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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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  for a Personal Trainer is between $45k and $55k
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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), 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 or Physical Activity Australia – it’s not a requirement for working as a personal trainer, but registration provides you with professional indemnity, public liability and product liability insurance.
  3. 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.

Explore personal training qualifications

View qualifications to get started in the fitness industry, or prepare to work as a qualified Personal Trainer.

Duration 16 wks - 2 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Shortlisted applicants:

  • First aid certification
  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Learning aptitude
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How do Personal Trainers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 28 Personal Trainers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert 4 fitness
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Coach
The good things
If you want to do the work the life is great. If your lazy then this isn’t the career for you
The challenges
Highs and lows.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Full certification American council of exercise
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Sports injuries
The good things
Been a Personal Trainer is a blessing and privilege. That we as pioneers of change are given the unique gift of been trusted by a new/prospective or existing client is worth more than any amount of mo...
The challenges
The negative client, the "I can't do this client" exercise doesn't work, I've done before and I still look the same. Take a step back as a PT and learn about your clients succesess out side of the gym...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma Nutrition
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
I Iove the variety of the job, the people I connect with and the flexibility / balance with kids.
The challenges
Unstable in income, early mornings
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Personal Training
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
Running
The good things
Helping people with their health and happiness Fantastic flexible hours Huge job satisfaction Fun to do with clients Good money when career driven
The challenges
Self employment hard if not self motivated Pay can be varied depending on time of year Challenging to work with clients with an emotional nature
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
BEd (Human Movement & Health)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Strength and Conditioning, and Martial Arts
The good things
The best aspects of my role as a personal trainer, is that I help people to achieve their health, fitness, and life goals, and I am always learning and meeting great people.
The challenges
The only challenges are the sometimes long hours, and the need to stay super organised, however these challenges are simply a part of becoming a better trainer.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Fitness
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Strength & Conditioning
The good things
The privilege of empowering people and seeing them become better people
The challenges
Highly competitive now as there are so many gyms and not enough experienced trainers. Older and experienced trainers with actual expertise after being in the industry for 14 years tend to get overlook...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in fitness
Experience
5 - 9 years
Specialisation
Older adults
The good things
The satisfaction of improving the life of others. As someone who mainly deals with older clients it is enormously rewarding when they say to you that they did something with the grand kids that they p...
The challenges
Finding new clients is always a challenge as there is a lot of personal trainers out there.
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 3
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
It’s not just Fitness you are helping people with it can be just as much emotional and psychological.
The challenges
It can be tough managing your cash flow, there are peaks and troughs so it trying to design your own business plan and payment options to minimise this challenge.
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The joy of helping others achieve their goals
The challenges
Need to work hard first yr till get your name out there
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Personal training can be a very demanding job but very rewarding at the same time. If you enjoy being around people, are passionate and about health and fitness and love helping people achieve life-ch...
The challenges
A lot of people come into the industry thinking that its an easy job and clients will be knocking on their door for training sessions. That is not the case at all. To be really good at your role, you ...
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What are the job opportunities for Personal Trainers?

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Job opportunities

Personal Trainer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
18.4%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Fitness Instructors
Latest Personal Trainer jobs on SEEK
Versus Elite Fitness
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
We are looking for the instructor with full of passion that can deliver high quality group class and  customer service.
Fitness Fidelity Personal Training
Perth > Fremantle & Southern Suburbs
Build your own Personal Training business in Perth's largest private training facility, in an environment that you and your clients will love!
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Daniel Gullo's Personal Training
Sydney > South West & M5 Corridor
Personal Trainer required - must be available to work Mon/Tues night ! We work out of Fitness Forum Health Club in Sydney's South West. NO RENTAL FEE!
F45 Training Seaforth
Sydney > North Shore & Northern Beaches
Looking for a highly motivated and professional personal trainer or trainer who may also be looking to gain experience in a management position.
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