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Become a personal trainer

As you are all aware I am an avid fan of social media, oh and writing… Over the last few years as I have become more widely known in the fitness industry through my regular columns in PT Magazine, REPs Journal and many other industry publications.  I often get sent questions from those who are already working as personal trainers and also those who would like to get into the industry.

So I thought I would pop a post up here to answer the most common question I get…’How do I become a Personal Trainer?’

It is really a two step process:-

Get the training

For the last 5 years I have been involved in the training of personal trainers as an tutor/assessor/IQA and course writer/developer.  This allows me to have a detailed insight into the training of personal trainers.  In my experience there are a number of things to consider when looking at training, and finding the right course for you.

Initially you need to make sure that any training provider you are looking to use is REPs approved.  What that means is that your course has been recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals, ensuring that the course meets the minimum industry standards set out by Skills Active, is transferable (now across most of the world) and will be recognised by employers.  It is easy to spot REPs approved courses by looking for the REPs logo on the literature of a training provider.  For more information about REPs and what they do have a look at their site here.

You then want to make sure that the training company is well recognised and experienced in the delivery of the qualifications that you are looking to get.  You should look into the length of time that the company has been operating and check things such as social media and try and interact with existing and past students and find out their experiences.

A key aspect of your enjoyment of the course is the person who will be teaching you, they can make or break a course.  If possible you should try and meet the tutor before enrolment, this can normally be arranged by contacting the training provider or by attending open events at the training venue.  This will also give you a chance to ask any questions you may have fact to face with a representative of the training company.

As a personal trainer the minimum qualification level that you will need is a level 3 personal trainer qualification, this allows you to work in a gym as a personal trainer or to work on a freelance basis for yourself.  Many of the training providers also offer a wide range of additional qualifications as part of training bundles to allow you to work with a wide range of clients.  The qualifications you chose should be considered carefully as you want to make sure that you get the right qualifications for the specific job role you are seeking to get after you have completed your course.

 

Get employment

You also need to know a little bit about the various job roles in the industry, I will be doing a short article on the subject over at my blog on TomGodwin.co.uk for any of you that might be interested.  This should be up in the next few weeks, when it is I will post a link here!  But in shot the fitness and wellbeing industry is growing and through a recession has seen a sudden spurt with new gyms opening up around the country.  There is also still a massive demand for personal trainers, and most importantly the results that they can get clients.

As many of you know for the past 5 years I have been teaching new Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors, I have worked for a number of companies but the one that I tend to recommend due to the fact that they tick all the boxes on the points mentioned above is Fitness Industry Education (https://www.fitnessindustryeducation.com/personal-training-courses.aspx), they are well worth a look if you are interested in training to become a personal trainer.

As usual if you have any questions or would like to chat about the industry, your training or anything really do give me a shout!

TOM

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