With more and more people becoming interested in achieving healthier lifestyles, jobs in the health and fitness industry are more in demand than ever before.
Here are a few steps you can follow if you're interested in qualifying and pursuing a career as a certified fitness trainer:
1.Get Nationally Recognized Qualifications
It depends on your area or country, but in general, you don't need a diploma or degree to become a personal trainer. You do need certain certifications, however, if you want to be certified and carve out a career in the field.
In Australia, this means getting either a Certificate III or IV in Fitness. Although ideally, you'll want both, which is also not as hard to do because most training centers provide discounts for those interested in studying both at the same time.
2.Become a Member of a Nationally-Recognized Professional Organization
Once you have your certification, you can get a job immediately, but your prospects will be limited. You can widen them by applying for membership to professional organizations because they help demonstrate your competence and skills. Being a member also means getting insurance, which is something you shouldn't be without since you'll be dealing with individuals all the time.
As a fitness trainer, your greatest tool is yourself, which is why you'll have to keep studying and improving in whatever niche it is you've chosen. Certain organizations will require a specific amount of time spent attending training and seminars to maintain membership.
The more qualifications and accreditations you have, the better your résumé will look and the more job prospects you'll have.
A career in fitness and health can be incredibly rewarding. The industry will only continue to grow and the demand will go along with it. Start your journey today and you should become a certified personal fitness trainer in no time.