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Course Introduction

The aim of this Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training qualification is to build upon the skills you already have from the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and provide learners with the practical skills and knowledge needed to work as a Personal Trainer. In order to take this course, you must have completed the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing, so if you have not, please do so before you begin. 

After you have successfully completed this course, you will be able to access the Register of Exercises Professionals at Level 3, and so open up a world of possibilities available to you as a Personal Trainer.

Course Structure

This course is split into 4 units, with unit 4 comprising of a practical assessment. Depending on the course bundle that you have purchased, you may also be able to access Webinars and additional CPD courses which will help with your knowledge and understanding of the core subject matter, as well as give you the necessary tools to be an effective Personal Trainer. 

There are quizzes at the end of each unit, and in some cases there may even be two quizzes. These are a mix of multiple choice questions, true/false questions, essay/free text questions and workbook/video uploads. 

It is recommended that you undertake this course on a computer rather than a phone or tablet. Although the course content is readable on any device, some of the quizzes and assessments require document downloads and file uploads, which are much easier to complete on a computer. 

To help you focus on what’s essential to learn, important words and phrases have been highlighted in bold, so look out for those key bits of info, you will need them later on!

PLEASE NOTE: Although a course manual has been supplied, it should be used as a guide only. We encourage learners to undertake further research by reading other books, publications and research to gain a greater understanding of qualification subject matter.

How to study

It’s important that you set aside some time to study. The language of anatomy may be unfamiliar to you at first, but once you have practised using the basic words, prefixes and suffixes you will find that anatomical terminologies are not as difficult as you first imagined.

Step 1- Read in small chunks 
Researchers involved in cognitive learning and educational sciences talk about chunks or ‘chunking’. Basically, it is considered easier to learn small pieces of information and subsequently link those chunks together than attempt to assimilate a large body of information in one go. A good example of this is how one might approach learning an 11-digit UK phone number. Instead of trying to memorise 11 digits, one might chunk it up into the five digit area code and two chunks of three numbers. It is better to learn small chunks of information frequently, than big chunks, infrequently. Small chunks of information are easier to remember.

Step 2 – Use terminology as often as possible 
Learning occurs as a result of repetition. The more you say or write on a particular topic the more you will learn. Use gestures and point to body parts to help you learn. Learning new facts will become easier and will connect with previous knowledge over time.

Step 3 – Go for a workout 
Seriously, go and work out. What better way to learn and apply what you are learning than in the gym? After all, as a gym instructor or personal trainer you will spend your time coaching, demonstrating, discussing exercises and programming. 

Use the treadmill and run at different speeds and durations, lift weights with different repetitions, or jump explosively. Take note of your breathing rate, heart rate response or how your muscles feel. Record any soreness the day after to make links to exercise selection and the intensity at which they were performed. Seriously, working out is a fantastic way to learn anatomy and physiology.

Step 4 – Get help 
You are not on your own and we want you to get the most out of your learning. Anatomy and physiology can be hard to learn and you will need help to guide your learning and understanding. You can ask a colleague, peer, learner support team and, of course, your designated tutor or course mentor. They are there for you to use their expertise.

Further Information
As a result of completing this online course you will issued both an internal certificate and one from the regulatory body – NCFE. All qualifications issued by NCFE are OFQUAL regulated and internationally recognised, however, in order to obtain the EREPS and CIMSPA logo on the certificate, we can offer you a complimentary upgrade to a diploma. In order to do so you will have to complete an addition al workbook. If interested, please contact admin support.

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