What jobs can I do with a Certificate in Personal Training?
This is a question that Fit Futures CEO Zara Robson and our careers advisory team hear often. Quite rightly people want to ensure the study they do opens them up to a few options; there are many directions someone qualified as a personal trainer can pursue. Below, you’ll read about 15 roles we have identified as a team – roles that we know people qualified as PTs now hold.
Having worked in the health and fitness industry for more than 10 years now, my journey has seen me take on a variety of roles, from membership consultant, to sales manager, assistant club manager to club manager, area manager to gym club owner and now chief executive officer (CEO) with three businesses under my belt. All of this was achieved with a Certificate in Personal Training, which enabled me to get my foot in the door.
Top 15 careers you can pursue with a Certificate in Personal Training
- Personal Trainer
Personal trainersare responsible for providing exercise advice and personalisedtraining for clients on a one-on-one basis or in groups. They develop a fitness programme to meet the specific needs of the client and to guide them to achieve their desired results.Most of our graduates go straight into the industry as personal trainers and decide to work at gyms like Snap Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Les Mills, F45 (and others) or decide to open their own personal training studio. It’s a career that provides flexibility for many of those with families or other responsibilities. Many of our trainers are looking for ways to partner with technology companies such as Nomergy Wellness Technology to grow their online business too – meaning they can train anyone, anytime, anywhere via their own app and web-based platform.
Coaches are responsible for planning, organising and delivering an appropriate range of sportsactivities and programmes for individuals and teams. We have had graduates in the past who have wanted to upskill to provide the best advice and programs to their teams.
- Group Fitness Instructor
Group fitness is in growth mode! This is a way to train people and have an impact on a mass scale. Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. Think spin instructor, Body Attack, Step etc. Our Head Tutor Emma Courtney is a group fitness instructor at Cadence as well as having her own PT studio and continuing to practise as a dentist.
- Gym Instructor or ProgrammeDesigner
In this role, you would tend to be very sharp at program building – you would possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programmes that people can work through in their own time at the gym or at home.
- Assistant Manager
We know how important it is to market yourself and grow your own business and profile. Our course therefore includes everything you need to be able to tackle marketing, sales and business planning. It means not only do our graduates make great personal trainers, but they also make great managers. Fitness centre assistant managers undertake similar duties to managers of recreation and leisure centres, with responsibilities including: recruiting, training and supervising staff, managing budgets and enhancing profitability.
- Club Manager
Club managers are responsible for a fitness or health club’s optimal operations and management. Each day, club managers supervise a team and ensure the club’s members are satisfied with their personal service.
- Area Manager
As an area (or regional) manager, you’ll have overall responsibility for several fitness facilities in an allocated area. You’ll be responsible for staff and you’ll work closely with other senior managers and department managers.
- Brand Performance Manager
Brand managers are responsible for ensuring that the products, services and product lines that fall under their domain resonate with current and potential customers. If you’re organised and have a good eye for detail and are a people person, this would be a great avenue to pursue.
- General Manager
Got a business brain and can love developing the talent of others? A general manager is an executive who has overall responsibility for managing both the revenue and cost elements of a company’s income statement, known as profit and loss (P&L) responsibility. In the health and fitness industry this is about developing the skillset of the personal trainers, ensuring management are on task and ensuring members are heard and looked after.
- Franchise Developer
New Zealand is made up of several gym “chains”, with more to arrive I’m sure (think Snap, Anytime, and Orange Theory). In Area Development franchise agreements (also called Master Franchises), an area developer franchisee typically purchase the rights to develop and own an exclusive area development territory (typically a major market or region), and then sells portions of this territory to new sub-franchisees. If you’re not a developer, you could be a Franchise Sales Manager – a role that keeps you ahead of the health and fitness curve and provides great commission incentives.
- Strength and conditioning Coach, Manager or Director
A strength and conditioning coach facilitates the strength and conditioning training of athletes. Assisting with the development of exercise routines and nutritional intake, exercise supervision, tracking athlete progress and adjusting exercise plans accordingly, the coach both designs and implements full-scale fitness programmes.
- Manager of Personal Trainers
Personal training managers primarily work in health, hiring, and training new fitness trainers, and provide ongoing mentorship, learning and guidance. A lot of personal trainers decide to diversify their business and increase their income by taking new PTs under their wing for training.
- Gym/Facility Owner
Health club owners can be as hand-on or hands-off as they like. They oversee the day-to-day activities that go on in the health club establishment.If owning a gym is top of your agenda, then achieving a Certificate in Personal Training is the first step, followed by determination, hard work, solid focus and a willingness to build long-term relationships.All of our founders have owned fitness facilities and are happy to share what has worked for them.
- Chief Operations Officer (COO)
The COO is a company’s second-in-command and responsible for the efficiency of business. The COO role is a key member of the senior management team, reporting only to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).The goal of the COO position is to secure the functionality of business to drive extensive and sustainable growth. The current COO of Lift Brands Australasia (Snap Fitness and 9Round) started as a personal trainer.
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
A CEO’s main role is developing a business plan that clearly identifies the company’s mission and goals. They delegate management responsibilities to others regarding marketing strategies, accounting methods, technology and other areas. In smaller businesses CEO’s also act as operations managers. Korey Gibson (Fit Futures founder) has been the CEO for several health and fitness businesses and started as a personal trainer after retiring from a career as a Rugby League player and MMA fighter.
I’m sure that’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s getting pretty close. As our industry grows, changes and diversifies, we are only going to see the number of roles explode too!
I have been placed in the fortunate position of witnessing, taking part in and enabling the many roles available to passionate and dedicated individuals looking to establish themselves within the health and fitness sector. This ultimately led me to my current role of helping others find their place in an environment dedicated to self-improvement through active participation in health and wellbeing.
With the industry booming in New Zealand and overseas, it’s qualifications and courses such as ours, which can be completed while you are still working, that are the foundation of many pathways outlined above. If the health and fitness industry is where you want to be a Certificate in Personal Training could be the way to start.
It surprises people to know that a qualification can be achieved in as little as nine months with just one to two hours of study a day. We’ve had the experience now to watch our students become industry ready during that time, prepared by the course content we provide, student support and engagement with a mentor.
I don’t believe I am alone in thinking that in some cases, students who spend years of their lives studying full time, with enormous loans and minimal time available to earn any extra income due to their gruelling schedule, can often be left feeling burnt out, directionless, and in many cases, unable to find a job in their chosen field once theygraduate. University certainly has its place, in fact I find myself regularly boasting the benefits of university to my thirteen-year-old son who is intent on becoming an engineer, but I would urge people, particularly for the health and fitness industry to consider a course that would prepare them for work.
Do you want to better your lifestyle for you and your family by starting on a new career or make an awesome income on your own terms? It all starts with a conversation! Get in touch with our career advisory team to see how a Certificate in Personal Training can kick-start a career in the health and fitness industry for you.