Education

How do Fitness Qualifications in the UK work


An alarm

The old renowned adage saying “Health is wealth” really means it today when obesity is gaining concern and fitness is becoming a daydream for many of us. People in United Kingdom are winning the ‘race’ of obesity with the countries of Western Europe. According to a 2013 report, UK has the highest level of obesity ‘beating’ countries like France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. 24.8% adults in England are notorious for being obese and another 61.7% are either suffering from overweight or are obese. More alarming is the fact that, going at this rate, more than half the population of the UK could be obese by 2050. A guy having a six-pack muscular physique will be considered wealthier than one having a luxurious, shiny, state-of-the-art car! Literally!

Personal Trainer

Fitness is not a walk in the park. You have to follow proper rules, nurture a healthy lifestyle, maintain diet, even receive medication, and above all take exercise according to guidelines. Inconsiderate attempt to lose weight can result in minor ailments to serious injuries or even medical conditions! For this, someone taking fitness seriously may need a personal trainer. According to Wikipedia, “A personal trainer is an individual certified to have a varying degree of knowledge of general fitness involved in exercise prescription and instruction.” The word ‘certified’ is significant. Because someone cherishing a career as a personal trainer must have certain qualifications. There are many organizations in UK that would provide you training on this and make you a worldwide accredited personal trainer.

Accreditation as a Personal Trainer

There is a qualification structure for someone wanting to become a personal trainer, meaning that qualification must be achieved in a structured way. In the UK, several ways are present to achieve a personal training qualification. REPs(Register of Exercise Professionals) is the professional body for the UK health and fitness industry and provides endorsement on fitness qualifications. One of their key functions is to provide a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness conformed by National Occupational Standards (NOS). It usually provides 5 levels, level 1 to 5, of fitness qualifications. Level 1 is basic GCSE level and 5 is advanced specialized training professionals. Inclusion in other levels ranges from gym, exercise to music, physical activity for children, exercise referral, EMDP, Yoga to accelerated rehabilitation, strength and conditioning etc. There also remains some additional non-levelled categories. There is an open membership of REPs for someone working in the fitness industry, but you’ll have to count £40 a year. There are some other awarding bodies for personal training qualifications. Most popular are CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications), Active IQ (Active International Qualifications), City and Guilds.

Career as Personal Trainer

UK provides a considerable and lucrative personal trainer career opportunities with average salary £19,468 per year. With a bit of courage and lots of hard work, you can be a personal trainer. But keep in mind that, wages vary depending on your service.