Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Business Skills for Fitness Professionals



The aim of this qualification is to develop learners with existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction who would like to pursue a career in personal training.

Entry Requirements

  • A suitable Level 2 qualification in Fitness Instructing (Gym).
  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
  • There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 2.

Qualification and Unit Structure

This qualification comprises eight mandatory units (38 credits).
Learners who have achieved a QCF Level 2 Fitness Instructing qualification or an NQF Active IQ Level 2 Fitness Instructing qualification (500/1803/6) or equivalent (Skills Active have agreed exemption for these specific NQF qualifications) will have already achieved the following three units at Level 2:
Unit 1 > Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity M/600/9015 (2 Credits)
Unit 2 > Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment T/600/9016 (2 Credits)
Unit 3 > Principles of exercise, fitness and health A/600/9017 (4 Credits)
Learners who hold a Level 2 qualification in Gym instructing, which is not an agreed equivalent/exemption to the three units detailed above, may require further guidance and support to ensure the correct learning pathway is selected to achieve the required units. For those who need to complete the above units, an additional digital Learner Achievement Portfolio (L.A.P.) is available from Active IQ.
Unit 4 > Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health A/600/9051 (6 Credits)
Unit 5 > Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme L/600/9054 (6 Credits)
Unit 6> Programming personal training with clients F/600/9052 (7 Credits)
Unit 7 > Delivering personal training sessions J/600/9053 (9 Credits)
Unit 8 > Improving your business skills F/503/1798 (2 Credits)
Successful achievement of all eight mandatory units must be achieved for the full qualification.


Coursework, Multiple Choice Examination, Portfolio of Evidence.

Career Progression

This qualification provides progression to:

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Active IQ Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga