Being a personal trainer is a great career for people who are passionate about exercise and enjoy helping others. It can be a bit confusing trying to work out the best way to get started in this business, so here we explain everything you need to know to understand the process of getting qualified and becoming a personal trainer in the United Kingdom…
What do I need to be a personal trainer?
There are only four things you require in order to work as a personal trainer in the UK:
1) Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification
The level 2 gym instructor course (also known as a fitness instructor course) is most people’s entry point to a career in the fitness industry.
By itself it entitles one to work as a gym instructor for a gym, health club, or other fitness establishment in the UK and internationally.
As a level 2 qualification it is at the same level as a general certificate of secondary education (GCSE), so it is not difficult to get for people who do the necessary study. We have a 93% first-time pass rate for students on our gym instructor courses.
When studied on a part-time basis the course takes six weeks, and when studied full-time only eight days.
We teach the course part-time in each of our ten academy locations across England and Wales and full-time in London, Manchester, Bournemouth, Coventry and Cardiff.
We offer any of our one day CPD courses free with our gym instructor course.
2) Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification
The big one…
The level 3 personal trainer course entitles a person to work for themselves as a personal trainer in the UK and internationally.
At level 3 it is at the same level as an A-level or a BTEC National Diploma and as such is a more challenging course than the level 2 gym, but we have an 85% first-time pass rate for students on our personal trainer courses.
When studied on a part-time basis the course takes five months, and when studied full-time only 3 weeks.
Anyone who does not already have the prerequisite level 2 gym course can study both the level 2 and level 3 courses with one of our combined course packages which take slightly longer but are much better value than studying both courses separately.
We teach the course part-time in each of our ten academy locations across England and Wales, and full-time in London, Manchester, Bournemouth, Coventry and Cardiff.
3) First Aid Certificate
The first aid certificate, sometimes known as an emergency first aid at work qualification, is a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recognised certification.
It teaches personal trainers how to perform basic first aid in case any of their clients should sustain an injury during training.
It is valid for three years before it needs to be renewed.
We provide the training for this qualification free to students on our full-time personal trainer courses. Alternatively it can be purchased as a standalone course.
4) Personal Trainer Insurance
Personal trainer insurance is not technically a legal requirement, but it would be extremely foolish for anyone to work as a personal trainer without it.
If someone under the supervision of a personal trainer is hurt or injured during the course of their training, if the trainer does not have an insurance policy in place, he or she would be personally liable for the costs of their injury.
Translation: If you’re running with a client in a park and he falls and breaks his leg so can’t work for six months, without insurance you could end up owing him six month’s wages.
We provide four week’s free insurance for graduates of our personal trainer courses.
To find out everything you need to know about personal trainer insurance including our recommended providers, check out our guide to personal trainer insurance.
How to be a personal trainer?
After you’ve got your qualifications and your insurance sorted out, the sky really is the limit for your career as a personal trainer. You will have to decide what kind of personal trainer you want to be and what kind of clients you want to work with, but most important of all you will need to market yourself and get clients.
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