Ensure your CV layout is structured to best highlight your unique experience and life situation.

Personal Trainer CV Template (Text Format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Enthusiastic personal trainer with 6+ years of experience in fitness and coaching. Recognised for clear and engaging training style, close attention to client needs and ability, and friendly demeanour. British Gymnastics–certified General Gymnastics Level 2 coach with an expert understanding of nutrition, physiology, and exercise psychology. Seeking a personal trainer position with opportunities for advancement.

KEY SKILLS

  • Instructing
  • Active listening
  • Learning strategies
  • Speech clarity
  • Time management
  • Monitoring (groups and individuals)
  • Proficient in accounting software (Intuit QuickBooks)
  • Microsoft Office

CERTIFICATIONS

Level 3 Personal Fitness
UK Coaching
March 2021
London

General Gymnastics Level 2
British Gymnastics
June 2018
Cardiff

EDUCATION

Cardiff Metropolitan University (2017–2020)
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (2:1)

Relevant Modules: Biomechanics of Human Movement, Nutrition, Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Strength and Conditioning for SES

St James School, Exeter (2010-2017)

  • A-levels: Business Studies (B), Physical Education (B), Physics (B)
  • GCSEs: 10 A*–C including Maths, English Language, PE, and ICT

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sunrise Fitness, Edinburgh
Group Instructor, March 2022 – Present

  • Lead and assist in various mobility and dance classes, including Pilates, Zumba, and hip health
  • Mentor groups of 5–15 people, identifying individual needs and helping set personal exercise and fitness goals
  • Design suitable classes for different age and fitness groups, including teenagers, pregnant people, and elderly people
  • Help schedule classes, organise group class timetables, and coordinate promotional activities
  • Promote supplements and merchandise to customers, and assist at the gym’s smoothie bar

Tumble Acrobatics, Cardiff
Assistant Gymnastics Coach, October 2020 – March 2022

  • Helped lead classes of 3–10 children, from beginner to advanced
  • Planned, organised, and conducted practice sessions for children aged 6–16
  • Explained and enforced safety rules and regulations, and ensured safe use of equipment
  • Chaperoned groups on trips to local tournaments
  • Kept abreast of changing rules and techniques supported by British Gymnastics

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Hiking enthusiast, member of Edinburgh Young Walkers
  • Amateur guitarist
  • Enjoy socialising with friends

How to write an engaging personal trainer CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

If you’re pursuing a career in personal training, you’ve picked a good time. Exercise has soared in popularity in the UK, with recent research showing that one in five people name it as one of the top 5 activities important to their lifestyle.

You’ll need a Level 3 personal training qualification to work legally as a PT in the UK, ideally certified by UK Coaching or the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). These courses can take about three weeks to complete if you’re studying full-time or five months on a part-time course. Also, personal trainer apprenticeships are another great way to get certified if you haven’t already qualified.

But even once you’ve got your certifications, finding the right personal trainer job can be tricky — especially if you’re newly qualified. But you can land the role you want by building an engaging CV for personal trainer work.

So we’ve put together six tips on how to write an effective personal trainer CV (or you can use a CV creator that automatically builds your CV for you):

1. Work out the right personal trainer CV format

You wouldn’t ask a beginner to jump straight into a deadlift, and that same principle applies to your CV’s format. In other words, the proper format for your CV depends on your experience level. If you’re:

  • newly qualified, make a skills-based CV that emphasises your skills and education at the top, followed by any work, volunteer, or internship experience that you can connect to your ability to succeed as a personal trainer
  • an experienced trainer, highlight that fact in a chronological CV that places your relevant work experience under your CV introduction, and then moves to your education and skills

But don’t feel like you have to stick to a certain order for your CV sections. Give whatever information you believe is most relevant to the job you want (based on your research and the job advert) priority in your CV’s layout.

2. Make a strong impression with your personal training CV profile

Your personal training CV profile (also called a personal statement or CV summary) is the first thing your employer sees, so ensure it’s well-written. Remember, you’re applying for a customer-facing role requiring strong communication skills, and this is your first chance to sell yourself as a confident, approachable hire.

So in 3–5 sentences, give an engaging overview of your relevant work experience, qualifications, and critical skills using action verbs that leap off the page to employers. To find those words, search the job advert and similar postings for keywords that will catch your reader’s attention.

Here’s a well-written personal trainer profile example:

A personal trainer CV profile example that describes the applicant's most relevant skills and experience written in black text on a white background.
Keep your PT CV profile short to make it easy to read.

3. Include the right personal trainer skills

Being a great personal trainer takes more than physical strength and stamina. Employers will look for various skills on your CV, including teaching strategies, sales, administration, and an understanding of nutrition and physiology.

The most valuable personal trainer skills vary from advert to advert. So tailor your CV skills section to your target job’s requirements.

You’ll want to include both hard skills and soft skills. Common skills for personal trainer jobs include the following:

 

  • CPR
  • First aid
  • Fitness expertise
  • Knowledge of human anatomy
  • Public speaking
  • Counselling
  • Sales
  • Interpersonal skills

 

4. Include any relevant PT certifications

Any certifications important to the job you’re applying for should appear at the top of your CV, above your work experience and education section.

Level 3 personal training is a requirement for almost all PT work, but most employers will also want to see a first aid certificate, ideally including CPR.

Additionally, you may want to include other certifications specific to the job advert. For example, a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Children) or Nutrition Level 3.

Here’s an example of how to format certifications on your personal trainer CV:

A personal trainer certification example with a bold header above three lines of text.
Personal trainer qualifications are essential for your job application.

5. Demonstrate relevant PT work experience

Highlighting work experience on your CV may seem difficult, especially if you’re a newly qualified personal trainer. Remember, there’s more to personal training than experience with proper equipment use and teaching your clients the correct posture. You should also have experience in sales, mentorship, administration, and customer service — all transferable abilities from other professions.

So before you start writing your CV, study the job advert.

Whether your target employer is looking for someone who can promote supplements to clients, write up personalised exercise plans, or deliver health MOTs and consultations, you may find significant crossover with your experience in and outside the gym.

Maximise your work experience by writing about achievements, instead of just listing your responsibilities. Include hard numbers to give your employer a vivid picture of what you can achieve for them. For example, instead of writing:

Helped a client lose weight

Write something like this:

Wrote a personalised plan to help a client achieve a 4-kg weight-loss goal over 4 months

6. Share your hobbies and interests related to personal training

No one pursues a career as a personal trainer if they aren’t excited about fitness. Therefore, the hobbies and interests section of your CV is valuable to your application, especially if you’re a newly qualified trainer.

Perhaps you’re part of a cycling club, just ran your first marathon, or are striking out as an amateur powerlifter. All these activities show that training isn’t just a job to you — it’s a lifestyle.

Aside from being a sign that you see personal training as more than a paycheque, including relevant hobbies and interests on your CV suggests you have the practical experience to provide safe and proper instruction in the gym.

You can go into greater detail about how your interests are connected to the personal trainer role you want when you make a cover letter for your CV.


Aaron Case
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Aaron Case

Aaron Case is a CPRW & Senior CV Expert at CV Genius with 8+ years of experience in writing and career resource spaces. Job seekers around the world and in various stages of their vocational journeys have landed fulfilling work thanks to his thoughtful career advice, which has also been showcased in publications like Forbes, MSN, CareerAddict, Ladders, Best Colleges, Ivy Exec, Capitalism.com, and vidIQ. Aaron has a BS in English & Communications from Liberty University bolstered by a professional credential from UC Berkeley. He’s collected practical experience while following various career paths, and he enjoys sharing the resulting insights with everyone. You can contact him through his LinkedIn profile or on Twitter. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts, and all such requests will be ignored.