Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Qualification Course

Earn your living doing what you love.

This programme provides graduates with an internationally recognised qualification which allows them to offer exercise prescription to the general public as part of their day-to-day working routine as either a full time or part time health fitness instructor and personal trainer. This sought after programme is accredited at EQF Level 4 which is the highest standard available to fitness instructors and personal trainers throughout Europe.

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Course Content

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies, and Personal Training covers all relevant areas to ensure that you hit the ground running.

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Overview

NTC is Ireland’s longest established training provider in the health fitness industry with a reputation for training the best instructors and personal trainers nationwide.

The NTC course is the most comprehensive training available ensuring that NTC graduates are qualified in a broad range of skills including group fitness, gym instruction, kettlebell training and personal training.

On successful completion of this NTC health fitness course you will have the knowledge, skills and competencies to work in Ireland’s health fitness industry and across the globe, whether it be in a self employed capacity as a personal trainer, health coach, or private group fitness instructor teaching your own classes or working within the growing number of gyms, health clubs, fitness and leisure centres in Ireland and abroad.

NTC graduates are highly sought after by employers and managers as they know that when NTC learners complete our courses they are fully equipped to do the job and they hit the ground running!

At NTC we are student focused and that means our teaching methods, policies and procedures are designed to ensure you have a great educational experience with us. Using the latest most up to date and proven methods of tutor-student, student-student interaction you gain knowledge and skills in a way that is non-stressful and completely enjoyable.

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is accredited at European Qualification Framework (EQF) Level 4. This is the highest standard that can be achieved in qualification as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in Europe.

The programme covers all relevant areas including Resistance Training, Sports Nutrition, Group Fitness, Anatomy and Physiology, Kettlebell Training and more

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Content

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training (EQF L4) covers everything you need to know to be a successful health fitness instructor and personal trainer.

When you study at the NTC you will learn anatomy, physiology, myology, sports nutrition, exercise physiology and the necessary exercise science that you need to know to be a top class instructor and trainer.

Knowledge is key and at NTC our syllabus goes above and beyond what is expected at the European minimum standard.

When it comes to practical content we teach it all from group fitness classes, resistance training, personal training, fitness assessment, client appraisal and exercise programming.

NTC played a significant role in the development of the standards at national and European level for many years so we know what is required to ensure our graduates exceed these expectations.

On successful completion of the course NTC graduates are eligible to join the REPS Ireland national independent register for exercise professionals and will receive twelve months complimentary membership once evidence of certification date is provided.

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Fees

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 standard cost of this programme is €2,350.00. There is a discount of €150.00 when fees are fully paid before the course start date.

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 €2,200.00. Alternatively, you can make a payment of €925.00 by the course start date with a further payment of €925.00 within one month of the course start date – total payable is €2,350.00. 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.

The cost of the programme manual is included within the course fee.

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Syllabus

The Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training course includes two separate qualifications:

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies, and Personal Training

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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Support

Study is supported through an online Learning Portal with documents and quizzes designed to test each students knowledge as they progress through the course.

OVERVIEW

NTC is Ireland’s longest established training provider in the health fitness industry with a reputation for training the best instructors and personal trainers nationwide.

The NTC course is the most comprehensive training available ensuring that NTC graduates are qualified in a broad range of skills including group fitness, gym instruction, kettlebell training and personal training.

On successful completion of this NTC health fitness course you will have the knowledge, skills and competencies to work in Ireland’s health fitness industry and across the globe, whether it be in a self employed capacity as a personal trainer, health coach, or private group fitness instructor teaching your own classes or working within the growing number of gyms, health clubs, fitness and leisure centres in Ireland and abroad.

NTC graduates are highly sought after by employers and managers as they know that when NTC learners complete our courses they are fully equipped to do the job and they hit the ground running!

At NTC we are student focused and that means our teaching methods, policies and procedures are designed to ensure you have a great educational experience with us. Using the latest most up to date and proven methods of tutor-student, student-student interaction you gain knowledge and skills in a way that is non-stressful and completely enjoyable.

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training is accredited at European Qualification Framework (EQF) Level 4. This is the highest standard that can be achieved in qualification as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in Europe.

The programme covers all relevant areas including Resistance Training, Sports Nutrition, Group Fitness, Anatomy and Physiology, Kettlebell Training and more

CONTENT

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training (EQF L4) covers everything you need to know to be a successful health fitness instructor and personal trainer.

When you study at the NTC you will learn anatomy, physiology, myology, sports nutrition, exercise physiology and the necessary exercise science that you need to know to be a top class instructor and trainer.

Knowledge is key and at NTC our syllabus goes above and beyond what is expected at the European minimum standard.

When it comes to practical content we teach it all from group fitness classes, resistance training, personal training, fitness assessment, client appraisal and exercise programming.

NTC played a significant role in the development of the standards at national and European level for many years so we know what is required to ensure our graduates exceed these expectations.

On successful completion of the course NTC graduates are eligible to join the REPS Ireland national independent register for exercise professionals and will receive twelve months complimentary membership once evidence of certification date is provided.

FEES

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 standard cost of this programme is €2,350.00. There is a discount of €150.00 when fees are fully paid before the course start date.

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 €2,200.00. Alternatively, you can make a payment of €925.00 by the course start date with a further payment of €925.00 within one month of the course start date – total payable is €2,350.00. 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.

The cost of the programme manual is included within the course fee.

SYLLABUS

The Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training course includes two separate qualifications:

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies, and Personal Training

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

SUPPORT

Study is supported through an online Learning Portal with documents and quizzes designed to test each students knowledge as they progress through the course.

INTENSIVE COURSE

The National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies, and Personal Training is now available as an intensive course giving you all the same great content and expert tuition over a shorter time period to get you qualified and up and running fast!
The intensive course covers all the same content as the standard course but you attend for two classes each day meaning that you qualify in just 9 weeks with the same highest European standard.

Content

The same content

Quicker

In just 9 weeks

Tutors

The same tutors

Standards

The same standards

National Training Centre Dublin

Mardyke Arena, UCC

Schedule and Locations

This course is available part-time as an intensive day course over 9 weeks or an evening course over 18 weeks in Dublin at the National Training Centre in Dublin’s city centre. In Cork the course is available as a part-time weekend course over 18 weekends at the Mardyke Arena, UCC.

CourseDurationStart DateTimesVenueAccreditationAvailabilityBOOKING
CORK

Weekend Course

18 Weeks

September 7th 2019

Saturday & Sunday
10:30am to 4:30pm

Mardyke Arena
Cork

REPs Ireland

Fully Booked

BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE

CORKWeekend Course
DUBLIN

Intensive Day Course

9 Weeks

October 14th 2019

Monday to Thursday
10:30am to 4:30pm

NTC
Dublin

REPs Ireland

Fully Booked

BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE

DUBLINIntensive Day Course
DUBLIN

Evening Course

18 Weeks

October 15th 2019

Tues & Thurs
7pm to 9:30pm
Saturday
11am to 5pm

NTC
Dublin

REPs Ireland

Booking Closed

CALL 018827777 TO ENQUIRE ABOUT LATE AVAILABILITY

DUBLINEvening Course
DUBLIN

Intensive Day Course

9 Weeks

February 3rd 2020

Monday to Thursday
10:30am to 4:30pm

NTC
Dublin

REPs Ireland

Good Availability

DUBLINIntensive Day Course
DUBLIN

Evening Course

18 Weeks

February 3rd 2020

Mon & Weds
7pm to 9:30pm
Saturday
11am to 5pm

NTC
Dublin

REPs Ireland

Good Availability

DUBLINEvening Course
CORK

Weekend Course

18 Weeks

February 15th 2020

Saturday & Sunday
10:30am to 4:30pm

Mardyke Arena
Cork

REPs Ireland

Good Availability

CORKWeekend Course

Our Health Fitness Team

Only fully qualified tutors deliver the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies, and Personal Training, with each tutor having recognised industry and educational experience in their individual fields.

John Sharkey, MSc.

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain using European Neuromuscular Therapy. John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Clinical Anatomy and holds a post-graduate certificate in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

John promotes his model of “Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st century” integrating the pioneering work of his mentor Dr. Stephen Levin MD. John has been teaching European Neuromuscular Therapy using living anatomy and specialising in chronic pain conditions. He is recognised as one of the worlds leading authorities on fascia and Biotensegrity. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other professional journals.

Noeleen Gregory, MSc

Noeleen Gregory is expert in a variety of modules on various NTC courses including:

  • Resistance Training
  • Exercise Principles
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Pilates
  • Stability Ball Training
  • Exercise for Older Adults

Her knowledge and wisdom is impeccable and is backed up by a life dedicated to exercise and nutrition – both personally and professionally. Noeleen has an innate ability to transfer knowledge to students in an informative yet relaxed atmosphere. Her enthusiasm and passion for fitness has influenced thousands of students to pursue a career in the health fitness industry.

Noeleen is also the National Training Centre’s examinations coordinator and is a highly respected member of the tutoring team for the Dundalk Institute of Technology’s B.Sc (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity.

Michelle O’Melia, MSc

Michelle has been delivering educational excellence at the National Training Centre since 2000. She is passionate about all aspects of fitness and health and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester.

Michelle teaches exercise to music, anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise physiology on our primary health fitness programmes and also delivers suspension training and indoor cycling.

Janette Penney, MSc

Janette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she studied Economics, and continued on to spend almost 10 years in business and technology and management roles in the UK and Ireland.

In 2003, she changed career path and moved into the world of fitness. Janette has always been passionate about fitness and getting fit and knew she wanted to inspire and educate others.

She ran a successful gym in Dublin for six years while she developed her industry specific skills at the National Training Centre. As a qualified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, she has taught private group exercise classes, and focused on motivating others through 1-1 personal training.

Janette teaches the Anatomy, Exercise to Music and Business modules on the Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training course and also teaches on the Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork.

Danielle Iannelli

Daniel is a resistance training tutor for the NTC and has a background in Martial Arts. He also trains and competes in Brazilian jiu jitsu,

Daniel holds a Higher National Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management, Sports Recreation Level 5 and is currently studying for his degree in Strength and Conditioning.

Daniel also teaches on NTC’s Kettlebell Training, Suspension Training and Strength and Conditioning programmes.

Larry Geraghty

Larry, who like all NTC tutors holds the National University of Ireland’s Diploma in Training and Continuing Education teaches primarily resistance training on our fitness programmes and also heads up the strength and conditioning course.

Larry is also a tutor on the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical therapy and runs his own successful private practice for the treatment of pain, injury and dysfunction.

Niamh McGuirk

Niamh has 16 years’ experience in the fitness industry, delivering Personal Training, Group Fitness classes and further education on an international level. She travelled the world as a Les Mills Master Trainer and Presenter and has appeared on 2 Les Mills Bodypump DVDs being the first person to represent Ireland.

She lived in South Africa for 3 years where she launched the Les Mills programs and worked as the National Product Manager for Planet Fitness, a fast-growing gym chain with over 40 clubs around South Africa.

Niamh’s other love is music and she works as a professional singer when not in the gym. This love for music and the ability to entertain a crowd gives her the edge and ability to thrive as a Group Fitness instructor.

Laura Connick BSc

In addition to the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training, Laura holds a BSc in Sports and Exercise Management from UCD and has worked in some of Dublin’s most established gyms.

Laura specialises in helping clients to achieve and maintain optimal body weight and ensures they achieve their goals in a healthy and sustainable fashion.

Laura is dedicated to continuing professional development and constantly expands her knowledge base and training to ensure she can provide the best advice to her clients.

Brighid Liston

Brighid is an energetic instructor with great knowledge of health and fitness who practices what she preaches.

Brighid is a keen runner, competing in the regular BHAA races. She is also a Pilates instructor and runs her own Sports Pilates Classes Cork at LesiureWorld and also teaches regular Aqua aerobics classes.

Ray Lynch BSc, MA

Since graduating with the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training in 2001, Ray has worked in the health fitness industry with various gyms and corporate health facilities, such as Ulster Bank and University College Dublin, mainly facilitating group exercise classes, indoor cycling classes and personal training.

In 2002 Ray was awarded his honours degree in Health Services Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology and went on to complete a Masters in Management with the IPA/University College Dublin in 2006.

Craig Clifford

Craig completed the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training in 2011 and has also completed Kettlebells, Step Aerobics, Suspension Training and Strength and Conditioning advanced certification programmes with NTC.

Craig operates his own successful fitness facility and Personal Training business. He mainly tutors Resistance Training, Fitness Assessment and Exercise Principles.

Teddy Nyhan

John Sharkey, MSc.

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain using European Neuromuscular Therapy. John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Clinical Anatomy and holds a post-graduate certificate in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

John promotes his model of “Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st century” integrating the pioneering work of his mentor Dr. Stephen Levin MD. John has been teaching European Neuromuscular Therapy using living anatomy and specialising in chronic pain conditions. He is recognised as one of the worlds leading authorities on fascia and Biotensegrity. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other professional journals.

Noeleen Gregory, MSc

Noeleen Gregory is expert in a variety of modules on various NTC courses including:

  • Resistance Training
  • Exercise Principles
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Pilates
  • Stability Ball Training
  • Exercise for Older Adults

Her knowledge and wisdom is impeccable and is backed up by a life dedicated to exercise and nutrition – both personally and professionally. Noeleen has an innate ability to transfer knowledge to students in an informative yet relaxed atmosphere. Her enthusiasm and passion for fitness has influenced thousands of students to pursue a career in the health fitness industry.

Noeleen is also the National Training Centre’s examinations coordinator and is a highly respected member of the tutoring team for the Dundalk Institute of Technology’s B.Sc (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity.

Michelle O’Melia, MSc

Michelle has been delivering educational excellence at the National Training Centre since 2000. She is passionate about all aspects of fitness and health and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester.

Michelle teaches exercise to music, anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise physiology on our primary health fitness programmes and also delivers suspension training and indoor cycling.

Janette Penney, MSc

Janette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she studied Economics, and continued on to spend almost 10 years in business and technology and management roles in the UK and Ireland.

In 2003, she changed career path and moved into the world of fitness. Janette has always been passionate about fitness and getting fit and knew she wanted to inspire and educate others.

She ran a successful gym in Dublin for six years while she developed her industry specific skills at the National Training Centre. As a qualified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, she has taught private group exercise classes, and focused on motivating others through 1-1 personal training.

Janette teaches the Anatomy, Exercise to Music and Business modules on the Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training course and also teaches on the Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork.

Danielle Iannelli

Daniel is a resistance training tutor for the NTC and has a background in Martial Arts. He also trains and competes in Brazilian jiu jitsu,

Daniel holds a Higher National Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management, Sports Recreation Level 5 and is currently studying for his degree in Strength and Conditioning.

Daniel also teaches on NTC’s Kettlebell Training, Suspension Training and Strength and Conditioning programmes.

Larry Geraghty

Larry, who like all NTC tutors holds the National University of Ireland’s Diploma in Training and Continuing Education teaches primarily resistance training on our fitness programmes and also heads up the strength and conditioning course.

Larry is also a tutor on the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical therapy and runs his own successful private practice for the treatment of pain, injury and dysfunction.

Niamh McGuirk

Niamh has 16 years’ experience in the fitness industry, delivering Personal Training, Group Fitness classes and further education on an international level. She travelled the world as a Les Mills Master Trainer and Presenter and has appeared on 2 Les Mills Bodypump DVDs being the first person to represent Ireland.

She lived in South Africa for 3 years where she launched the Les Mills programs and worked as the National Product Manager for Planet Fitness, a fast-growing gym chain with over 40 clubs around South Africa.

Niamh’s other love is music and she works as a professional singer when not in the gym. This love for music and the ability to entertain a crowd gives her the edge and ability to thrive as a Group Fitness instructor.

Laura Connick BSc

In addition to the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training, Laura holds a BSc in Sports and Exercise Management from UCD and has worked in some of Dublin’s most established gyms.

Laura specialises in helping clients to achieve and maintain optimal body weight and ensures they achieve their goals in a healthy and sustainable fashion.

Laura is dedicated to continuing professional development and constantly expands her knowledge base and training to ensure she can provide the best advice to her clients.

Brighid Liston

Brighid is an energetic instructor with great knowledge of health and fitness who practices what she preaches.

Brighid is a keen runner, competing in the regular BHAA races. She is also a Pilates instructor and runs her own Sports Pilates Classes Cork at LesiureWorld and also teaches regular Aqua aerobics classes.

Ray Lynch BSc, MA

Since graduating with the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training in 2001, Ray has worked in the health fitness industry with various gyms and corporate health facilities, such as Ulster Bank and University College Dublin, mainly facilitating group exercise classes, indoor cycling classes and personal training.

In 2002 Ray was awarded his honours degree in Health Services Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology and went on to complete a Masters in Management with the IPA/University College Dublin in 2006.

Craig Clifford

Craig completed the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training in 2011 and has also completed Kettlebells, Step Aerobics, Suspension Training and Strength and Conditioning advanced certification programmes with NTC.

Craig operates his own successful fitness facility and Personal Training business. He mainly tutors Resistance Training, Fitness Assessment and Exercise Principles.

Teddy Nyhan

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to the most commonly asked questions from prospective students

Reviews

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