How to Become a Personal Trainer in Ontario, Canada


If you want to become a personal trainer in Ontario, it's important to become certified. Love of fitness is a good start, but it isn't enough. As a certified personal trainer, you can earn more money, give your clients more confidence in your ability and prove that you have the knowledge to train them effectively. Many gyms won't even hire personal trainers who don't have the proper certification.

Things You'll Need

  • Manual
  • Study guide
  • CPR certificate
  • Internet access
  • Resume
  • Job Postings
  • Register for a personal trainer course at an organization such as Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN) or Canadian Fitness Professionals (Can-Fit-Pro). Can-Fit-Pro is one of the most-recognized organizations in Ontario and throughout Canada. Its professional trainers conduct certification courses throughout Ontario, so you should be able to find one near you. You must complete the course to earn the designation of Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS).

  • Buy the manual and study guide for the course. Use the manual during class, and the study guide to help prepare for the written exam. The study guide helps you focus your studying, ensuring that you cover all the important areas.

  • After you complete the course, take and pass both parts of the exam at any one of several exam locations in Ontario. The written exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and a client case study. For the practical exam, you must design a session and train a client at a gym, applying what you learned in class.

  • Get CPR training. You need to have a current CPR certificate to get your PTS designation. You can register for a CPR course through many different organizations in Ontario, including St. John's Ambulance and the Red Cross.

  • Decide where in Ontario you want to work. Personal trainers can work at a gym, at a studio, in clients' homes, or at corporate workplaces. You can even work out of your own home, if you set up a gym. Search job listings to find personal trainer opportunities in Ontario.

  • Update your resume to include your PTS certification, and apply to job postings in Ontario. Visit gyms or studios where you want to work and ask if they are hiring. Provide copies of your resume and speak with the gym or studio manager if he is available.

  • Practice answering interview questions about why you want to be a personal trainer and how you would train certain clients. The interviewer might ask you to apply your knowledge, so be prepared.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get your own liability insurance to protect yourself before you start training clients.
  • Become a member of Can-Fit-Pro, which offers reduced rates on liability insurance and online courses.
  • Complete four continuing education credits (CECs) every year to maintain your certification.
  • Go to the annual International Fitness and Club Business Conference and Trade Show in Toronto to gain knowledge and earn CECs.

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