Physical Training Instructor
Job description: Instruct classes, conduct fitness tests, provide fitness and health counselling, and organise sporting activities.
Pay after one year: £26,400
Joining age: 17.5 – 29
Usual service: 9 years
Open to: men or women
Similar civilian jobs:
- Sports coach
- Sports facilities manager
- Sports administrator
- Fitness instructor
- Parachute instructor
- PE teacher
Qualifications you need: 2 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 in English language and maths. Approved standard of fitness in several sports assessed by formal interview and test. Candidates must be able to swim.
Qualifications you can gain: BSc in physical activity and health and exercise.
Nationality: Citizen of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or a Commonwealth citizen since birth
Fitness and sport are essential to life in the RAF. Physical Training Instructors are part of a team providing physical fitness and training programmes for all RAF staff. You’ll also manage a wide range of sports facilities and administer sporting and adventurous activities, both on and off base. As well as instructing classes in physical education, you’ll conduct fitness tests, provide fitness and health counselling, and organise sporting activities. We’re looking for fit, active people that can motivate others to be the same way.
As a Physical Training Instructor, your primary role will be to teach and promote physical fitness and health programmes – all RAF personnel are required to be fit so that they can perform their tasks effectively, whether they’re in the UK or overseas.
In the basic PTI role you could teach physical education classes and help manage RAF sports facilities. However, after further training, your role could be to work in any of the three specialist areas - either as a Exercise Remedial Instructor, using exercise to aid recovery for injured or sick personnel, as an Adventurous Training Instructor in mountaineering, climbing and canoeing, or you may be required to become a Parachute Jumping Instructor, as the RAF provides parachute training for all the UK’s airborne troops, including Special Forces.
You’ll initially join the RAF for a period of nine years with the rank of acting Corporal. After a year, providing you pass further training courses, you’ll be confirmed in the rank of Corporal. Further promotion to the rank of Sergeant and beyond is by competitive selection.
The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a job in the physical recreation and leisure industry.
Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
The next step is a Specialist training course of about 29 weeks at the School of Physical Training, Royal Air Force Cosford near Wolverhampton. The course is designed to qualify you in class instructional techniques, the effects of exercise on the body, leadership, coaching techniques, sports administration and officiating. At the end of this course you’ll have earned the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.
On promotion to Corporal you will be encouraged to specialise – as a parachute jumping instructor, adventurous training instructor or remedial instructor.
Your first tour
For your first tour you’ll probably be posted to an RAF base where you’ll help with the implementation of physical fitness and recreation programmes. You’ll carry out physical fitness tests, counsel RAF personnel on health and fitness and teach a variety of classes.
As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. There are opportunities to study for a BSc in Physical Activity and Health and Exercise, as well as to undertake management and leadership training.