Requirements

The academic route:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences or Physiotherapy, including further education as a sports physiotherapist
The vocational route:
  • Fitness instructor holding the Swiss confederate professional ID card; qualified gym teacher
  • More information can be found in German, French and Italian at www.sfgv.ch
  • Or at least 300 hours (=37.5 days) of education in the movement and health sector as proven by diplomas from an educational institution that has been certified by eduQua
  • 30 hours can be accredited for each year of having worked at least 50% (four hours of personal training sessions per day) as a self-employed or hired personal trainer. This is to be confirmed by Old Age Insurance registration, commercial registry, or confirmation of employment from a fitness center.
Sample calculation:
  • SAFS Supervisor course: 56 hours
  • star Education (Work Out Trainer): 31 hours
  • SAFS Nutrition Coach: 32 hours
  • On the job experience (2 years): 60 hours
  • Total allowable hours: 179

In addition, the following documents and evidence must be provided:

Self-employed personal trainer:
  • Proof of two year’s professional experience (work load at least 50%) as a personal trainer or fitness trainer
  • CV with photo  Business card
  • If possible, a website
  • Personal trainer – client contract
  • Terms and conditions
  • Medical history form
  • Liability insurance covering between three and five million Swiss francs
  • Registration for Old Age/Invalidity Insurance
  • Current BLS-AED (basic life support) certification, not older than two years
Employed personal trainer:
  • Proof of two year’s professional experience (work load at least 50%) as a personal trainer or fitness trainer
  • CV with photo
  • Business card from the fitness center including the personal trainer’s name and specification as a personal trainer
  • The fitness center’s medical history form
  • The fitness center’s personal trainer – center – client contract
  • Current BLS-AED (basic life support) certification, not older than two years

IMPORTANT: all certification dossiers are to be sent by email to info@sptv.ch. Once the membership fee has been paid, the dossier will be examined and approved by the board.

Re-Certification:

In order to maintain membership it is necessary to attend at least 16 hours (two days) of continuing education in a job-relevant domain annually. The SPTV will contact the trainers in written form four weeks before the membership runs out, and proof is to be sent in before the expiration date.