National Diploma in Personal Training
This internationally recognised, NFQ aligned Level 5 programme prepares you for a professional career in the health and fitness industry. The course is designed for people who wish to work as personal trainers and fitness instructors, either as self employed professionals or as part of a health fitness team in clubs around Ireland and internationally. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a competent personal trainer and fitness instructor, dealing with adults of all ages who wish to participate in exercise and physical activity. This qualification is approved by the Register of Exercise Professionals (UK). REPs UK is the largest register for exercise professionals in the world with over 30,000 members. Through ICREPs, REPs UK is aligned with all national professional registers across Europe, New Zealand and Australia. This qualification is also mapped to the Qualifications & Credit Framework (UK) and aligned to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland at Level 5.
Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise & Health
Function & Structure of the Circulatory System
Function & Structure of the Respiratory System
Function & Structure of the Skeletal System
Function & Structure of the Muscular System
Function & Structure of the Digestive System
Postural & Core Stability
Energy Systems and their Relationship to Exercise
The Endocrine System and its Relation to Exercise
The Nervous System and its Relation to Exercise
Principles of Nutrition for Physical Activity
Key Nutritional Terms
Function of the Metabolism
Main Food Groups
Body Composition Analysis
Calculating Caloric Intake / % Nutrient Breakdown
Nutritional Goal Setting
Pre & Post Event Supplementation
Planning & Instructing Personal Training Programmes
Resources required to deliver a Personal Training Session
Approaching Consultations/Health Screening/Record Keeping
Interpreting Health History
Conditions Requiring Medical Clearance
Goal Setting and Follow Up Assessments
Advanced Resistance (Weight) Training
Advanced Flexibility Training
Supporting Clients who Participate in Exercise
Building Effective Working Relationships with Clients
Addressing Barriers to Exercise/Physical Activity that Clients Experience
Supporting Clients Participating in Exercise/Physical Activity
Providing Ongoing Customer Service
Health, Safety & Welfare in the Fitness Environment
Emergency Procedures in a Fitness Environment
Health & Safety Procedures in a Fitness Environment
Controlling Risks in a Fitness Environment
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
National Diploma in Personal Training (NSC)
Certificate in Personal Training (VTCT )
VTCT qualifications are aligned to The National Framework of Qualifications (QQI Ireland) at Level 5 and REPs Europe (EREPs) at Level 4. VTCT qualifications are also recognised in Australia and New Zealand through ICREPs.
The NSC personal trainer qualification is recognised by the relevant insurance bodies. Graduates of this programme can obtain professional indemnity insurance to practice in Ireland and across Europe for approx. €140.
Previous qualifications required for this programme: Current Recognised Gym Instructor Qualification endorsed by NFQ and REPs.
If you do not hold any fitness qualification you can complete our gym instructor programme and progress to our personal trainer programme – click on GYM INSTRUCTOR or 3-IN-1 SPECIAL OFFER for more details. Applicants must be computer literate as course notes are provided online and participants are required to submit project work via email. Please contact our admissions office for more information.
Course Fee – Qualified Gym Instructors
€800 ( early bird) or €900 paid in installments.
Course fee includes registration, course notes, and certification.
Examination fees of €150 is due in the final month of training.
Spring 2017 Courses – There are 9 Courses starting June 2017, 3 starting in Athy, Co. Kildare, 2 starting in Dublin 4, 2 starting in Athlone Town and 2 starting in Waterford City.
3 Courses starting in Athy, Co. Kildare June 2017; Course 1: Weekend Course (2 weekends per month), Course 2: Weekday Course (every Wednesday), Course 3: Evening Course (every Wednesday).
2 Courses starting in Dublin June 2017; Course 1: Weekday Course (every Thursday), Course 2: Evening Course (every Thursday).
2 Courses starting in Athlone June 2017; Course 1: Weekday Course (every Monday), Course 2: Evening Course (every Monday).
2 Courses starting in Waterford June 2017; Course 1: Weekday Course (every Tuesday), Course 2: Evening Course (every Tuesday).
Spring 2017 Course Dates:
K1: Weekend Course – KILDARE – 4 weekends in total (Sat. & Sun. from 9:30am to 4:30pm). Dates are as follows:
June 17, 18.
July 8, 9, 22, 23.
August 8, 9.
K2: Weekday Course – KILDARE (Wednesday) – 1 day per week over 8 weeks (9:30am to 4:30pm). Dates are as follows:
June 21, 28.
July 5, 12, 19, 26.
August 2, 9.
K3: Evening Course – KILDARE (Wednesday) – 1 evening per week over 10 weeks (7pm to 10pm). Dates are as follows:
July 19, 26.
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
September 6, 13, 20.
D1: Weekday Course – DUBLIN (Thursday) – 1 day per week over 8 weeks (10am to 5pm). Dates are as follows:
June 22, 29.
July 6, 13, 20, 27.
August 3, 10.
D2: Evening Course – DUBLIN (Thursday) – 1 evening per week over 10 weeks (7pm to 10pm). Dates are as follows:
July 20, 27.
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
September 7, 14, 21.
A1: Weekday Course – Athlone (Monday) – 1 day per week over 8 weeks (10am to 5pm). Dates are as follows:
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
August 14, 21, 28.
A2: Evening Course – Athlone (Monday) – 1 evening per week over 10 weeks (7pm to 10pm). Dates are as follows:
August 14, 21, 28.
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9
W1: Weekday Course – Waterford (Tuesday) – 1 day per week over 8 weeks (10am to 5pm). Dates are as follows:
June 20, 27.
July 4, 11, 18, 25.
August 1, 8.
W2: Evening Course – Waterford (Tuesday) – 1 evening per week over 10 weeks (7pm to 10pm). Dates are as follows:
July 18, 25.
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
September 5, 12, 17.
Kildare Location: National Sports College, Fortbarrington Road, Athy, Co. Kildare. Website: www.nsc.ie
Dublin Location: Sportsco, South Lotts Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4. Website: www.sportsco.ie
Athlone Location: Athlone Regional Sports Centre, Athlone Town, Co. Westmeath.
Waterford Location: Kingfisher Club, Waterford City, Co. Waterford.
How to Apply
To apply for any of our courses please email email@example.com to request a course application form. If you have any questions or would like a tour of our training facility please contact our Programme Director George Martin at 085 800 1221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low Credit? – Text “courses” and your name to 085 800 1221 and an NSC representative will call you back.
Increase Your Knowledge and Qualification
Contact our Admissions Office at 085 800 1221 for more details.