How to become a Personal Trainer

How to become a Personal Trainer in Singapore

Planning to expand your passion for health and fitness into a career in Personal Training? This is a fulfilling and rewarding job if you’re someone who is passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals and feel good in their bodies. The fitness industry is vibrant and booming, with the adoption of personal fitness trainer services likely to rise at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2022 to 2032. Becoming a personal trainer can definitely be a promising career, but before you dive in, here are 3 basic steps you can take to launch your PT career.

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Get Certified

The first order of business would be to obtain a form of personal training certification.

Some well-known certifications include:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness (FISAF)
  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Keep an eye out for the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation. This board accredits personal trainer programmes to ensure they are of a certain standard. Many reputable certifications such as ACE are accredited by NCCA.

Where to get certified 

Institute  Duration  Cost  Subsidies 
NCSF Singapore Course Duration: 2 days 

12.00 pm – 5.30 pm


Exam: ACE Exam

Exam is a 150-question MCQ examination that is done online at your own convenience.

Participants have 6 months from registration to complete the exam. Passing rate is high for participants in Singapore.

NCSF is also one of the more budget-friendly certifications.

  • Exam: S$299
  • Home Study + Exam/ Home Study + Package: S$549
  • Workshop Course + Exam: S$549
  • Workshop + package: S$599

Fee Claimable: $700 | Claim Period: Expires 21 Jan 2025

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can claim up to $700 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for this approved skills-related course.


All NTUC Members are able to claim up to 50% of unfunded fees (up to $250 for <40 years old, up to $500 for >40 years old).

PSB Academy  ACE CPT Course 

Course Duration: 4 days 

Intakes: March, June, September 

Total Course Fee:  S$1,296.00

  • Application Fee: S$130.00
  • ACE Exam Fee: S$600.00
  • CPR-AED Fee: S$65.00*

*CPR-AED Fee is only applicable for students who do not have a valid CPR-AED Certification

Eligible for NTUC UTAP claims
International Sports Academy  Course Duration: 50 hours over 3+ months/ 29 hours over 4 months (Independent Online)

  • 11 x Lessons Theory and Practical), delivered Live
  • 3 x Tutorials, delivered via Zoom
  • 10 hours of Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Instructors (Complimentary), delivered via Zoom

Next Intake: 15 Dec 2022 – 17 March 2023


  • ISA Theory Exam (150 questions), delivered via ISA Online Portal & Zoom (to prepare for ACE Examination and for practice)
  • ACE Examination for Personal Trainers, to be taken at External Examination Site (150 MCQs in 3 hours, score of 500/800 to pass and be a Certified Personal Trainer)
Total Course Fee: S$ 2198.85/ S$1,500 course and exam fees (Independent Online) Eligible for SkillsFuture & UTAP claims

Special ISA discounts:

  • Register with a friend and receive a discount of S$53.50 per person
  • Register in a group of 4 or more and receive a discount of S$107.00 per person
FitAsia – Personal Trainer Development Program 

(ACE Education Partner)

Course Duration: 9 days over 2 months 9 am – 5/6 pm 

Next Intake: January – February 2023

Exam: ACE Exam

One of the highest passing rate among local academies with a 90% success (first attempt) in 2022

  • S$2750 Super Early Bird (until 13 November 2022)
  • S$2850 Early Bird (until 11 December 2022)
  • S$2950 Regular
Eligible for SkillsFuture & UTAP claims
ACE Course Duration: 80 – 100 hours (3 – 4 months)  US$649 (S$893) course and exam fees No
ISSA (Online) Course Duration: 12 months or less (approx 41 hours) (Online self-paced content) 


  • Submission of all course quizzes
  • A score of 75% or better on all sections of the final examination
US$688 – 888  No


Getting started – Locations 

3 private gym pods in Singapore for a solo workout | Honeycombers

Choosing the right location for your PT business is essential for its success. Fortunately, as a freelance trainer, you can afford more luxury of deciding where you would like to hold training sessions. Explore different gyms and studio rental options while considering their accessibility, price and amenities available.

Private gym  The Gym Pod 

  • Pay-per-use or monthly plan 
  • 42 pods 
$7.50 – $9.50 (per pax) per 30 min session 
Gyms that allow access to their facilities for freelance PT sessions iGym

  • Booking required 
  • 2 locations 
$6 per entry per pax 
MAX OUT Fitness  $15-$30 per hour slot 
Hybrid Fitness  Enquire for price  
Unstoppable Fitness  $15-$20 per session 
Platinum Fitness  Enquire for price 
Core Collective 

  • 4 locations 
From $30 per hour 
Public Gyms  ActiveSG

  • 28 locations 
$2.50 – $3.30 per entry 
Other public spaces 
  • Void Decks 
  • Parks 
  • Botanic Gardens 
How much should you be charging? 

According to a survey done by StringsSg on the market rate of PTs in Singapore (2022), the current personal training market rate can start as low as $50 to $180 per hour or session.

Ideally, for most fitness businesses, a healthy profit margin needs to be over 60%. 

Profit Margin = Profit (Revenue – COGS) ÷ Revenue x 100%  

When deciding on your PT rates, it is important to keep in mind: 

  • Target Market 
    • Who is your target market? Age and other demographics play a role in how your clients are willing to spend 
    • According to the same survey by StringsSg, the amount each age group is willing to pay differs drastically. 

  • Location
    • Depending on your location and rent, you will need to adjust your prices accordingly
  • Experience Level – According to SalaryExplorer
    • Personal Trainers with less than two years of experience make approximately S$3,480 per month
    • Someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn S$4,480 per month
    • An experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of S$6,180 per month 


In a nutshell

Starting your Personal Training journey is definitely exciting, and there are great opportunities that await you. The cost of starting your PT business can vary drastically from as low as $200 to $ 20,000. A well-thought-out plan is hence crucial to account for your expenses, and ensure that your business is sustainable and profitable in the long run.

This article was written by Liza Wee

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