If you’re tired of the nine to five, ready for a fresh challenge, and considering becoming a Personal Trainer, you’ll need a few things under your belt before you get started.
As well as broad knowledge of the fitness industry, a passion for helping others achieve their goals and an actively healthy lifestyle of your own, you’ll also need a recognised personal training certification.
Many people become disheartened about their new career choice when faced with the prospect of study (and dare we say the word, exams!) However without a reputable qualification to your name, your chances of breaking into the industry are slim (no pun intended).
So whilst you’re um-ing and ah-ing over whether this is the right road for you, take a look at a few of these great reasons to complete your Personal Training qualifications and take the next step in your career as a fitness professional…
Investing the time (and money!) gaining your qualification through a reputable accreditation program demonstrates to a potential employer that you’re not only committed, but have a genuine interest in the world of fitness.
Personal trainers who are certified have a certain amount of training and education that makes them more successful in their roles. This certification is essential when it comes to building your professional reputation within the fitness sector.
Your Client Base
Potential clients looking to hire a personal trainer are much more shopper-savvy than they used to be. One of the first questions a person will ask a Personal Trainer is about their certifications. If you’re suitably certified, you’re deemed better equipped to help clients reach their specific fitness goals. If a client is trying to decide between you and another personal trainer without a certification, that piece of paper might be just give you the edge to seal the deal!
With so many personal trainers on the market, competition for jobs can be tough. Personal trainers who have been certified by reputable course providers are the most likely to get their portfolios moved to the top of the pile. In a competitive market, your place in the pile makes all the difference between those who have jobs and those who are still looking!
With a relevant qualification, you can work within almost any fitness centre, gym or private club you fancy! The more prestigious the health club you want to work at, the more important that certification becomes. In fact, some of the top fitness centres in the country won’t even look at a personal trainer’s CV unless it includes a recognised personal training qualification.
Whilst stumping up the cash for your studies may not feel too good on the pocket, if you qualify, you’ll likely bag a hefty return on your investment by way of a larger salary. Whether you’re hoping to get hired by a health club in your area or simply want to contract yourself out to individual clients, your price tag will be directly impacted by the amount of training and education you bring to the table.
The right certification tells prospective employers and clients that you have the necessary training and background to help people reach their fitness goals. Without it, to a potential client, you could simply be someone with an interest, doling out advice.
Advice is free. And doesn’t pay the bills.