As a Level 3 Instructing and Exercise Fitness Apprentice you could work as a Personal Trainer, preparing and delivering training programmes for adults on an individual basis, being able to cater for a variety of needs ranging from older adults to athletes and people wishing to train for a specific sporting activity. This Apprenticeship is ideal for someone who wants to be involved in the management of a fitness facility or operation.  You would not have to be manager, but someone who has some supervisory responsibilities. 

Usually this Level 3 Apprenticeship is offered as a progression to those who have completed their Level 2, you can move straight into Level 3 if you have the skills, experience and potential to work at this level. 

Qualifications and Skills

On completion of the Level 3 Instructing and Exercise Fitness Apprenticeship the Learner will achieve:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

  • Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning

  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS): independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self-management and effective participation. 

  • Level 2 Functional Skills

Career and Progression Opportunities

Once the Level 3 Instructing and Exercise Fitness Apprenticeship has been completed potential job roles could include:

  • Advanced Fitness Instructor

  • Studio Coordinator

  • Personal Trainer

  • Referral Specialist

I started my working for freedom leisure as an apprentice on February 2014 until January 2015. It was definitely a worthwhile experience and I am very grateful I had the opportunity to do it. I had an assessor called Tom who would visit me every 2-3 weeks to talk to me about work and give me different assignments to do which he would then put into my folder. I learnt a lot from Tom and he made it clear that if I needed anything I could either ring him or Rebecca Cook. Because i was on an apprenticeship they would put me on many courses to expand my knowledge of fitness and doing this gave me more confident in the gym. One of the courses they put me on was personal training level 3, which was a very important qualification for me and I wouldn’t of been able to go on it if they hadn’t of sent me there. All the courses were great fun and I never had to pay anything towards them which was a bonus! When I finished my apprenticeship in January I was a qualified level 3 personal trainer, a GP referral and qualified in at least 6 other courses. Right now I am working at King Alfred Leisure Centre working full time with more than 10 regular PT clients and the ability to teach many classes. If not for the apprentice scheme I wouldn’t be where I am right now which makes me feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to do it.

Jack Miller, PT Apprentice