Level 6 Strength & Conditioning Coach

National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning

The Qualification

This  programme is designed for qualified personal trainers who wish to work as a strength and conditioning coach, either as a self employed professional or as part of a health fitness team in clubs or organisations around Ireland and internationally.  This programme will enable you to design and deliver sport specific strength and conditioning programmes to teams and individuals. Throughout this qualification you will develop an underpinning knowledge of the biomechanical demands and physiological responses related to high performance training. You will also develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to plan, design and instruct an effective sports strength and conditioning session. On successful completion of this qualification you will be able to develop and instruct strength and conditioning programmes for teams and individuals in the sport and active leisure industry.

This programme runs over 8 training days.  Each day is modular based where new subject areas are covered.  Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Awards are issued for each module successfully completed.  Major elements of this programme are recognised by OFQUAL (UK), comparable to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifiations (NFQ) Ireland.  Participants who complete all modules and pass final examinations/assignments will be awarded the professional qualification – National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning and will be able to use the title CSCC™ (Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach).

Course Modules

Course Modules

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Contact Day 1: Functional Athletic Screening & Reconditioning™
  • Client Screening
  • Communicating & Evaluating the Functional Athletic Screen
  • Test Sequence
  • Identifying Asymmetries
  • Corrective Strategies

Certification: CPD Award in Functional Athletic Screening & Reconditioning
Training Day: Practical Element: 80%  Theory Element: 20%
Course notes will be available online for participants.

Contact Day 2: Coaching Olympic Lifting
  • Client Screening
  • History of Olympic Lifting
  • Coaching the Clean & Jerk
  • Coaching the Snatch
  • Coaching Cues, Progression/Regression Techniques

Certification: CPD Award in Coaching Olympic Lifting
Training Day: Practical Element: 80%  Theory Element: 20%
Course notes will be available online for participants.

Contact Day 3: SAQ - Speed . Agility . Quickness
  • Client Screening
  • The Importance of the Nervous System in Athletic Performance
  • Understanding Skill Related Fitness
  • High Tech & Low Tech Performance Testing
  • Athletic Performance Drills (Speed, Agility, Power, Balance, Coordination &
  • Reaction)
  • Plyometric Training to Improve Performance
  • Post-Activation Potentiation
Contact Day 4: Periodisation Principles / Biomechanics of movement
  • Client Screening
  • Understanding Macro, Meso and Micro Cycles
  • Programming General Preparatory, Specific Preparatory, Competition &
  • Transition Periods
  • Planning Considerations / Progression Hierarchy
  • Physiological Responses to Training
  • Nutrition/Hydration Guidelines for the Athlete
  • Female Athletic Triad/Common Eating Disorders in Athletics
  • Sports Supplementation
  • Biomechanics of Sport
  • Postural Analysis
  • Injury Prevalence in Sport
  • Repetitive Injuries in Sport

 

Additional Online Study

Information on additional online subjects will be added soon.

Other Information

Other Information

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Final Certification

Course participants who complete all contact days, complete all course assignments and pass final practical and theory exams will be awarded the following:

  • National Diploma in Strength & Conditioning (Professional Diploma awarded by the National Sports College)
  • Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (OFQUAL) – Comparable to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Along with the above major qualifications, graduates will also receive the below CPD Awards:

  • CPD Award in Functional Athletic Screening & Reconditionin
  • CPD Award in Coaching Olympic Lifting
  • CPD Award in SAQ – Speed . Agility . Quickness

Major elements of this programme are recognised by OFQUAL (UK), comparable to Level 6 on The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland.  Participants who complete all modules and pass final examinations/assignments can register with the Irish Strength & Conditioning Association (ISCA) and use the title CSCC™ (Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach).

Course Fee

Course Fee – €900

€900 is our early bird option which must be paid in full prior to the course start date.  The regular course fee of €1,000 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 April 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 April 29, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday May 13, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday May 27, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
  • Saturday June 10, 2023 (10am to 4pm)
How to Apply

Applicants must hold a recognised Personal Trainer qualification which is recognised by the Irish or UK education system (NFQ/QQI/RCF/OFQUAL).  PT qualifications from NSC, Focus Awards (UK), VTCT (UK), ITEC (UK), NCEF (NFQ) or similar are recognised.

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

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