Personal Training

Personal Training

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 3) in Personal Training at SCQF level 7 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This SVQ covers assisting participants to maintain long-term adherence to exercise and physical activity, evaluating exercise and physical activity programmes, and health, safety and welfare promotion in active leisure and recreation. It also covers designing, managing and adapting a personal training programme with participants, delivering exercise and physical activity as part of a personal training programme, and applying the principles of nutrition to support participant goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the sector skills council SkillsActive to ensure relevance to the sector.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

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Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

The SVQ is offered in the workplace. Since assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications including HND Fitness, Health and Exercise or a PDA in Personal Training.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

Progression

The SCQF level 7 award could provide progression to:

  • an HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise or an HND in Coaching and Developing Sport
  • a PDA in Personal Training
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the health and fitness sector, perhaps as a personal trainer

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs.   For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GK78 23

The SVQ 3 Personal Training at SCQF level 7 consists of six mandatory Units.
For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship Active Leisure and Learning Level 3.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship

Unit Title

SCQF 5

Core Skills: Communication

F427 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42B 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42F 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42K 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

SVQ 3 Personal Training at SCQF Level 6

Group Award Code: GA6T 23

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on (31/05/19).  

Centres should note:

- The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
- The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until 31/05/19 at which point they will be removed and archived
- No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification
- No candidates can be entered for the qualification
- Centres should ensure candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted
to SQA before 31/7/2019. 

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Modern Apprenticeship

This award is also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Active, Leisure and Well-Being L3.
SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit Title

SCQF 5

Core Skills: Communication

F427 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42B 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42F 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42K 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Personal Training

Level: 3
Publication: DB5386
Edition: April 2011
Downloads: Personal Training level 3  (514 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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