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Personal trainer

Personal trainers work with clients to improve their health and fitness.

Annual Salary

£14,000 to £22,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

32 to 34 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; as customers demand

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Future employment

There will be 2% more Personal trainer jobs in 2025.
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Day to day tasks

On a daily basis you might be:

  • setting short-term and long-term goals and planning programmes to reach them
  • educating, motivating and coaching clients to help them follow their programmes safely and effectively
  • giving advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • helping clients with their workouts
  • checking and recording clients' progress, using methods like measuring heart rate and levels of body fat

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
College

You could take a college course to help you get into this career. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Apprenticeship

You could do a personal trainer advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Direct application

You can apply to become a personal trainer or set up your business, if you've got qualifications and experience as a fitness coach or gym instructor.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

It's usual to have a certificate in first aid that includes cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Further information

You can find out more about careers in exercise and fitness from the National Register of Personal Trainers.

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You could take further instructor courses to learn new skills to offer clients, like yoga, pilates, nutrition or aerobics.

With further training, you could also work with people recovering from illness or who have medical conditions.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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