The value of CPD in the fitness profession

What do Personal Trainers, Doctors, Teachers and Dentists all have in common?

They command instant authority, credibility and respect which ensures we listen to them and follow their instructions.

As a Personal Trainer, you’ve demonstrated substantial commitment to turning your dream into a reality: You’ve gained the qualifications you need, you’ve started your career, and built up a good list of clients and are working hard to helping them achieve their goals.

However, your business is critical to your future so it’s worth taking a few minutes to think about how your business is progressing, how you’re achieving your clients’ goals, and whether your business is helping you to achieve your personal and financial goals.

And, having given it some thought, when you want to progress, what path should you take?

Education doesn’t stop after receiving your Level 2, 3 or 4 qualification…

For any serious professional who wants to achieve success and be considered a fitness expert, education is an ongoing journey.

How do you gain the knowledge you need in an effective and efficient manner?

CPD (Continued Professional Development) training is the perfect form as you can gain valuable skills without the need to commit to months of expensive, time-consuming, full-time study. Indeed, many CPD courses can be completed through e-learning courses; fitting in between your existing clients, over just a few days – and some CPD courses are free.

As the pace of change speeds up, it’s imperative that PTs are up to date with the latest tools and techniques. And this means regularly reviewing what new core fitness skills you’d like to gain, what new skills can help your business – always considering how you’d like your career to be over the coming years.

By topping up your knowledge with specific, specialist knowledge, CPD courses help keep the trainer at the peak of their game – ensuring they know the latest information and techniques to help their clients. Without this knowledge, trainers risk getting left behind, with their clients taking their business to more knowledgeable and committed trainers.

CPD courses, just like any form of study and qualification, should deliver a tangible reward for you, your clients or your business, now or in the future. Remembering this when looking at the array of CPD courses available can help you choose the right course at the right time for you and your business.

As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and CPD gives you the knowledge!

fibodo have created a CPD course, Grow Your Coaching Business, that has been accredited by CIMSPA and is worth 3 CPD points. This course has been specifically designed to help fitness professionals who want a successful coaching business, make a difference to clients’ lives, and to earn a good income. More details are available at http://www.fitpro.com/courses/index.cfm/fuseaction/home.Course/courseid/45.

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