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This Professional Development Award will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and skills required to work in a personal training setting. The delivery of personal training services has several essential definitive features; respecting the client’s life experience, recognising the client and personal trainer as partners; providing services based on clients' preferences and choices; and it should be inclusive, promote self-determination and be based on person-centred planning.
This PDA would be suitable as continued professional development (CPD) for those currently employed or working as personal trainers who are looking to refresh and up-skill.
The award is designed to complement the HNC/D in Fitness, Health and Exercise.
However if you do not have the HNC/D, you can still apply. You should have good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral. These could be evidenced either by the achievement of nationally recognised qualifications such as:
or by other methods such as:
To gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals at level 3 on completion of the PDA, applicants must already have an HNC/D Fitness, Health and Exercise including the unit H4TK34: Plan, Teach and Evaluate a Gym Based Exercise Session.
The PDA has five mandatory units:
You will study through a combination of practical work in a gym, theory classes, online learning, group and individual self-directed study.
The length of your study will depend very much on your previous experience and qualifications, we will work with you to build up a learning plan that will suit your individual needs.
For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the campus where you want to study for more information.
Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers, either employed or in self-employment, in personal training and gym instruction.
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.