What does it take to become a Certified Personal Trainer?
- Training & Education
A question: What interests you most about gaining a Certification in Personal Training? This interest will become your motivation, and that’s what gives you the drive to complete your studies successfully. Being as clear as you can from the start of your education about your projected area of specialisation will streamline your learning and certification process.
- Is your dream to develop fitness plans for a sport team?
- Do you want to assist people through rehabilitation after injury?
- Would you like to focus on developing individual nutrition plans to help clients achieve peak fitness?
- Are you keen on the latest in orthopedic research and the role of footwear in establishing and maintaining good health?
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to areas of specialisation in Personal Training, so choosing as early as you can on your specialization area will save a lot of time and wasted energy (not to mention money). Aside from satisfying personal interest, specialising in an area also allows you to develop a niche clientele — which assists with both marketing and potential future income.
Whatever your motivation to pursue a career in the wide world of Personal Training, every pathway to achieving your goal has the same 3 core steps:
TRAINING & EDUCATION
There are a few prerequisites and things to consider before applying to a course to become a Certified Personal Trainer.
- You must be 18 years of age, or older.
- You’ll need current AED (automated external defibrillator) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certificates. These can be obtained through short- or day-courses at the Red Cross, or via some community education centres.
- In addition to the above, having a NESTA personal training certificate will help you a lot in your journey.
Not only are these workshops and events excellent networking opportunities, they also offer the chance to earn extra credits quickly while undertaking hands-on tasks and gaining valuable real-world experience.
The final step to attaining a career in Personal Training is getting certified by an accredited organisation.
When choosing subjects or a course, keep in mind that if you’re interested in working for a particular employer at any given point, you should research the certifications that are recognized by them and sculpt your education accordingly.
There are a few of factors that you need to be mindful of when choosing a certifying organization. This includes researching:
- Whether it’s a national or international certification.
- Whether it’s considered an exam requirement for you to attend a seminar or workshop. If so, can you access it?
- The prerequisites pertaining to the exam. Most of them require you to be at least 18 years of age with a CPR certification, and potentially also a high school diploma or equivalent.
- What are the full costs pertaining to the course?
- What are the requirements for continuing education in order to renew the certificate? (Most certifications require you to complete a specified number of hours in continuing education. If that’s the case, find out whether this comes at an additional cost to you.)
- Whether the exam is an on-site examination or if it can be taken online.