If you have a passion for exercise, health and fitness, perhaps you’ve thought about becoming a personal trainer. But where to begin? It’s fairly easy to get into the industry; having a certificate III in fitness, as an example, will give you the qualifications to train at a professional level. Being successful, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter, and depends on the lengths you’re willing to go to for your clients.
While anyone can become a personal trainer, you need the right personality to thrive. Before taking the course, you should ask yourself:
1. Am I outgoing?
2. Am I patient?
3. Do I have good teaching and listening skills?
Of course, it also helps if you’re healthy, like being around a number of different people, and are willing to work hard to prove your worth.
Proper certification identifies you as a legitimate trainer, and shows that you’ve been through professional workshops, seminars and study regimes to achieve your goals. Many organisations, such as Brisbane’s Fit Education, can certify personal trainers, but you should weigh up the organisation’s characteristics before committing. See a sample of Fit Education courses here.
A crucial factor is whether the organisation is accredited. The following is a checklist you should consider before making a decision:
1. Do they have their certification procedures and protocols accredited?
2. Does the RTO have a good reputation within the industry?
3. What are the prerequisites to study?
4. What kind of attendance is required of you? Do you need to attend workshops or seminars, or are there home study options?
5. How much does it cost compared to other training organisations?
6. How often will you need to renew your certification?
7. What job will I get?
Most organisations have a website that details the different certifications on offer, along with timetables, prices and other important information. You should thoroughly research some of the most prominent organisations in your area, as each have different characteristics that may be more suited to your individual style.
Your enthusiasm should not hinder your critical thinking. If you think first and choose wisely, this will make sure you learn the necessary skills, in the right environment, to start your fulfilling career as a personal trainer.
Want to find out more about how Fit Education can help you achieve your fitness career goals? Contact us today and chat to our friendly team about the perfect course to meet your needs.