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Which DBS check do I need? – Fitness trainer/ Fitness instructor

If you are planning to work as a fitness trainer or fitness instructor you will need to undergo a basic DBS check because your role will involve close contact with the public.

What is a basic DBS check for a fitness trainer?

DBS checks are statutory criminal record checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service who are a public body sponsored by the Home Office. These formal searches are necessary to ensure the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults, are safeguarded from those who are unsuitable for frontline work.

Therefore, if you decide to work on any projects or in any roles where children or vulnerable are involved, you should be prepared to be asked to undertake a further DBS check, called an enhanced DBS check.

Let’s explore both types of DBS checks in more detail.

The different types of DBS checks fitness instructors could be asked to take:

If you are not working with children or vulnerable adults, you should only be asked to take a DBS basic check. This low level CRB check will search for any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions.

If you never choose to work with children or vulnerable adults during your career as a fitness trainer, a basic DBS check for a fitness trainer will be sufficient.

However, if at any point you decide to get involved in any projects for children or vulnerable adults, take up a role in a school or college or want to deliver classes or training to children or vulnerable adults, you’ll need to take an enhanced DBS check.

The enhanced DBS check will include a search for spent convictions, reprimands, cautions, warnings and non-conviction information held by relevant police forces.

Anyone who works with children or vulnerable adults is subject to this level of check.

Both types of DBS check are the result of robust safeguarding measures for UK employment set out in the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. To find out more about the act and its requirements visit: unlock.org.uk

We support organisations and individuals to complete basic DBS checks online.

If you would like to complete your basic DBS check online with us today visit our home page now or call one of our friendly advisers on 0333 030 0446 to discuss your basic DBS in more detail.