Personal Training is a rewarding career – how do you get started with qualifications?
If you ask us, there’s no career to match Personal Training. After all, you’re making a significant and lasting difference to people’s lives. As a PT, you’ll help people be healthier, happier, more confident. The benefits they get from working with you will ripple out to their families.
What other job can have such an incredible impact on a client?
But actually becoming a PT can seem overwhelming. With so many courses and qualifications out there, how should you get started with a Personal Trainer course?
What To Look For In A Personal Trainer Course
You have a lot of freedom when choosing your education. So make sure you choose well, with a solid course that is recognised by industry bodies, the chartered institute, and major employers.
Does the course include both Level 2 and Level 3? Our Level 3 Diploma does https://fitlearn.co.uk/pages/level-3-diploma-in-personal-training. This is important, because you’ll gain both Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) and your Level 3 in PT. A solid qualification will cover both.
What kind of qualification will you end up with? This is significant. Look for a course that awards you a Diploma at the end – not just a Certificate (and check that Diploma really means Diploma!) Diploma is recognised by REPs and other bodies, whereas a Certificate can really mean anything. Don’t cut corners and pay for it further along in your career.
Is the course recognised by REPs, CIMSPA, and insurers? With so many Personal Training courses out there, choose one that’s respected by the industry and can be a gateway to CPD in the future.
Blended vs Classroom Style
Check exactly how the course will be delivered. Some courses will be totally online, which might seem great but has significant disadvantaged. Classroom style is in depth and immersive, but can you commit to being there for all the hours? Blended style means a combination of learning under your own steam, with time spent in the classroom. Take your choice of course seriously, and commit as heavily as you can in terms of time and attention.
Salary Expectations: How Much Can A PT Earn?
We’ve all heard the scaremongering statistics about Personal Trainer salaries (and turnover rates). But take heart: if you start with a great qualification, you stand to earn decent money over your career. Take the opportunity for CPD, specialise, and do your own ongoing research, and you’ll rise to the top.
Decide whether you want to freelance within a facility, be employed full time, or go your own way as a self-employed PT.
A freelancer within a club will pay rent to the facility, and then set his or her own fees.
A PT employed by a club will get a salary (or hourly rate).
A self-employed PT has the freedom to set his or her own rates, but will need to think about overheads, travel costs, kit, and tax of course!
A new Personal Trainer could earn between £14-20K in their first year or two. After that, the sky is the limit. Much of your earning potential is within your control: what can you do to be the best PT in your area, to dominate a niche, and to be the PT every client refers to?
Make sure your PT qualification is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and by CIMPSA – the chartered institute whose membership includes training providers, gyms, facilities, and major employers. There are big changes happening in the industry, with professional development body CIMSPA leading the way. It’s your responsibility to ensure your career is on track.
Where To Start
Brand-new PTs should look for a Diploma qualification from a recognised training provider that covers Level 2 and Level 3. Take a look at our Diploma here https://fitlearn.co.uk/pages/level-3-diploma-in-personal-training – we cover programme design and delivery, plus working as a PT from home or in a gym. Our Power Bundle even teaches you how to work with healthcare professionals to improve clients’ lives. It’s recognised by REPs and CIMSPA – and, yes, it’s a Diploma!
How To Progress With CPD
Once you’re qualified, you’ll be able to take your career in any direction you want. Do you want to specialise in specific populations? Focus on Strength & Conditioning https://fitlearn.co.uk/pages/level4strengthandconditioning? Have a focus on exercise referral https://fitlearn.co.uk/pages/level-3-award-in-nutrition-for-physical-activity? Or address particular problems like rehab, injury, or obesity? There is so much a PT can do to help people be healthier, perform better, and achieve more in life.
How will you get started?