If you hold a fitness instructor qualification, obtained either in Ireland or abroad, but it does not meet the eligibility requirements for CPD programmes or registration with REPs Ireland you can upgrade to the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training at EQF Level 4.
Being qualified at EQF Level 4 allows you to register with REPs Ireland (www.repsireland.ie) at the highest level, and once registered you will have international portability to countries such as Australia, USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, etc.
There are a range of modules available which have been tailored to offer upgrade options for a variety of backgrounds. Some will need to complete several modules while others have the option of electing for assessment only via both practical and theory exams.
If you are interested and would like to know more about the personal training conversion options, please call us now on 01 882 7777 or complete the registration form to book a place now.
Instructors who graduated with NCEHS before 2006 can apply to upgrade their qualification to EQF Level 4, Advanced Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer Level.
This upgrade route is open to all qualified instructors including those with the following qualifications:
Instructors who didn’t qualify through NCEHS / NTC must submit a copy of their original fitness instructor qualification with their application form.
Students can complete the modules they require to prepare for examinations. The available modules include:
Resistance Training Workshop
This one day workshop is for those who already hold a fitness instructor qualification which includes Resistance Training but who feel that they need to refresh their knowledge in this area in order to prepare for examination. The workshop costs €230.00
Group Fitness Workshop
This one day workshop is for those who already hold a fitness instructor qualification which includes group fitness but who feel that they need to refresh their knowledge in this area in order to prepare for examination. The workshop costs €230.00
Group Fitness Module
This full module is for those who already hold a fitness instructor qualification which does not include group fitness. This module is completed over fifteen weeks and is available as a morning, afternoon or evening option depending on the time of year. The tutorials for this module are delivered once each week for the full duration and you will sit a practical assessment at the end of the module. The module costs €575.00
If you already hold a fitness instructor qualification but have not worked in the fitness profession for a number of years, you may feel that a fuller learning experience is required to bring your knowledge and teaching confidence up to date or if you hold a qualification which is not recognised in Ireland, you may be able to complete any of our full primary fitness instructor / personal trainer programmes at a reduced price of two thirds of the standard fee.
Assessment - Workshop Route
Students who have either completed one or more of the workshops above, or who feel that they do not need to refresh and update their knowledge through completion of workshops, will be assessed by the following methods:
The cost for this assessment is €150.00
Assessment - Group Fitness Module Route
Students who have completed the full group fitness module will be assessed for competence within that module. In order to obtain the full National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training qualification they will then need to:
The cost for this assessment is €95.00
Assessment - Complete Programme Route
Students who have opted to complete the full National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training programme at the discounted rate will complete the full standard assessment at a cost of €200.00
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training demonstrates through its accreditation by the European Health and Fitness Association 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 the only complete stand alone fitness qualification in Ireland, accredited at EQF 4.
The process for EHFA 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.
The next Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Upgrade Course runs in the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 on the following dates in 2017.
Group Fitness Workshop May 19th - 10am to 5pm
Resistance Training Workshop May 26th - 10am to 5pm
Assessment dates to be allocated.
Do I need to hold any other qualification in order to participate on this programme?
Yes. You will need to hold a primary fitness instructor qualification which has been issued by NCEHS prior to January 2006 (NCEHS graduates since January 2006 already hold an EHFA accredited EQF Level 4 qualification). Qualified fitness instructors who hold NCEF or ITEC qualifications are also eligible. In this instance ITEC refers to the U.K. based organisation and not the Irish Training and Education Centre. Graduates of some Institutes of Technology who currently hold EQF Level 3 qualification in Gym Instruction and Exercise to Music can also complete this course to upgrade to EQF Level 4. Holders of many other qualifications issued both in Ireland and abroad are also eligible. Please call 01 882 7777 if you are unsure of your individual eligibility.
What will I be qualified to do when I complete this course successfully?
On successful completion you will be a fully qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer at EQF Level 4 and you will be entitled to full membership of REPS Ireland.
Is this qualification accepted internationally?
Yes. The National Qualification in Exercise Health Studies and Personal Training is accredited by the European Health Fitness Association at EQF Level 4, which offers international recognition and portability.
How long does this course last?
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training (Conversion / Upgrade) course varies in length depending on the options chosen by individual candidates.
How much does this course cost?
The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training (Conversion / Upgrade) course costs vary depending on the options chosen by individual candidates.
Where is this course available?
This fitness instrctuor and personal trainer course is available at the National Training Centre in Dublin .
Can I pay by installments?
No - there is no installment payment option available for this programme.
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.