Are you seeking a career as a certified personal trainer? If yes, there are many things that you must be aware of when beginning your career as a certified personal trainer. Personal trainers will always be able to find jobs all over the world. People will always working out to stay in shape, those training to become builders and professional athletes who are always in need of staying fit. Many personal trainers have started at local gyms then received certification and from there they were able to start their own personal training businesses.
Some received knowledge at a university and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science or related field of study. After they have received their degree they received certificate from an organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA accreditation is nationally recognized by gyms all over the world and could be the start of your career as a certified personal trainer. Before enrolling in a NCCA personal trainer program you should acquire CPR certification from the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider CPR classes that can be taken in your community.
Once you have landed a job at gym as a personal trainer you can add this to your professional resume along with your certifications. This will give employers something to consider at your employment interview for a personal trainer position. Once given the position as a personal trainer at gym you can gain years under your belt for experience that will also look good on your professional resume. There are many job opportunities for personal trainers around the world. Not only can you take a step to being a professional athlete’s personal trainer but the many sports teams collegiate and professional have job openings for team trainers. There are also yearly workshops and training seminars that many personal trainers attend to learn new training methods, new products and the chance to expand your professional network. At these seminars you can meet many new faces that may be able to help you land your job as a professional personal trainer for pro teams or even information on how to start your own business.
Being that you have received the proper training, you’ve received certification for CPR and as a personal trainer many sports teams are in search of good trainers that have the proper knowledge and experience. This is why it is important that you gain work experience after receiving your NCCA certification. This can land you a job on the prep level or on the collegiate level where you will have the opportunity to add more credentials to your professional resume.
Many personal trainers that have made a living working in the local gyms and becoming the trainer for many teams usually move on to starting their own business. So after being a personal trainer in the gym and for teams you’ve had the opportunity to meet many people and that can be your clientele for your personal training business. Some of which maybe some of the players from the teams were a trainer for and liked you as a person and as trainer and may want to use your services. So becoming a personal trainer requires dedication and hard work. After those two factors have been accomplished you are on your way to becoming a great personal trainer.
Certifications are also available online
- AFPA – American Fitness Personal Trainer Certification
- ACE Fitness – American Council of Exercise
- NFPT – National Federation of National Trainers
- NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine
- AFTA – American Fitness Training of Athletics
The education material for these certifications can be expensive. I recommend asking a friend for previous books or even search Ebay for used books. The concepts always remain the same. The exam can be taken online!