As you’ve probably guessed by the nature of this blog, I’m a sports nut. That is to say I enjoy playing sport more than I enjoy watching it. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching sport (especially cricket which is the last bastion of professional sport that isn’t corrupted by money) but my real love comes from playing and competing in sport. For quite some time I have harbored a desire to become a personal trainer. I can’t think of anything better than doing fitness training for a living and helping other people stay fit and healthy. A friend of mine is personal trainer and recently became qualified to teach personal training courses. After talking to him about becoming a personal trainer (he teaches his course in Manchester) I learned a number of interesting facts about the personal trainer qualifications I thought might be of interest to people. In this post I’ll explain to you how to become a personal trainer in Manchester (or anywhere in the UK for that matter).
If you live in the Manchester area or the surrounding area, and you have a passion for fitness, then consider becoming a personal trainer. Becoming a trainer may not be as hard as you think. If you want to find out more about what is involved with becoming a personal trainer, then continue to read on on.
What Do You Need
There are a few things you need in order to become a personal trainer. You need a Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification, as well as a Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification and a first aid certificate. Also, you will need to obtain personal trainer insurance.
Getting The Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification and Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification
In order to obtain the level 2 gym instructor qualification, you will need to enroll into a personal trainer course. Don’t worry though because there are many personal trainer courses you can choose from. Personal training courses that offer you the chance at getting this qualification are relatively short, as it can take as little as six weeks to complete, and that is if you study on a part-time basis. You can earn this qualification in a little over a week if you study full-time.
The level 3 personal trainer certificate involves taking more challenging courses, and once you pass the course, you will be able to work for yourself. The level 2 gym instructor allows you to work at a gym, for someone else. Also, the level 3 personal fitness certificate allows you to work for yourself internationally. If you study full-time, then you can earn the level 3 qualification in as little as 5 weeks, and if you study part-time, then you can earn the certificate within 5 months.
First Aid Certificate
The First Aid Certificate- You must get this certificate if you want to work as a fitness trainer. The good news is that many fitness courses include this, which means upon graduating you will not only have a personal trainer certificate, but also your first aid certificate. However, you might have to enroll in a separate course to earn the first aid certificate, and when you get one, you will need to renew it every three years.
Personal Trainer Insurance
Technically this isn’t a requirement, but you should always get personal trainer insurance because in the event something goes wrong while you are training a client, you might end up paying out a lot of money. This is why it is important to get personal trainer insurance as soon as you become a qualified trainer. Also, there are plenty of insurance companies that provide this insurance, so shop around and compare prices and then choose the right plan. Don’t worry though because getting personal trainer insurance in the UK is quite easy to do and affordable.
If you are a Manchester resident or live in the area, the next step to take is to find the right personal trainer course, which is easy to do. Once you have found a level 2 personal trainer course, enroll into it and then you can start working at a gym after you successfully complete it.