Personal Training PDA

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What is special about this course?

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.

Special features

  • On successful completion, you may be eligible to apply to enter the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP) at Level 3 therefore better preparing you for employment in the industry.
  • Perth College UHI will give you the opportunity to make use of sport and fitness facilities across Perthshire.

Entry requirements

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:

  • SQA qualifications (or their equivalent from other awarding bodies) eg English/ Communication or other language-based subjects to a minimum of SCQF Level 5.
  • SVQ at Level 2 in a related area, such as Instructing Exercise and Fitness

or by other methods such as:

  • Process of application and interview
  • Current relevant evidence from the workplace, such as reference from employer

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.


Year 1 - PDA

The PDA has five mandatory units:

  • Core strength and posture
  • Deliver personal training sessions
  • Metabolic considerations for personal trainers
  • Planning and management of personal training
  • Working effectively and safely with clients

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)

You will study through a combination of practical work in a gym, theory classes, online learning, group and individual self-directed study.

How long will my course last?

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.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January

How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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.

Can I progress into further study?

You may be eligible to progress onto programmes such as HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise, HND Fitness, Health and Exercise or BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Personal Training PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

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.

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