I have been training and working out for about four years now. I have worked closely with a trainer who has trained me in the sport of boxing. I have motivated about six people to begin work out regimens and establish healthy eating habits. I love sharing information that I have with others and have now decided to make this a career. I am working towards getting my Wellness and Fitness Coach certification and want to obtain a Personal Trainer Certification this year. How can I generate revenue with new clients without having obtained my certification? Do I need to have one to have paying clients?
I can only echo what the others have said. It is certainly possible to have the same, if not more knowledge than somebody who already has a certification. It alone does not make a good trainer. But it shows that you are serious about what you are doing and are willing to have your knowledge tested.
No, you do not need a certification to have paying clients. But you will need a certification to obtain liability insurance. It would also be a good idea to set yourself up as a business unless you are employed at a club. The likelihood of that is slim because clubs also require a certification, if not a college degree in a fitness related field.