Useful Links for Personal Trainers

Many elements make up a successful career in Personal Training. This page is designed to help you navigate some of the essentials. 

Below you'll find...


Do you need an ABN? Start here.

Do you want to register a Business Name? (Not required if it's your full name and you're a sole trader) Start here.

Do you want a trademark? Learn more here. (I'm a fan of the TM Headstart option).

Need a domain (website) name? Have a look at GoDaddy, Freeparking (NZ) or Smartyhost. (No affiliates, just find them useful)

Would you like to create a website? GoDaddy (above) have options. There are also some great free options on WordPress

Do you need insurance? We recommend BizCover. Open to ALL fitness professionals (no registration required).

Do you want industry registration? FITREC is our recommendation. We built it to meet your needs.

Are you looking for industry pay guides? Here's a list of awards here.


There are three key types of Personal Training opportunity. It's a good idea to know the pros and cons of each: 

RENTAL - PRO: Often business Training/support, Controlled risk, Higher earning potential CON: Contract period?, weekly rent expense, Startup fee (Maybe?).

EMPLOYED - PRO: Employed, No financial obligation; CON: Rare, usually casual, less earning potential (especially if you're a good Trainer).

OWN BUSINESS - PRO: Complete control over all facets of business; CON: Set up costs, Marketing challenges, No immediate support, Business set up...

For more detail on each, check out: Employed, Rental or Own Business – Pros and Cons for Each as a Personal Trainer.


great job application recognises the GOLDEN RULE...

Applying for jobs is about moving through stages. 

That is, (1) Your cover letter, (2) Your CV, (3) The phone interview and finally (4) The face-to-face interview.

For the greatest chance of success, respect this order.

The first stage is the Cover Letter, it's the hook that gets your CV read - This is not your life story. It is a couple of paragraphs that address the key criteria mentioned in the job ad and refer to your experience/qualifications that demonstrate your ability to get the job done. This get's you more than a 6 second glance at your CV... [more from our blog]

The second stage is the CV, which gets you a phone call. The average CV gets a six second scan, your great cover letter has bought you more time. Don't waste it! Keep your CV to two pages. Max. Make your CV as relevant to the employer and the role as possible by clearly displaying relevant qualifications and experience at the top. DO NOT BURY KEY DETAILS. [more from our blog]

Stage three is the phone call. If applying for jobs, ALWAYS ANSWER THE PHONE IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER! This goes for your voice-mail too. This might be the first impression an employer has of you, so make it a good one. Be professional, be optimistic and don't ask about money. Save it for MUCH LATER when they can see what you're worth. Bonus Tip: the ’10 second message converted to text’ is bloody awful and employers are unlikely to use it. [more from our blog]

The final stage is the interview. The employer wants to give you a job, so your purpose here is to show them that they're on the right track. NOTHING IS IN THE BAG, so treat this part of the process with respect. Dress right, act right and be polite. One of our more popular posts is 'What to wear to a Personal Training Interview' (it applies to all fitness roles).

|| Want to look good to an employer? FITREC profiles are designed to BEST REPRESENT professionals.