Personal Trainer Courses

Guides, Ideas and Location of UK Training Courses

PT Certification

What's the big deal about personal training certification? Surely all you need is ripped abs and a big smile and you can set up in business as a personal trainer? Being a personal trainer certainly sounds like the perfect job for some people. You get paid to hang out with fit people, doing something you love doing - working out. What could be easier?

Unfortunately it's not that easy. Becoming a personal trainer requires personal training certification - simply liking to work out, or hanging around in a gym, is not enough to get you a job in this competitive field.

Personal training certification is the key to progress in this field. It will give you the skills you need to work effectively with your clients, and will also let employers know that you are appropriately qualified. Indeed, most employers and clients will not even consider working with anyone who is not properly qualified - and that means being registered with REPs.

REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) are recognized throughout the industry as the principal governing body for fitness professionals. Personal training certification means taking a course that leads to a Level 3 qualification, such as:

  • NVQ Level 3 in Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise (awarded by City and Guilds, Active IQ, OCR, VTCT and CYQ)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Fitness Instructing (awarded by Active IQ, City & Guilds, CYQ, NCFE, VTCT and OCR)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (awarded by Active IQ and CYQ)

There are numerous training providers offering courses, but given the time and money you will invest in a training course, you have to be sure that you carefully check the qualification being offered.

One of the best options is to consider training with the YMCA. Their certification is considered the 'gold standard' of professional certification for personal trainers, and many other courses run by other training providers actually conclude with an examination for a CYQ - a Central YMCA Qualification.

The range of courses they offer is enormous, which means the chances of you finding the course you need at a location close to you is good.

For information on a whole range of reputable training providers, visit the REPs website. REPs does not actually offer training, but their website provides details of qualifications, and a list of recommended training providers. As long as you stick with these recognized training providers, you can be sure that the training you do will lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

There are lots of options if you need to fit training in around your current job. You'll find modular, distance learning, and online training courses, all of which help you to fit your training into your current schedule.

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