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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor 

PLSS Code 413829 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This course aims to provide the successful graduates with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in the sports and leisure industry, in careers such as personal training, group fitness instructing, pool lifeguard and sports massage therapy.

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses. You must be medically certified evidence of fitness to participate in exercise.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Team Leadership (6N1948) QQI
  • Work Experience (6N1946) QQI
  • Health Promotion (6N2214) QQI
  • On Site Massage (6N3478) QQI
  • Sports Industry Practice (6N4650) QQI
  • Sports Nutrition (6N4651) QQI
  • Exercise and Fitness (6N5345) QQI
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology (5N4648) QQI

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Sports, Recreation and Exercise 6M5147 NFQ Level 6, ITEC, NCEF (UL)

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can be used for graduates to progress to Level 7 and Level 8 programmes in Higher Education such as In certain cases, graduates who hold a QQI Level 6 qualification, or who have other relevant educational and/or work experience equivalent to year 1 of an undergraduate programme, may be considered for Advanced Entry. Applicants must contact the Admissions Office of the relevant institutions for further information -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities:

UCD: BSc (Hons) Health & Performance Science
SETU Carlow: BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy 
TUD Tallaght: BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Health
TUD Blanchardstown 

Full information can be found here.

Graduates go on to secure employment in the sports and leisure industry across a range of organisations in both the public and private sectors, including gyms, health clubs, leisure centres, hotels, swimming pools and cruise ships.

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   Routes for this Course


1 Year


Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board