How to Become a Personal Trainer
How to Become a Personal Trainer
Passionate about health and fitness? Want to make a real difference by helping people achieve their goals? If you’re considering a career as a PT, you’ll need the right knowledge and skills to enter the industry.
Our advice on how to become a PT and kickstart your career in the fitness sector covers:
- Personal qualities
- Required qualifications
- Getting placement in a health club/gym
- How to start a personal training business.
Whether you’re looking to work as an independent contractor in a club or you want to start your own business, learn how to become a personal trainer and make your dream career a reality.
Have the Right Qualities
Passion for Fitness
If you’re not passionate about health and fitness, how can you motivate your clients to be? A great personal trainer should have a strong interest in fitness and look the part.
We’re not saying you have to be shredded to be a PT – personal trainers come in all shapes and sizes. But if you walk the walk by leading an active lifestyle yourself, your clients are likely to trust your professional opinion and see you as an authentic inspiration.
Great Communication Skills
Personal training isn’t just about working up a sweat – it also requires a lot of communication. In fact, training others is just as much about understanding the mental barriers as it is about the physical limitations. From building rapport and understanding your clients’ needs to explaining the technical components of an exercise, clear communication and great interpersonal skills are a must for every PT.
Many clients feel intimidated and vulnerable when they step inside a gym, so it’s your job to help them feel comfortable to discuss their goals and motivated to work on them. You’re a personal trainer after all, so don’t forget to focus on the relationship.
Industry Knowledge and Training
Anyone can yell “5 more!” at someone during a set. But professional personal trainers need to be reliable sources of knowledge on all things exercise.
This goes beyond obtaining the necessary qualifications (discussed below). You should stay up to date with the latest fitness trends and relevant news and research to be an authority in your industry.
See more of the top traits of a personal trainer in our article What Makes a Good Personal Trainer.
A SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness is the minimum certification required for you to work and train others as a registered personal trainer in Australia. A cert 4 in fitness gives you the skills to perform client health and fitness assessments and specialised exercise programs. It also gives you competencies in fitness planning, training legalities and motivational psychology, along with business planning and marketing – perfect if you’re looking to start your own PT business.
To enrol in a Certificate IV in Fitness, you’re required to have the foundation knowledge of fitness and training fundamentals as outlined in the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness.
If you don’t already hold this certification, our Complete Personal Trainer Program is the best way to get qualified to be a PT. It combines the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness + entry requirement units, making it the complete package for aspiring personal trainers.
Browse all of our Fitness and Personal Trainer courses.
Build Your Client Base in a Club
As part of our Complete Personal Trainer Program, you may be eligible for Graduate Placement Assistance. Designed to kickstart your career, this gives you the opportunity to work as an independent contractor in Goodlife Health Clubs, Genesis Fitness Clubs, Core24 Health Clubs or Club Lime within six months of graduating.
Even if you’re looking to start your own personal training business, working in a club is a great way to enter the industry and start building a client network first.
Learn more about our Graduate Placement Assistance.
Start Your Own PT Business
If you dream of working for yourself but you’re not sure how to start a personal training business, this is a good place to start:
- Know Your Customer – Have a think about what kind of person you’d like to train to determine your target market.
- Find Your Niche – What kind of training are you looking to offer? From bootcamps and functional training to fat loss and free weights, the opportunities are endless.
- Choose a Location – Will you train your clients in an at-home gym or a public park or beach?
- Market Yourself – Set yourself up with a solid website and get yourself out there by being active on social media.
Of course, there are many other important factors to consider when starting a PT business, such as getting insurance, setting up client procedures and staying on top of your business books.
You can learn more about what it takes to run a personal training business in part one of our Running a Successful Personal Training Business series.
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