Personal trainer

Personal trainers help their clients reach their personal health and fitness goals.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£22,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

32 to 34 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

How to become a Personal trainer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
Whichever route you take you'll usually first need to get work experience in fitness as a coach or gym instructor.


You could study towards a level 3 fitness instructor qualification recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You could do an advanced apprenticeship in personal training. 

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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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 SkillsActive.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

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.

Career path and progression

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Gym Instructor

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bridlington YO16 4UJ

Gym / PT Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bradford BD9 4SH

Courses In England

Advanced Personal Trainer

  • Start date: 26 February 2019
  • Location: Canterbury

Personal Trainer - AIQ Level 3 Certificate

  • Start date: 04 February 2019
  • Location: PRESTON

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