I did my certificates through a TAFE and was pretty disappointed with the quality of the course and shocked at who they let pass. However, after seeing the quality of trainers at the average gym, I was not so shocked. My TAFE was recommending we register with kinect, but after some investigation into FA, I reckon they are both pretty mickey mouse organisations, but that is not much different from the rest of the world. You may have seen the episode of SBS's Insight last year, it gives a pretty good picture of the industry.http://news.sbs.com.au/insight/episode/index/id/212#transcript
Best of luck with your job seeking. I've gotten to the final stages for a few jobs but always manage to just miss out. I like the 2 years experience prerequisite that so many gyms have. It seems the only way a new trainer can get experience is by throwing themselves straight into the deep end and training people on their own or pay thousands of dollars to fitness first and hope to get clients. The industry is doing nothing for new trainers except taking their money with registration, insurance fees and over-priced short courses. Their biggest concern seems to be about not having to pay bigger royalty fees
for using pop music in their group exercise classes.
I'm sorry if I come across as bitter, but that's because I am
However, I am optimistic about my prospects for next year as I will be studying exercise science. Good luck to you for next year.
Good luck with your training too.
"When you are born, you are set forth to die. The fact that you live or don't live between these two dates depends solely upon your own will, opportunities and desires. The weight exerciser, of course, indicates that he chooses to live." Joseph Curtis Hise