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How To Become a Personal Trainer

What do you need to do to become a Personal Trainer?

To become a personal trainer you will already be qualified as a Fitness Instructor from a recognised Level 2 Qualification. These may be known as:

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certification
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

To fully qualify as a Personal Trainer you would also need a Level 3 Personal Training Qualification which is recognised by CIMSPA. These may be known as:

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Course
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training & Fitness Instructing



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6 easy steps To Becoming a Personal Trainer

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 to become 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 qualify in becoming a 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 when looking to become a personal trainer.

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

Step 3

Get Qualified

What are the minimum requirements to become a Personal Trainer?

The minimum requirement to fully qualify as a Personal Trainer is a Level 3 Personal Training Qualification, this gives you the required certification you need to teach one-on-one Personal Training sessions.

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 Course 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. All of our personal training courses have been designed for those who want to become a personal trainer and be able to provide high-quality personal training above industry standard.

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 Personal Trainer Course

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

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Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course

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

Where could you be working when you become a Personal Trainer?


After you have become a personal trainer 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.

Start a personal training career with some of UK's leading gyms and health-clubs who are recruiting our course graduates such as Virgin Active, Nuffield Health and the Gym Group.

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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What do Personal Trainers do?


A personal trainer is a qualified fitness expert who would have a variety of knowledge, skills and abilities which aim to help their clients achieve their fitness goals. For an individual to become a personal trainer they would need to be qualified in a Level 3 Personal Training Course.

What do you do once you become a personal trainer?

Once you have become a Personal Trainer you will:

  • Coach and advise clients
  • Create workout plans
  • Perform fitness assessments
  • Provide advice
  • Provide Feedback

5 Skills & Qualities Required to be a personal trainer

As a qualified Personal Trainer you will be able to:

  • Creative
  • Knowledgeable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Open-Minded
  • Motivational

Guides & Resources

How much do Personal Trainers earn?

How much a Personal Trainer earns depends on their qualifications and experience. On average Personal Trainers earn between £15K and £60K across the UK.

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Guide to Personal Training Levels

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Personal Training Courses Online

Whilst you can become a Personal Trainer through an online personal training course, at Future Fit we believe in providing the blended learning approach to ensure our students are the most successful.

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What qualifications do you need to become a Personal Trainer?

To become a Personal Trainer, you need recognised qualifications such as:

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 course?

Answering how long it takes to become a personal trainer is difficult 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 part-time. 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.

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What does it take to become a personal trainer?

Succeeding in one of our personal trainer courses requires a diverse set of skills:

  • Listening to your clients – understanding their goals pains and desires
  • Be a great motivator – keep your energy high and focus on leading your clients
  • Lead a healthy and active lifestyle – be a good role model
  • Patience and enthusiasm – you are a self-motivated motivator
  • Business and marketing – essential to potential freelance work

Ultimately, it’s important to take some time to compare personal training courses and make sure a PT course suits<

To become a personal trainer do I need previous experience in the health & fitness industry?

Whilst you'll benefit from experience in a gym, our incredibly experienced tutors will support you through your practical workshops and give you all the vital knowledge and experience you need to become a personal training.

Are your personal trainer courses online?

The theoretical aspects of our personal trainer courses and gym instructor courses can be completed mostly online with our versatile e-learning system. We combine the online learning with essential practical workshops which are held on the weekends in nationwide training locations. No personal trainer qualification is truly complete without practical workshops that help you on your way to gaining your personal training certification.

You can easily tailor your study programme to fit around your life knowing that tutor support is just a phone call or email away. With our flexible start dates and locations near you, starting your new PT training career with us is easy!

Our online courses are assessed in a variety of ways. Throughout the whole process, our Tutor Support team are on hand via email, telephone and our student-only Facebook groups to offer help and advice.

Parts of your online course may involve working with a real person as your client, documenting how you've applied the knowledge and the skills you've learnt on the course.

If there is a practical observation included as part of the assessment for a course, you'll need to attend this in person.

Find out more about Online Learning with Future Fit.

What is the vocational route to become a personal trainer?

The vocational route to become a PT includes the following personal trainer courses:

Where could I work with a personal trainer qualification?

With a personal trainer qualification, you could work as an employee of a gym or health centre, but there are a wealth of options for places you can work. With the expert level of practical and online training provided on our Personal Training courses, you will have the skills to work across the fitness sector in:

  • Gyms
  • Studios
  • Hotels and wellness centres
  • For yourself running your own PT business
  • For private clients
  • For sports clubs and Olympic teams

The most common option for the majority of personal trainers is to become self-employed. You’ll likely work within a gym and be responsible for generating your clients. Some personal trainers choose to set up Bootcamp style businesses training larger groups at a time or run their own studio space. This gives you complete control over the process and has the potential for my greater earnings.

Whatever option you choose, with the support and training from Future Fit, the sky is the limit for you and your career in the fitness industry!

Are you looking for a little extra information about becoming a PT? Check out our How to Become page here.