Which CPD Courses Should Personal Trainers Choose?
Personal trainers who are members of The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) are required to continuously improve their skills in order to remain a member. This is usually done by studying Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. Here we discuss which of these courses are a good choice for personal trainers needing to up-skill...
Continued Professional Development training is exactly what the name suggests. It is a formal process for ensuring that all professional people continue to grow and develop in their careers and it ensures that their developmental training is independently certified and fit for purpose.
Every two years, a PT is required to have earned twenty-four REPs points to demonstrate that they have continued their professional development and be able to remain on the Register of Exercise Professionals. The best way to earn these points is through CPD courses, each of which earn a PT a certain number of points upon successful completion.
We sell CPD courses and on each course page it should say how many REPs points the course is worth.
For an individual personal trainer, choosing the right developmental training path through their career will be a crucial aspect of their overall success.
It is important that PTs choose CPD training that fits into their overall career or business plan. They will need to think about who their target audience is, and what kind of activities and skills such a client group will require from a PT.
They must also think about what facilities are available to them; having a qualification to teach spinning is of little value if you do not have access to a spinning studio. In addition, if a PT intends to be self-employed, he or she is likely to choose different skills than were they considering working for one of the branded fitness clubs.
Personal Trainers will also have to think about what the fast moving trends in fitness are currently favoring as well as the core skills and attributes that they will be expected to have, but may have not been covered in the PT course syllabus.
As a general rule, we would always suggest having two or three specialist skills that will increase earning power and make the PT more employable should they choose that route.
Popular and consistently valuable courses would include, Kettlebells, Spinning, Core Strength and Circuit training, as these will provide a wide assortment of skills and programs that will work well in a group or one-to-one setting.
It will also offer the PT a good range of activities for either club work or for training in different environments. Considering more esoteric courses such as Mixed Martial Arts will allow you to stand out from others and increase your earning potential.
As well as the pure fitness courses on offer, it will also be worth considering some of the more theoretical courses which will add to the professional expertise and expert reputation of any PT.
Among the options may be a behavior changes specialism (a PT is basically in the business of behavior change, so we would say this is essential). Sports nutrition or clinical nutrition may also be areas that a PT could specialize in and carve out a niche market among certain population groups.
Whichever way you decide to go, perhaps the most important consideration is your passion for the subject. The more enthusiasm and interest a PT shows about their specialist subject, the more this will convert into additional clients and income.