If its a recent client that you’ve seen in the past few months, I may design a program for them till they can meet with a new trainer. But I only do this for clients I’ve trained or have recently trained to tide them over till they find someone else.
In the case of someone who only wants a program design, I do the same as the others, I charge for 3 sessions. Once for an assessment, once to go over the program and review form and another for program design. I also make sure to follow up with the client to see how the program is working.
Hello John Watkis,
I agree with your idea to refer her to someone in her area, good idea.
I do not design a program for someone until I have met with them a few times to make sure everything is just right for them.
Therefore, I charge for the time I spend with them. The program design is above and beyond since it takes much time and care that I am not getting compensated for.
You have made a desirable decision for all involved.
Thanks for your feedback. As Michael predicted, there are a lot of different answers. The person requesting the program is someone who lives in a different country, so one-on-one sessions aren’t possible. It was an old colleague who wanted to see if I could do it before checking with local trainers.
Based on the responses so far, it seems as if referring her to someone in her area might be best for her.
I usually charge the equivalent of one session, but I also require the person to meet with me three times; once to asses and establish goals so I can write an appropriate program, once to show him or her the program, and a third time to make sure he or she is doing it correctly. So as Karin does I charge for 4 sessions.