Level 4 Gym Instructor Course

National Certificate in Gym Instruction

The Qualification

This training programme will prepare you for a career in the sport and active leisure industry as a fitness instructor – teaching gym-based exercise.  Throughout this programme you will develop an understanding of anatomy, physiology, the principles of exercise, fitness and health, and relevant health, safety and welfare in the fitness environment.  You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan and instruct a gym-based exercise programme for healthy adults of all ages.  You will also learn how to effectively support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity.
This qualification is mapped to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RCF) UK and, through the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), recognised by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (comparable to Level 4 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland).  This qualification is also endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) UK.

Course Modules

Course Modules

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Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise & Health
  • Structure and Function of the Circulatory System
  • Structure and Function of the Respiratory System
  • Structure and Function of the Skeletal System
  • Structure and Function of the Muscular System
  • Energy Systems and their Relation to Exercise
  • The Nervous System and its Relation to Exercise
Principals of Exercise, Fitness & Health
  • Effects of Exercise on the Body
  • The Components of Fitness
  • Applying the Principles of Fitness to an Exercise Programme
  • Contraindications and Key Safety Guidelines for Special Populations
  • Monitoring Exercise Intensity
  • Health Benefits of Physical Activity
  • Importance of Healthy Eating
Planning Gym Based Exercise/Resistance (Weight) Training
  • Client Health Screening
  • Planning Safe and Effective Exercise Programmes
  • Client Data Records
Instructing Gym Based Exercise / Resistance (Weight) Training
  • Professionalism in Fitness Instruction
  • Preparing Gym Equipment for Use
  • Instructing Gym Based Exercise
  • Supervising, Supporting and Motivating Clients
  • Machine Weight & Free Weight Training Programmes
  • Exercise Progressions and Variations
Supporting Clients who partake in Physical Activity
  • 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

Other Information

Other Information

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Qualifications Awarded
  • National Certificate in Gym Instruction (NSC)
  • Certificate in Fitness Instruction – Gym Based Exercise (OFQUAL)

OFQUAL qualifications are aligned to the National Framework of Qualifications (QQI Ireland) at level 4 and endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) UK.  NSC qualifications allow graduates to operate as professional gym instructors and are recognised by industry insurance bodies.

Course Fee

Course Tuition Fee: €950 (Including Course Notes & E-Books)

Exam Registration/Certification Fee: €100

€950 is our early bird option which must be paid in full prior to the course start date.  The regular course fee of €1,050 can be paid over two installments during the programme.  Course fees and examination fees must be paid in full prior to final assessments.
A non-refundable course deposit of €150 must be paid to reserve a student place on this programme.  The balance/first installment of the course fee is due prior to the course start date.
Course fee includes registration, course notes and e-books.
Exam registration and certification fees of €100 are due prior to online assignment grading or attending practical assessments.

 

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Add our Group Fitness/Studio Instructor Course to your Gym Instructor Course for only €450!  The National Certificate in Group Fitness Instruction can be completed alongside The National Certificate in Gym Instruction for a combined tuition fee of only €1,400 (early bird fee).  This is our 2-in-1 Special Offer.  The additional attendance dates for our Group Fitness Instructor qualification are:

  • Saturday November 19, 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday December 3, 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday December 17, 2022 (10am to 4pm)

Please email [email protected] for more details.

Course Dates

This course starts in September 2022 and runs over an 8 week period.  This is a blended learning programme which involves online lectures, video tutorials and written assignments, coupled with practical in-person sessions.

The following attendance days in Kildare are required while on this programme:

  • Saturday September 24, 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday October 8, 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday October 22, 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday November 5, 2022 (10am to 4pm)

Great Offer laughing

Add our Group Fitness/Studio Instructor Course to your Gym Instructor Course for only €450!  The National Certificate in Group Fitness Instruction can be completed alongside The National Certificate in Gym Instruction for a combined tuition fee of only €1,400 (early bird fee).  This is our 2-in-1 Special Offer.  The additional attendance dates for our Group Fitness Instructor qualification are:

  • Saturday November 19, 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday December 3, 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday December 17, 2022 (10am to 4pm)

Please email [email protected] for more details.

How to Apply

To apply, please email [email protected] to request an application form.