fitness course

Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning Course – Dublin

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies 6M5147
REPS Ireland – Register of Exercise Professionals
ITEC Award in Instructing Strength and Conditioning
ITEC Certificate in Personal Training / ITEC Certificate in Gym Instruction
ITEC Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Exercise and Physical Activity for Children)
ITEC Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Exercise to Music)
ITEC Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Water-based Exercise)
ITEC Award in Taping and Strapping for Sport and Active Leisure

Duration: One Year September to May  Flexible Delivery

At Sallynoggin College of Further Education, near Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, we offer a Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning course, which is suited to learners who have achieved the QQI Level 5 Certificate (or equivalent) in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies and who have a sound understanding of Anatomy and Physiology. It is designed to equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a Personal Trainer, to enhance their ability to work with special populations and to develop advanced skills in strength training.

“This course was challenging at times as the standards set for both Sports Massage and Personal Training are extremely high. However, I found this to be a positive as it helped prepare me for both working in the industry and furthering my education in studying for an honours degree in Strength and Conditioning in St Marys University, UK” 

Jonathan Harris Wright

Former learners have progressed to third level colleges such as DIT, IT Blanchardstown, Dundalk IT and Carlow IT. Universities in the UK include St. Mary’s University College, Strawberryhill, University of Central Lancashire, University of Edinburgh, University of Chester and Aberystwyth University. Areas of study include degree programmes in Leisure Management, Physiotherapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Management & Coaching and Health & Physical Activity.


  • Personal Training
  • Gym Instruction
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Sports Industry Practice
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Adaptive Physical Activity
  • Team Leadership
  • Communication
  • Work Experience
  • Olympic Lifts

Related Courses

Course Features and Facilities

  • Guest speakers from the fitness and leisure industry
  • Work experience in a variety of settings
  • Students have access to sports teams and events
  • Massage Studio
  • Learners have access to the College gym facilities
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library
  • Wifi and Moodle

Employment & Higher Education Links

  • As a personal Trainer/Self employed Personal Trainer
  • As a Fitness Instructor
  • Advising clients on Diet and Nutrition
  • Designing programmes for clients with physical disabilities
  • As an Instructor in Exercise to Music, Spinning and Aqua Aerobics
  • As a Team Coach

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies 5M5146

Sound knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology

Mature learners with relevant experience