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Advice Page | Becoming a PT

Are you passionate about fitness and helping others achieve their health goals? Have you ever considered a career as a Personal Trainer? The fitness industry is booming and gyms are always on the lookout for qualified trainers to join their team.

We’re deeply invested in the fitness community, we want to help more people get fit and healthy. The more talented PTs the better, so hopefully this helps you decide whether it's the right career move for you. If we can ever support you, whether that is with equipment, or simply some advice or connections, we are here to help.

Qualities

Personal Qualities Of a Personal Trainer:
-Passion for Fitness
-Strong Customer Service Skills
-Enthusiasm and Determination
-Friendly and Outgoing Personality



Qualifications

You don’t need a degree to become a PT, but you do need a Level 2 certificate in Gym Instructing and a Level 3 diploma in Personal Training (these can often be combined into one course). You can also do a Level 4 course, but it isn’t compulsory.


Salary

The starting salary for a PT can vary depending on several factors, such as location and the type of facilities they work in. Typically, entry-level PTs can expect to earn around £24,000 per year. However, this figure can increase significantly with experience, specialisation, and a strong client base.

A Personal Trainer plays a crucial role in guiding clients towards their health and fitness objectives. Some examples of working with clients are those who want to lose weight, or gain muscle, or just helping someone with chronic pain.

The length of the courses you need to complete can vary, but the average will take you around 12 weeks to become fully qualified.

It’s important to choose a course which is CIMPSA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) approved due to its quality and industry recognition. This approval ensures that the course meets professional standards and enhances employment opportunities in the sector.

There are various career paths within the field of personal training. For instance, online coaching has seen substantial growth since Covid, offering personal trainers the opportunity to reach a global clientele and potentially increase their earnings through flexible, remote work.

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