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Be your own boss, decide your working hours, meet new people, help people achieve their goals, huge earning potential… sounds good right? This is the life of a Personal trainer, but how does one go about becoming one? This article should clear a few things up.Personal Trainer in the U.K

So you have decided that you would like to become a Personal Trainer. The minimum requirements in the U.K. to become one are to hold a REPs approved level 3 certificate in Personal Training. However, before you can achieve a level 3 certificate in Personal Training you must first have a level 2 in Fitness Instructing (or equivalent). To simplify things, here at The Fitness Circle we offer a Personal Training diploma which includes both the level 2 & level 3. Completing this would fully qualify you to becoming a Personal Trainer and allows you to work self-employed or for a gym. A Level 1 award is not needed in order to start.

What is REPs?

REPs is a public register that recognises the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. It provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed National Occupational Standards. If you are thinking of undertaking a fitness qualification that isn’t REPs approved, don’t do it.

Who are YMCA Awards?

We are proud to be governed by the YMCA Awards. YMCA Awards offers one of the world’s best awarding organisation services for the fitness industry. It is globally renown and the qualification is is eligible to allow you to join Icreps- an international partnership allowing you to work in Australia, Belgium, Canada, USA, Ireland, UAE, New Zealand and South Africa. Our qualifications are REPs approved & YMCA Awards accredited, which is highly respected in the U.K and internationally.

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