Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Course

Accredited at European Qualification Framework (EQF) Level 4 - the highest fitness instructor standard in Europe ! 

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OVERVIEW
When you successfully complete this course you will be qualified as a gym instructor, group fitness instructor and personal trainer and will be able to  prescribe safe and effective exercise to the general public in either a group or individual one-to-one personal training basis, in a gym or studio environment, or in your own classes.

You will have the knowledge and skills to prescribe training programmes for clients based on their individual needs whether it be group exercise, strength training, endurance, weight loss, bodybuilding, general fitness etc.

The group fitness module provides fitness instructors with the knowledge and skills to teach boot camp style, circuit training based classes either in health clubs and fitness centres in an employed capacity or in community centres, parish halls etc. as self-employed individuals.

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CONTACT
If you are interested and would like to know more about this personal training course, please call us now in Dublin on 01 882 7777, in Cork on 0214301222,  or complete the registration form to book your place.

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TESTIMONIALS
"Thanks for everything. I feel like I learned a lot in the last few months and would like to thank the tutors for their patience. I will be back to do extra courses soon." Natasha Duff

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ELIGIBILITY
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is open to anybody with a strong interest in exercise and health fitness and the desire to pass their enthusiasm on to the general public as part of their day-to-day working routine as either a full time or part time health fitness instructor. 

The content of this personal training course includes anatomy and physiology, group exercise, resistance training, sports nutrition, programme design, fitness assessment and many other areas of interest. The content is delivered to facilitate adult learners of mixed ability.

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SYLLABUS

This Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer course includes two separate qualifications:

  1. The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training
  2. The National Qualification in Kettlebell Training

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training covers all relevant areas of fitness instructor training including:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Myology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Concepts and Components of Health Related Fitness
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Flexibility and Stretching
  • Resistance Training
  • Machine and free weight exercises
  • Core stability and bodyweight training
  • Role of the Personal Trainer in business, ethics and professional responsibilities
  • Client appraisal and motivational interviewing
  • Fitness assessment
  • Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Circuit training 
  • Plan, design and evaluate gym based programmes
  • Plan, design and evaluate group fitness classes
  • Plan, design and evaluate a periodised training programme for an individual client
  • Kettlebell Training
  • Ensure the health safety of participants
  • Exercise and special conditions
  • Assessment
  • Self-directed learning via completion of learner workbook

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ASSESSMENT
There are both written and practical examinations as part of the Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training course. Students must also complete and submit a Learner Workbook throughout the course. Students cannot graduate without successfully completing all written and practical exams and having submitted, in full, their Learner Workbook. 

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FEES
The cost of the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training programme is €2,250.00. Fees can be paid by means of a deposit of €500.00.

The balance of fees can be paid in full up to the course start date and a discount of €150.00 applies - total payable is €2,100.00. 

Alternatively, you can make a payment of €875.00 by the course start date with a further payment of €875.00 within one month of the course start date - total payable is €2,250.00.

Places on this personal training course are available on a first come first served basis. 

Examination fees of €200.00 are payable at approximately week 12 for individuals wishing to sit final examination.

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ACCREDITATION
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training demonstrates through its accreditation by REPs Ireland at European Qualification Framework (EQF) Level 4 that it exceeds the minimum standard (EQF Level 3) as agreed by all relevant bodies within the fitness industry in Ireland and throughout Europe. Some other personal training course providers also offer EQF Level 4 standard of qualification provided that students sit prior or additional modules. The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is a complete stand alone fitness qualification, accredited at EQF 4.

The process for accreditation requires a training organisation to align its qualifications to the EHFA Standards for Fitness Instructing, Group Fitness Instructing and/or Personal Training. The EHFA Standards are a European benchmark for vocational education and training within the health and fitness sector across Europe and training organisations must demonstrate that they can meet the standards through a transparent and independent process of external verification.

The EHFA Standards are aligned to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to clearly identify the knowledge, skills and competencies required for fitness instructing occupations. It enables those requiring training, and employers seeking to employ instructors and trainers, to establish quickly and easily whether a qualification meets the required standards, which in turn provides greater confidence in the standard of exercise and fitness instruction to the consumer throughout Europe.

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SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS
The Dublin course runs at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 as follows:


Dublin Morning Programme
April and October  - 4 mornings per week for 18 weeks
Monday to Thursday - 11:00 to 13:30
April 23rd, 2018
October 1st, 2018

Dublin Afternoon Programme
January  - 4 afternoons per week for 18 weeks
Monday to Thursday - 14:00 to 16:30
January 29th, 2018

Dublin Evening Programme
April and October - 2 evenings plus all day Saturday per week for 18 weeks
Tuesday and Thursday - 19:00 to 21:30 AND Saturday from 11:00 to 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
April 24th, 2018
October 2nd, 2018

January and July - 2 evenings plus all day Saturday per week for 18 weeks
Monday and Wednesday - 19:00 to 21:30 AND Saturday from 11:00 to 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
January 29th, 2018
July 30th, 2018


The Cork course  runs at the Mardyke Arena, UCC, Western Road, Cork, as follows:


Cork Weekend Programme
February and September - Every weekend for eighteen weeks
Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 16:30
February 17th 2018
September 8th, 2018

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FAQs

Do I need to hold any other qualification in order to participate in this personal training programme?

What will I be qualified to do when I complete this course successfully?

Will I be able to get a job in a fitness centre or health club?

Are there many jobs available in the fitness profession in Ireland at present? 

How much can I earn as a fitness instructor?

Will I need to get insurance?

Is this qualification accepted internationally?

How long does this personal training course last?

How much does this course cost?

Do I have to participate in work experience?

Can I move between day and evening courses and between venues?

Where is this fitness instructor course available?

How will I be assessed?

What age group participate in this course?

What is the success rate?

Can I pay by installments?

Are there grants available to cover tuition fees?

How much of the course is practical and how much is theory?
 


Do I need to hold any other qualification in order to participate in this personal training programme? 
No. The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is open to all individuals. 

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What will I be qualified to do when I complete this course successfully? 
On successful completion you will be able to teach group exercise classes, work as a gym instructor and/or work independently as a Personal Trainer.  Some other qualifications require that graduates complete an additional course of study to qualify as a personal trainer. The standard of examination given by the NTC ensures that any individual who achieves the minimum pass mark is qualified to offer safe and effective exercise prescription to all, whether individually or in a group. 

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Will I be able to get a job in a fitness centre or health club? 
Yes. NTC graduates are highly sought after by employers for their knowledge and skills and it is through our graduates excellent work in the industry that has enhanced the reputation of NTC. Many graduates also opt to work abroad as once they have their NTC qualification they can join REPS Ireland which will give them the portability to work throughout Europe and worldwide. 

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Are there many jobs available in the fitness profession in Ireland at present? 
The health fitness industry continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors in Ireland with many new health fitness clubs and gyms opening up nationwide.  As a result, there is excellent job availability for NTC graduates. Many of our graduates choose to work independently as personal trainers either in gyms or they may set up their own private PT studio.

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How much can I earn as a fitness instructor? 
The starting pay rate for fitness instructors is around €12.50 per hour. Instructors may also generate additional income through specialist areas of qualification such as Indoor Cycling, Stability Ball, Pilates etc. whereby employers may enter into a separate arrangement for payment for additional classes. Individuals who choose to follow a career in Personal Training can earn an average of €50.00 per hour. Personal Trainers success will be dependent on the results they achieve for their clients and it will be a benefit having an extrovert personality. Graduates can also operate as sole traders by offering fitness classes in parish halls, community centres etc. Again success will be based on the instructor's personality and motivational skills plus results achieved. It is not unusual for instructors working in this sector to turnover in excess of €1,000.00 per week for part-time evening work. 

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Will I need to get insurance? 
The National Training Centre's code of ethics insists that all NTC graduates who are actively working in the profession, hold a professional indemnity insurance policy which covers the instructor against legal action taken by a client as a result of an injury which was received when following instruction. Instructors who are working on private premises may also need to hold public liability insurance if such cover is not held by the owners of the premises. The National Training Centre have a customised insurance scheme with discounted rates available exclusively to those who have qualified with NTC. The policy is one of the broadest available including many important features that other policies may not offer. The policy has been arranged through Balens Ltd and the insurer for the scheme is the Zurich and DAS Legal Expenses. Balens are a very well established, fourth generation family-run business dedicated to looking after health professionals. They are built on solid roots going back to 1950 and are pioneers in the development of top quality cover for all types of health professionals with special rates and industry leading cover that has been developing and improving over 22 years in this speciality. The scheme will cover thousands of other therapies/activities you may require cover for and many at no extra premium subject to suitable qualification held. Some of the features covered in the policy consist of Medical Malpractice, Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Product Liability, Loss of Reputation, Breach of Intellectual Property, Client Confidentiality Protection, Loss of Documents cover, First Aid cover as well as Good Samaritan Acts. The indemnity limit is €4,000,000 per claim for the Republic of  Ireland. Unlike some other policies on the market, an unlimited number of claims may be made for any year and unlimited legal defence costs are also included. Also included, at no extra charge, is retroactive cover to pick up any previous insured work. Temporary cover abroad (excluding USA/Canada(although available on request)) is available with no time restrictions and at no additional premium as long as you are a UK/Ireland resident. If you cease to practice Balens include unlimited run off cover which means the policy will always be in place if a claim was made after you stop the policy running and this is also free of charge. For further information or proposal form, please contact Balens directly on 00441684 580771 or e-mail- info@balens.co.uk

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Is this qualification accepted internationally? 
Yes. The National Qualification in Exercise Health Studies and Personal Training is fully accredited by REPs Ireland which allows for international recognition. We have graduates working in many countries worldwide. 

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How long does this personal training course last? 
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is an eighteen-week programme of education. Final examination usually commences during week eighteen and may continue into week nineteen or twenty depending on exam scheduling. The weeks of attendance are generally consecutive but sometimes break for bank holidays and Christmas etc. Classes do not break for summer or Easter.

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How much does this course cost? 
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is €2,250.00. This price includes all tutorial hours, complete course manual and use of all study facilities for the duration of the programme. Examination fees of €200.00 are payable two weeks prior to final examination. There are no additional costs or fees in relation to this programme. 

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Do I have to participate in work experience? 
Work experience is not compulsory on the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training. Students who do wish to participate in work experience are actively encouraged and supported administratively as much as possible. 

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Can I move between day and evening courses and between venues? 
No. As the structuring of tutorial schedules sometimes contains differences between day and evening courses it is not possible to interchange. The exact same content is covered by both programmes although, not necessarily on the same days. Additionally, as courses are frequently oversubscribed there may not be space available to offer the opportunity to interchange. If a student enrolled in any course discovers that their circumstances have changed and it would be more suitable to move from day to evening or vice-versa, this may be allowed by the Educational Committee of the National Training Centre if there is space available. Application must be made in writing to the Educational Committee and they will give an official written response. It may subject to availability, be possible to move between courses in Dublin and Cork. 

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Where is this fitness instructor course available? 
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is available at the National Training Centre in Dublin and the Mardyke Arena, University College Cork. 

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How will I be assessed? 
Students of the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training are assessed through both written and practical examination. Students must also complete and submit a Learner Workbook throughout the course. Students cannot graduate without successfully completing all written and practical exams and having submitted, in full, their Learner Workbook. 

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What age group participate in this course? 
Students of all ages participate on the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training. The average age of students is mid-twenties and each course will be made up of male and female students. Each course will often include individuals in their thirties, forties, fifties and sometimes in their sixties. Occasionally there will be a student between seventeen and eighteen years old. Students in this category must have written guardian approval and a parent or guardian must also attend for interview with the student. 

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What is the success rate? 
Students participating on the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training should successfully complete all of their final examinations on the first attempt provided that they put the effort and commitment into their participation and study. Some students may need to repeat one or more exam. Every individual's ability to succeed will be in direct proportion to the number of tutorials attended and the commitment and time and effort they are prepared to commit to their studies. 

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Can I pay by installments? 
Yes. Places can be booked by paying the deposit required and there are options listed above for the payment of the balance. There are discounts available where fees have been fully paid by the course start date.

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Are there grants available to cover tuition fees? 
Students of the National Training Centre regularly receive part funding through the Department of Social Protection's Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG) scheme. Individual students will need to contact their Local Employment Services (LES) facilitator to establish their eligibility. For assistance please contact the NTC office of administration on 01 882 7777.

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How much of the course is practical and how much is theory? 
Theory subjects of the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training take up approximately half of the tutorial hours. The remainder of tutorial hours are taken up with practical subjects. Theory subjects include Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition etc. while practical subjects include Resistance Training and Group Exercise.

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