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Become a Personal Trainer

How do you become a Personal Trainer?

To become a fully-qualified personal trainer you need to gain a Level 3 qualification which is recognised by CIMSPA. At level 2, you would be able to become a Gym or Fitness Instructor.



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Become a Personal Trainer in 6 easy steps

Here are the steps to become a Personal Trainer. It's a combination of qualifications and personal preferences and passions. Upon qualifying with one of our courses, all Future Fit Training graduates receive a guaranteed interview with one of our partners; who recognise the high calibre of our students and robust training programmes.

Step 1

Research the profession

When looking at becoming a Personal Trainer, there is a lot of research to be done. Before starting any Personal Training course, it’s a good idea to get some information and learn a bit about what you will be doing, how long it is going to take, how much money you can earn and how hard it is to learn.

Some people come into Personal Training with qualifications in Sports Science, some worked as fitness instructors, and others come into Personal Training with no previous experience at all.

Either way, your Personal Training course should give you all the information you need to become a qualified Personal Trainer, but an understanding of the subject can help you in your training.

Step 2

Find a Personal Trainer Course

Here are the steps to become a Personal Trainer. It's a combination of qualifications and personal preferences and passions.

Upon qualifying with one of our courses, all Future Fit Training graduates receive a guaranteed interview with one of our partners; who recognise the high calibre of our students and robust training programmes.

During your research for the right course - it is important that you choose the training provider. Comparing different schools and understanding which one is the best, can be a daunting task.

For this reason, we have developed a complete comparison checklist to help you find the right course and provider for you.

Step 3

Get Qualified


If you already know that you want to become a Personal Trainer, you don't need any of the steps above. You can start with Level 2 Gym Instructor Diploma to become a Fitness Instructor. However, to be called a Personal Trainer, you need to achieve the industry standard Level 3 Personal Training qualification, which shows that you meet the requirements set at a national level.

Level 2 Gym Instructor Course




Ideal for beginners training to become a Fitness or Gym Instructor or as a starting point for a Personal Training qualification.

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Level 3 Complete Personal Trainer Diploma


Perfect for anyone who wants to become a respected, specialist fitness professional.

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Level 4 Total Immersion Personal Training Diploma


Gain the highest industry status as an Advanced Personal Trainer with Level 4 status.

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Step 4

Get Insured

Now you’re qualified with Level 3, you have become a Personal Trainer. But to practice the profession getting insured is crucial. Without insurance, you will not be able to train people in most gyms and if your client is injured, you will be liable for any costs. Find yourself a reputable insurance company and make sure that you update this each year.

By getting insured you protect yourself against claims arising from third party or damages. Insurances also cover public liabilities, professional indemnity, sports equipment, personal accidents and loss of earning.

Step 5

Gain Work Experience

Lack of experience is one of the biggest hurdles when trying to get your first job in the industry. If you have qualified as a Personal Trainer you may consider spending some time shadowing successful Personal Trainers.

You can begin your PT career by seeking employment as a Gym Instructor, or volunteering at your local health club, shadowing the trainers there.

The other option to earn a personal trainer salary is to get job interviews through Future Fit's guaranteed interviews scheme.

Step 6

Start a Business or Seek Employment

There are many different types of Personal Training jobs, including self-employed or employed roles. Employed Personal Trainers work for gym or leisure operators, normally either with a wage (although this is rare) or as a fitness instructor who does Personal Training on the side.

Self-employed Personal Trainers can either pay rent to a gym to work in their space, or they may have their own home gym. Some also choose to train in public spaces or could go to their client’s homes to train.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both types of work - a self-employed person gets to keep all the money they earn and has much more freedom over who, when and where they train, while an employed person has job security and a steady income, for example. You gain all the skills and insight you will need with our Career Accelerator Package.

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Here are the steps to become a Personal Trainer. It's a combination of qualifications and personal preferences and passions. Upon qualifying with one of our courses, all Future Fit Training graduates receive a guaranteed interview with one of our partners; who recognise the high calibre of our students and robust training programmes.

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What qualifications do you need to become a Personal Trainer?

To become a Personal Trainer you need an accredited and recognised qualification such as:

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma. This qualification will give you everything you need to become a successful personal trainer.
  • Level 4 Total Immersion Personal Trainer Diploma. A higher level qualification that will set you apart and allow you to specialise and increase your personal trainer salary.

To become a fitness instructor or gym instructor you would need a qualification such as:

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Course. This course is your starting point within the fitness industry and from where you can continue to develop your career as a personal trainer.
How much will I earn as a Personal Trainer?

Your earnings after qualifying will vary depending on location and what you teach.

As a guide, you should be looking at a rate of approximately £30-£50 per hour working as a Personal Trainer. The starting salary is approximately £16,000 and top Personal Trainers earn over £84,000/year.

Read our salary guide for more information.

How long does it take to complete a personal trainer diploma?

It is difficult to give a definitive answer because every student is different. Some students are able to study full-time, some can commit 16 hours per week – others only 6-8 hours. You may want to mix intensive periods of study with ‘rest’ periods to fit around work and family commitments.

Also, you may be happy to attend courses in any location, giving you a greater choice of courses dates, while others may not. This is why we like to spend time designing your training plan with you before you enrol with us so that it fits around your commitments and the time you can dedicate to study.

What does it take to become a personal trainer?

Becoming a personal trainer requires a diverse set of skills. Take some time to make sure the profession suits your lifestyle and abilities.

Listening to your clients is one of the keys to success, as it allows you to understand their goals, pains and desires. Other skills include business and marketing (if you take the freelance route), patience and enthusiasm.

To become a personal trainer you need to be a great motivator and you should lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients.