Why Choose Us

If you are thinking about which course to choose, remember not all qualifications are equal - choose the best and opt for the gold standard in education.

The National Training Centre (NTC) is Ireland's longest established training provider offering professional industry based qualifications in the areas of Fitness Instructor Training, Personal Training, Pilates Instructor Training, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy and a range of other courses.  NTC qualifications are Internationally renowned and recognised not only in Ireland but across Europe, Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the UAE. Uniquely NTC are the only training provider to offer recognition in Asia, China, India and Indonesia. NTC is long recognised as the leading training provider in Ireland and the industry’s preferred standard.


​NTC is an academic agent for the University of Chester and we provide students with the opportunity to study part time for a number of Masters Degrees in the areas of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Weight Management and Neuromuscular Therapy.  There are a wide range of courses to choose from at NTC and all courses are offered part time in various locations.  NTC tutors are world class experts in their fields and have many years of professional and teaching experience.  They hold specialist qualifications in education so they are equipped to teach a range of individuals no matter what their background. NTC is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of human movement, exercise science and bodywork therapy. 

NTC Directors


John Sharkey MSc is an Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Anatomist and founder of European Neuromuscular Therapy.  John is a respected international presenter on topics including exercise science, fascia anatomy, bodywork therapy, injury, pain management and BioTensegrity. He brings more than thirty years experience at national, European and international level to the NTC programmes.

“I know what it takes to be the best fitness instructor and personal trainer that the international industry wants. So does our team of incredibly experienced and knowledgeable tutors. Our industry is constantly changing but it always retains a certain core requirement of its professionals to be versatile, knowledgeable, professional and motivational. Above all there is one common phrase repeated to me over the years from employers and that is that NTC graduates can do the job. I take great pride in the standards of our training facilities, programmes and staff. I am also proud that we have been the leading training provider in Ireland and the first to offer programmes in the UK and Europe with graduates in Poland, Hungry, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the United Kingdom"


​Fidelma Conlon (MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science) is a director of the NTC and acts as the course coordinator for all NTC courses based in Ireland and overseas.  With over 20 years of professional industry experience, Fidelma has been instrumental in the development of many of the courses relating to our suite of health fitness and pilates qualifications. As course coordinator, she plays an integral role in the design, planning and quality assurance of the various courses delivered by NTC. Fidelma was one of the original working group members that developed and set the European educational standards for fitness instructors and personal trainers adopted by the European Health Fitness Assocation (now Europe Active).