To be sure you’re choosing the best personal trainer course, 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?
If you talk to a personal trainer, many 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 most personal
trainers love their job. These real-life achievements - watching a client lose
the weight they’ve never been able to shift, or seeing a client gain the strength
they’ve never had - give personal trainers a sense of job satisfaction that
many other professions lack.
If this is the kind of job satisfaction you’re
looking for, it could just be a course away.
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, and 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
When can I start studying my personal training course?
With us, once you’ve selected and enrolled onto the personal trainer course
you’d like to do you’ll be given instant access on both our website and our
mobile app. You then start studying the theory component of your fitness course
by reading the information, watching any videos and animations, and doing the
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 a self-employed
role where you 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
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