Fitness Instructor Course – Become a Gym Instructor

This Fitness Course leads to the ITEC Fitness Instructor Diploma (Gym-based/Exercise to Music/Water-Based Exercise/Exercise and Physical Activity for Children) as well as the ITEC Certificate in Personal Training. The course offers a very comprehensive Programme of study and is suitable for anybody that aim to enter the Fitness Industry.

Course Schedule

This course is suitable for complete beginners.

Course fee: €3,800. Payable in full or via monthly standing order instalments: Registration fee €800 + 10 standing order monthly instalments of €300 (starting the month of the year you start your course)

Other fees to be paid at week 10 of your course:
ITEC Exams: €200
Portfolio photoshoot: €200 (not compulsory. More details below)

Programme Attendance: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7-10pm from October to June, plus one Sunday (the First Sunday of every month from November to June)for the practical work.

Term: The course starts the last Monday of October and ends the last Monday of June


  • ITEC Level 2 (equivalent to FETAC level 5) Diploma in Fitness Instructing
  • ITEC Level 3 (equivalent to FETAC level 6) Certificate in Personal Training

Requirements: You will require to attend a gym (for your own fitness training and observation). Your course tutor will carry out an assessment with you and prescribe a fitness programme for your at the start of your course

Practical work: The course related practical work is carried out one Sunday per Month

You will learn everything you need to know to get started in the Industry

We understand that it can be hard to select the course that best suits your budget and goals. We simplify the process for you and give you the option of spreading your course fee payments over a period of months.

During this study programme, you will complete a comprehensive programme of study, covering everything you need to know to enter the Fitness Industry. Upon completion of the course you will be qualified to work in as a Gym Instructor and/or start a freelance career as a Personal Instructor.

You will also attain Internationally Recognised Qualifications that match course content to Industry requirements. The International Awarding Body ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council), the body that awards the qualifications for this programme, was formed in 1947 to offer International Qualifications in a number of disciplines. It is one of the most established awarding bodies and recognised in 36 countries.

Taken that the Fitness Industry is undergoing regulatory processes in Ireland and is in fact regulated in most countries, in the near future only qualified persons will be able to establish themselves as fitness instructors.

You don't have to be fit to start

Get fit or improve your fitness as you study your course. You will enhance your physique as you embark on your path to joining the fitness Industry.

A part of the course is preparing you, mentally and physically, to enter the fitness industry and provide others with the expertise and motivation to become fit and lead a healthier lifestyle

You have the option of completing your course with a Pro Portfolio

We realise fitness professionals need good images to promote their services and it can be very expensive to book a session with a commercial studio so we offer you the opportunity of having a professional fitness portfolio photo shoot in our studio with our International Fashion Photographer at a highly discounted price. The images can be used for your web site, a job application or even to start a career as a fitness model.

The portfolio shoot is carried out on a Sunday, 3 weeks before the end of the programme. You book this with us at week 10 of your course.

Images are delivered in digital format. Images are lightly airbrushed. We can also arrange for a make-up artist to work with you on the day, complimentary.

The portfolio shoot has two parts, depending on numbers carried out on the same day or over two sundays:

  • The first part is studio based. you will receive a close up (face shot) and 3 full length images
  • The second part takes place in the gym used for the practical work. You will bring a model to pose as a client and the photographer will shoot you instruction the client as well as using/instructing gym based equipment. You will receive 5 images from this part

Course Syllabus

  • Anatomy and Physiology:
    • Location, function and structure of the heart
    • Blood flow through the four chambers of the heart
    • Systemic and Pulmonary circulation
    • Structure and functions of blood vessels
    • Blood pressure and blood pressure classifications
    • Location, function and structure of the lungs
    • The main muscles involved in breathing
    • The passage of air through the Respiratory System
    • The process of gaseous exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs
    • Basic functions of the skeleton
    • The structures of the axial skeleton
    • The structures of the appendicular skeleton
    • Classifications of bones
    • The structure of a long bone
    • Stages of bone growth
    • posture in terms of: Curves of the spine, Neutral spine alignment, Potential ranges of motion of the
      spine, Postural deviations to include: kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis and the effect of pregnancy
    • Classification of joints
    • Structure of synovial joints
    • Types of synovial joints and their range of motion
    • joint movement potential and joint actions
    • Types, characteristics and functions of muscle tissue
    • Anterior and posterior skeletal muscles
    • Pelvic floor muscles
    • The different types of muscle action
    • Joint actions brought about by specific muscle group actions
    • Skeletal muscle fibre types and their characteristics
    • The lifecourse of the Musculoskeletal System and its implications for special populations exercise
    • The Nervous System and its relation to exercise
    • Energy systems and their relation to exercise to include: Carbohydrates (sugar and starches), Oxygen , Fats
      ,Proteins, Anaerobic, Creatine Phosphate/Phosphocreatine , Utilises high energy phosphates in muscles (ATP and PC)
      , Aerobic system, Breakdown of glycogen using oxygen, Long duration activitie, Low intensity, Practical examples of when each system is predominantly in use, Relevance of each to individuals in relation to aims and objectives of the training programme

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment

  • Nutrition:
    • Structure and function of the Digestive System
    • Explain the meaning of key nutritional terms including: diet, healthy eating, nutrition and balanced diet
    • The function and metabolism of: macro nutrients and micro nutrients
    • The main food groups and the nutrients they contribute to the diet
    • Identify the calorific value of nutrients
    • Explain the common terminology used in nutrition including: dietary reference values(DRV), Recommended daily allowance(RDA), Recommended daily intake (RDI) and Glycaemic Index
    • How to interpret food labelling information
    • The significance of healthy food preparation
    • The relationship between nutrition, physical activity, body composition and health
    • Disease / disease risk factors, cholesterol, types of fat in the diet
    • Understand key guidelines in relation to nutrition
    • Describe the nutritional principles and key features of the National food model/guide
    • 4 Define portion sizes in the context of the National food model/guide
    • Identify clients at risk of nutritional deficiencies
    • Describe safety, effectiveness and contraindications relating to protein and vitamin supplementation
    • Define the role of carbohydrate, fat and protein as fuels for aerobic and anaerobic energy production
    • Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR)
    • Ientify energy expenditure for different physical activities
    • Nutriotinal requrements
    • Dietary assessment methods
    • Eating disorders
    • Nutritional goal setting with clients, including setting nutritional goals into basic healthy eating advice that reflects current National guidelines
    • How to monitor, evaluate and review the client’s progress towards their nutritional goals

  • Gym Instructing (theory and practical):
    • Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health
    • How to Support Clients who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity
    • Planning Gym-Based Exercise
    • Instructing Gym-Based Exercise
    • Planning Group Exercise to Music
    • Instructing Group Exercise to Music
    • Planning Water-Based Exercise
    • Instructing Water-Based Exercise
    • Planning Health-Related Exercise and Physical Activity for Children
    • Instructing Health-Related Exercise and Physical Activity for Children
    • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
    • Introduction to suspension training: TRX
    • Kinesological Systems

  • Personal Training (theory and practical):
    • How to prepare personal training programmes
    • How to instruct exercise during personal training sessions
    • The range of resources required to deliver a personal training programme
    • How to work and prescrive programmes in environments that are not specifically designed for exercise/physical activity
    • How to work together with clients to agree goals, objectives, programmes and adaptations
    • The importance of longterm behaviour change in developing client fitness
    • How to ensure clients commit themselves to long-term change
    • How to keep clients motivated
    • Communication with clients
    • Informed consent
    • Principles of collecting information to plan a personal training programme
    • What client information that should be collected when designing a personal training programme
    • Select the most appropriate methods of collecting client information according to client need
    • Legal and ethical implication, including confidentiality
    • How to screen clients prior to a personal training programme
    • Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire
    • Medical conditions that will prevent personal trainers from working with a client unless they have specialist training and qualifications
    • How and when personal trainers should refer clients to another professional
    • How to identify personal training goals
    • How to prescribe a range of safe and effective exercises/physical activities to develop: Cardiovascular Fitness, Muscular Fitness, Flexibility, Motor Skills and Core Stability
    • How to adapt a personal training programme
    • How to measure a personal training programme
    • How to manage a personal training programme
    • How to review progress with clients
    • Keeping accurate records



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You might also consider fitness modelling

Anybody working in the Industry will tell you that it is not that easy to get into the fitness modelling sector. Networking and having a first credit help a great deal. For that reason, we have established links with fitness related companies and send images to them as requested.

If you have your portfolio completed with us we will automatically send the images to companies. Unless you have instructed otherwise of course. The portfolio photographer will also give you tips and techniques for posing and looking your very best during the shoot.

If fitness modelling is an area you might wish to pursue as you progress and meet your own fitness goals, this article, although USA based, gives some good advice:

A Basic Fitness Instructing Certificate is Not likely to lead to employment

Just completing a short Basic Fitness Instructing Certificate is not enough for you to gain work in the Industry.That is why our programme includes both the Diploma and The Personal Trainer Qualifications.

In order to gain work as a Fitness Instructor you are required to know how to design and deliver: Fitness Classes for Gym Based Exercise, Group Exercise to Music, Water Based Exercise and Personal Training. Understanding HIIT, Suspension training and the other more advanced techniques we have added to our programme will also prove advantageous as you start your career in the Industry.

Become a success story

We all know success has nothing to do with luck. It takes hard work and commitment.

All of the  success stories shown on our site comes from students that had a career plan, a dream and were willing to make their dream come true.

You might have met some of previous students, working in various areas, servicing the needs of different industries.

What they had in common is passion. The  drive and ambition to succeed in their chosen field.

They are the ones that embrace opportunities and work hard to attain the credits, the experience and to network within their Industry. They show their skills and professionalism every time.

They are the ones that don't just arrive on time, they arrive early and  prepared.

The reality of any Industry is that consistency and professionalism usually leads to success.

If you share their vision, you can be certain that as one of our students we will do everything in our power to help you achieve your goals. 

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