There are many certification programs to become a personal trainer or instructor. Here are a few of the most widely accepted programs. (Be sure to check with wherever you want to apply to see what cert they accept before you pay to take the courses.)
You buy the materials from the company, then take the test online or the written version. Most of the tests are computer-based, and you can find a testing center on their website.
Some programs have a weekend class or personal training workshop that you can take. It’s a good way to get hands-on training from professionals who have already been through the process.
You also need CPR certification to get your personal trainer certification. Go to www.RedCross.org to find a CPR class in your area. Type in your area code and go to your local Red Cross’ website to check class schedules.
When you work for a large gym, at the beginning, you are required to work floor hours – which means hanging around on the floor to answer questions and help the members with machines. Some actors like to work at a large gym first to get the experience, then branch off into a smaller boutique gym or branch out on their own with personal training.