Are your sights set on becoming a Personal Trainer? Then it’s important you make sure your Personal Trainer Credentials and qualifications stack up and are recognised by the industry so you’re ready to practice.
Without this you could find you’ve gained a pretty much worthless qualification and will be right back where you started. In this feature we share the Personal Trainer credentials that you need so you can gain employment and train clients knowing you’ve ticked all the required boxes to work as a fully recognised Fitness Professional.
Personal Trainer Education Requirements
The good news is there are no specific academic requirements to qualify as a Personal Trainer. None the less this is a professional qualification and it is advantageous to have your Maths and English GCSE, or equivalent. During your course you will explore subjects such as anatomy and physiology, health and safety practice, exercise and fitness principles as well as programming personal training. This is a combination of short answer questions, case studies and practicals all of which are designed to enable you to show your understanding of the study material and that you can apply it to your personal training role. This approach to being a Personal Trainer means that you are guided through the course learning step by step and by the end point will have gained the in-depth knowledge needed to confidently work with clients.
Personal Trainer Credentials – Industry Requirements
To practice as a bona-fide Personal Trainer you will need a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. It’s really important to make sure this is endorsed by a reputable awarding body and that it’s accredited through the industry, such as REPs, the Register of Exercise Professionals.
Employers will expect your certificate in personal training to meet these standards and if it doesn’t you may find yourself starting all over again. What’s more if you’re planning to work freelance you may not be able to obtain the necessary insurance to work for yourself so choose your course wisely knowing you’re meeting all the necessary criteria to get your new career underway.
Not sure what to look for? Our nationally and industry accredited Personal Trainer courses here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals are approved by the organisations below.
Personal Trainer Skills
As you’d probably expect your Personal Trainer qualification shows you have gained the required credentials and met the necessary criteria to work as a Personal Trainer. Like any job this is just the start. Combined with the right skills, attributes, enthusiasm and flair you’ll maximise your potential and chances of success.
- Helpful and friendly personality
- Client focused
- Flexible in approach
- Passionate about fitness