10 Reasons NOT to Become a Personal Trainer
August 29, 2019
August 29, 2019
So you love Fitness, and you have been thinking about taking the next steps to becoming a Qualified Personal Trainer.
But… there are those doubts in your mind… is this the right decision? Should I do it?
Here at Career College UK we have spoken to thousands of students considering taking the next step and starting a course. Here are 10 of the reasons why NOT to become a Personal Trainer – and perhaps why your doubts may not be what they seem.
- I want to find the right qualifications – it is more simple than you think. To be a Personal Trainer there are only two National Qualifications you require – the Level 2 in Fitness Instructing, and the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. These are the national qualifications all Personal Trainers in the UK have and must study. As a National Syllabus – every student with every training provider studies the same topics and information to ensure all Qualified Personal Trainers are of the same standard. Regulated by the Government Department Ofqual, recognised and endorsed by REPs and CIMSPA – these qualifications are the same with all training providers so these are the only qualifications you must have, and need to study.
- I don’t need the qualifications – although a lot of our students have great knowledge and experience in Fitness, you must have the Level 2 and Level 3 to be employed by any gym or health club in the UK – this is a legal requirement for health and safety and insurance purposes. All gyms meeting their legal obligations to their customers will not employ fitness staff without these qualifications. This also applies to those setting up their own business – it is a requirement to have the Level 2 and 3 in order to get your own public liability fitness insurance and cover.
- I won’t find a job – in 2018, 92% of our students were placed into work on completion of the course. Career College UK works with the largest network of gyms in the UK and can provide guaranteed interviews for positions once you are qualified, so you will certainly be able to find a role once you are qualified. Experience is not required by employers to start in a role as a Personal Trainer, so you will certainly find a job if you want to.
- I don’t want to be self-employed – working in a gym as a Personal Trainer certainly does not mean you have to be self-employed. On completion of your training a lot of our graduates choose to work as Instructors – employed by the gym to give members help and guidance when needed. Many Health Club Chains – such as Virgin Active, David Lloyd and many more also offer employed Personal Trainer roles – where you are paid by the gym (at a high hourly rate) for the sessions you complete. However, some of our graduates do choose to work self-employed in the long term due to the large earning potentials in this area.
- I don’t want to start working yet – not all of our graduates hand in their notice immediately on completion of the course! The most common route for many of our graduates is to start working part time around their current employment. Completing a few hours in the evenings or weekends is a good way to start and then if you decide to take it further you can.
- I have no time to study – with all of our online and face to face courses we give students 2 years in which to complete their work. We understand most students work full time, have family, (and hopefully some pretty full-on fitness) commitments, but it is easy to study something you love and are interested in. Online students can log on and study on their phone on the move, you can study one hour a day, or one hour a month, its up to you! We have designed all the assessments to be completed when you are ready, so there are no exam deadlines or dates you must complete. With our face to face course you can book in on workshops whenever is best for you.
- The course costs too much – there are no longer apprenticeships or funded courses available for the Personal Training Qualifications, so if you do want to be a Personal Trainer, it is something you will need to fund yourself. The average fee for a Level 2 and 3 Personal Training Course is over £2000 and even though our courses are less than this average, it is still something you have to budget for to become a Personal Trainer. Unlike our competitors – you can pay the course via a direct debit in small affordable payments rather than a loan – so there is no lengthy finance application, credit search or hidden fees. Just like your gym membership – when you enrol you complete a direct debit form for payments – easy!
- I am not fit enough to do this – by becoming a Personal Trainer you will learn a huge amount about fitness and nutrition – and so your first client is yourself! Don’t worry about your own fitness levels at the start of the course – as you develop and learn throughout your training you will almost certainly see improvements and changes to your own training. It is also important to remember during the course your fitness levels are not tested – you will be learning how to teach and instruct others. How much you lift, or how far you can run is not important to becoming a successful Personal Trainer. The most successful Personal Trainers are those that can listen to their clients, and give them help, support and guidance to improve.
- I am worried about studying and if I will pass – many of our students have not studied in school or college for 20, 30 or even 40 years! The assessments during the course are very straight forward and can be completed at your own pace when you are ready. Normally the assessments are in the form of a quiz, or a written exercise programme so don’t worry there are no large essays or assignments! We also offer unlimited training – so students can complete their studies as many times as they need until they pass – for no additional cost. We have a friendly team of tutors available on the phone 7 days per week (except Christmas day!) so there is always someone on hand to speak to when needed.
- I will start next year – with all these decisions, and information to take in, it is easy to put it off and think, I will do it another time, I will start next year. As the saying goes ‘life begins outside your comfort zone’. Taking the next step to becoming a Personal Trainer will be a fun new experience that you will benefit from for the rest of your life – so what are you really waiting for?
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