[UPDATED 2 AUGUST 2017] Being a personal trainer is a great way to make a living if you’re someone who is passionate about exercise and enjoys helping other people. It can be a bit hard to figure out the best way to get started as a PT, so here we explain exactly how to become a personal trainer in the UK…
What do I need to be a personal trainer?
In order to become a personal trainer in the UK, you’ll need the following four things:
1) Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification
The level 2 gym instructor course (also known as a fitness instructor course) is the starting point in the careers of most personal trainers and other fitness industry professionals.
By itself, it entitles one to work as a gym instructor for a gym, health club or any other kind of fitness establishment in the UK and in many other countries.
As a level 2 qualification, it is at the same level as a school GCSE, so it’s not difficult to complete this course 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. When studied full-time, it takes only eight days.
We can deliver the course on a part-time or a full-time basis to suit the requirements of our students. We also offer any of our one-day CPD courses free with our gym instructor course.
2) Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification
The level 3 personal trainer course entitles a person to work for themselves as a personal trainer in the UK and in many foreign countries.
At qualification level 3, it’s at the same level as an A-level or a BTEC National Diploma, so it’s a larger and 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. When studied full-time, it takes only three 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 personal trainer course at our multiple state-of-the-art training centres across England and Wales. We conduct training in places such as London, Cardiff, Manchester and Portsmouth.
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 training course.
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 this course with us and obtain a first aid certificate for only £125. It’s also included in our Level 3 Personal Trainer Course and our Level 2 Gym Instructor 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 any compensation that would have to be paid to the injured client.
So for example, if you’re running with a client in a park and they fall over and break their leg and can’t work for six months, if you don’t have an insurance policy in place, you could end up having to pay them whatever they would have earned during that time.
Discovery Learning provide four weeks of free insurance for graduates of our personal trainer courses. Note that this only applies to self-employed personal trainers, as PTs employed in-house by a fitness establishment will be covered by their employers’ insurance policy.
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 do you succeed as 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, but only if you run your business well.
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 importantly of all, you will need to market yourself and get clients in order to succeed.
To learn how to do that, we suggest you read through some of the other articles on our blog. We provide a lot of advice for PTs about how to run their businesses and get clients.
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