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Personal trainer

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

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

32 to 34 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

How to become

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How to become Personal trainer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations
  • the armed forces


You could take a college course in personal training or gym instructing.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could do a Personal Trainer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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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.

Other Routes

You can do qualifications through private training companies who offer specialist courses in gym instructing and personal training.

You could train in a similar role as a physical training instructor in the armed forces.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in exercise and fitness from UK Coaching or the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • the ability to work on your own
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a personal trainer you could:

  • help clients set short and long-term fitness goals
  • plan a fitness programme to help clients achieve their goals
  • teach, motivate and coach clients in how to follow their programmes safely and effectively
  • give advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • help clients with their workouts
  • check and record clients' progress, like measuring heart rate and levels of body fat
  • promote your services and do business admin tasks if you are self-employed

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.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could take further instructor courses to learn new skills to offer clients, like:

  • yoga
  • pilates
  • nutrition
  • group training

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Personal Trainer L3 Apprentice

  • Wage: £9,984 a year Annually
  • Location: Whitacre Road Industrial Estate, Nuneaton, Hampshire

The Royal Navy - Physical Training Specialisation Direct Entry - Personal Trainer Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £33,000 a year Annually
  • Location: The Admiral Sir Henry Leach Building, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Courses In England

Level 3 Advanced Fitness Academy - Personal Trainer

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Manchester

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