How To Become A Personal Trainer
Personal trainers support clients to achieve their health and fitness goals, by creating exercise and fitness routines, helping with workouts and offering advice on things like nutrition and lifestyle changes. Trainers may also monitor their clientsí progress, keeping a record of goals reached, as well as metrics like weight, blood pressure and body mass index. Personal trainers should have a passion for fitness and sport and also have the ability to inspire and motivate people to achieve their goals.
To become a fitness instructor, you should possess an accredited qualification at Level 3 or higher that is recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP) or the National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT). Trainers without a recognized qualification must achieve it within six months of being hired.
Full- and part-time courses are available at most further education colleges and also online (distance learning). You could also take a bachelors degree at university in a sport and fitness related field.
Further details of qualifications are available from the Register of Exercise Professionals (www.exerciseregister.org), the National Register of Personal Trainers (www.nrpt.co.uk) and Skills Active (www.skillsactive.com).
Awarding bodies include City & Guilds, NCFE, NOCN and VTCT.
Other Qualifications Needed
Personal trainers need to have a first aid award.
Average Working Hours Per Week = Hours vary
Common Working Pattern
Time Taken To Qualify
6 weeks to 2 years
What Next/Career Development
Once you have qualified as a personal trainer you could develop your career by achieving higher level qualifications, or specialize in a particular area such as weight loss or the management of sports injuries. Further training in areas such as Yoga or Pilates could help you broaden your client base.
Facts And Figures
There are 13,770 personal trainers in the UK.
To work as a personal trainer you must have public liability insurance.
51% of personal trainers say they donít feel stressed at work (compared to 21% of office workers).