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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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.

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.

Day 3: Athletic Performance Testing & Plyometrics
  • 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

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

Day 4: Periodisation Principles & Nutrition for Performance
  • 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

Certification: CPD Award in Periodisation Principles & Nutrition for Performance
Training Day: Practical Element: 0%  Theory Element: 100%
Course notes will be available online for participants.

Day 5: Clinical Health Screening™
  • Client Screening/Physical Activity Readiness
  • Body Composition Measuring
  • Blood Pressure Measuring (Digital Readers and Sphygmomanometers)
  • Blood Cholesterol Testing
  • Blood Glucose Testing
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Range of Movement Testing
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Client Confidentiality and Consent

Certification: CPD Award in Clinical Health Screening
Training Day: Practical Element: 80%  Theory Element: 20%
Course notes will be available online for participants.

Day 6: Biomechanics & Mobility Training
  • Biomechanics of Sport
  • Postural Analysis
  • Goniometry Measuring
  • Foam Rolling
  • Functional Movement Patterns
  • Injury Prevalence in Sport
  • Repetitive Injuries in Sport

Certification: CPD Award in Biomechanics & Mobility Training
Training Day: Practical Element: 80%  Theory Element: 20%
Course notes will be available online for participants.

Day 7: Endurance Training & Testing
  • Client Screening
  • Energy Systems
  • Running Biomechanics
  • VO2 Testing
  • Endurance Training Techniques
  • Rest and Recovery for the Endurance Athelete
  • Endurance Programmes

Certification: CPD Award in Endurance Training & Testing
Training Day: Practical Element: 80%  Theory Element: 20%
Course notes will be available online for participants.

Day 8: Bootcamp Kids™ Instructor / FUNdamental Training for Children
  • Appropriate Screening Procedures
  • Code of Ethics for Children & Vulnerable Adults
  • Stages of Growth/Differences in Anatomy
  • Programme Design Considerations/Risk Factors
  • Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD)
  • Resistance Training and the Young Athlete
  • Health & Skill Related Drills & Activities
  • Motivational Coaching

Certification: CPD Award in Bootcamp Kids™ / FUNdamental Training for Children
Training Day: Practical Element: 70%  Theory Element: 30%
Course notes will be available online for participants.

Other Information

Other Information

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Final Certification
  • Course participants who complete all ten 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 nine CPD Awards that are linked to each module:
    • CPD Award in Functional Athletic Screening & Reconditioning™
    • CPD Award in Coaching Olympic Lifting
    • CPD Award in Athletic Performance Testing & Plyometrics
    • CPD Award in Periodisation Principles & Nutrition for Performance
    • CPD Award in Clinical Health Screening™
    • CPD Award in Biomechanics & Mobility Training
    • CPD Award in Endurance Training & Testing
    • CPD Award in FUNdamental Training for Children

    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).

    The normal fee for this qualification is €1,200 (8 CPD modules/programmes x €150).  By completing all modules in the Diploma in Strength & Conditioning, NSC can offer a 20% reduction in course fees.

Course Fee

Course Fee: €1,200 €950 

€950 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

This course starts in September 2022.

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

How to Apply

To fill in an application, click here. 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, VTCT (UK Level 3), ITEC (UK Level 3), NCEF (NFQ Level 5/6) or similar are recognised.  Third level qualifications in Sport Science and Exercise Physiology are also accepted.

If you do not hold a Personal Trainer qualification you will need to apply for our 3-in-1-S programme.  Please contact the college for more information.

If you have any questions or would like a tour of our training facility please contact us at info@nsc.ie

Increase Your Knowledge and Qualification

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