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Personal trainers teach individual clients aerobic, flexibility or resistance training exercises to help them achieve their personal fitness goals. (alis) Along with other Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation and Sport, they may be employed by community centres, sports and fitness clubs, outdoor centres, resorts, recreational facilities, health care facilities, retirement homes, correctional institutions, government departments, private businesses, tourism associations and similar establishments. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Sokanu: Personal Trainer - career information and videos
- The Role of a Personal Trainer - National Federation of Personal Trainers
- A Day in the Life of a Personal Trainer - from Fitness Republic
- What I Do as a Personal Trainer - from LifeHacker
- Personal Trainer Career Roadmap - from the American Council on Exercise
- How to Break into the Fitness Industry - member advice from the American Council on Exercise
There is no formal post-secondary education requirement to become a Personal Trainer in Canada. Certification for the occupation is available through national and provincial associations; please view the information below.
The University of Manitoba offers related training in Kinesiology, Athletic Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physical Education and Recreation Management.
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- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
- Certifications - from the Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN)
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - information for foreign-trained personal trainers
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Salary Survey - from the American Council on Exercise (U.S.)
- I want to be a personal trainer. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Manitoba Fitness Council
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
- Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN) - Canada
- American Council on Exercise (U.S.)
- American Society of Exercise Physiologists
- Athletics and Fitness Association of America
- IDEA Health and Fitness Association
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- National Federation of Fitness Trainers (U.S.)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Fitness Industry Council of Canada
- Manitoba Fitness Council - Facility Members
- Partners and Affiliates - CPTN
- Canadian Wellness - health & fitness directory
- Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Centres and Institutes - Sport Canada listing
- HealthLocal Business Directory
- Fit Directory (Alberta)
- Medical Fitness Association - Facility Locator (international)
- International Association of Health, Racquet & Sports Clubs Associations
- Fitness Professional Directory (U.S.) - from IDEA Health and Fitness Association
- Approved providers - American College of Sports Medicine
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