What jobs can I do with a Certificate in Personal Training?

This is a question that Fit Futures Academy National Recruitment Manager 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 nowNational Recruitment Manager 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 13 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.

  • Coach 

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.

  • Become a Personal Trainer with the Fit Futures Academy Certificate in Personal Training. If you want to be part of an industry with endless opportunities, and enter it in the most flexible and supported way, get in contact now through info@fitfutures.co.nz or 0800 99 88 98