In the UK courses are recognised in levels. Such as Level 2 for Gym Instructing, Level 3 for Personal Training and Level 4 for Advanced Personal Training and specialist courses such as Lower Back Pain.
Courses are regulated by industry standards in regard to qualification structure and content. The bodies to look out for when researching courses would be OFQUAL, REPS and CIMSPA.
We are an approved training centre with Active IQ, who are the leading awarding organisation in the country. Their role is to design, regulate and certificate courses keeping to the latest industry standards.
Course training providers, like us at The PT Mentor UK, are the ones that teach you the qualification, in-line with the above, to help you through the programme and (speaking for ourselves here) give you on-going support to help you become a success in the industry.
To become a Personal Trainer, you would need to have completed a Level 2 qualification before moving onto a Level 3 qualification.
With the most common route being – Lv2 Gym Instructor – Lv3 Personal Trainer – Lv4 Advanced Personal Trainer, but this is not the only path to take.
For example, Lv2 Group Exercise Instructor (formally Exercise to Music) to Lv3 Personal Trainer is another route.
When someone contacts us to discuss courses, we always ask which path they want to go or who they would ideally like to work with, as this can then help us have that discussion and map out the best route.
Above all you need to choose a provider that is going to work for you in terms of cost, timeframe and support. Do your research, ask questions and see if they’re a good fit for your needs.
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Karl is the Company Owner of The PT Mentor UK. Having qualified as a Personal Trainer himself almost 20 years ago, he's been helping others step into the fitness industry since 2010 by delivering the latest courses and on-going support to help them succeed.