How to Become a Personal Trainer - Gym Training Courses & Certifications

If you want to make your mark in fitness industry, learn how to become a personal trainer by enrolling for gym training courses and certifications.

As a personal trainer and a coach to awesome bodies, you are well aware of the concepts of fitness and nutrition. Not only are you passionate about staying fit, but help others achieve their health goals, be it weight loss, muscle gain or just becoming healthier. As a fitness expert, your task involves a great deal of passion and knowledge, as you have to build enviable bodies. This involves a fair deal of personalization because the bodies are different and so are their responses to an exercise regime. What works for one may not for another? Your success is measured in the swell of the biceps and the reduced waist size of your clients, who are the moving certificates of your hard work. After all this, should you go for personal trainer certifications, crosses your mind? Actually, yes, because the industry per se is still unregulated and personal training courses are leading the change in this segment. Moreover, getting gym training certifications will add to your reputation and earnings.

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Deciding the right institute for gym certification involves three aspects:

  • Course fee
  • Duration
  • Subject matter of the course

If you are a budding trainer you should go for an entry-level course that will impart the basic information about anatomy and nutrition and then move on to upgrade your skill with international certifications. 


If you want to be different as a trainer accrediting your skill is the first step. Know in depth about the international fitness training programs that you can do from India and the value it is going to add to your skill. Read more about the top 3 popular certification programs and their features, benefits, course-content and duration. 

American Council on Exercise
ACE program is rooted in science-based research from ACE, the world's largest nonprofit health and fitness certification program. The course content is accredited by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) which lends it a third party, impartial validation. ACE offers following courses

  •  Personal Trainer
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Health Coach
  • Medical Exercise Specialist

Essential Qualifications

1.    18 years or older
2.    A minimum educational qualification of high school diploma
3.    Hands-on CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator) certification, at the time of writing
4.    In India ACE conducts exams in multiple centres, both metros, and non-metros. 
5.    Visit ACE website to figure out the location. 
6.    You need to register 10 days prior to the exam. 
7.    Once you have chosen the location, login or enroll (first timers). In Indian address, you need to skip the address check to proceed further. 
8.    ACE is particular about verifying the authenticity of the trainer taking the exam. Therefore your name filled in the form should exactly match with a government issued photo Id (Aadhar/Pan/

        Voter id/Passport/Driving License)
9.    You can choose the type of exam from Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Exam category

The ACE Personal Trainer Manual and Group Fitness Instructor Program train fitness professionals to work in one-on-one and small groups. Developed and written by the top experts of the industry it covers. everything from anatomy to training techniques.  Special attention has been given to injury prevention, emergency techniques and legal issues confronting today's fitness professionals.

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ACE Personal Trainer Program

Duration: 3 Months (Twice a Week)

  • Fees: Rs. 28,090 (Course Material+ Practical+ Access to the ACE Resource Centre)
  • Exam Fees: Rs. 23,595
  • Book Fees: Rs. 18,563
  • Online Exam Fees: Rs.  26,965

ACE Group Fitness Instructor

Duration: 3 Months (Twice a Week)

  • Fees: Rs. 28, 090 
  • Book Fees: Rs. 18,563
  • Exam Fees:  Rs. 16,854
  • Online Exam Fees Rs. 26,965

ACE requires recertification every two years because fitness evolves. For recertification, gym instructors need 20 CECs, where each CEC (Continuing Education Credits) is equal to one hour of training. ACE offers online courses, in-person workshops, a number of specialty certifications, and the ACE symposium, a large conference that?s held every year for ACE personal trainers.

American Council of Sports Medicine is accredited by NCCA with more than 50,000 members and certified professionals from the globe. Representing 70 occupations within the sports medicine field, ACSM is the only organization that offers a 360-degree view of the profession.
The ACSM offers three books: ACSM's Resources for Personal Trainers, ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, and ACSM's Certification Review. 

In India, Delhi based Classic Fitness conducts offline preparatory classes for ACSM certification. The classes have both theory and practical sessions which give hands-on knowledge and experience for posture, exercise analysis, taking blood pressure and assessing fitness. If you are an existing Classic Fitness student you get a discount on workshops. Those wanting to update their knowledge will have access to lectures/ exam review classes anytime.
Mumbai-based Exercise Science Academy provides learning material online. At the end of the course, an online exam is conducted. 
On clearing the exam the institute awards

  • Official ACSM course participation certificate
  • Exercise Science Academy?s course passing certificate


  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Course: Rs. 36,000 + service tax
  • For ACSM Health and Fitness Specialists course: Rs. 20,000 + service tax (exam voucher separate)


International Sports Sciences Academy (ISSA) is accredited by Distance Education and Training Council. For Indian fitness representatives, Gayo Fitness Academy is the sole representative of ISSA.
For fitness professionals who want to distinguish themselves, ISSA has created Master Trainer Certification Program that combines

  • Personal Trainer Certification, 
  • Fitness Nutrition Certification,  
  • Fitness / Exercise Therapy Certification, 
  • Senior Fitness Certification, 
  • Youth Fitness Certification, and 
  • Strength and Conditioning Certification 

 Post the successful completion of the program, the trainer is able to design and implement and exercise program based on individual?s specific situation, preexisting conditions and goal. 
Duration: 6 quarters (1.5 years)
Fees: Rs. 2,13, 210



The Gold's Gym Fitness Institute GGFI is India's first International Fitness Management Institute. It offers certificate courses in Fitness Management, Personal Training and Spinning Instructing for personal trainers and gym instructors. 

The 3-month long gym training program is your passport to enter the world of fitness. It is monitored by qualified and experienced personnel at Gold's Gym and invites fitness celebrities to deliver lectures. It covers a range of subjects to comprehensively address and ensures the best international brand practices in India.

  • Duration:  3 Months
  • Fees: On Request




 K11 Academy of Fitness Sciences started as the founder, Kaizad Cappadia wanted to delve deep into the world of fitness. Currently, the academy is located in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Indore and offers course content in English, Marathi and Hindi.

The Academy offers training gym training certification courses and is highly recommended for those who want to start a career in fitness. The benefits of gym certification are greater recognition and higher employment opportunities. 

Courses Offered

K11 Personal Training

As an entry level course, K11 Personal Training Course sets the ground for the fitness enthusiast to become a gym trainer. The course deals with the basic concepts of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. 

  • Duration: 2 months
  • Fees: 35,000

Personal Training for Special Population Course

The program equips the trainers. to design exercise programs for special population suffering from common health problems, such as injuries, heart ailment, diabetes and back problems.

  • Duration: 3 Months
  • Fees: 35,000

Master Trainer

K11 Master Trainer gives the fitness instructors an edge over others in their personal training career. The aspirant should have first completed the K11 PT course before. The content of the course focusses on practical sessions handled largely by Cappadia.

  • Duration: 7 months
  • Fees: 1,25,000


BFY Sports & Fitness

Founded by Rajeev Goenka, BFY is India's premier health & Fitness Training & Education Organisation since 1999. BFY Sports & Fitness offers Personal Trainer Certification and Group Fitness Instructor Courses. As compared to international certifications BFY personal trainer courses cover the similar curriculum at a lower cost. Moreover, the institute also offers an option of learning through correspondence. 

  • Fee: 24,720
  • Duration: 3 months (twice a week class)
  • Correspondence Course Fee: 15,730

As a personal trainer, you have flexible work hours and you do what you enjoy. Get certified because it enhances your skills and increases your potential for growth.