RPA ‘Online’ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training


Everything you need to become an industry recognised Personal Trainer. This course will give you the scope to run your own fitness business or work as a qualified personal trainer in a gym environment.


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Take the complete journey…

from where you are now, to having your own Personal Training business.

This isn’t just a Personal Training course, it is everything you need to qualify as a knowledgeable Fitness Professional. Our course will show you how to set up your own business as a Personal Trainer, and our online platform will become a resource hub that will support you throughout your career.

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You will be able to learn the following:

• How to create and implement a successful business plan

• How to set up and create a website

• How to set up and use your social media platforms 

• How to create your YouTube channel

• How to grow your client base …. and much more

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You can start your studies as soon as you enrol, by gaining immediate access to our award nominated online learning platform.

Your online student account will host the theory content of your course, all delivered as bitesize video lessons.

Units include:
• Nutrition
• Programming
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Business set up
• Practical delivery
• and even a full exercise and coaching library

Along with hosting your course content, this online platform will become a point of reference for you when it is often needed the most – when you are working with your paying clients as a Personal Trainer.


Designed to fit in around your training and playing commitments

Having worked with many rugby professionals over the years, we understand the importance of creating a way of learning that can fit in and around your training and playing commitments.

Our online learning platform breaks down the course content into bitesize video lessons, meaning you can do as little as a 20 minute study session, or even study a few hours at a time – you can make it work for you.

You can even learn on the go as your online learning platform is also accessible on your smartphone or tablet.


Course Overview

Our Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course includes everything you need to become an industry recognised Personal Trainer.

But to take this a step further, we will also give you the tools and resources needed to help you become a successful Personal Trainer who has all the resources necessary to help and support you throughout your career.


Course structure

As soon as you enrol, you are given immediate access to our online learning platform, and you will be contacted by your course support tutor to get you up and running.

Your online content includes all of the theory content for your Level 3 diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course, along with further resources and even the ‘at-home’ assessments required for your course.

We have also included all of the necessary practical lessons for this course into your online learning platform. By using these lessons and our extensive Exericse and Coaching Library you will be able to complete this course fully online.


What happens once you are qualified?

As you are working through your studies, our online lessons and your course support tutor will encourage you to prepare for your career as a personal trainer after you are qualified by starting to build the foundations of your fitness business. This is not a requirement, but for those who do this they often complete their qualification with a business platform and paying clients ready to go.

Once you are fully qualified we will work with you to ensure your fitness business as a Personal Trainer is up and running and that you are actively marketing yourself correctly to start growing your client base.

We understand fully that a lot of your questions will come after you are qualified, whether you need business advice or help with training your clients. That is why we are always at hand to help and offer guidance as you look to develop and grow your business – the support does not stop after you are qualified.


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Your online learning platform

As soon as you enrol onto this course, you will be given access to your online learning platform. This allows you to start your learning journey straight away from home, and it is fully supported by your own dedicated support tutor who will guide you every step of the way.

Your tutor will be in touch as soon as you enrol and will be at hand to support you through your studies, answer any questions, and give clarity on any part of the course. We can even offer regular accountability calls if it helps. Every individual learns in different ways, therefore we are at hand to help and guide you through every step of your learning in a way that best suits you.

Your online learning platform hosts all of the necessary theory units for your Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course – including Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Programming, Business set up, and much more…

It also contains the lessons needed for your practical delivery and a fully stacked Exercise & Coaching Library.

This online platform will be a point of reference for you throughout your career – which is often when you will need to reference these lessons the most. You will receive lifelong access to this information.


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For a further breakdown of the online content, a complete overview of required assessments and to get a good idea of a timeline to completion:

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Using your practical lessons and working with a client

We understand that a professional rugby player is already training regularly in a gym environment, performing a variation of different cardiovascular training techniques and is coaching others on a regular basis. All of these traits transistion perfectly to the necessary skills that a good Personal Trainer needs to showcase throughout their career.

This is why we can work with you in a fully online manner, and we have embedded all of the necessary practical content for this course into your online learning platform.

By using the practical lessons and by using our extensive Exercise and Coaching Library, you will be able to learn all of the required practical content for the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course.

To showcase your understanding of this knowledge, we will work with you to put together a body of work with a case study client.

This case study portfolio will include a consultation, a programme of exercise to suit their specific needs and goal, and goal setting for their training and nutrition.

Your case study client should ideally be an individual that you can help and make a difference with when it comes to their training, lifestyle and nutritonal needs. We will support you every step of the way as you create for your client a gym programme, deliver personal training sessions, perform baseline measure tests, design their nutrition plan and more…

This is the same work that you will be perfoming with all of your future clients, therefore it sets you up perfectly for your role as a personal trainer.



It is important when enrolling on to a course that you have a clear timeline to completion and an understanding of what you need to do to pass.

As soon as you enrol, your course support tutor will arrange an Assessment Plan call with you so that they can talk you through each unit of the course and how they are assessed. This will essentially be your timeline to completion and will set you some motivation with your studies and targets to aim for.


Online assessments

Once you complete a unit online, it can be assessed immediately, allowing you to do the assessment whilst the knowledge is fresh and to save you hanging around for an exam. Our online end-of-unit assessments can all be done from the comfort of your own home when you are ready to do so. Your support tutor will be at hand to help with any revision and to get everything organised for you.


Practical assessments

To showcase the knowledge you have learnt from the practical lessons within your online content, as well as allowing you to show us how you will want to be acknowledged as a Personal Trainer, you will build up a body of work by completing a course portfolio and working with a case study client.

This body of work will essentially be based on your training of an individual as an active client – analysing and educating them on their training, lifestyle and nutritional habits.

Your course support tutor will be at hand to help with this every step of the way, this stage of your learning reflects who you are as an individual and it builds up your experience, knowledge and confidence in training a client.

As well as documenting a clients journey through training and nutrition, you will complete the course by submitting to us a filmed assessment of you training your client in a gym or non-gym environment.

This filmed assessment is again done in your own time and in your own environment, giving a real relaxed sense to the assessment, allowing you to truly be yourself and to also document your transition from study to being a fully qualified Personal Trainer.



The Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training is governed by YMCA Awards and is industry recognised, both in the United Kingdom and Worldwide, meaning you can work as a personal trainer anywhere in the world.
Upon completion of our qualifications, you’ll also be able to gain membership with the standardising body for the Health and Fitness Industry – CIMSPA (previously REPS – The Register of Exercise Professionals).


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For a full overview of the assessments and what is required to pass them:

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Ongoing support

Support throughout your studies is of upmost importance to successful course completion, but support when you are building your fitness business and working with paying clients is when support and advice is often needed the most – we take pride in wanting to see all of our students thrive and grow in the industry so the more you stay in touch once you are qualified and take us up on our offer of support the better it is for us.


If you would like to discuss our course structure in more detail, and the options available to you once you are qualified – simply click here to get in touch and we will be more than happy to answer your questions and discuss everything further with you. 

For a full overview of units covered, and everything you will have as part of your educational package for this course, you can click here to download our Prospectus.


Supporting professional rugby players to continue their learning

At Performance Training Academy we have been helping rugby professionals achieve further qualifications around their playing and training commitments for over 10 years, giving players options to further their career or to develop a new one whenever they choose to use it.

We have been working with players from a range of Premiership clubs from Exeter Chiefs to Saracens, and even work with over seas players in countries like France, Australia and more.

Our course has been designed to be fully online, yet put together to still give you that classroom style learning environment and importantly a 1 to 1 student and tutor relationship – working with you every step of the way.

We will support you throughout your studies, setting targets for you and giving any help when you need it to make it fit in with your timescale. You will also have lifetime access to all of our online platform and we will be at hand to help you turn this qualification into a rewarding business for you whenever you should need it.


Take the complete journey..

An industry recognised Personal Trainer must hold both the Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training qualifications. The level 2 essentially teaches the fundamental coaching skills that all Personal Trainers must have good knowledge of.

The learning experience flows a lot better for our students when you are able to complete your Level 2 qualification and then immediately add the advanced training methods and subject knowledge of the Level 3 course.

Our Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course does just that – combining both Level 2 and Level 3 content into one excellent course.


Course prices:

  • Pay in full price – £1495  £995 for the RPA


What will happen when you book your course?

As soon as you book your course, using either the pay in full or instalment option, you will receive a receipt of payment and also your log in details for your online learning platform – so that you can get onto your course content straight away.

Within 24 hours your course support tutor will be in touch with you to show you the first steps of your study and to arrange an onboarding phone-call to allow us to make sure you have a full understanding of how to get started and what you will be working through.

But you can get started before this point, the course content gives a full explanation of each step of your learning journey.


Still have questions? About our course, or what you can do with the qualification once you are qualified?

We are more than happy to discuss the learning process to getting you fully qualified and to answer any questions that you may have.

Simply click here to contact us, and we will be in touch within 24 hours to answer your questions and arrange a call where needed.


We look forward to working with you through your studies and supporting you with your fitness business as an industry recognised Personal Trainer.

For further information and to discuss our course further with a member of the team – please click here