How do I become a Personal Trainer?

How do I become a Personal Trainer?

Becoming a Personal Trainer is easier than you think. There is a demand in the fitness industry for great Personal Trainers and we are here to help you become one. Here are a few simple steps that you need to take to start your new career.


Get the right qualifications:

You need to get the right recognised qualifications to become a Personal Trainer. These are a Level 2 Gym Instructor and a Level 3 Personal Trainer. To make it easier we have created the perfect starter pack for you: Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training


Decide where you want to train your clients:

Next up is deciding whether you want to work as part of your local gym, whether you want to freelance or whether you want to start your own business. Either option is great depending on your goals as a Personal Trainer. You may already have a client base or looking to gain one, this is dependant on your goals and opens multiple possibilities for your career.


Insurance and the next steps:

Insurance is a great option to protect yourself and your clients. If you are employed in a gym, your employer may have Employers Liability Insurance, this is worth checking when you first begin at your place of work.

If you are self-employed, it is advised that you take out insurance to protect your clients and yourself. You can take out Public Liability Insurance, which protects you against claims made as a result of property damage or injuries sustained by members of the public, connected with your work. You can take this insurance out no matter the size of your operation. You are advised to take out Professional indemnity insurance, which covers the advice you give to your clients, including your legal fees as well as any compensation costs. 

It is advised that you get a First Aid Certificate so that you can offer support to your clients in case of an emergency.

Joining organisations such as CIMSPA, REPS or National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT) is a great addition to your service to connect with others, validate your Personal Training and offer your services.


Start your social media:

There are many platforms to use that can help promote yourself as a business, using these tools are free and fantastic to gain new clients. Get creative and be yourself.


Upskill your fitness education:

Once you are on your journey as a Personal Trainer, there are many more options to take your career to the next level. Here are some options:


Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning

Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Level 2 Certificate in Group Training 

Level 2 Award in Instructing Studio Cycling

Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebells

Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Sessions


We are here to help, get in touch if you have any questions about starting your fitness career.