Personal Trainer Courses

Guides, Ideas and Location of UK Training Courses

Personal Training

The options for personal training are huge. This is an essential part of any career in the fitness industry, and the range of providers runs from small organisations offering just a single course through to large international organisations such as the YMCA offering a complete range of personal training.

Anyone considering personal training needs to carefully check the qualification being offered. This is now a highly regulated industry, with clients and employers looking for recognized qualifications. For a course to be worth anything, it should qualify you to be registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

The Register of Exercise Professionals is recognized throughout the industry as the principal governing body for fitness professionals, and most employers and clients will not even consider working with anyone who is not registered with REPs.

To qualify, you need personal training 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)

The NRPT website is a great source of information, including a database of REPS endorsed training organisations offering approved personal trainer courses.

While the qualification offered is the first, and most essential consideration, there are other things to consider when looking at different options.

It is also important to find a course that fits in with your work schedule and lifestyle. Most providers now offer courses with modular, distance learning and online options, meaning that you can continue to work as you train for your new career.

Another area to consider - and one that will be very important for most people - is cost. Costs will vary widely from one provider to another. However, there is no guarantee that the most expensive course is the best, or indeed that the cheapest is the worst. Issues like availability of online, distance learning or modular options will affect cost. If you are unsure about the relationship between cost and quality, be sure to look at:

Company reputation/endorsements:

This is a crowded field, highly competitive. Some providers are better than others, and one of the best ways to separate them is to look for endorsements and recommendations. These can be from individual clients (people like you) or large organizations. The absence of any type of endorsement, recommendation or testimonial should be a red flag.

Given the time and expense of these courses, and the potential impact they will have on your career, it is worth making sure that you get it right.

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