Personal Trainer - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

a male personal trainer advising a female client on an exercise bike

Personal Trainer - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
Overview

Role
Personal Trainer
Level
3
Overview of Role
Coaching clients (on a one to one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals.
Reference
ST0302
Duration
15-18 Months
Suitable for Roles Within
Leisure / Fitness Facilities
Locations
Gyms, Leisure Centres, Sports Centres, Health & Fitness Clubs, Outside Locations, Sports Stadiums etc.
End Point Assessment
YMCA Awards
Start Date
Flexible around the needs of the business
Maximum Price

£4000

Prices are negotiable depending on the nature of the delivery model agreed.

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Personal Trainer - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
Content

Core Knowledge and Skills

All Personal Trainers will have a good understanding of and be able to demonstrate the skills of the following:

Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
Human movement such as biomechanics, anatomy and physiology such as the cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems and the implications of long and short term exercise on these systems. Ability to apply appropriate methods and techniques to facilitate clients’ desired physiological goals.
Lifestyle Management and Client Motivation
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
The range of factors that contribute to an individual’s lifestyle such as dietary intake, stress, fatigue, alcohol and levels of physical activity. Assess clients’ readiness to change behaviour and apply effective change strategies, communication techniques and motivation to facilitate healthy behaviours that move them towards their goals and promote programme adherence.
How to assess clients’ readiness to change their behaviour and how to apply a range of appropriate change strategies. Implement a range of theories relating to client motivation and behaviour change.
How to create a positive environment that motivates and empowers clients, promotes adherence to a behaviour change programme and meets their desired goals.
Health and Wellbeing
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
Common occurring medically controlled diseases and health conditions affecting the nation such as hypertension, obesity, cardiac pulmonary disease and diabetes and how these may impact on a client’s lifestyle. Identify commonly occurring conditions and provide information, advice and support to clients where required.
The principles and processes which underpin the assessment of medical readiness to exercise, what conditions exercise can be prescribed for and what conditions would be more appropriately signposted to relevant appropriate professionals for specialist information and guidance. Promote wellness advice and demonstrate an understanding of how modern lifestyles impact upon the health and wellbeing of the client, providing signposting to appropriate professionals where relevant.
Exercise Programme Design and Delivery
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
How to select and administer appropriate lifestyle assessments such as measurements of blood pressure, resting heart rate, strength, flexibility and aerobic endurance to gain the information required to develop an effective and personalised exercise programme. Design, tailor and coach an effective exercise programme, using appropriate equipment. Continuously monitor and review the effectiveness of the exercise programme to ensure it is engaging, varied and progressive to clients’ needs and goals, whilst following the principles of training and exercise science.
How to undertake client screening effectively and know the principles behind the design of an exercise programme, taking into account medically controlled diseases and health conditions that may need special consideration or referral when determining the programmes appropriateness. Develop and deliver exercise sessions in environments other than the gym to individuals and small groups. Review and evaluate the effectiveness of these exercise programmes and amend accordingly.
Exercise Technique
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
Current and advanced fitness training techniques including cardiovascular, resistance and functional exercise. Correctly demonstrate a wide range of exercise techniques, carry out reviews and advise clients on their performance and apply suitable adaptations for those at different levels of fitness.
How to observe a client’s movement, identify incorrect technique and demonstrate the correct and safe way to perform exercises. Analyse clients’ performance and apply suitable adaptations, regressions, progressions and corrective strategies to ensure continued success.
How to adapt exercise technique based on clients’ fitness and conditioning.
Nutrition
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
The principles of nutrition including current government guidelines, as well as evidence- based recommendations for nutritional strategies for a range of fitness goals such as weight management, fat loss, hypertrophy, sports performance. Analyse client’s dietary habits and identify areas for improvement.
The importance of a nutritionally balanced diet as part of a healthy lifestyle and how to encourage clients to make good food choices educating them where possible. Apply nutritional principles when developing exercise and lifestyle programmes for clients.
Information Technology
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
How to use IT systems to support effective business planning and delivery. Ensure the use of appropriate IT systems to support and manage all aspects of a personal training business such as record keeping, sales and invoicing, client and group management, class scheduling, retention levels and session reminders.
How to monitor and interpret data. How to use a variety of available systems to support, enhance and manage the assessment, analysis and implementation of client’s exercise programmes. Manage the effectiveness of a client’s exercise programme through the use of appropriate available systems.
How technological advancements such as pedometers, heart rate monitors, video games and mobile phone applications, can help clients increase their activity levels, stay motivated and focused. Use appropriate products to support and manage clients effectively. Present, analyse and interpret data and information in line with professional practice.
Professional Practice
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
Recognised good practice for personal trainers in the industry through professional ethics, values and appropriate legislation such as data protection and confidentiality, supporting the health, safety and welfare of clients and others at all times. Provide a high standard, client focused service through excellence in the fitness environment and application of best practice such as injury prevention and risk management.
How to develop self by maintaining a high level of industry knowledge through regular related professional development. Demonstrate tact and discretion when handing client data, adhering to relevant legislation.
Communication
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
A range of techniques to effectively communicate and engage with clients. Ability to effectively communicate with clients using a range of techniques.
The importance of communication skills and the different strategies that can be used to adapt own communication style to suit client’s personality and needs. Be able to interpret and evaluate communication and adapt own communication styles in order to encourage and motivate clients to achieve their goals.
Business Acumen
Knowledge
(Know it)
Skills
(Show it)
A variety of effective marketing strategies, the importance of conducting research and the key factors that influence a marketing plan. Ability to implement and adapt strategies to successfully gain and retain clients, ensuring the development and sustainability of the client base.
The principles of business planning and how to grow and develop a personal training client base in order to successfully achieve individual and organisational goals. Plan and regularly review business performance in order to meet business goals and targets whilst identifying areas for improvement.
How to create, maintain, monitor and interpret financial data, and promote activities which support business objectives and growth. Implement a variety of effective marketing strategies to engage prospective clients.
Ability to promote and sell products and personal training services.

Behaviours (Live it)

  • Create and maintain positive, professional and trusting relationships with clients. Use appropriate terminology when communicating with clients. Proactively seek and provide feedback in a manner which suits each individual client.
  • Create a positive environment that motivates and empowers clients, and promotes adherence to the exercise and lifestyle programme. Continually strive to provide innovative and challenging exercises to keep clients engaged and motivated.
  • Ensure own attitude and behaviour presents a professional image which provides clients with a positive and healthy role model. Respect personal space and professional boundaries at all times. Live the ethics and values which reflect excellence in your profession.
  • Build strong and positive relationships with clients which reinforce the positive impact of exercise in developing their potential to live a healthy life. Educate clients and promote awareness of wellness using knowledge gained through a commitment to continuous professional development, which will assist clients to effectively bring about a positive change.

Entry Requirements

  • Employers will set their own entry requirements; however applicants should have acquired relevant, active experience in the fitness sector prior to enrollment.
  • It is recommended applicants will hold a Fitness Instructing (level 2) qualification.
  • Employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above (or approved equivalent) must ensure the individual achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.