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How to become a Personal Trainer

Personal Trainers work with individual clients, developing exercise and diet plans to help them reach their health goals. They help people seeking a variety of outcomes, including weight loss, strength, flexibility, general fitness, and even rehabilitation.

If you’re fit and active, are a great coach and motivator, and want a job that will help people feel their best, becoming a Personal Trainer could be perfect for you.


About you:


  • Active and energetic
  • Excellent fitness level
  • Fantastic communication skills
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Motivating and encouraging
  • Works well independently
  • Good problem-solver
  • Can think outside the box


The job:


  • Assessing a client’s current health and fitness level
  • Developing exercise plans appropriate to a client’s wants and needs
  • Providing basic nutrition advice
  • Demonstrating movements and exercises for a client
  • Teaching clients how to use equipment
  • Consulting with other health professionals
  • Setting up, monitoring, and cleaning fitness equipment
  • Maintaining appropriate workplace health and safety practices


Lifestyle Impact: Moderate


  • Part Time opportunities: High – around 71% of Personal Trainers work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 45 hours a week, which is around average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Personal Trainers’ salary (average) $60,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Strong (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will most likely have to work on weekends, early mornings, and evenings to fit around your client’s schedule.


Personal Trainers are most in demand in these locations:


This is a medium sized occupation, with around 24,300 people working as Personal Trainers in Australia in 2020 (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au). There is demand spread fairly evenly across Australia. Most Personal Trainers work in the Arts and Recreation industry.

Personal Trainers can work in a huge variety of locations, including gyms, fitness centres, parks, sporting clubs, lifestyle retreats, hotels, and even from your own home.


How to become a Personal Trainer in Australia


Although it’s not strictly necessary, it would be hugely beneficial to complete a VET course if you want to work as a Personal Trainer in Australia.


Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a strong focus on English and PE.


Step 2 – Complete a relevant qualification, such as:


Step 3 – Register for professional membership with Fitness Australia, Physical Activity Australia or FITREC.


Step 4 – Make sure you have any other qualifications or licences needed to start working, such as indemnity insurance or First Aid qualifications.


Step 5 – Choose a particular area to specialise in, such as weight loss, sports training, rehabilitation, or more.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do Personal Trainers do?


Personal Trainers develop and implement exercise and wellbeing plans based on a client’s wants and needs.


Which industries employ Personal Trainers?


Personal Trainers are mostly employed in the Arts and Recreation Services industry.


What options are there for career progression?


You can start out working as a general trainer, then move into a specialised area, such as strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, or working with older clients.


Do I need to go to university to become a Personal Trainer?


No, but you will usually need to complete a relevant VET qualification.


Where do Personal Trainers work?


Personal Trainers are needed all across Australia (and the world).


What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Personal Trainer?


If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Personal Trainer is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Volunteer in your community or find work experience in a gym or fitness centre to start building valuable skills and making connections for the future.
  2. See if you can talk to a Personal Trainer to see what a day in their life is like.
  3. Start working on your fitness and motivation skills – see if you can get a parent or sibling to start exercising with you and cheer them on.

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