To be sure you’re choosing the best personal trainer course and qualification, you need to do your research. We’ve put together this short guide to help you understand personal training qualifications, jobs and career opportunities.
The State of the UK Fitness Industry Report 2016 states there are over 9 million people in the UK who are members of the 6500 fitness clubs and leisure centres; that’s 1 in 7 adults. According to Ibis World the personal training market is worth £626M and growing. It’s certainly a good time to become a personal trainer.
Should I become a personal trainer?
Starting a new career can be scary and takes courage. But if you end up doing something you love, isn’t it worth it? If you talk to a personal trainer, most, if not all, will tell you that their passion for fitness was the main reason they did their personal training course. Even if you don’t want a job as a personal trainer, the course gives you a greater understanding of fitness and how the body reacts to exercise.
“Seeing someone achieve their goals” is the number one reason personal trainers love their job. These real-life achievements - watching a client loose the weight they’ve never been able to shift, or seeing a client gain the strength they’ve never had - gives personal trainers a sense of job satisfaction that many other professions lack.
With your passion for fitness and love of helping others, you too can enjoy the same job satisfaction when you see your clients getting results from their personal training sessions with you.
How do I become a personal trainer?
Your first step is to become qualified with the internationally-recognised Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. The Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-based Exercise is a pre-requisite, however all of our personal training course options include this level 2 qualification.
The personal training course option you choose will depend on the services you want to offer as a personal trainer. While the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is the minimum requirement, there are additional qualifications and courses you can do in order to offer more services and increase your appeal to a wider section of the population. Read more about this in our personal trainer career guide here .
When can I start studying my personal training course?
Once you’ve selected and enrolled onto the personal trainer course you’d like to do, you’ll be given instant access to both our web-based and mobile Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) app - what we call the Student Desktop. You then start studying the theory component of your fitness course by reading, watching videos and animations, and doing online worksheets and quizzes. When you’re ready, you then book onto your course or into your training and assessment days, if you haven’t already.
Where do I find a personal trainer job?
There are generally two types of employment scenarios once you’ve completed your personal trainer course. The first is an employed position where you earn a set salary, regardless of the number of personal training clients you have or the number of personal training sessions you perform. The second is where you’re self-employed and pay a rental fee to the health club (or clubs) you operate in. When self-employed, your clients generally pay you directly, rather than pay the club and your income increases the more personal training sessions you perform.
According to the Ibis World report, there is almost an equal number of employed personal trainers and self-employed personal trainers in the UK. You can read more about the pro’s and con’s of each type of employment in our blog post here.