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New Year, New Career?


21 January, 2015 | In: News

Are you tired of the nine-to-five grind, the office politics and dreary commute? If so, it could be worth ringing the changes this New Year by swapping your career for something more flexible and rewarding.

The fitness industry offers exactly that – so if you want to break into a rapidly growing industry, help people reach their goals and be your own boss, it could be time to consider a career as a personal trainer (PT).

The Training Room offers a range of courses to suit all circumstances, from hands-on part- time training to e-learning courses. Alternatively, you could go for the fast-track training course and be ready for your new career within a couple of months.

The fast track to a new career

The Fast Track Personal Trainer Course offers the quickest route into the fitness industry and could see you fully qualified in just six weeks.

As this is an intensive training course, it runs from Monday to Friday and is a full-time commitment; it’s ideal if you’re currently out of work and looking to kick-start a new career as soon as possible.

Once you graduate you’ll not only hold PT qualifications that are recognised across the globe, you’ll also be eligible to enter the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level three, which is the highest entry level possible. REPS in an independent public register which recognises the qualifications of fitness experts in the UK.

The part time route

If you’re not quite ready to quit your day job just yet, you could register for the Part-Time Personal Trainer Course, where you’ll take on 14 full-day practical training and assessment sessions over seven weekends across a six-month period.

Although it will take you a little longer to qualify, it’s flexible enough to fit around any existing work, family or other commitments you may have.

Plan your own schedule with e-learning

If you’re worried about the deadlines involved in the part-time course, the E-Learning Personal Trainer Course could be the way to go as you can still plan your timetable around existing commitments, but you’ll have up to three years to complete the course.

The course offers daily, interactive e-classes with specially designed downloadable learning tools and the full support of expert tutors. Although you have three years to complete the course if needed, you could be qualified within three to six months.

This course is also ideal if you don’t live close enough to any of our 17 UK training academies which deliver the Fast-Track or Part-Time courses.

Courses for ex-military personnel

If you’re thinking of leaving the armed forces, or your active service has come to an end, then becoming a personal trainer could be the ideal option for you. Using your experience in the military and the intense training regimes, you are well equipped to set up a new career in the fitness industry.

Not only are our ex-military courses offered at a reduced rate, if you signed up for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) while still in active service you can use them against the cost of a level three course – knocking as much as £2,000 off the standard price.

Career opportunities

Training to become a PT opens up more career opportunities than you might imagine – far from simply putting people through their paces every day, you could specialise in any of the following areas:

  • Studio instructor – fitness centres, gyms and health clubs are always looking for skilled professionals to take classes. This can be a great way to get into the industry, make contacts and meet clients in preparation for setting up your own PT business.
  • PT tutor – when you gain experience as a PT, passing on your skills and knowledge can be a great way to help newcomers to the industry and earn extra income.
  • Health club manager – this role is perfect for an experienced PT who enjoys the health club environment, has a head for business and the ability to run a team of fitness professionals.
  • Strength and conditioning coach – this would see you partnering with professional sports people to help them reach peak physical condition, an important role that could well stretch your skills to the limit.
  • Level 4 specialist – this is a role that combines the areas of health and fitness as you can use your expertise to help train clients with complex medical conditions. Please note: The Training Room does not supply training for medical conditions, so further external training may be needed to become a level 4 specialist.

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