Personal Trainer Practitioner – membership entry requirements

Introduction

CIMSPA membership provides individuals working in the sport and physical activity sector with professional recognition for their chosen occupation. It provides assurance to employers, clients, colleagues and the public an individual holds the appropriate qualification(s) and continuing professional development (CPD) to be competent in their role.

To be eligible for membership, individuals must demonstrate they meet the entry requirements for their occupational membership category. These are based on CIMSPA professional standards.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for Personal Trainer Practitioner are:
  • Hold a valid CIMSPA recognised Personal Trainer qualification
  • If the qualification was awarded more than five years ago, supporting evidence of relevant CPD is required to indicate an individual has maintained their skills and knowledge.

CIMSPA-recognised qualifications

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Conversion of Advanced Fitness Instructor to Personal Trainer Status
  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Fitness Training
  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Business Skills for Fitness Professionals
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance
  • Active IQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance
  • Active IQ Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • Australian Institute of Fitness Certificate IV in Fitness
  • AoFAQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • City & Guilds NVQ Coaching, Teaching and Instructing Level 3 (Adults Exercise and Fitness)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • Focus Awards Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Focus Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • IAO Level 3 Award in Conversion of Advanced Fitness Instructor to Personal Trainer Status
  • IAO Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • IAO Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • IAO Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • IAO Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Business Planning
  • IAO Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise)
  • ITEC Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • NCFE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Personal Training)
  • Pearson Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness (Australia)
  • Skills Active Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Personal Training
  • Southampton Solent University Personal Trainer Award
  • SQA Level 7 Professional Development Award in Personal Training
  • SQA Higher National Diploma in Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise)
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Specific Populations)
  • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training
  • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise)
  • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction
  • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner), Outdoor Exercise and Sports Conditioning
  • YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner), Outdoor Exercise, Sports Conditioning and portable equipment
  • YMCA Level 3 Gym Instructing, Personal Training (Practitioner) and portable equipment
  • YMCA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training

Occupation scope

The role of a Personal Trainer is to coach clients (on a one-to-one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals through the planning and delivery of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management.
  • Personal Trainers will analyse a client’s needs, adapt and modify guidance to motivate clients to positively change their behaviour and improve their overall wellbeing by providing specialist, tailored advice within their scope of practice.
  • They are aware of when to refer clients to relevant appropriate professionals for specialist information and guidance (e.g. physiotherapist, registered dietician, medical specialist).
  • A comprehensive understanding of business, finance, sales and marketing is also essential to enable the personal trainer to build and retain a stable client base.
  • Personal Trainers are employed by a fitness or leisure centre or, once qualified, can be self-employed and should expect to work hours that may include evenings, weekends and public holidays.

This occupation exists within a sector that plays an important role in improving the health of the nation, creating opportunities that get more people, more active, more often.

 

Making your membership application


This is a TWO stage process.
  • Follow the link below to register for your CIMSPA tahdah account and to upload your qualifications/CPD.
  • Once your qualifications are approved you will receive an email inviting you to finalise your membership application.
 


 

Before you join

If you are employed or freelance for a CIMSPA Employer Partner and they have asked you to become a CIMSPA member please ask them to invite you to join using the CIMSPA tahdah platform. Do not click on the join link below, please wait for an email inviting you to join from the employer partner.
 



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