Must be certified
Your candidate must be a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). There are a great deal of companies who employ “fitness specialists” or “fitness consultants”. This is a sneaky way of not having to say “Certified Personal Trainer” and these trainers have not gone through a rigorous certification process by a nationally accredited organization in order to maintain the CPT title. A degree in a fitness related field (Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, etc.) is ALWAYS a plus as well.
Initial Assessment Offered
Make sure you are able to meet with a health and fitness professional before you seal the deal. During this meeting, he or she should be very interested in your goals, wants and needs. Be honest and say what you are looking for in a trainer.
Does the trainer you are interested in have previous training experience? Because people are unique, It is great to find a trainer who has observed a diverse clientele. If you have or have had a musculoskeletal injury or chronic pain, this may be especially important for you to look into.
Do you prefer a female or a male personal trainer? Will you feel comfortable working closely with a member of the opposite sex? This is personal preference sort of thing but is definitely something to think about.
Scheduling is very important. You will want to make sure you and your trainer have similar availability in your schedules.
Now you know! Go forth and exercise!