So you want to become a personal trainer? Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step to becoming part of one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.
The next challenge, says Lisa Schneider: managing director of Trifocus Fitness Academy, is to decide on what is the perfect personal training course for you. “Here’s how we advise students and prospective students how to choose the personal training course that’s right for them,” she says.
Decide on what learning style suits you
There is a big move towards online learning says Schneider. “This is why we, at Trifocus Fitness Academy, have developed a state-of-the-art online learning platform on which students can pursue all our fitness courses,” she says.
If online learning doesn’t suit a particular student, there are also the options of correspondence learning and face-to-face classes which happen at various centres across South Africa.
How much time do you have available?
Everything at the moment is highly pressurised and time sensitive. Our lives need to happen yesterday and we are always on the go.
Studying is essential to our growth and development, both personally and professionally. The problem is that the time we have to dedicate to it is decreasing by the minute.
We, at Trifocus Fitness Academy, appreciate this – says Schneider – which is why we’ve developed the Personal Training Course. “As with our other fitness courses, this qualification is accredited with local and international bodies. However, what makes it unique is that you can finish it in as little as 3 MONTHS! This means that – armed with our Personal Training Course – you will be able to start working in the personal training industry in a fraction of the time,” she says.
Check the personal training qualification’s accreditations very carefully
All personal training qualifications aren’t created equal. Some promise the world while others aren’t worth the paper that they are printed on.
To avoid this problem, you need to choose a personal training qualification that has many accreditations so that it is recognised wherever you may want to work. “For example,” says Schneider, “our qualifications are accredited locally through the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as well as the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). The international accreditations we have are from the Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa (REPPSA).”
Schneider’s final words of advice are to choose the personal training qualification – that you are going to go for – wisely. “You will be a personal trainer for a long time so you must have the best qualifications out there,” she concludes.