• 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
      ITEC Award in Instructing Strength and Conditioning Sessions (603/4475/1) 
       REPS small   
      Reps Ireland (professional register of exercise professional) accredited 
  • 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


  • Sports Industry Practice
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Health Promotion
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Anatomy & Physiology

ITEC Personal Trainer

  • ITEC diploma in personal training (Gym Based exercise) 603/4495/7

ITEC Instructing Strength and Conditioning Sessions

  • Strength and Conditioning practice and support sessions with experts in a local Fitness Centre

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:  

  • Full QQI Level 5 Sports Related Award 
  • ITEC Gym Instruction Diploma  
  • Mature Applicants With Industry Experience

Places are offered following successful interview. Garda vetting may be necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Centre Management
  • Strength and conditioning coach 
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

SETU South Eastern Technological University (Carlow Campus):

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sport & Exercise Science(SE905)
  • Physiology and Health Science (SE936)
  • Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (SE901)
  • Strength and Conditioning( SE903)
  • Sport, Business and Coaching (SE9320) H)Sport, Business and Coaching (SE910)

TUD Technological University Dublin (Blanchardstown Campus):

  • BA Sports Management and Coaching (TU735)
  • BA (H) Sports Management and Coaching (TU935)

TUD Technological University Dublin ​​​​​​​(Tallaght Campus):

  • BSC Sports Science and Health (TU736)
  • BSC Sports Studies (TU737)

TUD Technological University Dublin ​​​​​​​ (Grangegorman Campus):

  • BSC Sports and Leisure Management (YU955)

Dundalk IT:

  • BA Sports Exercise & Enterprise L7 (DK763) - advancement into 2nd year.


  • Sports Studies & Physical Education (CK116)

SETU South East Technological University (Waterford Campus) :

  • BSc in Sports Coaching (SE904)
  • BSC Sport and Exercise Science (SE902)
  • BBus in Recreation & Sport Management (SE933))
  • BBus (H) in Recreation & Sport Management (SE906) (WD212)


*Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Jennifer Campbell

Where are they now?

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

michael turkowski"During my time in BIFE I have completed two courses over the two years: Dietetic Nutrition & Food Science QQI Level 5 and then the Personal Trainer Strength & Conditioning QQI Level 6 & ITEC Level 3. Both of those courses were a great challenge and the gave me great understanding of the importance of nutrition and exercises on human body. Completing these courses has opened the door into the fitness industry, I am currently working as gym and fitness instructor in a local gym and continuing to study by specialising in a Sports Therapy ITEC Level 3, 4, & 5 course part time in the IMST Limerick. I highly recommend BIFE as there is great selection of modules with highly qualified and dedicated tutors. If you are looking for challenge this your place." - Michal Turkowski

"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

"I currently work at the gym called The Fitness Tailor as a personal trainer. I completed the personalChris Nich trainer, strength and conditioning course at BIFE.I had a very positive time in BIFE, making friends in my course that I still enjoy seeing on a regular basis, and I also received a great amount of help from the staff Including my teachers who went above and beyond for me and the lunch ladies who were always so kind and friendly. With the work I was studying, BIFE's teachers had first-hand experience. During the course they were able to expose be a variety of different client that I would be expected to train, and different ways of training and dealing with these clients. As a big lover of Jui Jitsu it is my plan to eventually open up my own academy with a personal training aspect to it.’." - Christopher Nicolson Student of the year 2022-2024

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