What qualifications do I need to become a personal trainer?

The job of personal trainer (fitness instructor) is a desirable one, especially for those who like to exercise and keep themselves in shape. Being a personal trainer can be rewarding both in terms of job satisfaction and remuneration.

Seeing your clients achieve their fitness goals as a direct result of the training programme that you have put in place will give you a sense of satisfaction that many jobs are unable to deliver.

What qualifications do I need to become a personal trainer?

So, if you like the idea of becoming a personal trainer / fitness instructor you may be asking:

“what qualifications do I need to become a personal trainer?”

  Well, there are various options available to those who are considering a career as a personal trainer.

You can choose from numerous different course providers and various locations across the country, but generally all of them will follow a similar syllabus and gain you qualifications recognised across the industry. Nearly all courses operate under the NQF (National Qualification Framework).

The courses are split in to 4 levels numbered 1 to 4. Once a candidate has completed level 3 of the training course they are considered a fully qualified personal trainer and may start to apply for personal trainer jobs. However for those who wish to further their knowledge there is the option of taking level 4, which looks in more detail at the medical aspects of the job including how to train people recovering from injury or sickness.

What qualifications do I need to enrol on a personal trainer course?

As there is a variety of different courses and providers, there is also a variation in the entry requirements. Generally to be accepted on to a personal trainer training course you will need to have a good understanding of both English and Mathematics.

Some courses require a minimum of five GCSE’s graded between A and C. You will, in addition be required to have a good level of personal fitness. It is important that you are able to maintain a good fitness level in order to be able to teach your clients effectively and also to set a good example.

In summary, to become a personal trainer you need firstly to have some qualifications in the way of GCSE’s and secondly you need to enrol on an appropriate course and get a qualification under the National Qualification Framework