Becoming a Personal Trainer or Strength & Conditioning Coach
To become a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach you may need to attend university for a Bachelors' Degree in a sport science field, though lesser but more specific qualifications may be appropriate. There are many diplomas and other courses that can be undertaken.
Once you have your qualifications, you should become accredited with your local national body, which is often required for jobs in this field. The well respected American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) offers certifications for personal trainers. A strength and conditioning coach should also get accredited, look for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS ) or Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) certification. See more about accreditation in the sport sciences.
Here are just a few examples of the courses available around the world, if you have details of a course you think should be listed or updated information, please let me know.
Australia - Victoria
- Sport and Recreation (TAFE) through Victoria University. There are a range of training options, including these courses: Certificate III in Fitness, Certificate IV in Fitness and Diploma of Fitness.
- a career as a personal trainer or an exercise physiologist
- information about accreditation as a exercise physiologist
- about other Careers in Sport