Skip to main content

About the course

This Active IQ Level 3 Diploma will build on your existing skills in gym instruction, enabling you to pursue a career in personal training. You gain a combination of knowledge and skills to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and personal training sessions to a number of clients.

  • You must be over 16 years old
  • You must hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym) qualification
  • While there are no specific entry requirements, an element of communication (discussion, presenting, reading and writing) is involved, and those entering the programme should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 2. The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is essential - therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

Successful achievement of this qualification will provide entry to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as a practitioner (exercise and fitness). Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA was awarded Chartered status by the Privy Council, which came into effect at the beginning of 2012. CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity, and a single unified voice for the sector.

Facts and figures

Fees icon

Fees and costs

Tuition fees

See How to Apply.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 6000

How to apply

This course is currently only available as an internal option for specific degree pathways.

Please register your interest in potential future open courses by emailing:

Keep up to date and follow us on Twitter

What you'll study

During the qualification, learners will cover:

  • Further knowledge of anatomy and physiology applicable to personal training
  • Nutrition for health, exercise and fitness
  • Lifestyle and medical factors that affect wellbeing
  • Effective communication skills for client consultations to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours and strategies for change
  • Skills required to plan and conduct physical activity sessions with different types of client in a variety of environments and with a range of resources
  • Legal and professional requirements for personal training
  • Setting up and managing a personal training business on a self-employed basis, if desired
  • Managing, evaluating and improving your own performance


Solent University Open Days

Experience Solent for yourself. Meet our staff, students and explore our amazing facilities.

View our events