As it is with any educational programme, knowing where to study is as important as knowing what to study. If you have decided to take your first steps towards becoming a personal trainer, then you have likely been looking for a worthwhile institution through which you can complete a personal trainer course to become accredited. In doing so, have likely realised that you are inundated with choices. Most of which differ greatly in what they deliver, how they do it, who they are accredited by, and of course, what cost they come at. So the question is where to study personal training?
The overwhelming choices can get the better of you, especially if you have little to no knowledge of the industry to begin with. However the choice you make is an important one. Different accreditation awards you different opportunities; and it goes without saying that opportunities are the road to your ultimate goal, and so you’ll want the best accreditation.
So, to assist you with selecting an institution that will benefit you the most, here are a few factors to consider when selecting the right college.
Factors to consider when selecting a fitness college
WHO ARE THEY ACCREDITED WITH?
Accreditation is key to selecting the right college. There are quite a number of accreditation agencies and governing bodies in both the fields of fitness, as well as education; and the chances are that most of the colleges you come across will be accredited by one institution or another.
However, you should remember that in fitness, as is the case with any other industry, different accreditation carries different weight; and so you want to select the college or academy that gives you something that is internationally recognised as a seal of professionalism. The word ‘internationally’ is key here, since with the right accreditation, you could find yourself working from anywhere in the world.
Without accreditation, you will find it extremely difficult finding meaningful work; both as a freelancer or as an employee. So make absolutely sure that your chosen personal trainer course allows you to get out what you put in.
To that end, a good bet is to look for a course that is accredited through REPs, a governing institution that oversees the fitness industry across the globe.
Furthermore, opting for a course that is YMCA Awards approved, such as a Level 3 personal training certificate and diploma, will give you an excellent standing in an ever more competitive job-market.
HOW DO THEY DELIVER THEIR CONTENT?
The question of how an academy delivers its content will vary in importance depending on your own life-style, but it is still worth considering. This is especially the case if you are active. Perhaps you have kids, a job, are studying elsewhere or have a plethora of other reasons why going to classes is a major inconvenience. If this is the case, it is worth looking at how your chosen academy can deliver the content to you. You may find that an online solution, where you access content and submit assessments through a portal is better suited to you.
If, on the other hand, you prefer personal guidance through lectures, or struggle to maintain studies by yourself, the more traditional approach to learning (that is to say classes), might be a more attractive option.