College of Management and IT (CMIT)QQI Exercise and Fitness course

QQI Exercise and Fitness course

12 Weeks
Online, Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details
This distance learning, QQI Exercise and Fitness course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at work, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

This course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge and skills needed to design, implement, and assess a variety of different exercise and fitness activities. It will equip learners with the skills necessary to recognise and assess the exercise and fitness needs of different groups and to devise suitable plans of exercise for these groups with principles of best practise and health and safety in mind.

By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments for this QQI Exercise and Fitness course online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

Who should complete this Exercise and Fitness course?

  • Those who are interested in fitness, exercise and training, personally or professionally, and wish to gain a professional, accredited qualification in the subject matter and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

  • Leaving Cert, Level 4 award or equivalent, and/or relevant Life or Work Experience.
  • Learners must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland and hold a valid PPS Number.
  • Candidates must be fluent in English with excellent written English Skills in order to achieve the assessment criteria. Queries on the standard required can be directed to the college.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • A basic working knowledge of computers in addition to a computer with internet access and word processing software (e.g., Microsoft Word or Google Docs) is required to do the course.


Topics covered in this QQI Exercise and Fitness course

Unit 1: Human physiology and fitness

Physical fitness
Appropriate levels of physical activity for distinct groups
The principles of training
Human physiology and nutrition

Unit 2: The fitness training industry

The role of the fitness trainer
Health and safety responsibility of trainers
Trends in exercise and fitness

Unit 3: Conducting fitness assessments

How to complete fitness assessments
Heart rate and target heart rate
Push-up test
Sit-up test
Sit-and-reach test
BMI and bodyfat percentage

Unit 4: Standard fitness activities

Aerobic: indoor cycling
Aerobic: running
Basic ‘step aerobics’ techniques
Squat, lunge and hinge movements
Push and pull movements
Core movements
Machine movements

Unit 5: Fitness workouts

Instruction and delivery of a workout
Low-intensity steady-state (LISS) workouts
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts
Step aerobics workouts
Circuit training
Resistance training
Flexibility and body conditioning workouts


  • This Exercise and Fitness course is assessed through completion of an assignment, a skills demonstration (completed by recording a video), and an online theory-based examination. The assessment for this module aims to evaluate understanding of module theory as well as practical activities.
  • As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent QQI External Authenticator.

Transfer and Progression to Further Studies

  • This Exercise and Fitness course leads to a Level 5 component award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 component certificate as credit towards the following QQI Major Award: Level 5 Healthcare Support (5M4339). For more details contact us.


  • Following successful completion, you will receive a QQI Level 5 component certificate in Exercise and Fitness (5N2668) from QQI.
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. CMIT is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.

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