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Personal Trainer

Work with people and groups to help them reach a range of health and fitness goals.

What's it like to be a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainers develop exercise programs based on a client’s goals and health needs.

Personal Trainer

Tasks and duties

  • Working with clients to determine training goals, such as weight loss, strength, flexibility or cardiovascular health.
  • Assessing clients’ current level of fitness, weight, body composition, strength and endurance.
  • Developing and implementing a health, fitness and workout plan and providing basic nutrition advice.
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Personal Trainers commonly work in gyms and fitness centres, but many are self-employed professionals, work at hotels, on cruise ships or at lifestyle retreats.

Some Personal Trainers run small group sessions or boot camps, and may work in various locations and on evenings or weekends

What can I earn as a Personal Trainer?

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How to become a Personal Trainer


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To become a Personal Trainer in Australia, you need a Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215). You may also work as a Personal Trainer if you have a Diploma of Fitness (SIS50215), Complete Personal Trainer qualification, or a degree in exercise science or human movement.

  1. Complete a Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215). You may be able to complete the course through a combination of in class and online study.
  2. Register for a professional membership with Fitness Australia, Physical Activity Australia or FITREC.
  3. Ensure that you have appropriate professional indemnity, public liability, and product liability insurance.
  4. Explore opportunities to further your career; you may want to undertake additional studies or focus on training sports teams, weight-loss clients or young people.

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Certificate IV in Fitness

This qualification provides you with the skills to train individuals and groups, and to provide leadership and guidance to clients and staff.
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Complete Personal Trainer

This qualification prepares you to work as a Personal Trainer. Complete the Certificate IV in Fitness as well as core units required for entry.

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Certificate III in Fitness

This certificate provides you with the skills and knowledge to work as a fitness instructor.
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Latest Personal Trainer reviews

Latest reviews from 52 Personal Trainers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Personal training is highly rewarding as you help others to achieve more than they think they can.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Fitness
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Personal training
The good things
Leading a team of personal trainers is highly rewarding. Not only do I train my own clients but I get to help a team grow, learn and work together to help more people reach their health and fitness go...
The challenges
The most challenging part would be finding time for group meeting with everyone’s busy schedules. Individual meetings worked well with each trainer.
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May 2021
Personal training is to absorb a lot of information and use it in a constructive way to get Clients to achieve their goals
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Personal Training
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Barbell training
The good things
Love to change peoples positively and assist to live a healthy lifestyle
The challenges
Time management is a challenge for most people
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