Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner)

 

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By completing these qualifications, learners will meet industry requirements to become a Personal Trainer, as set out within the CIMSPA professional standard.

The purpose of these qualifications is to enable learners to coach clients – one to one and in small groups – towards their health and fitness goals. Learners will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to plan and deliver creative and personalised exercise programmes, provide nutritional advice and support clients with their overall lifestyle management.

Completing these qualifications will provide learners with access to CIMSPA Practitioner membership, the industry prerequisite to access self-employed and employed personal trainer roles.

 
 

QN

GLH

TQT

Operational start date

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner)

603/2921/X

373

578

01/03/2018

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing, and Personal Training (Practitioner)603/3504/X40563401/03/2018

 

Content and relationship with other YMCA Awards qualifications

Our Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner) combines content from our two most popular qualifications to enable learners become a Personal Training with no prior learning.

Our Level 3 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing, and Personal Training (Practitioner) allows learners to further expand their scope of practice to either build in the use of portable equipment or work with larger groups. The table below shows the structure of each of these qualifications compared with other YMCA Awards' products.

 

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Gym instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner) (603/2921/X)

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing, and Personal Training (Practitioner) (603/3504/X)

YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing (603/2767/4)
YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner) (603/2438/7)
YMCA Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebell Training (603/7186/9)
YMCA Level 2 Award in Instructing Suspended Movement Training (603/7187/0)
YMCA Level 2 Award in Group Exercise Instructing: Circuit Training (603/7151/1)
 Pathway 1Pathway 2

 

 

 


Supported by employers

 

 

These qualifications are endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

CIMSPA professional standards are employer-led and define the knowledge and skills individuals must understand and demonstrate to undertake a particular role.


 

Employers want to be confident that their client-facing staff are going to represent their brand and provide an outstanding customer experience.

That's why YMCA Awards Personal Trainer (Practitioners) need to demonstrate they are able to present themselves professionally, communicate effectively and motivate clients before they can be certificated. 


Focus on customer experience


 

Supported by Y-Mark


Our free Y-Mark digital assessment workbooks are very similar to a typical eLearning knowledge check or quiz. They contain a mixture of multiple choice and multiple response questions is an accessible and easy to navigate layout.

They can be completed anywhere there is an internet connection and, as they're self-marking, save tutors an average of 25 minutes per learner. All this adds up to more class time to perfect those practical skills!

 

Learners must be aged 16 plus. Ideally they should have some experience of gym-based exercises as participation in a variety of gym-based practical sessions will be required throughout the qualification. Learners should also have communication skills pitched at level 2 which can be developed during the course.

To achieve the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner) (603/2921/X), learners must complete 11 mandatory units.

To achieve the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing, and Personal Training (Practitioner) (603/3504/X), learners must complete 11 mandatory units and a further 2 optional units from either:

  • Pathway 1: Kettlebell and Suspended Movement Training
  • Pathway 2: Group Circuit Training.
UnitAssessment(s)Group
Anatomy & physiology for exercise & fitness instructors
  • Multiple choice test
  • Assessment workbook
Mandatory

Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment

  • Assessment workbook
  • Observation of practical skills
Mandatory

Lifestyle management & health awareness

  • Assessment workbook
Mandatory

Gym-based programme planning and preparation

  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
Mandatory
Gym-based programme delivery and professional instruction
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
  • Observation of practical skills
Mandatory
Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Multiple choice test
  • Assessment workbook
Mandatory
Promoting wellness through client motivation and interaction
  • Assessment workbook
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
  • Observation of practical skills
Mandatory
Bespoke exercise programme design
  • Assessment workbook
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
  • Observation of practical skills
Mandatory
Customised exercise programme instruction and communication techniques
  • Assessment workbook
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
  • Observation of practical skills
Mandatory
Nutrition to support physical activity
  • Multiple choice test
  • Assessment workbook
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
Mandatory
Business acumen for a successful Personal Training Practice
  • Assessment workbook
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
Mandatory
Plan and deliver kettlebell training 
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
  • Observation of practical skills
Pathway 1
Plan and deliver suspended movement training
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
  • Observation of practical skills
Pathway 1
Principles of planning and delivering group exercise
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
Pathway 2
Plan and deliver group circuit training 
  • Portfolio of evidence (Learner assessment record)
  • Observation of practical skills
Pathway 2

 

The information below provides details of our fees for our approved centres. If you're a learner, you'll need to find a training provider to get an accurate cost for completing one of our qualifications. Training providers will charge learners more than the prices listed below to cover the costs of the delivery of teaching and assessment they complete on our behalf.

Registration and certification fees

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner) (603/2921/X) — £80.00 per learner

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing, and Personal Training (Practitioner) (603/3504/X) — £80.00 per learner

Teaching and learning resources

Unit

eLearning available?

Manual available?

Anatomy & physiology for exercise & fitness instructors

Yes

Yes

Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment

Yes

Yes

Lifestyle management & health awareness

Yes

Yes

Gym-based programme planning and preparation

Yes

Yes

Gym-based programme delivery and professional instruction

Yes

Yes

Applied Anatomy and PhysiologyYesYes
Promoting wellness through client motivation and interactionYesYes
Bespoke exercise programme designYesYes
Customised exercise programme instruction and communication techniquesYesYes
Nutrition to support physical activityYesYes
Business acumen for a successful Personal Training PracticeYesYes
Plan and deliver kettlebell training NoYes
Plan and deliver suspended movement trainingNoNo
Principles of planning and delivering group exerciseNoYes
Plan and deliver group circuit training NoYes

Visit our fees page for more information on resource and resource bundle pricing.

Existing centres can add these qualifications to their offer by completing an 'Additional Product Approval Request' in Y-Connect.

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