Personal Trainer Qualifications
In Australia, Personal Trainers may work independently with suitable insurance or choose to be a member of a registering body (Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia). The Personal Trainer qualifications levels include;
- Level 1 – Certificate III in Fitness
- Level 2 – Certificate IV in Fitness
- Level 3 – Diploma of Fitness
These can be obtained from nationally accredited colleges (TAFE, Australian College of Sport & Fitness, Fitness Industry Training, Australian Institute of Fitness). Once working in the industry, trainers who are members of associations are also required to complete short courses to obtain continuing education credit (CEC) points they need to keep their registration.
A minimum of 20 CEC points every two years is required. Many Personal Trainers also have additional qualifications in weight loss, strength training, kid’s fitness, and nutrition, which is in part due to the CEC program. CEC courses can cover a wide variety of topics such as different training techniques, nutrition, exercise styles, health conditions, physiology, lifestyle and rehabilitation.