assessments outside of London run every two months across 14 locations, and every month in London.

For all full-time courses, your assessments will run as part of your standard course schedule.

Assessments for Exercise to Music, Teaching & Assessing, and both our Level 4 courses (Lower Back Pain Management, Obesity & Diabetes Control) run once every two months.

All CPD Fitness course assessments run once a month in any of the following locations:

  • London
  • Liverpool
  • Lisburn
  • Glasgow
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol

To enrol in any course in the OriGym prospectus, you must be at least 16 years of age.

This depends on which course you are studying and which qualifications you have prior to studying. We will inform you if any modules are skippable, once your PTI qualifications have been submitted to our enrolment team.

The majority of degrees will be missing some core modules or practical component that do not map across to National Occupational Standards. Some modules may be skipped under ‘recognition of prior achievement’ (RPA) and ‘recognition of prior learning’ (RPL). 

This must be evidenced against governing body requirements and can take time. The process of RPL can often take far more time than simply completing the modules required, which is why students often elect to simply take the modules as part of the course they are taking.

Absolutely! We have centres that accommodate for the physically impaired, which are fully equipped with lifts, ramps and disabled toilets. We have had dozens of physically impaired individuals complete our course and go on to be very successful within the industry.

You can take up to 2 years to complete each individual Level 2, 3 or 4 course. For a Personal Training Diploma (which combines a Level 2 and Level 3 course), you would have 4 years. Should this time expire, you would need to pay for re-registration; however, this has never happened to a student thus far.

CPD Fitness Courses do not have an expiry date.

In addition to guaranteeing interviews post course, OriGym offers free business consultations post course, CV analysis to get it looking just right, CV distribution in your local area, and interview preparation to give you the best chance of getting the role you want.

Additionally, we have lots of free business resources, videos and guides on our e-learning platform that all students can access after their course. 

OriGym is proud to have the largest student alumni system, meaning you get discounts on some of the world’s largest fitness brands, services and products for life; this means you never have to pay full retail price. With over 250 brands available to our graduates, you know you can’t go wrong.

At OriGym we do not believe in charging our students extra to re-sit an assessment, whether theory or practical. Our aim is to get you qualified. Re-sits are therefore free.

All practical and externally sat theory exams must be rebooked and can not be re-taken on the same day.

Replacement certificates can be purchased if they are lost or stolen. There is a £35 charge to replace lost certificates (postage is free). We retain your details for this purpose for 5 years after completion of your course. After this point, we will be unable to provide certification replacements due to data protection laws.

OriGym offers a range of learning styles to suit the way you learn best. This means you can always find room for your studies. You can learn online, combine online with face-to-face workshops or take our full-time classroom and gym based courses.

You can start training clients as soon as your qualifications have been obtained and your insurance documents have come through. The necessary insurance vaires depending on what kind of training you are specialising in.

OriGym reports to two governing bodies: NCFE and Focus Awards.

We are a fully accredited provider and out courses are recognised by REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) and we are a CIMSPA endorsed provider and partner. All our qualifications are internationally recognised and fully regulated by Ofqual (government).

Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. 

CIMSPA has been awarded chartered status by the Privy Council, which came into effect at the start of January 2012. 

CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity and a single unified voice for the sector. 

OriGym is a proud to be a CIMSPA partner and can be found on their partner list under ‘recognised training’.

The Register of Exercise Professionals – launched in 2002 and under the ownership of UK Coaching since 2016 – is the largest independent public register for the Health and Fitness Industry in the UK, recognising the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise instructors across the four home nations.

REPs was developed to protect the public from trainers who do not hold appropriate qualifications and to provide assurance and confidence to the public and employers that all professionals on the register are appropriately qualified with the knowledge, competence and skills to perform their role effectively.

REPs provides a system of regulation for over 20,000 passionate health and fitness instructors and over 200 enthusiastic and innovative training providers, to ensure that they meet the industry’s agreed standards.

REPs has a robust continuing professional development (CPD) structure in place to ensure members are kept up to date with current research and thinking, which is backed up by and linked to insurances. PD:Approval has been contracted as an independent quality assurance organisation to drive up standards, offering the REPs kitemark of quality to the awarding organisations, universities, colleges and training providers that achieve them.

OriGym believes courses should be obtainable for all those who want to start a career within the fitness sector. We own a vast majority of our own training venues through our sister company, thus massively reducing overheads which other companies cover with higher fees. We also do not apply unnecessary admin fees, certification charges or exam fees that many of our competitors apply.

Yes, every qualified fitness professional requires insurance in order to train clients. There are several companies that offer insurance. As an OriGym graduate, you can enjoy discounts from our insurance partners.

Qualifications obtained through OriGym are qualifications for life. 

Occasionally changes set by Ofqual may require qualifications to be updated. In this instance you can simply come back and pay for the extra modules required, without having to retake the whole course. This only tends to happen once every 15 years.

The Level 3 Personal Training course at OriGym can be studied through one of three means, online, part-time and full-time learning. This is to ensure you can select the right training for your needs, can work at a time frame and pace suitable to you as an individual. 

Nationwide Learning Facilities

Our Level 3 Personal Trainer course is taught in 12 major cities across the UK, each with excellent transport links. All of these venues have state of the art facilities and have been carefully chosen to give you as many learning advantages as possible.

Online Learning

Our online courses have become the most popular way of gaining a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification through OriGym. Work at your own pace and engage with the learning materials in a way that suits you. There are no completion deadlines and the average completion time is 16 weeks, but you can become qualified faster if you choose. This flexible option is perfect for those with other commitments such as work, family or hobbies.

Learn via our custom built e-learning platform, "student zone" where you will study via videos, online lectures, interactive e-learning, e-books and more. 

Part Time Learning

The part-time course is probably the most popular course option as it combines learning online via the student zone platform with practical based workshops out of our 12 training centres. The Level 3 Personal Training Course is taught by the highest standard of tutors on the market and is restricted to small groups to enhance your learning experience. You can also attend as many practical workshops as you like.

As with all our courses, you will get 7 days per week phone and email support as well as unrivalled post-course support to help you onto the personal training ladder.

Full Time Learning

If you’re in a hurry to get qualified and start your personal training journey, the Fast Track Level 3 Personal Trainer course may be just what you’re looking for. Here you can learn from a range of gym based practical sessions and classroom led theory lessons and do it quickly and efficiently. Full-time courses run from Monday to Friday and are run from OriGym's very own private training centres. Your learning won't be disturbed by members or gym users, which is why we are a multi-award nominated provider.

Only the highest calibre of tutors teach our full-time courses, who have extensive experience of helping people, just like you complete their Level 3 Personal Trainer Course.


To gain your Level 3 Personal Training qualification, you will be required to complete assessments. We pride ourselves in making our assessments just as fun and engaging as the learning process before them.

Online & Part Time Course Assessments

As you progress through the course modules, you will be able to attend our practical assessments. These can be found all over the UK, so you won’t have to travel far and run every two months from each location.

The following assessments must be completed to qualify as a Level 3 Personal Trainer: 

  • Multiple choice open book online exam on anatomy and physiology – 90% pass mark required
  • Multiple choice open book online paper on the application of nutrition – 90% pass mark required
  • Practical assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme - Pass required
  • Coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview - Pass Required

Full Time Course Assessments

The following assessments must be completed to qualify as a Level 3 Personal Trainer: 

  • Multiple choice paper on anatomy and physiology – 70% pass mark required
  • Multiple choice paper on the application of nutrition – 70% pass mark required
  • Practical assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme - Pass required
  • Coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview - Pass Required

You will receive maximum support and assistance from our experienced and friendly personal tutors to ensure your assessments are stress-free and ultimately a great success. 

What do you need to get started? 

To get started towards your Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, you must first have completed the Level 2 qualification.

If you have not yet completed the Level 2 Personal Trainer qualification, but wish to reach Level 3 as soon as possible, OriGym offers both Levels 2 and 3 together in our Personal Training Diploma. This means you can hit the ground running at Level 3 once Level 2 is completed. 

You must also be aged 16 years or over to enrol in the course.


The Level 3 Personal Trainer course at OriGym is fully recognised and accredited by the following bodies:

  • REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals)
  • CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)

What our students say about the Level 3 Personal Trainer Course


Best course I’ve ever been on! 

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