Fitness Instructor Courses

fitness instructor coursesIt has been said that if you can turn a hobby or passion into a career – you will never work a day in your life. With an increasing amount of Irish people becoming health conscious and more fitness focused, there is also a growing percentage of sports enthusiasts looking to leisure, sports and fitness as a potential career path.

This sector of our economy offers a very wide range of career opportunities. Employers include leisure companies, tour operators, local authorities, gyms and leisure centres, health and fitness clubs, hotels and sports clubs among others.

Apart from the level of fitness and qualification required; you also have to have an ability to communicate well with people along with a helpful attitude. Organisational and teamwork skills are often required and sometimes good business skills. One thing is certain – despite the growing number of fitness instructors in Ireland, those who are successful, are those who have established a credible name for themselves through determination and hard work.

Generally, there is a wide variety of courses that can help prepare for entry to this career area on a number of different levels: from Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses in Health and Fitness to Industry certified courses/qualifications. Students can also progress to Level 8 Honours Degree programmes in areas such as Sports Science.

Many jobs in this sector offer the opportunity for promotion to supervisory or managerial levels. There are plenty of opportunities to work abroad and in many cases it is possible to become self-employed as a Fitness Instructor or a Personal Trainer.
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Course Providers:

Image Fitness Training runs courses that qualify participants as a NEFPC (National Elite Fitness Professional Certificate) Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer & Group Instructor. This qualification will help you build a career, not just a certification. Throughout this course, you will learn to conduct screenings of new members/clients and assess their fitness via a variety of methods. You will learn how to teach correct techniques in all aspects of fitness and utilise an array of exercise equipment to achieve results. This NEFPC Certificate is a qualification that will enable you to enter the fitness industry. You’ll learn all you need to know to be effective as a fitness consultant and you’ll also get the technical skills you need to become a successful Personal Trainer.

Litton Lane Training has been running courses in Ireland since 1987. Their courses run throughout the country. They specialise in Fitness Instructor programmes and also offer training courses to qualify participants as Personal Trainers or Pilate Instructors.

The National Training Centre offers an interesting course on Neuromuscular Physical Therapy which qualifies participants in treatment of soft tissue trauma and sports therapy. They also run a range of other courses on exercise and health studies, suspension training, pilates, pre and post natal exercise, kettlebells and more!

Motions Health & Fitness Training runs courses for people who wish to train as Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers. Their Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness is accredited by University of Limerick.  They run both full and part-time courses.
Their courses are open to anybody who wants to attain a professional qualification in fitness instruction and personal training. Graduates are qualified to teach classes in circuit training, resistance & weights, body conditioning, step, flexibility and exercise to music. They are trained to carry out fitness assessments and design fitness programmes for a variety of people with different fitness objectives.

Based in Dublin, the Elite Fitness and Performance Academy offers a whole range of routes for you to start your fitness career: personal trainer training, gym instructor courses, as well as continued professional development courses like Kettlebells and Suspension Training.

If you wish to gain a Higher Education award in the Health & Leisure business; there are many on offer via the CAO system. The Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure in Tralee IT, is both well established and extremely credible amongst relevant professionals and professional bodies. The programme consists of an equal mixture of applied, active, often externally-certified leadership training programmes, and the theoretical foundations underpinning each subject area. Specialist streams are each supplemented with a one-year add-on Level 8 programme. Graduates will have a variety of qualifications and certifications and may be eligible for professional registration in certain disciplines. Graduates are typically qualified to work as gym instructors, activity co-ordinators, personal trainers, sports development officers, PE teachers (requires additional qualification), youth development officers, leisure facility managers, adapted physical activity specialists, health promotion officers, but are not limited to these roles.

If you wish to pursue a Further education/PLC course, there are a number of courses on offer throughout the country. An example of such courses is the Sport and Recreation Studies Level 5 and Sports Development Level 6 courses which are run by St Louis Community School in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. Like other similar FETAC courses, subjects taught include: Nutrition, Circuit Training, Sport and Recreation Studies, Resistance Training, Physiology & Anatomy, Body Conditioning and Sculpting, Exercise and Fitness, First Aid, Health and Safety, Work Experience, Communications and information Technology. Graduates of these PLC courses can go on to pursue careers in: Aerobic and Gym Instruction, Sports Development Officers, Sport Retail Sales and Freelance Fitness Instructors.

If you are considering pursuing a course that qualifies you as a Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer; it is recommended to discuss this area with somebody already established and qualified in this sector and then visit any of the course providers.

If you are committed to working out, eating right, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is possible that you could turn your passion into a reputable income-generating profession!

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Management Training Courses

management trainingToday’s corporate world requires a manager to do more than might have been necessary in the past. Employers look for a reflective and inspirational motivator; a leader who will inspire others to achieve shared company goals. In a rapidly changing economy, managers are also expected to think outside the box. Modern managers are expected to have the ability to think creatively on top of having the necessary analytical skills and decision making skills. Contemporary courses therefore try to develop and promote soft skills like team-work and social ability along with the necessary hard core management skills. A good manager must be excellent at managing people as well as activities.

Whether managing a large company or your own business, essential management skills can be learnt, refreshed, or up-dated; thanks to a number of different colleges and course providers. You can even choose to participate in a one-day training course in a particular area you feel you need guidance or information on.

The College of Management and IT (CMIT) offer a QQI accredited distance learning course that equips Managers (and those new to Management) with comprehensive skills to improve their organisational and people management abilities.
Students will learn how to:
• Organise company structures/teams
• Complete internal and external organisation reviews
• Effectively lead and manage staff
• Manage their time more effectively
• Learn how to be more organised as Managers.
The course is designed for those working in Large Companies, SMEs or the Public Sector.

The Communications and Management Institute (CMI) run an advanced Diploma in Management. They focus on effective management for the individual participating in the course according to their style.

Griffin College offer a number of specific occupational training courses which focus on topical and relevant issues in the work place. An example of one of these courses is ‘Conflict Handling and Resolution Skills’. This course recognises that if an organisation is to thrive, it must be able to handle conflict. Upon completion of the course, participants should understand the stages of conflict and gain knowledge and the skills necessary to put resolutions into place. They also offer courses relating to interviewing, managing stress and developing and sustaining vision, amongst others.

The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. It is a one year part-time programme that analyses public management issues. This programme is suitable for anybody working in the public sector. This course is accredited by the National University of Ireland.

The Institute of Technology in Carlow offer a Bachelor of Business (honours) in management. This is a full-time four year course providing an academic qualification for those interested in a career in business and management. Its general nature provides students with a broad skill-base that will ensure that the graduate has a wide range of potential job opportunities.

There is no shortage of courses if this is the area you wish to specialise in. It is important to remember that most career areas require a certain level of management ability, whether it is self-management or managing others. Undertaking a management course also serves to improve your general employability or productivity.

Good management is essential to any successful organisation. A good leader achieves a hard working, productive and effective workforce that punches above its weight in its performance. A reflective and creative manager is a skilful administrator who is constantly looking for ways to not just improve productivity from staff, but one who seeks to acquire new knowledge, so that decisions made are informed ones, and issues are handled with credibility. Therefore, whatever management course you choose to participate in, try to ensure that the course content and philosophy reflects changing trends and will set you on the road to effective and productive leadership.

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Giving the Gift of Learning

courses as christmas giftsSome people dread the ‘C’ word but no matter where you hide or how hard you resist; Christmas is fast approaching. Many of us are left wondering: what do you buy somebody who just about has everything and lets face it; most of us have seen enough gift basket sets to last us a life time. There are many of us who want to buy gifts with purpose.

A novel idea for a gift is to buy somebody a course in an area they have expressed an interest in. With the large numbers of people signing up to part-time courses and distance learning courses; it is apparent how popular part time study has become – often not just for personal or leisure reasons but to increase employability or help initiate a change of direction in career.

Some popular part-time and distance learning courses in Ireland include areas related to Sports & Fitness programmes, Train the Trainer courses, Floristry, Style & Image courses, and Languages.

If you or somebody on your gift list is interested in any of these areas, a good starting point might be to contact a reputable course provider and enquire about gift vouchers or specials they may be running this time of year.

Litton Lane Training run a part-time/evening Fitness Instructor Course. This course allows you to become a fully qualified and recognised ITEC Fitness Instructor. On completion of this course, the participant is highly trained and ready for a career as a Fitness Instructor. Litton Lane Training are based in Dublin, for other locations view our fitness training courses page.

A Train the Trainer course is an ideal course to equip learners with excellent transferrable skills that graduates can bring to many employers. Griffin College devised this course in response to a consistent demand for trainer courses along with a realisation that employers like to have staff on board who can train new staff and up-skill existing staff. This course provides skills to develop training programmes that are both effective and productive.

The International Career Institute run a Floristry course via Distance Learning. This course assists learners in using their creativity to brighten people’s lives with flowers. For more distance learning courses view the following link – Distance Learning Courses Ireland

An ideal gift for the loved one in your life may well be the part-time Fashion Stylist and Personal Shopper course from Colour and Image Academy. This academy has locations in Cork and Limerick and provides inspiring and comprehensive training that is designed to equip learners with all the relevant skills to become successful in this glamorous industry. On completion, their comprehensive courses give a qualification in the following areas: colour consultations, styling according to shape, make-up application & make-overs, seasonal fashion advice, bridal service, men’s image, and personal shopping.

Language courses are on offer from Sandford Languages Institute in Dublin City. They run evening courses in Dublin City in a wide variety of languages and their Spring term will be starting in early 2017. Personalised gift vouchers are available from the college for some or all of the course fee. Other language courses can be viewed on our languages course page.

CMI College in Dublin have a wide range of courses starting next Spring in subject areas such as; Business, Management, Child Psychology, Environmental, Criminal Psychology, Journalism, Marketing, Health & Safety and more.. Spring deadline is 15th January for application and a pre-Christmas discount is currently being offered.

Course providers throughout the country are more than happy to discuss a tailored gift for you while keeping in mind the interests of the recipient and the budget you have to spend on such a gift. There are courses that range in price from 100 euros to 1000s of euros and they can range in duration from 1 day to a few weeks to a distance learning course that can be completed at the participants own pace.

The gift of education can be life changing and has the potential to greatly improve somebody’s present and future life. It will certainly have more longevity than a bottle of bath salts!

Dealing with Exam Stress

exam stressEveryone gets stressed around exam time but it’s important not to let it get out of hand. A small amount of stress can be helpful in terms of motivating us to study but too much stress can stop us from performing our best. Stress symptoms include sleeplessness, poor appetite, headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness and increased irritability.

There are many ways to cope with stress:

If you recognise that you are suffering from stress it can really help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. A chat with someone who will understand the pressure you are under, like a parent, sibling or teacher, can help put things into perspective.

Try not to compare study habits with your friends. Everyone revises in a different way and it’s best to simply focus on the way that best suits you and forget about what everyone else is doing.

Making a study timetable can be a great way of making study time more productive. Instead of being faced with an overwhelming amount of work to revise, not knowing where to start, setting out clear and manageable tasks will make studying feel less daunting.

Try to eat healthily. A well fuelled brain and body will help you to study and perform better during exam time. It’s important to eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and to eat three meals a day. Have a healthy breakfast that will set you up for the day. Swap sugary cereal for a bowl of porridge for longer lasting energy.

A good sleep routine is essential when studying. Your brain cannot function at its best when it is sleep deprived. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Don’t bring your revision books to bed, give your brain a chance to switch off and get your eight hours of well deserved rest.

Exercise is a great way of coping with stress. A simple walk in the park or a run around the block will help to clear the mind and boost your energy levels. Relaxing exercises such as yoga will have the added benefit of helping you to unwind and sleep.

Simple breathing techniques can help to relax a stressed mind. Taking time out to sit and breathe in and out through the nose counting to seven each way and holding for 5 after each inhalation and exhalation, can help to calm the nervous system.

When the exam is over, steer clear of any exam ‘post-mortems’. Once an exam is done, it’s best to try and forget about it and move on.

Ultimately it is important to remember not to lose sight of life after the exams. It may feel like the end of the world if an exam doesn’t go well but there are always other routes to get you where you want to go if things don’t go to plan.

Author: Fiona McBennett

What is Erasmus Plus?

Erasmus plusErasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Erasmus+ is funded by the European Union through the contributions of member states, including Ireland. Funding of almost €170 million has been allocated to Ireland for the duration of the programme.

Erasmus+ funding is available to all sectors (or fields) of formal, informal and non-formal education. Structurally, Erasmus+ is divided into three ‘Key Actions’ describing the kind of project activities possible.

What are the programme objectives?

Erasmus+ aims to modernise and improve the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe, and to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices. These objectives are closely tied with the Europe 2020 strategy of achieving a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020 for all of Europe’s citizens. Fundamental goals for Erasmus+ include improving key competences and skills, and fostering partnerships between education and employment. The programme also seeks to promote European values as stated in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union: respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Who can participate?

Erasmus+ is open to private or public organisations active in the fields of adult education, higher education, school education, sport, vocational education and training, and youth and community work, in any participating country. While the programme enables individuals to travel, work, volunteer and study abroad, project applications from individuals themselves are not accepted. However, individuals may apply to attend Transnational Cooperation Activities with the support of their organisations.

Management and Structure

Management of the programme is divided between the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DGEAC) of the European Commission, and National Agencies in the participating countries. Léargas ( is the Irish National Agency for Erasmus+ in the adult education, school education, vocational education and training, and youth fields. For third level higher level education Erasmus+ is dealt with by the HEA (Higher Education Authority) (

CPD with NUI Galway

cpd courses in GalwayThe Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway offers a wide range Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. These courses are modules that are taken on a separate, standalone basis. Many of these courses are commencing in January 2017.

These modules are industry focused and provide an ideal opportunity to up-skill in a profession and add to a CPD portfolio.

Modules are offered in a wide range of subjects such as those shown below..
Community Education

  • SP184: Understanding Conflict
  • SP147: Youth and Society
  • SP139: Community Health

Early Childhood Studies

  • Effective Leadership for the Childcare Sector
  • Promoting Inclusion in Early Years Care and Education
  • The Child and Family in Irish Law
  • Promoting Inclusion in Early Years Care and Education
  • Psychology – The Developing Child 1
  • Management Skills for Childcare Environments
  • Implementing the Early Years Curriculum
  • Management Skills for Childcare Environment
  • Management Skills for Childcare Environments
  • Implementing the Early Years Curriculum
  • Creative Development in Early Childhood

IT Online

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Object Oriented Design
  • Graphics Programming


  • MK5106: Digital Marketing Strategy and Management
  • MK5104: Marketing Analytics

Social Care

  • SC4222: Social Care Management and Leadership in Social Care Settings

Technology Management (Level 9)

  • Managing Technology Projects
  • Technology, Finance & Capital
  • Improving Business Processes
  • Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • People Management for Technology Organisations
  • Six Sigma

Training and Education

  • Management of Training & Education
  • Understanding Communities
  • Management of Innovation
  • Project Planning, Management & Evaluation
  • Negotiations & Negotiation Skills
  • Course Delivery
  • Problem Management & Creativity

Science & Technology – Diploma Cycle (Level 7)

  • Maths 1
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Physics 2
  • Biology & Biotechnology 1
  • Biology & Biotechnology 2
  • Intro to Environmental Science
  • Science, Technology & Innovation
  • Database Applications
  • Intro to Management Science
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Design of Engineering Systems
  • CAD Modelling

Science & Technology – Diploma Cycle (Level 7)

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Quality Science & Six Sigma
  • Enterprise Modelling & Simulation
  • Biocompatibility & Device Design
  • Medical Device Science
  • Project Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Research Methodology
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Benefits of ITEC Qualification

itec certificationITEC is one of the world’s leading awarding bodies specialising in the fields of Sport and Fitness, Beauty, Complementary Therapy, Hairdressing and Customer Service. Founded in 1947, with its headquarters in London and offices in Asia and South Africa, ITEC also has representation in Ireland and the U.S. It is partnered with 655 colleges across the world and ITEC’s international specialist examination board provides high quality qualifications that are recognised worldwide.

In Ireland, ITEC is regulated by OfQual and all ITEC qualifications are in line with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the National Qualifications Framework Ireland (NQAI). To make sure that the trainings are of high standard, ITEC has an independent panel of experts who review all policies, procedures and processes every three months. There is also a Senior Management team who meet monthly with beauty and hair experts whose expertise and experience helps to continually refine and improve courses. All of this means that a qualification from ITEC is certain to enhance a student’s CV and improve employability.

There are many ITEC qualifications on offer around the country:

Litton Lane Training have courses based in Dublin, Meath and Cork and run an ITEC level 3 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity. This course is run on a part-time basis and is held over a course of evenings and weekends.

Portobello Institute offers an ITEC Nutrition Advisor course, an ITEC Beauty Specialist Certificate course, an ITEC Holistic Massage course and an ITEC Manicure and Pedicure Certificate to name but a few. All these courses are run on a part-time, evening basis with locations in Dublin, Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Meath, Sligo, Waterford, Westmeath, Wicklow and Wexford.

Haven Beauty Training in Westmeath is offering ITEC courses such as a Diploma in Holistic Massage, a Beauty Specialist Diploma, and a Diploma in Nail Technology; all run on an evening, part-time basis.

In Cork City, the College of Oriental Medicine runs an ITEC course in Anatomy and Physiology. It is a four day intensive course from 9am to 5pm.

In Dublin, Motions Health and Fitness Training offers an ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy over an eight month period on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm.

The Institute of Massage and Sports Therapy offers an ITEC Diploma in Diet and Nutrition in Galway, Limerick and Wexford. It takes place on alternate Saturdays between 10am and 4pm and applicants must have a recognised qualification in a complementary therapy if they wish to use the qualification professionally. If the course is for personal use then no prior knowledge or learning is needed.

So whether you want to learn a new specialist skill or update your CV, there is a range of ITEC qualifications available to suit anyone interested in working in the Health and Fitness and related sectors. With employment opportunities sparse these days, it’s all about making your CV stand out. An ITEC qualification can give you that extra feature that will be sure to catch an employer’s attention. As these qualifications are internationally recognised; completing an ITEC training course could also be the perfect passport for working abroad. Opportunities are plentiful when you are well qualified so be sure to check out an ITEC course near you.

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Education NewsTaster Days – What Are The Benefits?
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It can be very beneficial to gain some experience either working or studying in a field related to a chosen career path or course of study. This has been made easier with the growth in popularity of ‘Taster Days’.What is a Taster Day?Taster Days are events held by colleges, whereby the student gains hands-on knowledge and experience of a particular course or area of study. The students are usually shown the facilities, the type of course material they will be studying and sometimes the work of professionals who have qualified in that area of study..

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The National Training Centre (NTC) offers professional industry based qualifications in the areas of Fitness Instructor Training, Personal Training, Pilates Instructor Training, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy and a range of other health fitness related courses. NTC provides students with the opportunity to study part time for a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and a Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy. There are a wide range of courses to choose from and all courses are offered part time in various locations.

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ICM Certificate in Freedom of Information for Decision Makers

ICM Certificate in Freedom of Information for Decision Makers, 23rd November – Dublin

Freedom of Information (FOI) is now an established and fully accepted feature of all Government departments and offices and many public or publicly-funded bodies in Ireland (now known as “FOI bodies”). The Freedom of Information Act 2014 establishes the following statutory rights for the public: – The right to be granted access to records held by FOI bodies, subject to exemptions and exclusions set out in the Act…

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Manual and Computerised Payroll Award

Manual and Computerised Payroll Award, Nationwide Locations – 7th November

Provides participants with the knowledge and skills in understanding the concepts of manual payroll and implementing a computerised payroll system. A manual assessment will be undertaken as a project/case study which can be completed at home and must be submitted at the end of the course. Graduates will be awarded QQI Certificate Level 5, component module 5N1546

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From Arabic to Vietnamese, our languages category page offers a wide range of courses from languages for beginners to more advanced course options for improvers. Check out our Languages Course Listings for more information and our Languages Articles for language learning tips and information.
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CPD or, Continuous Professional Development, refers to lifelong learning or continuing education. It is the means by which people advance their skills and knowledge related to their professions. In today’s competitive and rapidly changing world, taking part in a CPD course can be essential to ensure continued employment and career advancement.

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College Open Days
Open days can be a great way of evaluating a college and getting a flavour of what you can expect in term of facilities, location and class tutors. See a selection of upcoming open days and open evenings on

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Benefits of Learning a Language

language coursesReports in recent years have shown that there is a shortage of language skills in Ireland and that this could be holding Ireland back in terms of competing internationally. Ireland and Scotland are the only 2 countries in the European Union, where it is not obligatory to learn a foreign language in school and Ireland also has the highest percentage of citizens in the EU (66%) that do not speak languages other than first language.

One such report from the royal Irish Academy said that there is an urgent need to implement a policy on languages in education and that a clear strategy for language education needs to be in place from primary school on. It called for funding and resources to be provided urgently and said that it is highly important that foreign language be a priority subject in third level education.

With this current lack of language skills, graduates who have studied a foreign language are in a strong position in the labour market. A second European language has been shown to increase long-term job opportunities and graduates who have a language combined with another skill, like marketing or sales, are even more employable as the employment market continues to become more global. Many companies communicate with clients internationally and so the ability to speak another language can be an advantage in many fields.

Areas where language skills are asset are tourism, sales, marketing, conference management or customer relations as well as teaching positions, interpreting or translating. Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is an increasingly popular job and a great way to travel as many TEFL companies are looking for eager graduates to teach English abroad.

Sandford Languages Institute in Dublin offers courses in over 30 different languages including Arabic, Bulgarian, Spanish, Chinese and many more. The Institute runs these courses on a part-time evening bases and also provides in-company courses and private tuitions. The evening courses are typically 12 to 14 weeks long and cover all levels from beginner to level 2, including intensive introduction courses and advanced refresher courses. All the tutors are native speakers and fully qualified teachers. Check out for more details.

Malahide community school offers part-time evening courses in languages such as French, Italian, Spanish and German. The courses are 10 weeks in length and are aimed at beginners. For more information go to .

NUI Galway offers part-time evening diplomas in French, Italian and Spanish. Each of the courses are aimed at complete beginners and introduce the basic elements of the languages and run for 2 years, with a class once a week. There is also a distance learning course available; a Diploma in Italian, which is the first course of its kind to be developed by an Irish University. This course allows the student to be involved in the latest skills in e-learning and while having the flexibility of studying a language in their own time. The course, unlike other distance learning programmes, is based on a communicative, collaborative approach and students are encouraged to participate in online classes with their peers and tutor. For more information on any of the courses offered by NUI Galway go to

Besides the obvious career benefits of learning a foreign language, having the ability to speak anther language can also be a great help when you are on holidays abroad. Rather than relying on dodgy sign language to communicate, just think how great it would be to be able to converse freely with locals with confidence! Whether you want to be able to deal with business professionals in French, teach English to students in Spain or order a glass of wine in Italy, there are courses out there for everyone and they are well worth checking out.

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Fiona McBennett

Taster Days – What Are The Benefits?

taster daysIt can be very beneficial to gain some experience either working or studying in a field related to a chosen career path or course of study. This has been made easier with the growth in popularity of ‘Taster Days’.

What is a Taster Day?

Taster Days are events held by colleges, whereby the student gains hands-on knowledge and experience of a particular course or area of study. The students are usually shown the facilities, the type of course material they will be studying and sometimes the work of professionals who have qualified in that area of study. These events can run from one day to several, with longer events usually giving a more comprehensive flavour of the course and career prospects.

How do I find one?

Not all colleges run taster days, but many do and the best way of finding out is simply to give a call to the college you are interested in studying with and ask them if they have any scheduled. It is best to do this well in advance of the course start date as many colleges run these many months before the course begins.


Some upcoming taster days and events are listed below..

Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Taster Day

Running on 2nd November this day showcases a range of courses including the following;

  • Photography
  • English, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Creative Media technologies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Creative Computing
  • Entrepreneurship and Management

If you have any queries in relation to the Taster Days, please email or telephone Ruth Wilkinson on (01) 239 4400. More information on IADT Webpage

Physics Transition Week – University College Dublin

Running for 5 days from December 5th to December 9th 2016. Highlights the work of researchers, academics and clinical professionals in this field. For more info, contact Bairbre Fox on 01 7162210 or email

Construction Day – Limerick Institute of Technology

LIT is running a one day construction event on 13th December. More info can be obtained from Pat Gill on 061 293000 or

Science Workshop Week – University College Dublin

This event consists of a number of workshops in fields such as; Plant Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Astronomy & Space Science, Maths & Statistics and UCD BatLab Workshop. This takes place on 20th February 2017. For more info, contact Bairbre Fox on 01 7162210 or email

Engineers Week

This is a week long schedule of events taking place from the 4th to the 10th of March 2017 in venues throughout the country. For more information on these events, visit

There are also a wide range of open days taking place, to view some upcoming open days, visit




A Career in Health and Fitness

career in health and fitnessIn years gone by, the closest many people would get to health and fitness courses would be physical education hours at school. However, times have changed and today there are lots of opportunities for professionals in the health and fitness industry. With the increase in legislation that governs the industry, it has become necessary to have well educated employees. This coupled with the health & fitness requirements of fitness seekers are the reasons why courses in this area have become much more popular.

In terms of course types, there are several bachelor degrees and also higher certificates and diplomas. The majority of degree courses last four years, with certificate or diploma courses lasting one or two years. They will all end with a final examination, as well as several practical case studies designed to assess your ability to apply the skills that you have been taught.

Health and Fitness Ireland

Health and fitness courses generally have an introduction to exercise, the influence it has on the body, modern health problems and solutions, health promotion and the practice of behaviour change. Some focus on physiology, whilst others focus on the running and management of a health facility or coming up with lifestyle plans for individuals who need a health overhaul. Therefore, the course you choose largely depends on the career you envisage for yourself at the end of your studies.

In terms of career development, health and fitness courses can open up a range of opportunities for you. You could work in a health centre, go on to qualify as a fitness instructor, enter management of a health and fitness centre, become a physiotherapist or massage therapist, become a health consultant… the list goes on.

The courses at the institutions listed below can provide you with a great start to your research.

1. Motions Fitness was established in 1984 and today it runs three main courses. The courses on offer are: Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (Accredited by University of Limerick), Diploma in Holistic Massage and Diploma in Sports Massage (Both accredited by ITEC). These professional qualifications are highly regarded in Ireland and abroad.

2. Institute of Massage and Sports TherapyIMST was established in 1998 by Rachel McCarthy, to provide a professional center of training for complementary and sports therapists. Courses are run in Limerick and Galway.

3. The National Training Centre offer a wide range of fitness training courses in Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Holistic Massage, Strength and Conditioning and Nutrition.

4. Portobello Institute runs a range of Health and Fitness courses in both Further Education and Part Time Learning sectors. Courses range from posture and pilates workshops to sports massage and personal trainer certification.

5. Image Fitnes Training provide training opportunities for fitness professionals who are interested in working as personal Trainers and Gym Instructors. They also offer ongoing workshops for upskilling.

6. Litton lane Training run a range of highly regarded ITEC accredited courses in Dublin, Cork and Galway. The courses are run on a regular basis.

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Fashion Styling Courses

fashion styling coursesIt is easy to forget how important individual design is. How we dress ourselves and present ourselves to the world is almost as important as how we talk and what we say. Love it or hate it, fashion is part of how we express ourselves. Now wanting to dress the part is one thing, but following the fashion industry and understanding ramifications of individual fashion choices is entirely another thing. This is where a fashion stylist comes in.

A fashion stylist is, first and foremost, interested in fashion. Knowing individual designers’ collections, reading fashion magazines, attending fashion shows, understanding how clothes are made and the affect and consequences of different fabrics and colours are all components of a fashion stylist’s job.

On top of knowing about fashion, stylists apply their knowledge. When putting together a look, fashion stylists consider a number of factors, including colour and knowing what clothes will flatter particular personalities and body type, and all the time hiding flaws and enhancing strengths. Everyone wants to stand out in the crowd and so originality and creativity is incredibly important in this competitive job.

With the glamour and image industries booming, there are many opportunities for stylists in a wide range of areas. Some stylists concentrate on image consultation or personal shopping, others work predominantly in film and television styling actors, or photography styling models for photo shoots for catalogues, magazines, newspapers, or websites. They may also work with designers or public relations experts to celebrity and red carpet event styling.

Like many creative jobs, it can take some time to earn a good living from the work. Many start out with unpaid internships assisting an already established fashion stylist to gain experience and meet people in the industry. Fashion styling is very competitive and certification will most definitely help open doors. A fashion styling course is an excellent introduction to the industry and offers a strong foundation and understanding of the industry, providing support and career focused assistance.

Many courses on offer are practical and examine the ways in which colour, make-up, skincare, and clothing styles combine to make or break a person’s look. In addition, how to style for different body shapes and taking in to consideration personality and lifestyle are all basic features of any course. Other courses offer a wider perspective focusing on current and historical trends, specific designers, and the global fashion industry calendar. Some courses also include a focus on styling as a career and discuss business strategies on how to build your career and business.

The Colour and Image Academy in Cork and Limerick offers training in image consultancy including fashion styling for men and women, colour consultancy, and make-up application. Courses can be taken as one-offs or with the intention of building a career in image consulting.

CMI College in Dublin offer courses in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, one of these is accredited by QQI at level 5.

Portobello Institute offer a range of courses in the area of fashion styling, including their Fashion Buying and Merchandising full time course and an advanced certificate in fashion design.

Bronwyn Conroy offers a 5 day fashion consultancy course which runs in many locations around the country.

Courses in Fashion styling offer an introduction to a creative and artistic career, so if you think this might be for you why not check out the Style and Fashion courses on offer on –

Travel and Tourism Courses

travel and tourism courses in IrelandEven during the global economic downturn, travel and tourism remained an industry with an extensive and diverse market to cater for. Here in Ireland, the tourism industry is about encouraging international tourists to come and spend their time and money sampling Irish products and services. It is also about making Ireland attractive to Irish holiday makers and encouraging ‘staycations’.

This is an industry that incorporates a number of different jobs, including: accommodation, leisure activities, food and drink providers, tourism service providers, events and conferencing facilities, tourist attractions and the transport and travel trade. The travel industry also specifically deals with the actual logistics of transporting clients/customers from one destination to another and the promotion of these services.

Areas of work in the travel industry include travel agencies/consultancies, tour operators, individual/group handling agencies and destination management companies (DMCs). Many general tourism roles could also be available to graduates of travel industry programmes.

Some examples of graduate jobs in the tourism and travel industry are:
•Travel consultant
•Tourism officer
•Reservations agent
•Tour guide
•Tourist Information Centre manager
•Tour operator
•Operations manager
•Cabin crew
•Heritage officer

Business support roles, such as HR, finance and IT, are also available in all areas of the tourism and travel industry.

The main employers include Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Outside of these bodies there are positions with tourism information centres, regional tourism bodies, local authorities, travel companies and tour operators, travel/transport authorities and providers, interpretive centres, heritage sites. There are also specialist tourism areas such as eco-tourism, sustainable tourism, food and drink tourism, agri-tourism and adventure tourism have also grown in recent times. With an increasing awareness of health issues and the importance of fitness – many people want to combine a holiday with out-door activities like kayaking or mountain climbing. Cruise line companies are also well worth considering as a potential employer as this is one of the few areas of this tourism/hospitality sector which has shown significant growth in recent years.
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To get a job in the tourism and travel sector you will typically need a third-level qualification or training, often to degree level.

Tralee IT offer an honours degree programme in Travel & Tourism Management. This course is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career opportunities in the Travel and Tourism Industry.
On completion of this programme you will have developed management skills in:
• Tour guiding
• Travel agency practice
• Communication and language
• Information Technology
• Business (marketing, human resources, management, enterprise development)
• Business Planning/Project Management
• Event management
• Research methods.
This is an opportunity to study a unique travel and tourism management programme in Kerry, Ireland’s premier tourism county. Students benefit from the wide range of tourism facilities and attractions in the area and the close links the college has with industry. GMIT also offer potential students a degree programme in Tourism studies.

There is also the option of attaining a QQI Level 5 qualification in Tourism and Travel. Portobello Institute run such a course, as does Moate Business College. With the internationally recognised certifications from Portobello Institute (including travel agent certifications) you could choose to establish a career anywhere in the world. You will study about tourism awareness, customer service, cultural studies, marketing practice, and tourism enterprise. This course, like others, include a work placement.

QQI courses (available throughout the country) are designed to provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge in preparation for travel related careers. The course in Moate like many other PLC/Further Education courses also covers Computer skills, Office and Business Administration. Graduates will receive certification in ECDL, QQI level 5 in Office & Business Administration and QQI level 5 in Tourism & Travel.
The course content consists of:
*  Tourism and Travel Services
*  Tourism Awareness
*  Customer Service
*  Tourism Enterprise
*  Reception
*  Heritage
*  Profile of Rural Tourism

Graduates of Further Education Tourism and Travel courses have found employment with:
*  Airlines-Cabin Crew or Ground Stewards
*  Tour Guide
*  Ferry Travel
*  Holiday Representative Abroad
*  Airline Reservation Sales
Holders of a QQI award at level 5 may apply for degree courses under the Higher Education Links or via the pilots Link Scheme (where specific courses accept certain QQI qualifications).

There are also specific skills in the travel and tourism industry that you can be certified in. The Galileo Reservations Certificate is one example. The International Career Institute run such a course. This certificate is often necessary if you are interested in working in a Travel Agency, with a Tour Operator or in an Airline Reservation Department. It would also be useful for those already working in the industry, who wish to obtain qualification through home study.

Regardless of whether you come into this industry sector via distance learning, further education or the CAO system, it is important to remember that this is a service industry, first and foremost, so you must have patience, flexibility and excellent interpersonal skills. Cultural sensitivity and awareness are critical, as tourism professionals deal with different countries and cultures.

The tourism industry will continue to change as both the global economy changes and various new destinations come on board as tourist destinations. An obvious trend is the increase in Internet service and increasing competitiveness. The Web has created new and different career options for those interested in travel/tourism careers. Individuals can work for travel web-sites and/or go on to write for travel and tourism publications on-line and in print.

Once, you are qualified in this sector, it is recommended, to continually up-skill, in order to climb that travel and tourism career ladder.

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IADT Open Days 24th to 26th November

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The Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin is a dynamic Institute which offers a wide array of courses that are both creative and innovative. This November there are a number of open days catering to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

24th November Postgraduate Open Evening – 4.30 to 7.30 pm

This event includes a range of workshops and talks about the wide range of postgraduate courses on offer at the Institute. More details about these workshops and a timetable of events can be viewed at the following link;

25th and 26th November Undergraduate Open Days

Friday 25th November | 2pm – 8pm
Saturday 26th November | 10am – 4pm

These open days include a wide range of workshops and events scheduled throughout the day on the IADT open day timetable page. To view more details of the timetable and the open days, view the following link;

What you can expect from Open Evening at IADT:

  • Walk about the campus and get a sense of the campus and facilities
  • Listen to talks about courses + how to apply
  • Find out how to prepare your portfolio
  • Talk to students and lecturers from IADT courses
  • See where students work and study by visiting labs + studios

More Details
Entrance to the campus is only via the Media Cube entrance (blue squared building). The entrance to the Atrium building, where information stands are located, is at the campus roundabout.

If you have any queries in relation to Open Days + Open Evening at IADT please email or call Ruth Wilkinson on (01) 239 4400.

Alternative Medicine

alternative medicine coursesOne of the principal goals of alternative medicine and natural healing is to break the cycle of dependency and allow people to be more in control of their own lives. A growing number of people are turning to alternative medicine and natural healing. Even mainstream doctors have begun to recommend natural drugless therapies’ to treat both everyday complaints and serious illnesses.

If one was to pick up tablets or a formula for indigestion or acid reflux, the basic ingredients often come from peppermint and ginger. Both natural ingredients, that can be taken, without the chemical formula attached. Dietary modifications, for instance, has become the weapons of choice against a number of diseases that would have been treated mainly with prescription drugs a generation ago. Heart disease, cancer, weight problems, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure – they can all be treated to some degree with foods. Natural therapies found in alternative medicine are actually much older than Western treatments such as surgeries and antibiotics. Experts estimate that herbal remedies and Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, has been around for 5,000 years.

Ayurvedic medicine is a very comprehensive system that places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit and uses a highly personalized approach to return an individual to a state where he or she is again in harmony with their environment. Ayurvedic medicine uses diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, massage, herbs, and medication and, despite its long lineage, is as applicable today as it was 5000 years ago. For example, the seeds of the Mucuna pruriens plant have long been used to treat Parkinson’s disease in India; it is now receiving attention in conventional circles.

Today, many people are attracted to the alternative physician’s emphasis on treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Most importantly some physicians, like homeopaths, use intensive counselling to help patients find out whether aspects of their daily lives, such as job stress, marital problems, diet or sleeping habits might be behind their symptoms. In this age of managed care and impersonal group practices, patients find this individualized approach of alternative medicine particularly appealing.

Even those who battle with something as debilitating as depression, are looking to exercise, diet and natural remedies to fight it. The results are not just impressive, but they highlight the inadequacies of conventional medication in the absence of any lifestyle change, especially when it comes to the well-being of the mind. Many celebrities have come out and spoke about how exercise helped them combat low moods and depression.

Even traditionalists, who saw their local GP as the equivalent to a medical God, are now turning to their local health food-store, for remedies. Some burn oils to alleviate stress, whilst others attend reiki/homeopathic practitioners to alleviate any upset in their lives. People are beginning to realise how important it is to keep well, and prevent illnesses from occurring in the first place. Prevention is better than the cure, is becoming a daily philosophy for many today in the western world.

Unfortunately, GPs are often prescription pushers, because the medical model that frames their practice resorts them to this. Within the alternative health world, there are any number of practitioners that we can turn to – depending on our need/ailment. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ model of practice unlike conventional medicine.

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There are now an endless amount of alternative health practitioners who provide many different services and alternative remedies. A few of the most popular include:

Reiki Therapy: It uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complementary and alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (reiki) in the form of ki through the palms that allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.

Osteopath: Most people associate osteopathy with bones but osteopaths look at the whole body including the bones, muscles, ligaments, fascia and internal organs. As they do this assessment, they use their well-trained eyes and hands to find the problem areas that are causing that individual their pain. By doing this, Osteopaths are looking for and treating the root of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms.

Acupuncture: is a major part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is used to treat a wide range of conditions including back pain, sciatica, muscular injuries, arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS), menstrual disorders, infertility, sinusitis, asthma, hay-fever, skin problems, smoking addiction, stress, fatigue, insomnia, and migraine.

Aromatherapy: is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.

Massage: relaxes the mind and body, increase circulation, treat injuries, and boosts the immune system. A variety of styles are available including Aromatherapy, Swedish, Reflexology, and Indian Head Massage.

Homeopathy: is a powerful yet gentle system of medicine that treats the person by stimulating the body’s own natural healing response. The aim of the treatment is to get to the root of the problem, rather than simply masking symptoms short term. Homeopathy can treat a wide range of illnesses such as infertility, period problems, menopause, pregnancy issues, migraines, skin complaints, allergies, hay-fever, IBS, depression, stress, anxiety, sleep problems. Homeopathy is suitable for everyone – babies, children, and adults.

Bio-Energy: alleviates a wide variety of conditions, physical, mental and emotional. This is a very powerful and effective healing therapy. It is a safe and non-invasive therapy which helps the body’s natural energy and capacity to heal unaided.

If you want to pursue a career in Alternative Health Care, a good option might be to start with a brief introductory course like the one on offer in GMIT: Complementary & Alternative Health Care (An Introduction). Every week a different approach to Complementary Health Care is covered. Some classes are delivered as lectures (Homeopathy &Nutrition); others are ‘hands on’ classes (Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, EFT & Qi Gong). This course is designed to give the participant an overview as well as a basic understanding of various forms of complementary and alternative therapies. At the end of the course participants will be able to apply some of the techniques at home or may decide to study one or more holistic therapies in more depth with a view to certification.

There are a number of QQI/ITEC accredited courses in Alternative Health Therapies including the one offered by Plunket College. On completion of the course, participants are awarded the ITEC Diploma in Complementary Therapies and a QQI Level 5 Record of Achievement. This course also includes a module in starting your own business.

Alternative medicine is not to simply take the place of mainstream medical practice. One should complement the other. No matter how much we fly the flag for alternative remedies; there are some diagnosed conditions that rely on the medical model and prescription drugs to normalise behaviour or to keep people alive and free of pain. Alternative and conventional medicines can in-fact work side by side.

There are numerous advantages to Alternative medicine. Whilst conventional medicine prefers patients to be passive, and accept their treatment without too many questions; alternative medicine, in contrast, prefers and indeed, in many cases, requires the patient to take a highly active part in both prevention and treatment. Practitioners of alternative medicine treat each patient as an individual and do what, in their opinion, is best, rather than what is specified in a “rule book”.

In an age where people are cutting back on Health Insurance, the demand for credible Alternative Health Practitioners will continue to grow!


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