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To become a fully-qualified personal trainer you need to gain a Level 3 qualification which is recognized by CIMSPA.

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Become a Personal Trainer in 8 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. Top gyms employing our graduates:


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, nutrition or other health and fitness-related subjects. Some people have worked as fitness instructors for a while and are looking to move into a new role. Others come into Personal Training with no previous experience or education.

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

Decide if you have what it takes


Deciding if you have what it takes means comparing your skills and desires against what the profession requires. The issue that you are trying to solve at this stage is to understand if there is a match. Becoming a personal trainer requires a diverse set of skills, first of all, you should be passionate about the discipline. But you should also be able to work very well with people and be a good leader and motivator.

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

It goes without saying, of course, that you should lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients.

Step 3

Find and choose Personal Trainer course


Once you have decided that you have what it takes, the next step in becoming a personal trainer is to choose the right qualification. There is an enormous number of training providers out there and as with any industry, some more reputable than others. How do you find the best one?

We have written extensively about choosing the right personal training course and we have answered an additional 20 answers on personal training courses as we understand that starting a career requires gathering lots of information.

If you want to compare Future Fit Training with other providers out there, download the comprehensive Comparison Checklist.

Our certified personal trainer courses will give you everything you need to enter into the health & fitness industry with confidence and sound knowledge and stay at the top of your game. By combining all the benefits of e-learning with interactive weekend courses, you can fit your studies around your work and home life. We offer two industry-recognised qualifications:

Level 2

Level 2 Gym Instructor Course

This Future Fit Training endorsed and accredited Level 2 Gym Instructor Course will give you the skills to start your personal training career. Available in 40+ locations across the UK. Combination of online courses and practical workshops, to train you on how to build customised training programs.

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Level 3

Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

This Future Fit Training endorsed and accredited Level 3 Personal Trainer Course will kick-start your personal training career. Available in 40+ locations across the UK. It also includes the REPs Level 3 status. You can start earning in as little as 10 weeks!

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Level 4

Level 4 Total Immersion Diploma

Gain the highest level of industry recognition with the Level 4 specialist Personal Trainer Diploma. By completing this personal training course, you’ll become an elite personal trainer with specialist skills and a sought-after REPs Level 4 status.

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Step 4

Work out your budget

Starting a new career is never a cheap affair. But the good news is that any decent provider will offer you a variety of ways to pay for the course.

With Future Fit Diplomas, you can pay upfront, spread your payments monthly, or pay a deposit and then settle the balance.

If you don't have the funds, check out these funding options.

Step 5

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. With this, you achieve Level 3 status on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

Step 6

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 7

Gain work experience

This step is optional, if you have qualified as a Personal Trainer you may consider spending some time shadowing successful Personal Trainers. This is especially useful to those who have not worked previously as a fitness instructor or gym instructor. Lack of experience is one of the biggest hurdles when trying to get your first job in the industry.

You can begin your PT career by seeking employment as a Gym Instructor, or alternatively, volunteering at your local health club, shadowing the trainers there, or helping someone running a Bootcamp are all great ideas. You can learn all this with our Career Accelerator Package.

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

Step 8

Decision time

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.

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FAQs

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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 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.
  • Level 3 Complete Personal Trainer Diploma. This qualification will give you everything you need to become a successful personal trainer.

With regards to the memberships, you need to make sure the courses are will help you become a member of NRPT (National Register of Personal Trainers) and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals).

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 will it take to complete my 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.