Personal Trainer Course
Level 5 National Diploma in Personal Training

Course Type:




3 Months


NSC, Focus Awards


This Level 5 training programme will prepare you for a career in the sport and active leisure industry as a Personal Trainer – either as a self-employed professional or as part of a health fitness team in clubs around Ireland and internationally.  Throughout this programme 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. 

Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise & Health
  • Understand the structure and functions of the skeletal system and joints.
  • Understand the structure and functions of the muscular system.
  • Understand the structure and functions of the cardio-respiratory system.
  • Understand the structure and functions of the digestive system.
  • Understand energy systems and their relation to exercise.
  • Understand the endocrine system and its relation to exercise.
  • Understand the nervous system and its relation to exercise.
  • Postural and core stability.
Principles of Nutrition for Physical Activity
  • Key nutritional terms.
  • Function of the metabolism.
  • Main food groups.
  • Body composition analysis.
  • Calculating caloric intake / percentage nutrient breakdown.
  • Nutritional goal setting.
  • Pre and 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
  • 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 and 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 and Welfare in the Fitness Environment
  • Emergency procedures in a fitness environment.
  • Health and safety procedures in a fitness environment.
  • Controlling risks in a fitness environment.
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Course Start Date: December 1st, 2024 – 2 Courses are Available.

Theory/online modules are released on December 1st, 2024, followed by practical sessions starting December 10th, 2024.  Practical contact days are:

Weekday Course Option:
Tuesdays - 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Dates: December 10, January 14, 28, February 11.

Weekend Course Option:
Saturdays - 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Dates: December 15 (Sun), January 18, February 1, 15.

Theory, research and assignments are completed outside of practical training days via recorded online lectures and video tutorials.  All practical training days occur at NSC’s Kildare College location.

Course tuition fee includes access to our online classroom, course notes, online teaching materials, e-books and access to equipment and materials for college practical sessions.  International Learner Registration, Assessment and Certification Fee: €100. 

€895 is our early bird option (€100 discount) which must be paid in full prior to the course start date.  The regular course fee of €995 can be paid over 3 instalments during the programme.  Course tuition fees and external registration/examination fees must be paid in full prior to final assessments and grading of assignments.
A refundable course deposit of €195 must be paid to reserve a student place on this programme.   


Course Fee Option 1: Early Bird Tuition Fee = €895 (€100 discount).

Deposit = €195 (refundable up until November 1st, 2024).

Final Tuition Payment of €700 paid before your course start date of December 1st, 2024.

International Learner Registration and Assessment Fee of €100 due January 1st, 2025.


Course Fee Option 2: Standard Tuition Fee = €995.

Deposit = €195 (Refundable up until November 1st, 2024).

3 Payments of €266 due December 1st to February 1st, 2025.

International Learner Registration and Assessment Fee of €100 due January 1st, 2025.


The National Diploma in Personal Training is open to applicants who have a keen interest in working with the general public in gyms, health clubs and home environments.  This primary programme of education is suitable for individuals with a prior UK Level 2 or Irish Level 4 qualification in Gym Instruction which has been obtained within the last 5 years.  Course content is delivered to facilitate adult learners of mixed ability.  Course learners must be computer literate and have access to a computer with broadband availability.  Course notes, power-points, video tutorials, e-books and assignments are only available online. Completed assignments are also required to be uploaded online.   

  • National Diploma in Personal Training (NSC)
  • UKL3/IRL5 Certificate in Personal Training (Focus Awards - RQF/OFQUAL Registered Awarding Body)
  • CPD Award in Sports Nutrition (NSC)

The Focus Awards qualification is comparable to Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland and has international recognition.  NSC/Focus Awards qualifications allow graduates to obtain professional indemnity insurance to practice in Ireland, the UK and internationally.  

The National Diploma in Personal Training consists of 6 modules, taught part-time through blended learning and completed over a 3 month period (December 2024 to February 2025).  This is a blended learning programme which involves online lectures, video tutorials and written assignments, coupled with practical in-person sessions.

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Meet Your Instructor

George Martin, BSc. PGDip. MSc. MTEd.

Founder, Academic Director & Lecturer

Call at 085 800 1221 or email [email protected].

George Martin oversees all academic qualifications offered through the National Sports College.  He also lectures in Anatomy & Physiology, Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, Personal Training, Gym Instruction, Exercise to Music, Sports Massage and Business Management.  George has over 25 years experience in the sport/health fitness industry as an instructor, coach, tutor, therapist and manager.


  • BSc. (Hons) in Sport Science (QQI Level 8)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Training & Education (QQI Level 9)
  • MSc. in Strength & Conditioning (QQI Level 9)
  • Master of Arts in Training & Education (QQI Level 9)
  • International Certificate in Exercise & Health Studies
  • National Qualification in Sport & Remedial Massage Therapy
  • Certified Tutor Coach (Coaching Ireland)
  • Train the Trainer Certified (QQI Level 6)
  • Certificate in Management Processes (QQI Level 6)
  • Certificate in Information Technology & Computer Studies
  • Registered Sport & Active Leisure Assessor
See what our students say!

Recently finished a course at NSC and was super impressed by how thorough it was. George and Allison were amazing and there to answer questions and give practical advice that really helped me out. They really know their stuff and are always ready to help!

Sarah D.
Previous Student

I had a fantastic experience at NSC. The course was top-notch, but what really stood out was the support I received outside the classroom. George and Allison were always there to help with any questions I had about notes and exams. Their willingness to provide extra assistance made a huge difference, helping me understand the material better and feel more prepared for exams.

Eamonn O'C.
Previous Student

My time at the National Sports College was great. The course quality was excellent. What I appreciated most was the support from George and Allison outside of class. They were always available to answer questions about the notes and exams. Their dedication made the learning experience smooth and stress-free. For anyone looking for a course with exceptional support, I highly recommend NSC. They truly care about their students' success.

Collin Byrne
Previous Student

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