Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

The Level 3 Personal Trainer course provides you the knowledge and skills to become a personal trainer if you’re already a qualified Level 2 Gym Instructor.

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Level 3

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Become a Level 3 Personal Trainer Online

This course builds on the Level 2 Fitness Instructor course and provides you with the knowledge and qualification to become a Level 3 PT. Once you have gained this qualification, you will become a fully qualified Personal Trainer. Many people opt to combine the Level 2 Fitness Instructor and the Level 3 Personal Trainer course into one comprehensive course, which is our Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Delivered online, you’ll work with your tutor to master your coaching skills to give you ultimate confidence in the gym, delivering high-quality Personal Training sessions and programmes to your clients. SUMMIT will be with you every step of the way and we pride ourselves on giving the highest level of support to our students, to ensure you have a truly great experience as you progress through your course, and beyond. 

When you graduate, you’ll receive a PT qualification internationally recognised and accredited by REPs and CIMSPA. Your qualification will start the same day you enrol, where all online students are given access to a wide range of helpful learning resources to help you complete the course. These include:

  • E-Books
  • Electronic Manuals
  • Interactive Learning and Quizzes
  • Online Lectures
  • Videos for Guidance and Demonstration

After graduation, you will also have the opportunity to fast-track your fitness career by utilising 1-1 PT Mentorship with one of our dedicated and experienced mentors.

If you want up-skill yourself from Gym Instructor to Personal Trainer, why not book a discovery call with us to see how we can help to take your fitness career to new heights.

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SUMMIT’s Online Level 3 Personal Trainer Course is a fantastic way to become a qualified personal trainer, from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. We specialise in online fitness and personal training courses for people who prefer to learn remotely and flexibly, with the highest standard of support and guidance you’d receive in a classroom environment. 

Course Length 

This course is designed around your personal circumstances, but we generally recommend 8-10 weeks for this course.

Entry Requirements 

You must have a Level 2 qualification in gym instructing (or equivalent) before starting this course. Speak to one of our tutors for more information.

  • Unit 1 – Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness
  • Unit 2 – The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
  • Unit 3 – Lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions
  • Unit 4 – Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • Unit 5 – Communication and soft skills for personal trainers
  • Unit 6 – Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Unit 7 – Professionalism for personal trainers
  • Unit 8 – Business acumen for personal trainers

Becoming a Personal Trainer requires a holistic understanding of health and fitness. To assist your clients in a way that works for them, you must be equipped with a deeper understanding of human anatomy and nutrition and, more importantly, coaching and motivational methods. 

SUMMIT’s Online Level 3 Personal Trainer Course is the next step if you are a qualified Level 2 Gym Instructor, and it has been crafted with this in mind. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to become an elite personal trainer, enabling you to help clients reach their goals.

The type of content that will be covered in your course includes:

Applied human physiology for health and exercise

Building on your core understanding, you will develop an elite level of knowledge in how the human body works and responds to exercise. This is key when it comes to planning and managing fitness plans for future clients, ensuring they are effective and rewarding. This also includes teaching you how to guide clients through the all-important, but often forgotten, stretching, mobility and flexibility exercises.

applied principles of nutrition

Our online Personal Trainer course is designed to excel your knowledge of nutrition within a physical activity programme. This section will recognise how we need to adapt programmes to suit each client, as everyone is different. Having a deeper understanding of nutritional knowledge to cover a wide range of diets will set you apart from the competition.

personal training / coaching delivery

Guiding clients through their individual 1-1 in-person sessions is vital for personal trainers. This course will cover a range of advanced training methods and techniques to wow your clients and excel your coaching to new heights. We also cover setting appropriate goals for your clients and guiding them through their sessions appropriately with a high level of technical skill. 

creating programmes

Every client is different, so the design of their programme should be bespoke and specific to their needs. This course will teach you the principles of programme design personal training sessions specifically tailored for a range of clients with varied goals.

Business for personal trainers

If you ask any Personal Trainer, the most challenging part of being a PT is running the business. We cover what you’ll need to start work as a self-employed personal trainer, marketing techniques, how to sell your services and close sales, as well as budgeting skills; we’ll equip you with the fundamental skills to work as a successful Personal Trainer. 

To gain your Online Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, you will be required to complete online knowledge checks (via quizzes after each individual topic area), assignments and practical assessments.

As you progress through the course and each of the units, you will need to complete observed practical assessments. If you live in the North Wales area, you can complete this in person with one of our assessors present. However, our students are spread far and wide, so you might prefer to complete your assessments from home or your local gym. All you’d need to do is video record your session on your phone or tablet and send it to us for marking.

Assessment Summary

The following assessments must be completed to qualify as a Level 3 personal trainer:

  • Multiple-choice knowledge check quizzes after each topic area – 80% pass mark required
  • Client consultation – observed practical Assessment on client screening, smart goals and giving professional advice – pass required.
  • Observed practical Assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme – pass required
  • Coursework on various topic areas within qualification portfolio – pass required.

You will receive maximum support and assistance from our experienced and friendly personal tutors to ensure your assessments are stress-free and a great success.


After graduating from this course, you’ll be a fully qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer with the skills and knowledge to excel in the fitness industry.

We’re proud of the support we give to our students; just because you’ve graduated doesn’t mean that your relationship with SUMMIT has to end. As a SUMMIT graduate, our dedicated team throughout your journey and provide assistance, encouragement and advice on how to further your skills and continue your education. You’ll also have access to our private Facebook group where you can share business ideas, ask questions, and connect in a community with like-minded fitness professionals who are also running their own business. 

Whilst we can’t guarantee interviews, many of our graduates have gone onto become elite personal trainers, online coaches, fitness influencers and best of all, successful business owners. We’re proud to offer our students the very best support in the fitness industry and take this part of our role very seriously.

Recommended career paths
  • Level 4 specialise qualifications: ie. Lower-back pain management, Obesity & Diabetes management.
  • SUMMIT’s PT Mentorship Programme to excel your success in the fitness industry.


How do I know I can trust summit with my training?

We are a pioneering company that value our students to give them a genuinely fantastic experience. Check out our Trustpilot and Google Reviews from our wealth of satisfied graduates. 

What support do I receive while I study?

We are industry leaders in providing support to our students and take this aspect of your course very seriously. You’ll have the opportunity to check in with your tutor regularly via phone call, video call, email or whatsapp. You’ll also be able to drop into our weekly support sessions via zoom. 

Are summit courses accredited? 

Yes, absolutely. We are proud to partner with Focus Awards, who are governed by Ofqual, so you can be sure that your course is fully accredited. 

Can I pay for my course monthly?

Yes, absolutely. We offer a range of payment options. Speak to one of our advisors for more details. 

Are there any pre-course requirements?

Yes, you have to be a qualified level 2 Fitness Instructor to take this course. However, you can combine the Level 2 Fitness instructor course and the Level 3 Personal trainer course into one comprehensive course, our Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

What study modes does summit provide for the level 3 Personal Trainer Course?

SUMMIT specialises in online delivery of fitness qualifications through our online learning platform, using SUMMIT’s expertly crafted educational videos, online lessons, quizzes, online resources, and more. You’re able to complete your course from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access. 

I have a physical disability, can I still do a course?

Absolutely! As specialists in online fitness qualifications, you’re able to complete the entire course from your own home. Submit us an enquiry detailing your disability, and we can assess your suitability to undertake the course.

Do I have to be really technical with computers to complete the course?

Absolutely not. A basic understanding of how to use a computer is all that is required. Of course, we’re also on hand to help with any technical issues too. 

When can I start my course?

You can start your course almost immediately; once we’ve sorted the payment side of things you’ll usually have access to your course within the hour, so you can dive straight in. 


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Why book a discovery call?

A discovery call helps us to get to know you, your journey and what you want from a career in fitness. We have a chat and share our experience and knowledge of the fitness industry and what we think will be best for you. 

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