Practical Tips For Starting Your Own Business

Starting your Own Business

Congratulations you have successfully completed your Certificate III or IV in Fitness! It is now time to set yourself up to start working in the industry. Here are a few key steps  to get your career in the fitness industry off to a flying start and help people achieve their fitness goals.

1. Registration for Fitness Professionals

The first step is to register with an official industry body. Most gyms and council-run facilities require fitness professionals to be registered. Planning to run your own personal training business? Registration is also beneficial to you – you will receive industry support and ongoing development opportunities.


Physical Activity Australia’s minimum registration requirements are:

  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • A copy of current Level 2 First Aid qualification or equivalent and current CPR qualification. Equivalent workplace first aid qualifications are also acceptable with appropriate proof.

Find out more about registration for fitness professionals here.

2. Insurance for Fitness Professionals

If you intend to be self employed as a fitness professional it is important that you equip yourself with the appropriate professional indemnity insurance. If you are planning to work for smeone else, make sure that you check that their insurance covers you. It is good practice to ask about this upfront to ensure you know what’s covered and what isn’t. Sometimes you may be working as an employee, and other times as a contractor so double checking your insurance can save you a headache.

Physical Activity Australia has now partnered with JLT Sport to provide you with comprehensive and affordable public liability and professional indemnity insurance cover. So, if you are a Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Boot Camp Trainer or related fitness qualified professional then JLT are the leaders in sports insurance and want to help you with a tailored insurance policy to meet your business needs.

To take out a policy with JLT Sport, you can apply directly on their website. To discuss your insurance further call JLT Sport directly on 1300 130 373.

Pricing Guidelines

The below pricing guidelines are provided by JLT Sport. For further information visit the JLT website,

Sprint Level $100 – 1 year package

Public Liability $10 Million
Professional Indemnity $5 Million

Marathon Level $130 – 1 year package

Public Liability $20 Million
Professional Indemnity $10 Million

3. Choosing Your Business Structure

There are four commonly used business structures in Australia:

For more information see the ATO website.

4. Business Registration

If you plan to work for yourself, you need to register for an Australian Business Number (ABN). You can register for an ABN through this website.

5. Registering a Business Name

6. Permits

Check with your local council to see if you need a permit to train clients in local parks. Council will require a copy of you qualifications, insurance and professional registration. If you are using parks in different Council areas, you will need separate permits for each area. Here are a few helpful links:

7. Understand Your Rights

If you are employed by an organisation and are unsure about your rights as an employee in relation to contracts, pay rates, hours, awards and agreements, visit the Australian Government Fair Work Ombudsman website.

8. Networks

Start building a referral network of allied health professionals that you can work alongside with. This is vital when you have a client that may have an issue outside of your scope of practice and realm of expertise. Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and general practitioners are all valuable contacts.

9. Plan

Build a business plan to keep you on track. Your plan can be quite simple but will provide a structured strategy to reach your identified goals.

When writing your business plan, read the following useful information:

10. Marketing your Business

Once up and running you may want to learn more about how to market your business. See our helpful tools form the Trainer’s Toolkit:

See Also

We have provided you with a range of tools to help you start signing up and training clients. Give us a call
on 1300 784 467 if you have any questions.