How to become a Personal Trainer

Find out how to become a personal trainer in 6 key steps, download our guide to understand the PT career path and see how we can help you. 1. Find the best personal training course, 2. Get qualified with Level 3, 3. Get insured, 4. Strongly recommended: gain experience.

You are obviously passionate about fitness and there is no better time than now to start your career doing what you love the most by becoming a personal trainer.

Download our free "how to become a Personal Trainer" guide by clicking on the banner below which contains all the information you need to start your career in the fitness industry with confidence.

The fitness industry has grown by 75% over the last decade and is worth around £4.9 billion! With obesity on the rise by 18% year on year, the demand for highly qualified Personal Trainers has never been higher. If you are interested in knowing how to become a fitness instructor, follow the few simple steps below.  

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Follow these 5 steps for how to become a successful personal trainer:

1. Get qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor

The Level 2 Gym Instructor course is your starting point within the fitness industry and from where you can continue to develop your career as a personal trainer. Once qualified, you will become a gym instructor.

You will become qualified in Anatomy and Physiology. This course is worth 20 CIMSPA CPD points.

 

2. Find a Level 3 personal training course

With many schools to choose from, it may be tough to select the ideal training provider. While all Level 3 Personal trainer courses teach you the same things, they can be very different. First of all, you must choose a trainer that is independently qualified from an external body.

You also need choosing a highly rated training provider is that offers high-quality training programsDownload our Comparison Checklist to compare 3 best PT schools in the industry.

 

3. Get qualified with the Level 3 Course

Now it's time to figure out what course you need to take. The industry standard is a 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).

To get qualified for Level 3 it takes normally 10 weeks. This course includes the Level 2 personal training qualification so it requires no previous qualification.

The Level 3 qualification will automatically include also the following courses:

  • advanced resistance training
  • anatomy and physiology
  • behaviour change coaching
  • building your fitness business
  • circuit training and core training
  • exercise for fat loss
  • functional equipment training
  • nutrition and weight management

With highly successful and experienced personal trainers earning over £60,000/ year, learning about business skills such as marketing and sales cannot be overstated.

They are needed so you can turn your newfound knowledge into a career. This is a commonly overlooked but vital consideration.

 

We offer two industry recognised qualifications:

Level 3 - Complete Personal Trainer Diploma

Level 3 - Complete Personal Trainer Diploma

This qualification will give you everything you need to become a successful personal trainer. Our latest cutting edge training techniques will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to help you stand out above the rest.

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Level 4 - Total Immersion Personal Training Diploma

Level 4 - Total Immersion Personal Training Diploma

You will have the highest level of industry recognition giving you Level 4 ‘specialist’ status. By completing this diploma you will be able to extend the reach of your business by accepting GP referrals and providing a specialist premium service to non-referred clients.

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4. Get insured

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.

If you are new to insurance, ask our Career Advisers for some advice. 

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. 

 

5. Strongly recommended: gain experience

 After you have qualified, it’s vital to put your skills into practice.

You can begin your career by seeking employment as a gym instructor.

Alternatively, volunteering at your local health club, shadowing the trainers there, or helping someone running a Bootcamp are all great ideas.

If you don't have any idea on how to gain experience, Future Fit offers guaranteed interviews to all of our graduates. 

It's not uncommon for our students to learn from one of our courses and then get a guaranteed interview as a result. 

This is a list example of 5 gyms (see the full list here)  that Future Fit Training is partnering with to guarantee interviews to its graduates: 

  • David Lloyd
  • Virgin Active
  • Nuffield Health
  • Fitness First
  • Roko Health Clubs

The gyms will interview graduates from Future Fit Training if they apply for a personal trainer vacancy.

Put it simply, graduate with Future Fit and you will have an interview. 

 

Six steps to becoming a personal trainer:

  1. Get qualified as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor. With this qualification, you are not yet a personal trainer, but it's the first step to becoming one.
  2. Find a personal training courseWith many schools to choose from, it may be tough to select the ideal training provider. For example, for PTs looking to qualify in a few weeks, a fast course might be ideal. However, this is not always well seen by employers looking to hire. Download our Comparison Checklist to compare the best PT school for your career.
  3. Get qualified with the industry standard Level 3 Course - Figure out what course you need to take. The industry standard is a Level 3 Personal Training qualification, which shows that you meet the requirements set at a national level. The price is also notably lower. 
  4. Learn Business Skills - In addition, you should make sure your training provider offers training and guidance on business skills such as marketing and sales so you can turn your newfound knowledge into a career. This is a commonly overlooked but vital consideration.
  5. Get insured - 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.
  6. Gain experience - After you have qualified, it’s vital to put your skills into practice. You can begin your career by seeking employment as a gym instructor. Alternatively, volunteering at your local health club, shadowing the trainers there, or helping someone running a Bootcamp are all great ideas. 

 

How quickly you can become a personal trainer

You can expect to become a Level 3 personal trainer in 10 months from the day you start a course. 

The length can vary according to how much time you can dedicate to your studies and workshops.

If you are a prospect student, we highly recommend starting as soon as possible. The more you wait, the longer it will take you to become a personal trainer.

In the first few weeks, you will need to research and go through lots of topics and you might feel a bit lost. With so much information it's not an easy decision to take for your career.

After a few weeks, most people have a pretty good idea of which training provider they want to go with and have found themselves a way to fund their studies. We offer all the support you might along the way:

 


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