Your route to a successful fitness career
How do I Become a Personal Trainer?
Do you enjoy exercise and keeping active? Are you enthusiastic about helping your own clients achieve their fitness goals? If this sounds like you then working as a Personal Trainer will enable you to transform your passion for fitness into an exciting career. Find out all you need to know about what Personal Training involves, the skills and qualifications you need, career options and how to get started.
Become a Personal Trainer in 4 Easy Steps
Book your PT
Choose from our Complete, Specialist and Ultimate PT course packages which can be studied online or part-time.
Your study is now complete and you’ve become a Personal Trainer with CIMSPA and REPs recognition.
Your first PT
You’re ready to start personal training working for a gym or running your own PT business.
New clients &
You’re enjoying working with your new clients and are growing your client base, hours and earnings.
Find your ideal course and start your PT journey
What Does Personal Training Involve?
With the continued growth in gyms and leisure facilities in the UK an estimated 1 in 7 of us are now members of a gym. People are becoming more aware of their health needs and the important role of exercise to remain fit, healthy and active. This is great news for those thinking of becoming a Personal Trainer.
Personal Trainers are recognised fitness professionals who are highly trained to prescribe and coach exercise to suit different clients mental and physical needs. They provide an outstanding service to their clients that is tailored to meet their fitness goals. Typically working one to one Personal Trainers are highly qualified exercise specialists who use their skills to produce customised training plans, coaching and on-going motivation that delivers results.The work is highly varied. Popular reasons client opt for personal training services include; weight loss, becoming fitter and more active, sports progression, medically advised and to improve lifestyle.
Fitness know how
Planned & organised
Being successful as a Personal Trainer requires a varied skill set. You will be working with a wide range of clients and it is important to enjoy interacting with different people, and have an enthusiastic, motivational streak. Clients are paying for your time and services so a well organised customer first outlook is key together with the right qualifications and know how to deliver results. The vast majority of Personal Trainers whether working in a gym or freelance need to build their own client base and this is where a business minded outlook can be really beneficial.
Qualifications to be a Personal Trainer
If you’re just starting out in your fitness career then to meet industry standards you need to complete a level 2 Fitness Instructor and level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. Popular options here are our combined Personal Trainer Diploma Packages; Complete, Specialist and Ultimate – which can be studied online or part time leading to your level 2 and level 3 accreditations. Alternatively, if you already have your level 2 fitness qualification you can jump straight in and start at level 3.
The good news is there are no course prerequisites aside from a genuine interest in fitness and enthusiasm for helping others achieve their fitness goals. This means you can easily get your new career path underway and with our fully flexible start dates you can commence at a convenient time to suit you. Here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals we deliver affordable CIMSPA and REPs recognised personal training certifications and course packages enabling you to excel. Our students from across the UK and EU choose us confident that our Personal Trainer Certification programmes are taught by Personal Trainers at the pinnacle of the profession.
Choose the most appropriate start point for you from our course options below
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Our level 3
personal trainer diploma
Ultimate package will develop your talent and advanced client skills so you’re ready to establish your own PT business
The Right Personal Training Certification For You
The role of the Personal Trainer is becoming more important than ever before. As a nation people are typically living longer, being less active and rising health issues such as obesity, diabetes and inactivity among children are causing health concerns for future generations. At the opposite end of the scale, the doors are widening with specialist sports, fitness for the disabled and time efficient training coming to the fore. As the knowledge of personal training and how a Personal Trainer can add value grows we expect the demand for personal training services to continue to increase.
That’s why we believe that to truly stand out and really have what it takes to become a great Personal Trainer it’s essential to pick the right course tailored to how you learn best, your time commitments, budget, ultimate goals and career plans.
Once your course is booked we will simply arrange your enrolment and course welcome and you’re ready to start. When qualifying with us here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals there’s also the peace of mind that course materials, tutor support, workbooks, assessments and certification fees are all included as standard.
Once qualified you’ll be a fully recognised Personal Trainer and are ready to start working with your own clients.
We go above and beyond for our students
We know that becoming a Personal Trainer is about far more than your certification. It is about combining your interest and enthusiasm for fitness with your specialist skills and knowledge to help clients achieve meaningful results, so that’s how we train our students.
How to Become a Personal Trainer – UK Requirements
Personal training is a fast moving, active, exciting and varied profession so it’s important you are a real people person with lots of energy to support different clients’ needs.
To succeed you should be self-motivated to deliver a range of personal training services to clients with a genuine interest in fitness and desire to help others achieve their goals.
To work for a gym you will need your level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. This should be accredited by CIMSPA and REPs to ensure your qualification is industry recognised and also endorsed by an external awarding body such as the NCFE.
In addition, if you plan to work freelance or establish your own personal training business you will need to obtain your personal trainer insurance and first aid certification. It is also highly advisable to join an industry body such as CIMSPA or REPs which shows you are bona fide to practice and to set up your own website to attract potential clients to your PT services.