“Assessing is the first step into teaching”: Meet Rick, Qualified L3 Assessor

Rick Johnson completed his personal training qualification in the UK and it was his fitness career that brought him to Dubai five years ago. Not only is he a freelance personal trainer, but having passed his Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement with Empiric, he is now also an assessor for Level 2 and 3 Personal Trainer practical assessments.

We talked to Rick about his motivation for becoming an assessor and what impact it’s had on his career…


Rick, what lead you to train to be an assessor?

I have always understood the importance of continuous education and regularly updating my skill set is something that is important to me. I have always liked the idea of teaching or tutoring, and becoming an assessor is the first step towards that goal. I really want to be able to help people develop their knowledge and skills, and set them on their journey in the fitness industry.


What impact has the assessor course had for you?

I had worked for years in jobs that didn’t make me happy, but since I did my initial personal training qualification, I haven’t looked back. It has given me great satisfaction doing something I love to do and also it has given me the opportunity to travel to Dubai and experience something completely new here. For me, assessing is the first step towards teaching and tutoring. Since qualifying, I’ve gained valuable experience as an assessor and I’m convinced that this is the right path for me.


Why did you choose to study with Empiric?

I knew of Cara Standley, Empiric’s MD, through the industry and she has a very good reputation. Having enrolled on the course with Empiric, I was very impressed. There was a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the get go and a high level of professionalism. The tutors always had time to answer questions and were happy to go the extra mile to make sure each student got all the support they needed.


So you’ll be following up with a teaching qualification?

Yes! I can’t recommend Empiric highly enough. My future courses will be with Empiric, I am already planning for my L3 Award in Education.


For anyone considering the L3 Award in Assessing course, in your opinion, what makes a great assessor?

You need to be a strong and effective communicator. Having the ability to encourage and motivate, having good interpersonal skills and strong organisational skills are all essential to assessing.


As the person who will be grading the assessments, what’s your top piece of advice for anyone about to take a personal training practical assessment?

As the Scouts say, “Be prepared!” If you have put the work in and you are well prepared, then you give yourself the best chance of success.


If you are interested in qualifying as an assessor or learning the key skills to evaluate and assess professionals on vocational courses, find out more about the Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement and check our course calendar for upcoming dates.