CPDs and why they are so important for both a PT’s personal development and the safety of clients
Congratulations, you’ve achieved your goal!!
At this stage you can be proud of yourself and enjoy your accomplishment, but remember, your journey has just begun and if you stop learning now, you’ll soon be lagging behind your colleagues.
CPD training should be viewed as an ongoing process that keeps personal trainers up to date with industry standards, ensures competent practical session delivery and client safety. It can also be used to enhance knowledge and even specialise in a certain area.
Just like any form of learning, CPD training should be carefully planned so it meets your needs and benefits the services that you deliver. Here are some questions that will help you decide on what CPD training you would like to do:
Personal trainers can take courses in any area that would help them assist their clients or develop their business. The obvious options would be CPD courses that teach personal trainers to instruct using different forms of equipment or take specific classes (indoor cycling instructor, Level 2 Water-based Group Exercise Instructor, Suspension Exercise Instructor ). Some CPD qualifications allow personal trainers to work with a wider variety of people (GP exercise referral, working with older adults, pre and postnatal). Other CPD courses allow personal trainers to offer additional services (sports massage, nutrition). There are also CPDs for helping personal trainers motivate and interact with their clients more effectively (motivational interviewing, behaviour change coaching). Will CPD training help me earn more?
This is a very important question and often overlooked when personal trainers choose CPD courses. Many personal trainers are self-employed and need to consider if they will get a return on their investment from their training. Often CPD will open up opportunities. For example, when a personal trainer completes a kettlebell certificate, they will then be able to teach kettlebell classes, this could be a new source of income and quickly pay back the cost of the training. Read our updated guide to learn more about personal trainer salaries and earning potential.
An accredited course is one that has been approved by a professional body, so for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector, this would be the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). By completing a CIMSPA accredited course, a student can feel confident they are gaining an up to date, fit for purpose and industry recognised qualification.
It is common for personal trainers to register with CIMSPA due to the benefits associated with membership. CIMSPA are committed to raising the standards of the workforce within the sector and a key way of doing this is to ensure personal trainers actively engage with CPD. CIMSPA require members to gain 10 CPD points each year in order for them to renew their memberships. Training providers often advertise how many CPD points are attached to their qualifications.
CPD is highly regarded by employers and is often a sign that an employee takes their professional development seriously. Most employers will actually encourage their staff to gain additional qualifications as this will greatly boost customer services, staff retention and job satisfaction. In many cases, staff that have shown they are willing to invest time in their professional development gain promotions faster than those that don’t.
CPD training can be completed online, in a classroom setting or a mixture of the two, which is called blended learning. You need to decide which delivery method is best for you. Online learning is great because it gives the flexibility for when it can be completed. Classroom based learning is also beneficial because it puts students face to face with experienced practitioners where they can learn practical work based skills.
CPD training varies greatly. Short online courses and webinars can cost anywhere between £30 - £150. One day workshops are usually priced between £90 - £200, and longer duration CPD training that requires formal assessment processes can cost £500+. Always check if the CPD training you are going to undertake is accredited by a professional body such as CIMSPA.
It can be difficult to find the right workshop or course for you, but remember CPD should be fun, engaging and most of all benefit the work that you do. Having finished your CPD you will need to take what you have learned and have the ability and confidence to apply it to practice.
This one's simple. Find an accredited CPD course provider and select a course that will provide you with the training you are looking for. We offer a range of different CPD courses to help you become a specialist personal trainer or gym instructor. Take a look through our courses covering topics such as Behaviour Change Coaching, Low Back Pain Exercise and Functional Training.