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.
How to Become a Personal Trainer
Find out how to become a personal trainer and the essential personal trainer education requirements with a rundown of what’s involved and how to go about it.
Requirements to Become a Personal Trainer
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, study and qualification and that you are fully credible to practice.
If you’ve decided personal training is the right career path for you it can be tempting to look for the fastest possible route to becoming qualified. Before we move on a quick note of caution. It’s important not to be tempted to take short cuts with your studies.
Whilst it might seem easy 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 throughout your journey to becoming a Personal Trainer.
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 which means you can study with confidence.
We’re here to provide the education you need to be an industry recognised Personal Trainer
What to Study to Become a Personal Trainer
There are two main study pathways to get into personal training, a combined package course or a fast-track level 3 PT certification.
Personal trainer package courses are ideal if you’re starting out in your journey to become a Personal Trainer. They lead to both your level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and your level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.
These are all the qualifications you need to be able to start working as a Personal Trainer.
Alternatively, the fast-track Personal Trainer certificate course is just the ticket if you have already gained your level 2 and are now ready to advance your career into personal training.
We know a thing or two about qualifications for personal training. Find your ideal qualification route below.
Pathways to Become a Personal Trainer
Choose your course & study method
Choose from our Complete, Specialist and Ultimate PT course packages which can be studied online or part-time.
Gain your personal training certification
Your study is now complete and you’ve become a Personal Trainer with CIMSPA and REPs recognition.
Become a fully qualified personal trainer
You’re ready to start personal training working for a gym or running your own PT business.
You’re enjoying working with your new clients and are growing your client base, hours and earnings.
Becoming a Personal Trainer
What else comes with our qualifications for Personal Trainers?
Awards & Recognition
We know a thing or two about becoming a Personal Trainer
Our training is recognised by The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.
Proud to be a REPs recognised training provider.
We are a UK Active Supplier committed to the highest of industry standards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question about how to become a Personal Trainer?
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.
Choose from full, part-time and go at your own pace learning together with attendance or video evidenced practical’s.
For example, if you’d like to take your time with your study, perhaps have work or other commitments 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 full-time and part-time study routes have a lot to offer.
Whichever study method you decide on your course covers all the training you need to become a Personal Trainer. This
includes full course content, theory, practical’s, tutor support and assessments. Once qualified you will receive your level
3 certificate in personal training in the post so you always have the original hard copy to hand.
Where to get your personal trainer certification.
With so many course options it’s not surprising 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 industry requirements to become a personal trainer so it’s vital your qualification is up to scratch.
Here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals our training for personal trainers is fully industry accredited, recognised by CIMSPA and REPs, and endorsed by our awarding bodies the NCFE and CACHE. With over 170 years of awarding body service and experience you can be confident in the quality, standards and expertise of training you will receive.
If you’re not sure where to get started why not request a copy of our becoming a personal trainer guide, packed full of helpful hints and tips.
What qualifications do you need to be a personal trainer?
To be a Personal Trainer and work in the industry either in a gym or leisure centre setting or freelance with your own clients, you need to gain a level 3 certificate in personal training qualification.
To be accepted onto a level 3 PT course you need to have already gained a level 2 certificate in fitness instructing (gym based exercise).
Be mindful that your Personal Trainer certification needs to fully meet industry requirements (like ours do) and should be recognised by CIMSPA and REPS. This will enable you to gain the insurance you need to work in the industry and is an important indicator to your future clients of the high standard of training you have gained. You can also work internationally via EREPS.
If you have a sports science degree or equivalent it is well worth talking to us so that we can ascertain if you need to complete all the module requirements to be a personal trainer, or if we can fast-track your studies.
What is the best personal trainer certification?
Personal training is about delivering carefully designed exercise plans that meet client goals.
The key to achieving success in your role is building a regular client base and this comes from having the expertise and talents to offer motivational PT sessions that deliver results.
The best personal trainer certification is therefore the one with the course content, industry recognition and awarding body endorsement to enable you to progress into a rewarding PT career.
We don’t believe one course fits all and so offer our students a range of personal trainer certification packages and fast-track options tailored to your career goals and budget.
How to get into Personal Training?
From your PT course, to the job itself, working with clients, assisting their wide ranging needs and establishing a successful business there’s a lot involved in getting into personal training.
Towards the end of your course it’s the perfect time to start applying for jobs and securing your first personal trainer role. When you start working try to spend plenty of time on the gym floor interacting with gym members and offering helpful advice, hints and tips. This highlights your expert knowledge in an informal way and opens the door to a discussion about how personal training can help.
Once you’ve gained your first few clients, it’s the perfect time to start planning for the future. This might include becoming an advanced personal trainer, working with specialist clients or setting up your own business.
Which route should I take to become a Personal Trainer?
The Academy of Fitness Professionals provide the gold standard in accredited personal training courses with state of the art training fully endorsed by CIMSPA & REPs. Our specialist knowledge features in the UK health and fitness media including the Mirror, BBC2 and Women’s Running. This is the ultimate learning destination for those serious about their education to be a personal trainer and long term career.