Online Degree Courses

online degrees irelandDistance learning has become increasingly popular in recent years, however, the idea of distance learning is not all that new; there have been distance education programmes available in Ireland for over 25 years. These courses were print-based at the beginning, however, today it is easy to enrol in an online course, with the selection of subjects, colleges and courses, including degrees, greater than ever.

Doing a degree online is a convenient way for those with busy lives to study and work at the same time. The benefits of online classes, online tutor-student support and forums for discussion with classmates, provides a college experience without the commitment of having to attend a college every day for lectures.

There are many places to choose from when considering e-learning at degree level. Below are just some of the colleges in Ireland that offer degree courses online.

NUI Galway
NUI Galway offers online , blended and modular learning programmes. The same education is provided online as in a classroom setting and the programmes offered range from level 7 to level 9 in the NFQ. Degree programmes typically take 4 years to complete and are assessed through assignments, learning journals and online contributions and examinations. Courses on offer include a BA in Social Care, a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Practice and a BSc in Rural Development.
www.nuigalway.ie

Hibernia College
Ireland’s first wholly online provider of third level degrees, Hibernia College was established in 2000 and is best known for providing postgraduate primary school teacher training courses. It now trains more teachers than the all of the traditional teacher training colleges put together. Hibernia now offers a postgraduate course in second level education as well as degrees in computing and business.
www.hiberniacollege.com

Sligo IT
Sligo IT had more than 600 students register this year for online certificate and degree courses. The college has seen a 15% rise in their number of online students and this has brought their online student population up to nearly 1,300. The majority of courses are 2 year part-time and range from certificate to postgraduate level. Fees for a 2 year course vary from €4,000 for a level 6 certificate to €9,000 for a level 9 post graduate course.
www.itsligo.ie

Oscail
Dublin City University offers a selection of online degree programmes through Oscail, where students can interact with their tutors online once they have paid their fee and registered. DCU’s virtual learning environment provides students with the opportunity to ask questions through online forums and attend live online tutorials. Each student has a tutor to help them with their studies and there are face to face meet ups on campus also. A BA course with Oscail costs €9,000 and students over 23 with no previous qualifications can apply.
www.dcu.ie/oscail

UCD
UCD Online has been developed as a response to growing student demand as well as recent advances in online learning. Based on 150 years of experience in developing courses, UCD Online provides students with the same quality material and support as campus students but with a flexibility that allows students to work in a way that suits them. Students are assigned a personal tutor and many of the courses are taught through modules that are delivered on demand. Methods of assessment are specific to each module and each module is assessed separately. Courses on offer include a Bachelor of Business Studies.
www.ucd.ie

ULearning
Ulearning at the University of Limerick was established in 2008 and works to connect industry and academia by focusing on individual and corporate skill gaps. Degree courses such as Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management as well as a Masters in Software Engineering are on offer.
www.ulearning.ie

Author
: Fiona McBennett

Higher Education Links Scheme

Higher Education Links SchemeIn 2013, FETAC (now QQI) introduced a wide range of major awards with new features, many of which provide links to higher education through the CAO. These awards are part of a national awards system for further education and training known as the Common Awards System (CAS).

A major award reflects a significant amount of learning and creates an opportunity for progression to higher education. A new scoring system for CAO applicants to higher education was also introduced called the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS), which continues to develop and grow and incorporates the CAS awards with other QQI awards. It provides progression opportunities through the CAO for further education award holders at level 5 and 6 to the first year of higher education programmes.

The HEL scoring system applies to level 5 and 6 awards listed on higher education institutions’ websites. Application requirements are as follows:

  • Progression is on the basis of achieving a major award which provides 120 credits. Scoring is on the basis of credits and component awards or achievement of less than this will not suffice.
  • The applicant must make sure that their QQI registered centre applies to QQIfor a major award prior to application to the CAO
  • A major award may be achieved over more than one year, however applicants should check with individual institutions to confirm.
  • Some programmes in higher education require achievement of specified component awards or additional awards, such as a language, and applicants are advised to check with the CAO and the individual institutions.
  • Results are scored on the best achievement of component awards to a value of 120 credits.

Universities and IT’s both offer places on the scheme but universities only offer places from a reserved quota for QQI award holders. IT’s generally accept applications on the basis on any CAS or QQI (NCVA) award in open competition with Leaving Certificate applicants, however, some programmes, such as some Nursing Degrees, have reserve quotas for QQI applicants only.

Applicants are advised to check all progression opportunities and details of course entry requirements, including additional requirements with the CAO website www.cao.ie and with the Admission Office of individual institutes.

Author: Fiona McBennett

PCI College, 2017 Open Days

pci college open daysIf you are considering a career in counselling, or want an amazing personal development course to enrich your own life and understanding of others, then why not go along to one of the PCI College Open Days! You can find out more about the courses, and be entered into a draw to win a free place on the spring Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy, starting in February 2017.

The Open Days will be held in each of the course venues, and you can meet Lecturers, Admissions staff and Graduates to answer all your questions, from course content to timetables, qualifications, fees and teaching approach.

Open Days Venues & Dates

  • Saturday 21st January 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Dublin City Centre, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2
  • Saturday 21st January 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Cork, Cork Education Centre, Western Road, Cork
  • Saturday 21st January 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Dublin West, Corrig House, Old Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
  • Tuesday 24th January 2017 1.00pm – 7.00pm – PCI College Kilkenny, Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny
  • Thursday 26th January 2017 1.00pm – 7.00pm – PCI College Dublin City Centre, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2
  • Saturday 4th February 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Athlone, Athlone Education Centre, Moydrum Road, Athlone
  • Saturday 4th February 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Belfast, Inspire (NIAMH/Carecall) Central Office, Lombard House, 10-20 Lombard Street, Belfast, BT1 1 RD
  • Saturday 4th February 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Limerick, Limerick Education Centre, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick

These Open Days are Free of Charge – Please Register your interest and let us know what time you plan to attend the Open Day. You can see more details here.

The Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (starting February 2017) is a 100 hour introductory course in counselling & psychotherapy, which introduces you to the three main elements of Counselling & Psychotherapy – personal development, counselling skills and theories & approaches. It meets the entry criteria for the BSc honours degree, and is a fulfilling and energising personal development course which can benefit anyone.

If you want more information now, or have if you have questions about the Open Days or our courses, call us (ask for David or Adam) at 01-464 2268 or email enquiries@pcicollege.ie and we’ll get in touch.

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Engage ’17 – Galway: An Adult Learning Event that Focuses on You!

Engage Galway 2017If you are interested in up-skilling, changing careers, or are unsure about what study option to take, then come along to Engage ’17 on Saturday, 28th January in the Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway, from 10-1pm.

This event focuses on adult learners and brings together careers advisors and educational providers in the Galway region. “By reviewing what your current skills and interests are, our advisors can explore learning pathways with you, which can help you achieve your goals whether your direction is a work or study-based one”, explains Nuala McGuinn, Director, Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway.

One-to-one consultations are available for those who wish to speak directly with a career counsellor. “These sessions, which are free of charge, can be pre-booked online. Each consultation will focus on the individual’s personal work and education history and will explore future study and career options with the assistance of a qualified counsellor”, advises Bridie Kiloran, Guidance Counsellor, GMIT.

The event is being hosted by the Regional Skills Forum West, a network which supports the development of businesses and their employees through training programmes, research projects and entrepreneurship activities.

Engage Galway

“This unique event brings together further and higher education providers with representatives from GMIT, GTI, GRETB and NUI Galway available to discuss study options, apprenticeships and support services for adult learners”, highlights Claire Hurley, Regional Skills Forum West Manager.

This one-stop-shop event also engages employers with representatives from eight, key industry sectors providing careers advice on the various roles and career options in their area.

Sectors include:

  • Business, Sales & Languages
  • Construction
  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities
  • Information Technology
  • Science & Engineering
  • Social Impact Careers
  • Tourism/Hospitality

It’s a perfect opportunity to hear first-hand, about job categories and specific skill sets that these sectors are actively looking for. “Meeting people who work every day in these industries provides a valuable insight for adults who are either seeking work or considering a career move”, outlines Siobhán Brangwyn of the Adult Education Guidance & Information Service at GRETB.

Register for the event and/or book your one-to-one consultation at: www.engagegalway.com.
Further information:
Email: engagegalway17@gmail.com
Phone: 091 494066
Social Media: #engagegalway

Further Education, The PLC Application Process

how to apply for plc courseFurther Education can be described as education and training which occurs after second level schooling but which is not part of the third level system. Further education providers offer a wide variety of QQI level 5 and level 6 courses often known as Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses. Students mostly enter into these courses following the Leaving Certificate or when returning to education. Most courses require applicants to have five passes in the Leaving Certificate or a pass at Leaving Certificate Applied, however, mature applicants without these requirements are also considered.

Around Spring each year, many further education colleges hold interviews for first round applicants. The interviews are normally conducted by members of the teaching staff who are aware that many students may not have been in an interview situation before. Therefore, questions are not designed to trick students and the interviewers are happy to help applicants if needed.

The purpose of the interviews is to assess if the applicant is suitable for the course and interview questions are based on course content and the applicant’s experience and career plans. Some colleges ask that applicants bring along samples of work, especially when applying for creative courses , however the colleges are only looking to establish the applicant’s level of interest and are not looking for a high level of skill. Colleges may also require a reference from the student’s school or a recent report.

Most further education colleges do not have a closing date for applications and continue to accept applications until all places are filled. However, with the popularity of these courses increasing in recent times, students are encouraged to apply early to ensure they have the best chance of attaining a place.

When applying for a course, applicants are advised to look over the course information and familiarise themselves with the course content. Applicants should also be ready to talk about how their chosen course will fit into their long-term goals i.e. Will they be entering into employment or continuing their studies? Applicants are also advised to mention any relevant work experience they may have and are advised to dress smartly and arrive on time.

Some examples of further education colleges are lsited below.

St. Louis Community School, Mayo, offers PLC courses in areas such as Childcare Classroom Assistant Special Needs (level 5), Nursing studies (level 5) and Business Administration (level 6).

Dorset College, Dublin, offers PLC courses in areas such as Diploma in Accounting and Business, Diploma in Project Management and Game Design and Animation Development.

Portobello Institute is based in Dublin but also runs courses in other parts of the country. It offers PLC courses in topics such as Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Advanced Beauty Therapy.

Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education runs a range of Arts, Business, Computing, Design, Healthcare, Media and Animal welfare courses in the South Dublin area.

Rathmines College in Dublin 6 offers further education and PLC courses in the areas of Business, computers, liberal arts, office administration, PR, Journalism and more.

Moate Business College in the midlands caters to a wide catchment area and offers a lot more than business. Students here can choose from healthcare, computer studies, art & design and more.

View PLC and Further Education Courses on Findacourse.ie – http://www.findacourse.ie/further-education-plc-ireland.html

Author: Fiona McBennett

Languages for Beginners

language courses for beginnersLearning a foreign language can be like returning to the days of childhood learning. Many people feel overwhelmed when they begin, but for most it should be no problem. You must remember though that learning a language should be an ongoing process.

The two main points of focus when learning a new language are grammar and vocabulary. Mastering both of these aspects of a new language takes time and usually involves some mistakes. Those who dont give up will find that it is well worth the effort; learning a language at any age offers many benefits.

So try not to feel to intimidated or frustrated when at first you have trouble with getting to grips with the language. It shouldnt be too long before you begin to master basic conversation skills and that is where the fun begins and a new world begins to open. As you advance you will find that the process of learning not only involves mastering new concepts, but also keeping up on what you have already learned.

With the world becoming smaller every day speaking a second language can be a valuable asset. In todays globalised environment speaking one or more foreign languages is incredibly valuable and can be a vital tool in understanding and exploring other cultures.

If you are comfortable with learning by yourself, without hearing the language spoken, you may benefit from books or online courses. These do have their drawbacks, and of course it will always be better to hear people speak the language, especially for people who learn better by practical means.

While learning a foreign language is often difficult at first, with regular practice you will soon discover that it is an unparalleled way to improve your personal and professional life.

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Languages resources
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Sandford languages Institute – Dublin

Malahide Community School, North County Dublin

Kilroys College – Distance Learning

NUIG Adult Education – Galway

Or browse through our range of languages courses to find one near you.

Get Going for 2017 With An Evening Course

spring evening coursesWhy not get your year off to a good start in 2017 with an evening course? Evening classes can improve your lifestyle, boost your career, or help in discovering a new hobby. Part time courses can brighten up the winter months and get the new year off to a positive start.

The main motivation for engaging in evening courses are personal interest, enhancement of job prospects and gaining qualifications. Trying something new is not only affordable but is easily accessible through a broad spectrum of educational establishments who all offer evening course programmes beginning in January and February.

Prospective evening course students will find that almost any subject is taught in evening courses, although continuing education subjects such as information technology and business administration are prevalent and popular. For every student there is a course to suit and often there are some intriguing and unusual subjects as well as more conventional hobby classes.

Some evening courses form part of a degree program, while other non-credit courses, allow students to learn new skills and brush up on old ones. Evening courses are mostly held on weeknights, although some courses operate at week ends as well.

While some participants have high expectations of professional training, meeting like minded people and gaining qualifications, other participants are happy to explore topics at beginner level. Learning is stimulating for everyone and evening courses provide a great way for those who have been out of education for a while or who missed out on formal education to learn to study again in a relaxed setting. Those who are opting for more serious courses will find the tuition professional and the outcome every bit as successful as if studying on a full time course.

Where to Study
etbs in IrelandEach region in Ireland has an Education and Training Board (ETB) where the objective is to deliver community orientated education and evening courses are a large part of this brief. More information about your local ETB can be found at www.etbi.ie.

Many second and third level colleges offer evening courses in a range of subjects including languages, domestic arts, crafts, yoga and a range of business and administration courses. Contact your local college to see if they run evening courses this Spring.

Private colleges offer a vast array of evening course choices including MBA courses and post graduate offerings as well as other career enhancing courses across the whole range of career options. Courses of this type are ideal for those seeking to gain further qualifications and enhance job opportunities. Third level colleges also offer similar courses and will have similar admission policies to their day time courses.

Most evening courses are short term (usually 8 to 12 weeks) and the cost is based on the subject and the materials required for the course. They can cost as little as 80 euro for a hobby class and in general are cheaper than day time courses which are more focused on accreditation. However even accredited courses can be cheaper when studied by evening, for example, an MBA course is likely to be up to 50% cheaper by opting for an evening part time option.

CMI (Communications and Management Institute) in Dublin, offers evening courses in everything from Fashion Buying and Merchandising to a Diploma in Criminal Forensic Psychology. There are also courses in Management and Team Leadership, as well as a Diploma in Addiction Studies.

Pitman Training offers a large variety of job specific courses, such as a Business Management Diploma , a Medical Audio Typing course and an IT Office Administrator Diploma. Pitman Training have trainings located all over the country in: Carlow, Maynooth, Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Mullingar, Naas, Sligo, Tralee, Wexford and Waterford.

Moate Business College in Westmeath offers a lot more than just business courses. January evening courses at the college include; Computers for Beginners & Improvers, Millinery, Digital Photography, Train the Trainer, DIY Bike Maintenance and others…

Malahide Community School in Dublin, offers part-time evening courses in subjects including French and computers as well as yoga and ballroom dancing. The classes run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.30pm- 9.30pm.

The Sandford Language Institute in South County Dublin offers language courses for all levels. Dutch, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Italian are just some of the languages available to study in the institute.

NUI Galway offers a range of certified part-time courses, including the evening certificate course in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm-10pm and coursework includes fifty hours of supervised teaching practice.

View Evening Course Listings on Findacourse.ie

Some colleges have enrolment evenings for the courses which are a great way to see what is on offer and resolve any questions before signing up. Other courses accept online enrolment. Once enrolment is complete, attendance begins on the course start date.
The best way to find an evening course that is suitable is to investigate the facilities in the local area using a reputable course finder website where all facilities in the area offering courses will be identified along with all the courses on offer. This is by far the most efficient way to research evening courses rather than rely on local press notices.

So many people have experienced improvements in their personal and professional lives through evening courses, sometimes leading to new adventures and careers. It is never too late to learn something new.

Author: Denise Colebrooke

Certificate in Payroll Techniques Through Distance Learning – February 2017

certificate in payroll techniques 2017Now enrolling for classes Nationwide and Distance/Online learning
 commencing February 2017

The Certificate in Payroll Techniques (CPT) 
This qualification provides payroll personnel with a nationally recognised qualification by which they can be evaluated. The syllabus for this IPASS qualification was prepared following consultation with payroll professionals in industry, commerce and in the public sector, and it reflects the diverse range of skills and knowledge which all payroll professionals require in order to function efficiently.

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Successful students will obtain the Certificate in Payroll Techniques which is accredited by QQI as a Level 6 Special Purpose qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The course material includes numerous examples and self assessment questions which students can use to develop their knowledge while they study. The course is extremely practical and interesting and is designed to allow students to progress at a realistic pace. Whether you already work in payroll, or not, you will find this course extremely interesting, practical and relevant to you.

Who should enrol?
Anyone who is responsible for maintaining a company’s PAYE, PRSI and USC records
People responsible for the completion of PAYE, PRSI and USC Returns
Accounts Managers and staff
People working in a finance department
Accountants and Accounting Technicians
People who wish to improve their knowledge of the Irish PAYE, PRSI and USC system
Anyone who wants to obtain a valuable qualification

Benefit to Graduates

Hold a QQI accredited Level 6 qualification
Become an invaluable member of an employers’ financial team, by being aware of their employer’s compliance obligations in a highly technical area
Greatly enhance career development prospects
Enhance payroll skills, technical expertise and confidence
Develop professional skills and abilities through the application of advanced training
Develop a network of contacts in a range of businesses working in the same specialist field.

View more about this course on IPASS Website

View this and other IPASS courses on Findacourse.ie

Fota Island Health and Safety Conference – 1st February

health and safety conference

A conference at Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cork – 1st February 2017

The conference will allow a panel of distinguished speakers to consider how to work together to assess risks under a range of different scenarios.  They will provide practical and current advice and consider some of the pitfalls of risk assessment.

The speakers include some leading academic and industrial specialists as well as practicing consultants and experts from the Health and Safety Authority and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

The conference has been primarily designed for: process owners, safety engineers/specialists, consultants, contractors, health & safety officers, academics, trainers, technicians, supervisors, managers, occupational hygienists, facilities personnel and team leaders. In fact anyone with risk assessment responsibilities and duties will benefit from the conference. It has been approved by Engineers Ireland and those who attend the event can record their attendance as CPD.

The event will appeal to a wide range of industries and organizations, including: multi-nationals right down to SMEs and state and semi-state agencies. One of the aims is to bring together a number of leading subject specialists and experts in Risk Assessment to address various aspects of quantitative and qualitative risk evaluation, control and management.

A trade exhibition will also be held in conjunction with the conference, presenting networking opportunities for delegates and allowing specialist suppliers to showcase key products and services.

Additional information and booking details are available on the website: www.env.ie

View Moloney and Associate Courses on Findacourse.ie at: www.findacourse.ie/moloney-associates-acoustic-cg360.html

January Evening Classes in Moate Business College

Moate Business College are offering a range of evening courses for adult learners. The courses commence on the 23rd of January with an open evening for enrolment taking place on the 16th.

Courses on offer include;

  • Computers for Beginners & Improvers
  • Millinery
  • Digital Photography
  • Train the Trainer
  • DIY Bike Maintenance
  • Special Needs Assistance
  • Care Provision
  • English as a Foreign language.

For more details contact Moate Business College

spring evening classes in Moate

View Moate Business College on Findacourse.ie

CMI College January Enrolments

cmi college evening coursesNew Year, New Courses offered by CMI, Communications and Management Institute in Dublin. What better way to achieve your New Year’s resolution at CMI college. CMI are now very busy enrolling for courses starting in February 2017.

Whether it is a professional qualification you need to change career or upskill or a distance learning course you wish to take on, there is a career focused course for everyone. The classes on offer are listed below with start dates (students need to be enrolled prior to start dates listed). For further information, contact CMI College using the form below. More information about CMI can be viewed at the following link; www.findacourse.ie/cmi-communications-management-cg109.html.

Courses Starting 6th February

  • Addiction Studies
  • Child Psychology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Procurement certificate
  • Environmental Management
  • Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management Diploma
  • Criminal Psychology Diploma

Courses Starting 7th February

  • Event Management Diploma
  • Procurement & Supply Diploma
  • Retail Operations Management Diploma
  • PMP Project Management Certification
  • Health & Safety Certificate
  • Journalism & Media

Courses Starting 8th February

  • Business Management & Psychology Diploma
  • CSI & Criminology Diploma
  • Management Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma in Project Management

Courses Starting 9th February

  • Sales Management Diploma
  • Marketing , Advertising , PR & Sales Diploma
  • HR Development Advanced Diploma
  • Advanced CSI & Forensic Science Diploma
  • Health & Safety Diploma

View more details about CMI College on their website: www.cmi-ireland.com

Art Classes – Are They For You

art classesThere aren’t many pocket friendly hobbies that you can take up, that are not only affordable but also therapeutic. Let’s face it, how much does it cost to buy some pencils, pastels or paper? Another added incentive is that your work could make you some cash or lead to progression into Higher Education.

Aspiring and established artists study art to learn new techniques used with the different forms of artistic media. The fantastic and interesting thing about Art is that it is never stagnant, because people don’t stay the same. Your work reflects often your state of mind and life in general sometimes!

All over Ireland, there are Education and Training Boards (ETBs) who run adult learning centres alongside their secondary education facilities. Most of these run part time art courses. There are also numerous further education colleges and private education providers who run part-time and evening art courses. These courses can run from six weeks to one/two years (if it is QQI accredited).

The costs for part time art courses usually range from 100 euros to 200 euros. Means tested PLC Maintenance Grants are available to students who are progressing to a QQI Level 5/6 Award or equivalent and who have not previously studied for such an award.

Malahide Community School, as part of their Adult Learning programme, run a ten week evening Art course. This course provides an introduction to drawing and painting using the various applied arts mediums and encourages pupils to discover their own creative skills. Beginners and more experienced are welcome to attend.

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Find more art classes by searching our Media Art and Design Courses at – www.findacourse.ie/media-art-design-courses-c2.html

Many of those who attain QQI accredited qualifications in Art can progress to Higher Education courses, similar to those on offer in the Art & Design Department of GMIT. A number of places are reserved on most Higher Level Art courses for QQI applicants. This is a restricted-application programme. As well as the minimum requirements for programmes in GMIT, entry to this programme is by interview/portfolio assessment. Graduates may proceed to the Level 8 honours degree programmes in Fine Art or Textile Design in the Department of Art and Design at GMIT or to other institutions nationally and internationally.

It is important to enquire from course providers what course materials are required to participate in their course. Some providers charge an additional fee to cover course and class materials. Others will ask you to have some basic materials to begin with. Essential requirements for beginners could include: a good quality wire backed A3/A4 size sketchpad, three graphite pencils, B, 3B, 5B and a soft plastic-type eraser.

Our various life experiences affect us in different ways, and our responses to those experiences affect our mood and behaviour. Art is an ideal way to express yourself in an entertaining and constructive way. Art also lets us express our passions and our hopes. With a new year, many of us make resolutions to take up a hobby. Drawing, painting or sculpting is a great hobby whilst being personally beneficial for the participant. You never know, you could discover the Da Vinci in you!

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.
fitness instructor courses in Ireland

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!

To find Fitness Instructor courses and other fitness related courses view our Fitness and Health courses category on Findacourse.ie – www.findacourse.ie/fitness-health-courses-c5.html

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.

View Management Training Courses on Findacourse.ie at www.findacourse.ie/management-courses-c25.html

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!