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Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

6M5147 QQI Level 6 Sports, Recreation and Exercise


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

•    QQI/FETAC Level 5 award, or
•    Equivalent qualification in Sports, Recreation and Exercise, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Recommendation, and
•    Medically certified evidence of fitness to participate in exercise

Principal Area of Study

Sports Industry Practice, Exercise and Fitness, Sports Nutrition, Health Promotion, On Site Massage, Pool Lifeguarding, Customer Service, Personal and Professional Development.



Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 6 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.


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.


1 Year

Course Code: 

6321 / 6322