Personal Trainer

Central YMCA Qualifications

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one – to – one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client. 

Occupational Description

A gym instructor/ personal trainer’s role includes designing and implementing exercise programmes for a range of individual clients by collecting and analysing client information to ensure the effectiveness of personal exercise programmes. A personal trainer should also actively encourage potential clients/ members to join and adhere to regular exercise programmes, employing appropriate motivational strategies to achieve this. 

Students who have completed the Level 2 Health and Fitness Instructor course need to complete the following modules:

What will you learn?

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Health benefits of exercise
  • Programming personal training with clients
  • Delivering personal training sessions

The course will include 8 lessons of 2 hours duration in class, 5 preparatory sessions relating to the practical component and 100 hours of work experience which are a mandatory part of the course.

Occupational roles The personal trainer should among other tasks be involved in:

  • Collecting information relating to individual clients
  • Carrying out fitness assessments to establish client fitness and skill level
  • Analysing information relating to individual clients
  • Identifying, agreeing and reviewing short, medium and long term goals to ensure the effectivess of exercise programmes
  • Providing a range of exercise programmes in accordance with the needs of the clients by applying principles of exercise programming
  • Making best use of the environment in which clients are exercising
  • Providing clients with accurate information on the principles of nutrition and weight management
  • Promoting healthy activities and related strategies for daily living to clients/ members

Entry requirements

Persons interested in attending this course will need to be in possession of the level 2 qualification in health and fitness instructing.

Logistics The course will held at Future Focus, 8 Triq L-Imhazen, Floriana

Courses are held twice yearly. The course comprises 12 sessions of 2 hours duration and 100 hours of training as a personal trainer (practical)

Assessment – theory papers, continous and summative assessment


Euro 980 of which Euro 400 is paid as a non-refundable deposit and the balance on the first lesson.

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