London, Nottingham
About this course

The Advanced Diploma in Personal Training course consists of the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training, an internationally recognised qualification, that we have combined with an impressive range continued professional development modules (CPDs) that will enhance the portfolio of services you can offer your clients. 

In addition, and as part of this course, we have introduced a brand new Behaviour Change module which develops your skills to more effectively coach your clients to become more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle. The recently revamped Business Principles module will guide you through setting up and building your business whilst providing you with skills to successfully gain and retain your clients.

This 7-week course will give you the skills to train clients, create advanced fitness plans, develop your business and run training sessions, either 1-2-1 or for small or larger groups.

You will also receive support throughout your studies.

We have over 30 years of experience in the industry with a broad range of clients and partnerships to set you up with the right connections to start your career.

The benefits of taking this course

  • Access to first-class eLearning resources
  • 0% finance available - spread the cost with interest free monthly payments
  • Pay nothing** until you earn £21K with an Advanced Learner Loan (*Deposit required)
  • Access to specialised personal training software
  • Unparalleled student support to help you along the way
  • Access to discounted equipment

Save 10% when you pay the full course fee at least 2 months before the start date***.

Upcoming dates


Start date
Monday 7 May 18
End date
Wednesday 20 Jun 18
Course dates
07 May 2018 - 11 May 2018
14 May 2018 - 18 May 2018
21 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
28 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018
04 Jun 2018 - 08 Jun 2018
11 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
18 Jun 2018 - 20 Jun 2018
Start date
Monday 4 Jun 18
End date
Wednesday 18 Jul 18
Course dates
04 Jun 2018 - 08 Jun 2018
11 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
18 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
25 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
02 Jul 2018 - 06 Jul 2018
09 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
Start date
Monday 2 Jul 18
End date
Wednesday 15 Aug 18
Course dates
02 Jul 2018 - 06 Jul 2018
09 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
16 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
30 Jul 2018 - 03 Aug 2018
06 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
13 Aug 2018 - 15 Aug 2018


Start date
Monday 2 Jul 18
End date
Wednesday 15 Aug 18
Course dates
02 Jul 2018 - 06 Jul 2018
09 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
16 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
30 Jul 2018 - 03 Aug 2018
06 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
13 Aug 2018 - 15 Aug 2018
Course details
Weekdays: Full-time

Weekdays: Full-time

The intensive course consists of eight modules and will give you all the necessary skills to start your career as an employed or freelance personal trainer.

  • Format: Classroom based.
  • Duration: 33 days over 7 consecutive weeks
Weekends / Weekdays: Modular


The modular route allows you to fit the course around your life. You can attend the course module by module. 

The Gym Instructor and Certificate in Personal Training modules are delivered either full-time in a classroom or part-time as a mix of classroom and home study (online learning) delivery. The part-time options (with online learning) must be booked a minimum of six weeks in advance to allow enough time to complete the online theory learning so you are ready to sit the exams during the course. The 5 CPDs are all delivered in the classroom as one-day courses. 

  • Format: Classroom and/or home study
  • Duration: a speed that suits you; seven months to one year is definitely achievable.

What you will learn

This course will give you the technical skills, confidence and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of clients. We will teach you the skills to apply the knowledge to goals and programmes for your clients and train you to deliver and evaluate safe and effective sessions for one to one and small group training.

Level 2 Gym Instructor

The most widely recognised entry level fitness industry qualification, the YMCAfit gym instructor programme provides you with the foundation to become a great instructor and develop into a personal trainer. You will gain a deeper understanding of the human body, so that you can learn how to design a tailored gym programme and use gym equipment in an effective and safe manner.

Level 3 Personal Training

Expand your knowledge base and understand the application of more advanced anatomy and physiology to allow you to develop periodised programmes, assess health and fitness levels and train clients in a wide range of environments. Also included are ways to maintain safety and welfare in a fitness environments, and nutrition basics to support clients during their exercise programme.  

Business Principles

The new business principles module will set you up for success, help you build a business, define a brand, generate sales and make key decisions about what type of PT you want to be.

Behaviour Change

This module will develop your skills so that you can have effective, efficient conversations with clients to encourage them to make changes to their current activity levels, build self-confidence to achieve their goals and support them in making lifestyle changes. 

Suspension Fitness

Train clients through a range of movements using the straps to manipulate client's bodyweight to produce a full body workout. Learn how to correctly set up equipment and employ the principles of suspension training so that you can plan an effective session for a variety of clients. 

Padwork for PTs

Learn to use equipment such as gloves, focus pads, Muay Thai boxing pads, and combat style equipment such as skipping ropes and medicine balls to help clients develop power, strength and endurance. Create challenging combat style exercises for either one-to-one or small group sessions.  

Emergency First Aid

This module will provide you with a first aid qualification that will be valid for three years from the day of training. This is essential to any freelance Personal Trainer or instructor working with clients and is often an insurance requirement.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT is one of is one of the most popular training methods for clients, it’s time efficient, great for groups or one to one training. Learn everything you need to know about high intensity training so you have the skills you need to deliver this popular session. 

 Plus, on the course you’ll also learn to:

  • Identify the major bones, muscles and muscle actions of the body
  • Explain the workings of the body’s cardiovascular (CV) and energy systems
  • Identify the components and principles of fitness
  • Relate the Health and Safety at Work Act to the gym environment
  • Identify good customer care and strategies for the adoption and maintenance of physical activity
  • Apply basic skills that will enable you to include older adult, disabled, and antenatal and post-natal client groups in your sessions
  • Compile a client’s personal profile and Set SMART goals as part of an effective training programme
  • Review, evaluate and adapt personal training programmes to meet clients' lifestyle changes
  • Write periodised programmes using effective cardiovascular and resistance training systems for an individual to meet specific training goals
  • Identify and demonstrate advanced teaching skills in order to deliver safe and effective exercise programmes
  • Perform a range of specific health and fitness assessments, such as blood pressure, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and body fat percentage
  • Learn to apply nutritional guidelines to a range of individual goals 

How you will be assessed

A combination of practical and written assessment methods including:

  • Practical – you will be required to bring one helper for your Level 2 Gym Instructor assessment
  • Practical – you will use a peer on your course for the Level 3 Personal Trainer assessment
  • Practical – ongoing assessment on each module
  • Multiple choice theory papers
  • Case studies
  • Worksheets

What you qualify with

  • YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • YMCA Awards Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • YMCAfit Behaviour Change
  • YMCAfit Padwork for PTs
  • YMCAfit High Intensity Training
  • YMCAfit Suspension Fitness
  • YMCAfit Business Principles
  • 20 REPs points / Entry to REPs at Level 3
  • CIMSPA: 10hrs development CPD credits for completion of Behaviour Change elearning

Who can do this course

  • Anyone over 16
  • Must have experience using cardiovascular equipment; fixed and free weights within a gym environment
How to book

Call us on 0844 417 2349 to book your course or fill out our request a call back form.

Payment options

We accept debit or credit cards over the phone or in person at our London head office. Our office is open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can either pay:

  • in full
  • or by setting up an interest free direct debit for 6, 9 or 12 monthly installments.

Financial support

If you are over 19, you can apply for an **Advanced Learner Loan that could cover the cost of elements of your course. Find out if you are eligible.

When you book your course with an Advanced Learner Loan, you'll need to pay an upfront payment of £375 which is non-refundable.

Early payment discount

***Save 10% on course fees when you book and pay the full price two or more months in advance of the course start date. Special offer course price: £2,925 (save £325). This offer cannot be used with any other discount.

Open evenings

Come along to one of our free open evenings, which run throughout the year.

Tutors and members of the Course Sales team will be available to discuss:

  • The content of the YMCA Advanced Diploma in Personal Training 
  • Different training routes available to you
  • The training and support you'll receive whilst studying
  • Career paths once you're qualified
  • Continuing professional development

You'll also get the opportunity to check out the course venue, course manuals and meet other students.

It's free to book, so just call our Course Sales Advisers on 0844 346 0036 to reserve your place today.