fitness course

Sports, Fitness Instruction & Exercise – Dublin

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies 5M5146
ITEC Certificate in Instructing Studio Cycling
First Aid Certificate
Royal Lifesaving Society Certificate
Certificate in Child Protection

Duration: One Year

At Sallynoggin College of Further Education, near Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, we offer a Fitness Instruction & Exercise course to provide a variety of practical and theoretical classes, enabling the learner to gain the underpinning knowledge required to work in the Health & Fitness and Sports Industry or to progress into one of two Level 6 courses here in SCFE.

  • Personal Training & Sports Therapies – including Sports Massage & Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Personal Training & Strength Conditioning


“This course in SCFE gave me an excellent foundation and knowledge of the fitness and leisure industry. On completing the course, I went straight into employment.”
Gosia Powlowska

Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish and British Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third level progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit or for the most up to date information.

Former learners have advanced to the Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy course at Level 6 here in SCFE. Learners have also progressed to degree programmes in DIT, IT Blanchardstown, Dundalk IT and a variety of Universities in the UK to study Leisure Management, Sports Management & Coaching and Health & Physical Activity.


  • Fitness Testing and Screening
  • Nutrition
  • HIIT  and Circuit Training
  • Sport, Recreation and Exercise Studies
  • Physiology & Anatomy for Sport
  • Body Conditioning & Sculpting
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Leisure Facilities Operations
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Sports Injury Prevention
  • Programme Design for Children in Exercise
  • Studio Cycling
  • Box-Fit
  • Water-based Exercise

Sports, Fitness, Health & Wellbeing

Employment Opportunities

• Lifeguard
• Swimming Instructor
• Assistant in: sports clubs, leisure centres, gyms, alternative therapy clinics, health centres, health farms or spas.

Course Features and Facilities

• Guest speakers from the fitness and leisure industry
• Work experience in a variety of settings
Sports teams and events
• The Fitness Department works in partnership with DLR Leisure Services to provide a range of practical training opportunities for learners
• Learners have access to the College gym facilities
• Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library
• Wifi and Moodle

Facilities On Site:

  • Sports hall with a sprung wooden floor
  • Fully equipped gym with cardiovascular and resistance machines
  • Mirrored dance studio
  • Changing rooms, showers and lockers
  • Free Weights area

Facilities Off Site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Astro Pitches
  • Spinning Studio
  • TRX Studio
  • Access to full Gym facilities


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent
LCA or relevant experience
Mature applicants welcome
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements