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Complete YMCA Awards Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Personal Training, Distance Learning.

Course summary

There is no pre-requisite to start this course as this course will take you from being an enthusiastic gym exerciser through to being a fully qualified personal trainer. You will firstly cover all of the subjects required to be a Level 2 Fitness Instructor and then move on to the 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.

Learners will cover:

  • Anatomy and physiology including:
    - the heart and circulatory system
    - the musculoskeletal system
    - postural and core stability
    - the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • How to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • How to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • How to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages

Start your course as soon as you wish with this distance learning option, and complete it at your pace. You can take from as little as seven or eight weeks or anything up to eighteen months. The choice is yours.

Modules are supported by:
HT Academy dedicated tutor who will guide you through the entire process.
YMCA Awards L2 Gym Instructing Manual, colour
YMCA Awards L2 Anatomy, Physiology and Principles of Exercise manual, colour
YMCA Awards L3 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology manual, colour
YMCA Awards L3 Personal Training manual, colour
YMCA Awards L3 Nutrition manual, colour
HT Academy Study Guides 1, 2, 3 and 4
HT Academy Health, Safety and Professionalism manual
HT Academy Know How to Support Clients manual
YMCA Awards Online videos of correct exercise teaching practice
HT Academy Student Zone with quizzes, word searches, crosswords and mock exams

There are two theory exams for for each of the two sections of the course, for which you must attend our centre in Colchester, Essex. Exam dates are spread through the year.

Current exam dates are:
27th May 2017
3rd June 2017
2nd September 2017
9th September 2017
4th November 2017
11th November 2017

These are one hour multiple-choice exams for L2 Anatomy and Physiology, L2 Principles of Exercise, L3 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and L3 Nutrition. If you are travelling a long way to us (students have come from throughout Europe) you may take all of the exams on the same day, but it is recommended that you take them in two sections of two exams.

There are also video assessments that you need to complete, so access to a fully equipped gym is essential for your course.

Price: 1950.00  
Pay for your course over twelve monthly payments with a deposit of 175.00 and eleven payments of 170.46. Simply book your course using the payment plan button on the right and we will collect your payments from your credit or debit card on the pre-arranged dates. Booking your course using the Payment Plan helps you to spread your payments but does incur an admin charge. Total cost 2050.06. .


It is possible to complete this course whilst resident in most of Europe, the Middle East, India, China, Australia, America, Canada and African countries. Please email us for more details.

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Whether you have just started thinking about a career in the fitness industry, or want to bring your qualifications up date then please feel free to email or telephone (07957844512) our course advisor, Stuart Hamilton, with any of your questions or concerns.
Stuart has been a personal trainer, fitness centre manager and course tutor for many years and can advise you from a number of different viewpoints.

Hamiltons Training Academy is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) Registration number: UKPRN: 10026462.
Hamiltons Training Academy is part of of Hamiltons Health and Fitness Ltd, Hamiltons Health & Fitness Limited is a company registered in England with company number 02833581 and VAT registration number GB 584 0265 38