There are numerous ways for you to become a personal trainer, there are a variety of different organizations and accredited programs in the fitness industry that offer certifications.
It is important to remember that becoming a certified personal trainer does not guarantee work, only the best qualified get the best work and so before you decide to embark on your career it is imperative that you pick the most appropriate certifications.
Obviously there are costs involved in the training and different certifications go down different career paths so it is important you pick the certification that best suits your goals.
Most certification programs range from $500 to $1200 depending on which certifying body you choose to gain your qualifications. Although expensive you should see it as a long term investment as you will learn the skills to legally and safely train clients, the best paid personal trainers are the ones with the most qualifications and work experience.
If you don’t have the time to learn to become a personal trainer on the job there are a few online personal trainer certification courses. A good example is the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Associations) personal trainer certification.
The ISSA online personal trainer certification is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is a recognised qualification by leading gyms.
It is a popular route into personal training as you can study at your own pace, the testing is done online so you can fit it around your current schedule and it has an unlimited amount of educational support.
Once certified as a personal trainer you are left with two options; to either work for a corporation like LA Fitness, or work as an independent personal training contractor. There are countless advantages and disadvantages for both.
When you work for a corporation and join a gym workforce it becomes easier to accumulate clients; which is important if you’re just starting out as a personal trainer, this is because each gym has its own specific client accumulation process.
Also when you work for a gym you enjoy benefits such as health insurance, a steady income and a retirement plan, if you are working as an independent contractor you don’t enjoy all of these benefits.
If you decide to work as a personal contractor accumulating your own clients becomes a lot more critical as you are working independently so do not have a gym to fall back on. Some gym’s “rent” time to Independent personal contractors, during this “time” they will have access to the gyms facilities.
After gaining your personal trainer qualifications it is imperative that you get adequate insurance, the consequence if you don’t are dire. Appropriate insurance protects you from liability and it will also cover you against any possible claims, should something go wrong.
Insurance can be expensive so it is important to shop around to get the best prices, two reputable companies like Markel and IDEA Fit tend to be quite cost effective. This tends to be more of an issue for independent contractors as if you’re working for a gym it might be provided