A Personal Trainer works with individuals who want to improve their physical lifestyle. Some Personal Trainers work directly for a gym and are responsible for administrative and organisational tasks and also work with clients. Some Physical Trainers are freelancers and rent out time and space in a gym to train their clients. Candidates should have previous work experience at a gym or as a freelance Personal Trainer with references from previous employers and clients. Look for job applicants whose passion for fitness extends outside of their basic job.
A Personal Trainer must be in top physical shape and be ready to help clients reach their own physical goals. A successful Personal Trainer candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that include:
- Excellent customer service skills
- Ability to work with people of all fitness levels
- Understanding and sensitivity
- Ability to integrate technology into routines
The educational requirements to become a Personal Trainer are not that relevant and may not be necessary for some companies. Most Personal Trainers have some basic qualifications or apprenticeships. The two college courses that are most beneficial for people in this industry are Level 2: Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness and Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Candidates should also have current and valid CPR and First Aid certifications. Some applicants may have done apprenticeship which requires 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, including maths and English for more advanced apprenticeships.
Compensation and Benefits
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Personal Trainer is £29,340 per year, depending on experience, location and company. Salary is based on a slightly below-average working week, about 32 to 38 hours a week. Personal Trainers should be expected to work weekends, evenings and bank holidays.