Sports Coaching – Fitness Instructor Level 5

Sports Coaching – Fitness Instructor Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Sports Coaching – Fitness Instructor Course

Do you want a job in the fitness industry? Enrolling on this one-year course could be the first step towards achieving that goal.

During this course, you will have an option to enrol on an industry standard qualification, awarded by ITEC and in addition gain valuable sports coaching awards with the FAI and the GAA.

You will spend four days a week in college, where the theory and practical elements of the course are covered while you will be also receiving extensive training in instruction techniques. On the fifth day, you will be based in an industry setting such as a gym or leisure centres for work experience.

You are encouraged to participate in college sports activities which are generally held on Wednesday afternoons.


Course Coordinator: Rachel Donlon

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QQI subjects:

  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Leisure Facility Operations
  • Communications
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Word Processing
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Swimming
  • Work Experience

Additional Certification:

ITEC Fitness Instructor Award:

  • Planning Gym Based Exercise
  • Principles Of Exercise, Fitness And Health
  • Instructing Gym Based Exercise

National Government Bodies Coaching Awards:

  • FAI: Kick Start 1 and Kick Start 2
  • GAA: Foundation Coaching Award

The ITEC Personal Trainer Award is completed in year 2 on the Level 6 course.

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Sport, Recreation & Exercise 5M5146

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
or Leaving Certificate Applied
or QQI Level 4
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.

Progression Opportunities

Progression Opportunities

Sports Coaching (Personal Trainer) QQI Level 6 at Inchicore College leads to the valuable ITEC Personal Trainer Award as well as QQI Level 6 Award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise. You may also progress to the BTEC Sports Science Diploma.

QQI 5M5146 Sport, Recreation & Exercise major award leads to many CAO courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme including:

  • TUD, Sports Management and Coaching, Sports and Leisure Management
  • SETU Carlow, Sports Coaching and Business Management
  • TUS Athlone, Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy

Our coaching awards in GAA and Soccer, along with our extensive work experience programme, will give you the confidence needed to succeed in this industry.