How To Become A Personal Trainer In The UK

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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

2) Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification

3) First Aid Certificate

4) Personal Trainer Insurance

 

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) recognized 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.

You can take a course with us to obtain a first aid certificate for £125.

 

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.

How do I setup my own personal trainer website to get clients?

 

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we’ll try to help you out. If you found this article useful, why not share it with your friends and help inform others?

Comments

  1. jonathan may says

    Am interested in becoming a personal trainer and would like some more information on how about doing it such as costs etc .

    • Discovery Learning says

      Hi. Why not give us a call and chat to one of our advisers on 0208 543 1017? Or go to our homepage and use our live chat feature to talk to someone?

  2. Adrion says

    Personal trainers are much like an entrepreneur. They help the clients to achieve their goal. So if you want to become a personal trainer, you require some qualification. The above information, gives a brief idea about that.

  3. katarzyna says

    i would like to become a personal trainer what do i have to do?what courses or trainings do i have to finish?

  4. Andrew says

    Have started at a gym and getting in shape, am starting to get the fitness bug and would be interested in doing this for a career could you please send me more info . Venues costs etc

    • Discovery Learning says

      Could you please be more specific? Are you asking us how much freelance personal trainers normally have to pay to be allowed to find and train clients in an established health club?

      If you’d like to have a conversation with us, please feel free to give us a call on 0208 543 1017 and speak to one of our advisers.

  5. shafeeque says

    now I am taking a fitness course I am already finish higher secondary education. what qualifications more for me?? I would like settle to uk.i am a indian citizen.

    • Discovery Learning says

      As stated in the article, to work as a personal trainer in the United Kingdom, you need to have completed a level 3 personal trainer course.

  6. David Major says

    Hy.
    I’d like to be a tennis coach but the personal trainer level 2 required.Is this the same certification what I need or different?

  7. Dam says

    I am physiotherapist from India and on student visa right now in uk. Can I be eligible for doing job as personal trainer?

    • Discovery Learning says

      You are only eligible to work as a personal trainer in the UK if you have a level 3 personal training qualification. If you did get qualified to work a personal trainer, your additional skills as a physiotherapist would make you a high earning personal trainer, because you’d be able to get a lot of clients in need of rehabilitation training.

  8. Othmane Noubir says

    Hi, im from morroco and i would like to achieve those certifications but can i work with these certifications outside the U.K. ??

    • Discovery Learning says

      In some external countries UK certifications are sufficient to work as a personal trainer. It depends what country you want to work in.

  9. gavin says

    im ex uk infantry and train 6 days a week in my local gym, a friend has said to me i should research doing a course to become a full time personal trainer

  10. ignas says

    If I have very deep understanding about personal training, nutrition, have a lot experience in training, etc. Can I pass the courses faster then it should be?

    • Discovery Learning says

      Hi Ignas. Possibly you could do it faster than our other students. You should contact our sales team to ask them for advice. The number is 0208 543 1017.

  11. adarsh says

    1st of all very nice article. .2nd..I am from India 17 yrs old and I am just a beginner right now but I am interested to take fitness as a career..so im interested to know which is the best institute for personal trainer certification in UK or in the world and are there any other options in fitness other than personal training?

    • Discovery Learning says

      Yes, there are lots of other types of fitness professional besides personal trainers.

      And the best institute for getting qualified as a personal trainer in the UK is us, Discovery Learning, because we offer the same quality as the best in the business but for much lower prices.

        • Discovery Learning says

          There are many other roles in the UK health and fitness industry besides personal trainer. What sort of work do you think you would most like to do?

    • Discovery Learning says

      I suggest you give us a call on 0208 543 1017. Our staff will be happy to provide you with all the information you require.

  12. says

    Hi there.

    My name is Tony and I am a Personal Trainer in Canada, however I am originally from England and have studied a National Diploma in Sport in the UK. I am looking to come back to England in the next year and would like to become a certified PT in England. Is there any thing I can do from my end to speed up the process? Online courses etc? Also if I was to run my own business in England would I need to take a group fitness training course to be able to teach a class?

    Thanks in advance

    • Discovery Learning says

      There is nothing you can do to speed up the process Tony, but our full-time courses are extremely fast. Once you’ve got your personal trainer certificate, you’ll be able to run your own business training people in groups or individually as you see fit.

  13. Phill Parker says

    Hi,

    I’m a Personal Trainer in Cardiff and I’m very interested in doing some of your courses.

    What are your prices? I couldn’t find them on your website.

    If you could let me know, I’d really appreciate it!

    Thanks a lot

    Phill

  14. Mo says

    I am now dieting and hoping to become a consultant selling the diet programme I am using. In order to maintain the weightloss, I am considering becoming a personal trainer not only to train clients but also a way of building up my own fitness level. I’ve never been sporty or athletic. Is this an option for me?

    • Discovery Learning says

      Yes certainly this is an option for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been sporty or athletic. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to do the job.

  15. Roland Hantosi says

    Hi. I’m 18 years old and I’m going to a college five days a week. This is my first year but now I’m just learn English and I want to be a Personal Trainer. Now I’m in Entry 3 and my question is what level I needed for start learn this job?

    • Discovery Learning says

      The only requirement for studying a personal trainer course is the prerequisite level 2 gym instructor course, and the only requirement for a level 2 gym instructor course is that you are at least sixteen years old. Don’t worry about your existing qualification level. If you want to be a personal trainer, just do those two courses, either one after the other or both at once with our combined package.

  16. Whitney Geoghegan says

    Hi im cert 3& 4 qualified personal trainer in Australia just wondering if those qualifications allow me to train in the industry in the UK

    • Discovery Learning says

      If I remember correctly, the UK and Australia are both part of the registry of exercise professionals, so it’s very possible that those qualifications would also allow you to work as a personal trainer in the UK. If you apply for personal trainer insurance over here, they’ll let you know whether your qualifications are sufficient. If you can get insurance over here you’re ready to start training clients.

  17. Lucy says

    Can you enrole on the course of you are in the early stages of pregnancy? I am a recently retired dancer/ aerialist so know my bodies capabilities

    • Discovery Learning says

      If you call the number at the top of the screen, our sales staff will give you the answers to that and any other questions you have related to course bookings.

  18. Agi says

    Hi,I’m interested in Fitness Instructor (exercise to music) course but also I would like to do PT course in the future. Do I still have to pass Gym Instructor course before that? Or Level 2 exercise to music will be enough? Thanks.

    • Discovery Learning says

      You will need to pass the level 2 gym instructor course in order to take a level 3 personal trainer course. You can do them both at once however if that makes it easier.

  19. Catherine says

    Hi I’m living in Australia at the minute but am moving to the uk in May I have completed a certificate 11 in fitness here does that count over there and also can I apply for the couse while still in Australia so I can get my visa?

    • Discovery Learning says

      Hi Catherine. If you call the number you see at the top of the screen and speak to our sales team, they will be happy to provide you with the answers to these and any other questions you have.

  20. Rich says

    Hi,

    I’d like to start up as a personal trainer focussing on triathlon, particularly swimming. I’m currently taking my level 1 triathlon coaching cert and plan on taking the ASA 1 & 2 for swimming. I’d like to run sessions outdoors for the cycling and running disciplines and have no intention of being a gym instructor. Will I still need to do the level 2 gym instructor course in order to attain the level 3 personal trainer cert?

    Thanks,

    Rich

    • Discovery Learning says

      Yes. You will need the level 2 gym instructor course in order to obtain the level 3 personal trainer certificate. You can obtain each qualification on separate courses or both at once with one of our combined course packages.

  21. carla rees says

    Hi. Do i need to be physically fit to become a personal trainer? I am lean and fairly healthy but my cardiovascular fitness is seriously lacking although i have a good knowledge of all things fitness related. Will i be required to pass any physical fitness tests to complete the gym level 2 and pt lvl 3? Thanks

    • Discovery Learning says

      No, you don’t have to take a physical fitness test in order to enroll on our courses. Whether you need to be fit and healthy to be a personal trainer depends on what stuff you do with your clients. You will need to be fit if you’re going to go running with them.

  22. Palmi says

    Hi!
    What level of education do I need to have to become a personal trainer? do I have to be very slim too ?
    I would like to start parents and buggies outdoor activities in UK.

    • Discovery Learning says

      You don’t need any existing education when you start training to be a personal trainer with us. You only need the Level 2 Gym Instructor Course, but you can do that with us at the same time as your personal trainer course. You don’t need to be very slim.

    • Discovery Learning says

      That’s not a problem. Many people for whom English is a second language come on our courses and do fine.

  23. Garai says

    Hi
    I am interested in get the level 2 and 3 of personal trainer and I would like to know if I need any English certificate to do it, because I am spanish and my English level is between intermediate and upper intermediate, is it enough?

    • Discovery Learning says

      You don’t need any English certificate to do those courses. If you can have a conversation with people in English and read written English you’ll be fine.

  24. Dina says

    Hi I’m looking into doing the combined Level 2 gym + Level 3 PT with you. Where can I find information on which countries recognize the qualification? I’m hoping to work around Europe and New Zealand.

    • Discovery Learning says

      I suggest you check with the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals. Any country that is a part of that will recognize the qualifications we provide: http://www.icreps.org/

      Feel free to call our sales team if you would like more information: +44208 543 1017

  25. mark says

    Hi, I’ve been qualified as a level 2 fitness instructor for 7 months. I have my own personal gym, could I train individuals if I have insurance?

    • Discovery Learning says

      If you have insurance you would be protected from injury claims, but I doubt any insurance provider would cover you if you don’t have a personal trainer certification.

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