Read this BEFORE you buy a PT course!
Here are my Top tips for finding an authentic, reliable and REGULATED Personal Training course.
A career in Personal Training is a rewarding, healthy and lucrative new direction for motivated and positive individuals!
1) Attaining and maintaining membership with CIMSPA and ACTIVE IQ and takes honesty, transparency and professionalism.
They ensure standardisation, as well as being legally bound in protecting students from potential fraudulent certification, or theft of your course fee.
2) Contact CIMSPA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask them whether the company you’re thinking of going with is a reputable company and ask if they are listed under the CIMSPA membership. If not, I’d not even think about progressing with them.
Then, contact Active IQ, and ask as to whether the company you’re thinking of using is a reputable company. If they advise that the company isn’t a member, Id not rate them as a worthwhile investment.
3) ATTAIN AN OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION
You MUST receive a physical CERTIFICATE from the training provider – Not a pass letter. Not a list of units completed. An actual, hard copy certificate! Get this confirmed in writing BEFORE you even think of paying for a course, and ask for a scan of an example Certificate so that you can see the official stamp of authenticity.
* If you’ve only received a pass letter, or are unsure of the VALIDITY of your existing certificate, send through a copy to: email@example.com and they will tell you as to whether it is a valid certificate.
4) MAKE SURE THE PROVIDER OFFERS LEVEL 4 COURSES
You should ensure that the training provider offers level 4 qualifications. Quite simply, if your provider isn’t expanding THEIR knowledge by attaining these qualifications, why would you trust them with YOUR education.
5) INVEST IN ‘QUALITY OVER QUANTITY’ QUALIFICATIONS
Avoid 50% off courses, sale of the decade, cheapest in the UK and anything along those lines. If you want quality, PAY for it. Since when does quality, integrity, value, and worth come at bargain basement prices? You are WORTH the investment!
8) INSURANCE DOESN’T EQUAL QUALITY OR VALIDITY
ALL training providers can prove that their PT course curriculum is enough for a certain level of insurance cover with REPS, but that doesn’t mean it’s recognised amongst the all important EMPLOYER as a valid PT qualification. This also does NOT mean that the training provider is good at what they do, NOR does it mean that they are recognised or respected by ACTIVE IQ, CIMSPA or OFQUAL. REPS, insure Personal Trainers and fitness staff with public liability insurance. They do not necessarily vouch for the integrity of the provider you’ve used, nor do they ensure that the qualification they are insuring will be RECOGNISED within the industry or by your potential employer or the regulators.
9) ONGOING COMMITMENT TO YOUR SUCCESS
Ensure that AFTER qualification, you’ve chosen a company that has an ongoing support system in place. Long term Mentorship will give you the support you need to assist in building a successful and sustainable PT Business. If you invest in yourself – choose a company that invests in you!
10) ALWAYS CHECK FOR POSITIVE REVIEWS
You should look for REVIEWS of past students on the companies FB review site, and even ask to be able to contact past students to see what kind of support they got, if they are currently employed and ask whether they would whole heartedly recommend the training provider you are thinking of investing in. Also, ask around on Facebook!
11) ENSURE CIMSPA PARTNERSHIP EXISTS
This one is VERY important. Make sure the training provider is a CIMSPA partner! Ask for a certificate to validate this fact. CIMSPA are government regulated and have stringent criteria when it comes to their membership policies. Be sure of the training provider you are choosing before parting with your hard earned money.
I’m proud to say that we adhere to ALL the above stipulations.
“As Managing Director of BODYCORE, I give my personal guarantee that you will receive a government regulated, internationally recognised,ACTIVE IQ Personal Training qualification with BODYCORE.”
Today’s fitness and wellness industry is booming, and there’s never been a more exciting time to get involved.
Just do your homework before jumping in.