Keen on a career in fitness? Like the idea of working with your own clients? Then you’re probably thinking about the requirements to become a Personal Trainer, what to study and how to get your personal training certification on the right track. In this post we reveal the key personal trainer education requirements with a rundown of what’s involved and how to go about it.
Educational requirements to become a personal trainer
As a general rule of thumb to become a Personal Trainer you will need three things;
1 – An industry recognised PT certification
2 – CIMSPA or REPs industry association membership
3 – Public liability insurance
Let’s explore these things a little deeper.
To work as a UK based Personal Trainer you will need to gain a CIMSPA and REPs industry accredited level 3 personal training qualification. This should be studied through one of the established UK awarding bodies. You will then be eligible for CIMSPA and REPs membership, a key indicator to your future clients of the quality of your training and qualification and that you are fully bonafide to practice.
Before we move on a quick note of caution. Don’t be tempted to take short cuts with your studies. Whilst it may be tempting to cut a few corners to get qualified as fast as possible remember that your future career, livelihood and reputation are at stake. So make sure you choose a course that is of the right calibre and that there’s plenty of support on offer every step of the way.
Here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals our Personal Trainer courses are industry recognised through CIMSPA, REPs, UK Active and PD Approval. We also work with the NCFE and CACHE awarding bodies who have been established for over 150 years.
What to Study to Become a Personal Trainer
There are three main study routes;
1 – Personal Trainer package course
2 – Personal Trainer certificate course
3 – Personal Trainer advanced diploma course
The Personal Trainer package course is ideal if you’re starting out. It leads to your level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and your Level 3 Certificate Personal Training. These are all the qualifications you need to be able to start working as a Personal Trainer.
The Personal Trainer certificate course is just the ticket if you have already gained your level 2 and are ready to advance your career into personal training.
The Personal Trainer advanced diploma course is well suited to those already working in the fitness industry who are seeking an in-depth course leading to a full NVQ qualification.
Discover more about our personal training courses.
How to Get Your Personal Trainer Certification
Popular study routes to get your personal training qualification include full-time study, part-time study and flexible ‘at your own pace’ learning. We’re often asked which study route is the best and the good news is there’s no right or wrong answer here. What’s most important is to choose the learning method that suits your preferred learning style, the time you can commit, your budget and the speed of career change you’re looking for.
For example, if you’d like to take your time with your study, perhaps have work or other commitements to fit in and have a busy lifestyle, flexible learning will enable you to ‘pick up’ and ‘put down’ your course and incrementally progress towards your goal of becoming fully qualified. On the other hand, if you have plenty of time you can commit and are keen to gain your qualification as quickly as possible ready to launch your new PT business then the full-time route has a lot to offer.
Whichever study method you decide on your course content, theory, practicals and assessments all lead to your level 3 certificate in personal training.
Where to Get a Personal Trainer Certification
With so many course options it’s not suprising that many students tell us about being a little bamboozled with where to start! Our advice, make sure your Personal Trainer course is fully industry recognised and provided through a credible award winning body of long standing. These are the requirements to become aa personal trainer.
If you’re not sure where to get stared you can get a copy of our course guide below, packed full of helpful hints and tips.