5Level 5 Personal Trainer Course

National Diploma in Personal Training

The Qualification

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 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 5 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
  • 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
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

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Qualifications Awarded
  • National Diploma in Personal Training (NSC)
  • Certificate in Personal Training (OFQUAL)

OFQUAL qualifications are aligned to the National Framework of Qualifications (QQI Ireland) at level 5 and endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) UK.  NSC qualifications allow graduates to operate as professional Personal Trainers and are recognised by industry insurance bodies.

Previous qualifications required for this programme: Current Recognised Gym Instructor Qualification endorsed by QQI or OFQUAL.

If you do not hold any fitness qualification you can complete our Gym Instructor programme and progress to our Personal Trainer programme – please visit our Gym Instructor page for more details.  Applicants must be computer literate as course notes are provided online and participants are required to submit project work via our online portal. Please contact our admissions office for more information.

Course Fee

Course Fee – €1,200

€1,200 is our early bird option which must be paid in full prior to the course start date.  The regular course fee of €1,300 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.

Course Dates

This course starts Januaray 2023 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 January 7, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday January 21, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday February 4, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday February 18, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
How to Apply

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

Increase Your Knowledge and Qualification

Qualified Personal Trainers can increase their knowledge and skill base by completing our unique National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning – information can be found on this website.

LEVEL 5 PERSONAL TRAINER COURSE

National Diploma in Personal Training

The Qualification

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.

 

Course Modules:


Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise 

  • 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

      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 a 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

          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, accredited by REPs UK, recognised in Europe (EREPs) and in Australia/New Zealand through ICREPS.  NSC qualifications allow graduates to operate as professional gym instructors and are recognised by industry insurance bodies.

          Course Fee

          Course Fee – €800

          €800 is our payment option which must be paid in full prior to the course start date. Course fees and examination fees must be paid in full prior to final assessments.
          A course deposit of €150 must be paid to reserve a student place on this programme.
          Course fee includes registration, course notes, and certification.
          Examination fees of €150 are due in the final week of training.

          Course Dates

          All Courses will start in October 2022

          Please note dates are subject to Government Recommendations regarding COVID-19 and educational institutes opening times.

          How to Apply

          To apply, fill in our application form by clicking here. If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]

          Increase Your Knowledge and Qualification

          Add our National Diploma in Strength and Conditioning. Contact our Admissions Office at [email protected] for more details.