Personal Trainer Certification in Cardiff

A lot of people have asked me about what certification is needed to become a Personal Trainer in Cardiff. As a result, I thought I’d put together an article explaining everything you need to know about becoming a Personal Trainer in Cardiff.

There are certain paths that you can take, to become a Personal Trainer in the UK, but before you make a decision on if it’s the right choice for you, there are certain things that you should be aware of regarding the job. The two most important pieces of information you should know are how much you can expect to earn once you’re fully qualified and what you need to do in order to become fully qualified.

Personal Trainers are usually paid by the hour and rates can range from £20 to £100 per hour. It’s worth noting that the higher hourly rates are only achieved once you’ve worked hard and built up your experience and reputation. Personal Trainers that are paid by the hour are often Freelance or Self Employed and they have the potential to earn a lot more money than Personal Trainers employed by Gyms. Personal Trainers employed by gyms can expect to earn between £12,000 and £25,000 a year in full time employment.

What Personal Training certification do I need?

Most Personal Trainers begin working as General Fitness Instructors, often working in Gyms and Sports Centres. You need to have one of three basic qualifications before you can start working in the Fitness Industry. They are; a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing that specializes in Gym work, a Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction and a Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness. Any of these qualifications will enable you to work in a Gym and start building up your basic level of experience. They will also give you the perfect platform to start working towards a career in Personal Training.

Advanced Personal Training and Specialisation

After you have got some experience working in the Fitness Industry, you can start to advance your career with the help of further qualifications. You can begin to take on the title of a Qualified Personal Trainer as soon as you have obtained a Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.

Additional Personal Trainer Certification

In addition to the qualifications required to become a Personal Trainer, you also need to be certified in basic First Aid.

Joining an organization like REPs is also a really good way to add extra credibility to your service. REPs stands for the Register of Exercise Professionals and it is seen by potential customers as a measure that you are a reputable trainer.

Personal Trainers in Cardiff are also required by law to have public liability insurance. This is to protect the trainer and the client in case of an accident during a session. Insurance is essential to cover any medical costs which could come as a result of injury in a session. Even with the NHS in the UK, you still need the insurance to cover the costs of any Dental work or Physiotherapy that may be incurred. Insurance is also essential because it often covers the injured person against any loss of earnings.

As your career as a Personal Trainer advances, it’s a good idea to gain further certification and qualifications. For example, you may want to specialize in more specific areas of Personal Training that could help people recover from certain injuries or illnesses. This type of Personal Training would need extra certification, but it’s also a great way to build up your experience and your credibility.

It’s also really important that you stay up to date with the latest Fitness trends, to ensure that your training sessions stay up to date and relevant.

Where can I get Personal Training Certification in the UK?

You can complete the qualifications and certification that you need to become a Personal Trainer online or in person. Certain aspects of the certification such as First Aid will need to take place in person, but many colleges and community centres across the UK offer First Aid courses.


Phillip Parker
Personal Trainer Cardiff