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Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Course Type: Part Time and Evening
Institute Name: National Training Centre
Fee: on request
Duration: 18 weeks
Time: Morning, Evening and Weekend options
Course Locations: County Cork, Cork City, County Dublin, North Dublin City, Dublin City Centre

Course Details

When you successfully complete this course you will be qualified as a gym instructor, group fitness instructor and personal trainer and will be able to  prescribe safe and effective exercise to the general public in either a group or individual one-to-one personal training basis, in a gym or studio environment, or in your own classes.


You will have the knowledge and skills to prescribe training programmes for clients based on their individual needs whether it be group exercise, strength training, endurance, weight loss, bodybuilding, general fitness etc.


The group fitness module provides fitness instructors with the knowledge and skills to teach boot camp style, circuit training based classes either in health clubs and fitness centres in an employed capacity or in community centres, parish halls etc. as self-employed individuals.


The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is open to anybody with a strong interest in exercise and health fitness and the desire to pass their enthusiasm on to the general public as part of their day-to-day working routine as either a full time or part time health fitness instructor. 


The content of this personal training course includes anatomy and physiology, group exercise, resistance training, sports nutrition, programme design, fitness assessment and many other areas of interest. The content is delivered to facilitate adult learners of mixed ability.


This Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer course includes two separate qualifications:

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training
The National Qualification in Kettlebell Training


The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training covers all relevant areas of fitness instructor training including:

Anatomy, Physiology and Myology
Sports Nutrition
Concepts and Components of Health Related Fitness
Exercise Physiology
Flexibility and Stretching
Resistance Training
Machine and free weight exercises
Core stability and bodyweight training
Role of the Personal Trainer in business, ethics and professional responsibilities
Client appraisal and motivational interviewing
Fitness assessment
Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Circuit training 
Plan, design and evaluate gym based programmes
Plan, design and evaluate group fitness classes
Plan, design and evaluate a periodised training programme for an individual client
Kettlebell Training
Ensure the health safety of participants
Exercise and special conditions
Self-directed learning via completion of learner workbook


The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training demonstrates through its accreditation by REPs Ireland at European Qualification Framework (EQF) Level 4 that it exceeds the minimum standard (EQF Level 3) as agreed by all relevant bodies within the fitness industry in Ireland and throughout Europe. Some other personal training course providers also offer EQF Level 4 standard of qualification provided that students sit prior or additional modules. The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is a complete stand alone fitness qualification, accredited at EQF 4.


The Dublin course runs at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7


The Cork course  runs at the Mardyke Arena, UCC, Western Road, Cork

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