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Become a Personal Trainer in 4 Steps

If you have a love for health and fitness and a drive to help others unlock their physical potential, reach their goals, or start them to a healthy path, Personal Training can be a great fit for you.

Unlike many careers in the health and wellness spectrum, becoming a personal trainer can be accomplished in a few steps. Some places will require a background or certain level of experience as well as some education, but it’s not always required. You can get the ball rolling without spending a fortune or earning a college degree. You can decide your own time frame in as little as 6 months to achieve your goal, select from a variety of organizations to get certified depending on your needs, and be well on your way to a rewarding career that fits your lifestyle in no time.

Becoming a certified Personal Trainer with TFLiving only requires you to be certified, have a great attitude, and preferably experience in the realm of physical fitness. So if you have a lot of obligations already on your plate or are just wanting to get something under your belt as fast as possible, getting certified and becoming a Personal Trainer with TFLiving is a great way to help build a background with a variety of experience and transition you into a career doing what you love.

If you are feeing intimidated or not sure where to start, we put together a list of resources for the top places to get started with your Personal Training Certification and how to become a certified trainer in 3 easy steps.

1. Determine Any Prerequisites

Depending on the organization you ultimately want to work for, as well as the program you select, you may decide you need to accomplish some preliminary tasks. Before you start the process, you’ll want to consider the ultimate end goal. Do you want to work for a particular organization or company, and if so, what are their requirements? Do you want to do personal training on your own and if so what do you think will help you earn the best reputation over time? Many accreditations, or even organizations may require you to have the following:

• GED or High School Diploma
• CPR and AED Certification
• Be at least 18 years of age

Some, but not all organizations and programs will require these prerequisites. While it isn’t always mandatory, it’s still a great idea to have these under your belt. With the American Red Cross, it’s easy to become certified quickly.

2. Decide the Best Program to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

We recommend the following programs to become a Certified Personal Trainer. The cost for any of these programs varies anywhere between $349 – $699 depending on your preparation needs, ultimate job goals beyond the exam, and level of reputation you want behnid your certificate.
a. NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) is on the higher end of the programs but offers highly reputable interest-free plans with a 90-day job placement guarantee, or your money back.
b. ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) offers unlimited support with a network of over 200,000 trainers in 91 countries and a reputation for over 28 years.
c. ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) offers one of the most affordable price programs as well as workshops and webinars to help you through your journey.
d. ACE (American Council of Exercise) is another affordable alternative also offering a study support, continuing education, and as a bonus, certifications are also accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies).

3. Choose a Reasonable Time Frame to Take Your Exam

Once you have finally selected the best program for your situation, be sure to set a realistic time frame that allows you to balance your personal life and other obligations with the course requirements. It’s imperative that you set aside enough time so that you don’t have to repeat the process or get discouraged with high pressure deadlines that could discourage you from your ultimate goals. Once you have selected the program and registered, you usually have within a 6-month time frame, and allow yourself no less than 3 months minimum.

4. Pass Your Exam and Begin the Search for Starting your Career in Personal Training!

Once you have passed your exam for Personal Training, the hardest part is behind you. You’re ready to start your career in Personal Training! As a company providing fitness to a large number of properties throughout the U.S, TFLiving is always hiring in residential and commercial locations throughout the country. If you’ve made it this far – Congratulations! We would love to have a chance to talk with you and see if you are a great fit to be a part of our national team of fitness instructors and personal trainers. Visit our Team Page to view all our Job Openings and apply today!

Personal Training Certification Programs:

American Red Cross

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