Level 3 Complete Diploma
This course will give you the perfect foundation for a career as a personal trainer. You will learn everything you need to know to start your career as a personal trainer.View Level 3 Diploma
You've done the hard work and qualified as a personal trainer. Fantastic! Now the hard work really begins and you're thinking of going it all and starting a personal training business. To help you get started, we've put together a few simple tips and steps you can follow to get your new PT business setup.
Firstly, it is important that you are registered with CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity).
Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.
CIMSPA has been awarded chartered status by the Privy Council, which came into effect at the start of January 2012.
CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity and a single unified voice for the sector.
In 2015, Sports England announced it was backing CIMSPA to be the single body within the sector that safeguards standards through the regulation of training and qualifications. As such, the majority of employers within the fitness industry will soon require employed or self-employed staff to be members of CIMSPA and adhere to their CPD requirements
Secondly, you need to take out public liability insurance. There are lots of good deals around, but the amount you need to pay may vary depending on the service you offer. It is your responsibility to source and investigates the best options for your requirements and you should be fully insured by the time you undertake your first home visit or gym session.
Open a business account or separate account for all your earnings and log every client and every payment.
National Insurance contributions will cost you around £2.80 per week, depending on your earnings. This can be paid by direct debit, or you can pay quarterly at your bank/post office.
Save a percentage of your earnings for tax in a separate account - preferably a savings account. 25% of your monthly earnings should be sufficient - and remember that you have a personal allowance that will not be taxed. You will then be taxed on approximately 20-40% of the rest of your income depending on how much you earn. These figures change each year so make sure you keep up to date by visiting the HMRC website.
You need to contact HM Revenue and Customs (0300 200 3504) within 3 months from the end of your first month of trading to register your business.
So to recap – register with CIMSPA, make sure you're fully insured, set up the appropriate bank accounts for tax and earnings, organise your National Insurance contributions and don't forget to register your business. You will then have successfully set up and started your own business.
As part of the Career Accelerator Package which is included with your diploma, you receive advice from iSYT Fifth Element, an accountancy firm who specialises in working with personal trainers. They will take you through all of the above to give you the confidence to know you've set up your business correctly.
This process may take a few weeks and, of course, you will be allowed to work during this process. You now need to focus on:
The Career Accelerator Package provides you with specialist services and resources to help you with this, and you'll also find advice and support throughout the Future Fit School of Personal Training site. We'll be continually adding information and resources, so make sure you visit regularly!
I signed up for the Total Immersion with Future Fit and so far have completed my Level 2 & 3 as well as many CPD courses, I just have some Level 4 courses left. Upon reflection of my training so far, I'm not sure that online learning is the best way to go as you don't get the hands-on experience that you really need to build confidence and I did feel a bot lost when I first started working in the industry. However, having said that I have always been very impressed with Future Fit prompt and reliable customer service.
Ruby Parsons 12 03 2019
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