How To Become A Personal Trainer
If you’re visiting this site then you are probably thinking "How do I become a personal trainer?" You’ll probably have lot’s of questions about the qualifications and it can all get very confusing.
What we’re going to do here is remove all of the corportate nonsense and help you to understand the qualifications and skills that you need to become a successful PT in the real world.
The first and most important thing that you need to do is make sure that your training is being delivered by a reputable and registered organisation. Check that the courses that are being delivered are registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and that your tutor is an experienced personal trainer. Would you expect to learn French from somebody who has never been to France???
The next thing that you need to do is think about the type of qualification that wish to take. If you are thinking about becoming a personal trainer you have two different options.
Option 1 VRQ
A Vocationally Related Personal Trainer Qualification or VRQ and are commonly known as taught programmes. These tend to be the most common and preferred type of personal trainer qualification out there as they’re shorter and easy to access. Vocationally Related Personal Trainer Qualification's focus on developing and assessing on an individual’s knowledge and understanding of a specific subject. These courses take around 2 weeks to complete and once completed you are a fully qualified Personal Trainer.
Option 2 NVQ
The second type of qualification is the National Vocational Personal Trainer Qualification (NVQ) these and are commonly known as work-based personal trainer qualifications. That means you need to either have a job or have work experience in the personal trainer industry. These Personal Trainer Qualifications aim to assess and individual’s competencies in specific tasks and skills common to the job role in the workplace. They give the learner more experience of the industry but take longer to complete. These qualifications are perfect as part of an apprenticeship.
How to choose the right personal trainer course:
Before I explain the personal trainer courses out there, you need to think about the direction in which you’re going, whether it’s freelance or full-time employment. Just to set the scene for you—76% of Personal Trainers are now freelance, while only 16% are employed on a full-time, permanent basis.
Therefore it is vital that the aim of your Personal Trainer Course both increase your earning potential and equally increase your employability. Employers are looking for a true fitness professional that has a range of qualifications and competencies.
Many training providers will offer additional components to enhance the course and generate more cash for themselves!!
This includes things like specialist personal trainer components such as Nutrition for Physical Activity, Suspension Training or Sports Nutrition. Think about it, if you are planning to work as a freelance personal trainer going into people’s homes then why would you need a qualification in indoor cycling?
What’s more its worth remembering that pretty much all of these type of courses can be covered in one day workshops after you have your level 3 so if you don’t need them then don’t go for them!!
To summarise: Choose a recognised and reputable training provider. Check out their references and website before you give them a call. Make sure that the qualification’s are recognised with REPs. Lastly choose the qualification that best suits you and remember to make sure that all the modules are relevant to you and your career.
Oh and one final thing...........
The latest trend in the industry is for training providers to guarantee job interviews or employment at the end of a PT course. Be very weary of this, the majority of these schemes involve you paying rent to a gym to use their facilities for PT. Although you might find yourself with a job, you’ll typically be paying out around £350 of rent per month as soon as you start.