Personal Trainer Program Requirements

Woman with Personal Trainer in gym

So you want to be a personal trainer and you have checked out some organizations, but did you know there are a couple requirements to get into those programs? Here is a list of the most common requirements to get into a personal training program from our 13 recommended organizations:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • CPR/AED certified
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Gym experience

All of the organizations we recommend require their trainers to be at least 18 years of age and have a CPR/AED certifications (check out our article on how to become CPR/AED certified). Likewise, there are a number of organizations that require a high school diploma or a GED to enter the program, check out our organization center to learn more.

Lastly, many organizations require that you have gym experience. This is not so much of a requirement but it is highly recommended you know what you are doing in the gym. Having gym experience will help you so much in the certification process because you have performed and used many of the exercises and equipment you will be taught about. Having gym experience will make the entire program much easier. Realistically though, if you are taking the initiative to become a personal trainer I’m sure you have a love for exercising so you have a ton of gym experience!

Although there are a number of requirements, there aren’t any that you can’t be overcome on your way to becoming a personal trainer!

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