Required Qualifications to Work at a Gym
Technically speaking, anyone can lay out a shingle and declare themselves a Personal Trainer or a fitness instructor – the industry is currently mostly unregulated with no ‘official’ body in charge of making sure that instructors are trained to an industry standard.
That being said, getting qualified to work at a gym will mean you are more likely to get work, get paid more, and be more respected by clients and other PTs and instructors – so getting qualified is greatly beneficial.
The way you achieve your qualifications is completely up to you, whether it is part-time, full time, or completely online.
To become a Qualified Fitness Instructor, you need to complete a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing course or a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing.
These qualifications show that not only are you professionally competent but also that you have the relevant knowledge needed to safely work in a gym or fitness studio environment.
In most cases, a Level 2 qualification is the minimum requirement to work in a gym, and you can get qualified in a number of ways – on a college course as part of your further education upon leaving school, through a specific apprenticeship at participating gyms, or even through the workplace as professional development. If you are thinking of changing your career or want to complete a Fitness Instructing class at your own pace, then you might be best using a private training company – like us here at The Fitness Group UK.
Our Level 2 courses are designed to take beginners right through to certification in range or different schedules – full time, part-time and online. If you are looking to further your education, you can take the next step with Level 3 – a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training will allow you to move into one-on-one coaching as your next career step, and then the world will be your oyster in terms of careers.
Possible Career Options When Qualified
Working in a gym is not the only thing that you could do once you are qualified. With some further learning, you could become:
- A specialist yoga or Pilates’ instructor
- An expert in pre-and post-natal fitness
- A specialist in working with children, the elderly, or the disabled.
- A sports fitness trainer
- A physical therapist
- An occupational therapist
- A Fitness consultant
- A gym manager
Future-proofing your career choice by achieving a recognised qualification means that in the future, if fitness teaching becomes a regulated industry, you will be protected – and it also gives you more freedom to choose where you work – and how much you can charge.
Alongside basic requirements to work at a gym or a studio, your clients are going to want the reassurance that you are fully qualified to teach and encourage them – and if they feel that you are not knowledgeable enough, they might choose someone else.
Get qualified for your career today with a course from The Fitness Group UK.