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Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (RQF)

The Active IQ Certificate in Personal Training will give you the knowledge and skills to work with individual and groups of clients in a personal training setting. Successful achievement of the qualification will allow you to gain employment within an organisational setting or alternatively in a self-employed environment.

This qualification is delivered by Bournemouth University's academy of performance coaching and will provide entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3.

The academy is a training provider for nationally recognised Active IQ industry required qualifications for health and fitness. Active IQ provide the qualifications delivered by the top training providers in the country so utilise your connection with Bournemouth University and receive the same course at a fraction of the cost.

The blended learning programme allows you to complete most of your theoretical study in your own time (you will need access to a computer and the internet) with attendance at Bournemouth University for practical workshops and exams.

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Key information

Next start date:

View the 2022 Course Calendar above (Right)


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


9 Days plus 2 Assessment Days


The course is delivered by BU's Academy of Performance Coaching and will provide entry onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 3

Entry requirements:

A suitable Level 2 qualification in Gym Instructing (recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals) is required and a degree of physical fitness is necessary. You should also have a good level of communication and numeracy skills

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Course details

During this course you'll be furthering your knowledge of the human body and enhancing your skills as a personal trainer by studying for the following units.

If you have studied an Active IQ Level 2 course then you will have already achieved units 1, 2 and 3. In order to achieve the full personal training certificate you must achieve units 4, 5, 6 and 7:

  • Unit 1 - Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (M/600/9015)
  • Unit 2 - Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment (T/600/9016)
  • Unit 3 - Principles of exercise, fitness and health (A/600/9017)
  • Unit 4 - Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (A/600/9051)
  • Unit 5 - Programming personal training with clients (F/600/9052)
  • Unit 6 - Delivering personal training sessions (J/600/9053)
  • Unit 7 - Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme (L/600/9054).

Assessment includes: 

  • Coursework
  • Multiple choice examinations
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration.

Course Details

Course: Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (QCF)

Cost BU: £795; Community: £895

APC Calendar 2022

Course Calendar 2020/21 (pdf 130kb)

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For all course and booking enquiries, please email APC enquiries or call +44(0)1202 965012.

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