Training and Qualifications
Good personal trainers will have completed:
- Education in the foundations of good health and exercise, including human anatomy and physiology; biomechanics (body movement), posture and flexibility; nutrition for health and performance; and exercise physiology.
- Instruction in fitness assessment, designing exercise programs, exercise instruction (including the use of equipment such as exercise balls) and a range of activities.
- Skills and knowledge updates through continuing education programs, subscribing to relevant professional journals and conducting research.
Many personal trainers have completed a Certificate IV in Fitness qualification, specialising as a personal trainer. Alternatively, they may have done an exercise science or human movement degree at university, which would allow them to register as a personal trainer with the relevant association of fitness professionals if they can demonstrate they have competence in required areas. Without this competency evaluation, though, a sports-related degree on its own doesn’t guarantee a competent personal trainer because they may not have covered all aspects of designing and delivering personalised programs.
A Certificate IV in Fitness also contains elective specialisations in older adults, children and adolescents, and advanced aqua training. It’s not unusual for a personal trainer to have expertise in one or more of these areas — which may be appropriate for you — in addition to personal training.