• Code: EC
  • Certification:QQI level 6 award in Sports, Recreation & Exercise (6M5147)
    • ITEC diploma in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise) (601/1894/5) NFQ Level 5 
  • Duration: One Year


This course will provide a more in-depth look at strength and conditioning and exercise education. Physical Education and the Fitness Industry continues to be one of the largest growing industries in Ireland. The course is designed for learners to achieve a higher level of certification for personal training employment or to continue on to higher education at a more advanced level.

Programme of Study


  • Exercise and Fitness 
  • Health Promotion
  • Work Experience 
  • Team leadership 
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Industry Practice 

ITEC Personal Trainer 

  • Unit 412 Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Unit 413 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
  • Unit 414 Programming personal training with clients
  • Unit 415 Delivering personal training sessions

ITEC Instructing Strength and Conditioning Sessions

  • Unit 461 Planning a Strength and Conditioning Session
  • Unit 462 Instructing a Strength and Conditioning Session

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

Full QQI Level 5 sports related award

ITEC gym instruction diploma

Mature Applicants with industry experience

Places are offered following successful interview.

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Centre Management
Higher Education Progression*

Carlow IT:

  • Bachelor of Arts in sport & exercise (CW817); 
  • Physiology and health science (CW106);
  • Sports rehabilitation and athletic therapy (CW188); 
  • Sports science (CW178);
  • Strength and conditioning (CW198)

IT Blanchardstown:

  • Sports management and coaching (BN111)


  • Sports coaching and performance (LY228)


  • Sports Studies and physical education (CK116)

Waterford IT:

  • BSC in sports coaching (WD186); 
  • BSC in exercise and fitness (WD125)
Course Co-Ordinator
Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"I decided to return to education as a mature student. My time spent at BIFE was inspirational. I am currently studying for a degree in strength and conditioning in Carlow IT. But for my time in BIFE I would have never had the drive or confidence to attempt a degree. My work placement during the course secured my current position as a personal trainer. BIFE was a great stepping stone in my career. I met and made some lifelong friends and contacts from my time there. I highly recommend to anyone looking to return to education that BIFE would be the place to start, I truly believe if it wasn’t for the lecturers and staff at BIFE, I wouldn’t be where I am today in life." -  Mathew Dunbar

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