YMCA Personal Training: CYQ Certificate Level 3

The CYQ (Central YMCA Qualification) Certificate (Level 3) in Personal Training course available at Glasgow Clyde College will help you take the next step on your career ladder as personal trainer. 

If you are a gym instructor and are looking to expand your role, the CYQ Certificate (Level 3) in Personal Training course will help you take the next step on your fitness career ladder.

CYQ is the new name for all YMCA fitness courses and the CYQ personal trainer course is one of the most well-known and respected in the industry. 

The personal trainer course is delivered in a variety of locations across Glasgow and Paisley.

Further information on CYQ courses is available here.

Course content

This course is made up of two parts:

1. Advanced Instructor
This module designed to give you the knowledge and skills to plan and implement long-term progressive programmes to meet realistic client goals. You will learn the practical skills needed to develop all aspects of your clients fitness levels allowing them to surpass even their own expectations.

Subjects include:
• anatomy
• physiology
• advanced teaching skills.

2. Fitness Testing
This module provides the skills and knowledge to plan a plan effective training programmes to improve your clients’ health, fitness and well-being. You will learn how to perform a range of assessments that will enable you to set realistic goals and training programmes for your clients.

Subjects include:
• flexibility tests
• taking blood pressure
• calculating cardiovascular fitness and body fat percentages
• carrying out lifestyle assessments.
*To achieve the CYQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training you need to complete this course and the Nutrition module. These modules can be completed in any order.
Start date

Spring 2018. 

This course will run as either an intensive course or non-intensive course.

Intensive - This will run Monday-Friday over a 3 week period.

Non-Intensive - This will run Saturday and Sunday over 7 consecutive weekends.

Entry requirements (minimum)

You must have completed a CYQ Certificate (Level 2) Fitness Instructing: Gym-based Exercise to access this course.

Progression routes

You may progress onto CYQ Diploma in Personal Training.


Pro Life, Paisley


The course is eligible for SDS Individual Learning Account (ILA) funding. If you are using an ILA to fund/part fund this course, please call 0141 272 3276 to enrol.

Payment plans

Payment plans are available for non-intensive courses, please call 0141 272 3276 for details.


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T: 0141 272 3276
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