While most four-year programs can be incredibly helpful, most post-secondary schools, particularly the larger ones, spend a lot of time preparing students to become a researcher. Learning how to logically evaluate information is an important skill. However, the amount time spent learning this skill via a post secondary degree does not equal success in the workplace.
To become a successful personal trainer you need to combine Sales, Science and Service. Success will only come to those who “Master” their 3 dimensional trade and not with a package of certifications and degrees. University and post-secondary schools definitely have their purpose and do help a lot of people become a successful member of the work force. However, these institutions often receive a failing grade in setting people up for success in the trades.
Chris Smith, BCPTI founder and CEO & co-Owner of Fitness World often says that Service, Science & Sales are the keys to personal trainer’s success in the fitness industry. I had the scientific background but had very little knowledge of Sales and Service, which limited my personal success in business and my career. It’s for this very reason that I partnered with a team, who know Sales and Service incredibly well. Education without sales and service may give you success, but not nearly as much as you deserve.