Sports Coaching – Fitness Instructor Level 5

Sports Coaching – Fitness Instructor Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Sports Coaching – Fitness Instructor Course
Course Fees: €400

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, the student will have an option to enrol on an industry standard qualification, awarded by ITEC. Students also have the opportunity to gain valuable sports coaching awards with the FAI and the GAA.

Students typically spend four days a week in college, where the theory and practical elements of the course are covered with students receiving extensive training in instruction techniques. On the fifth day, the student will be based in an industry setting such as a gym or leisure centres.

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

Course Director: Rachel Donlon

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QQI subjects:

  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Work Experience
  • Leisure Facility Operations
  • Communications
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Word Processing
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Swimming

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.

Applicant Information Meeting

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

Progression Opportunities

Progression Opportunities

Sports Coaching (Personal Trainer) Level 6 at Inchicore College.

This route  will give students the opportunity to achieve  the valuable ITEC Personal  Trainer Award as well as QQI Level 6 Award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise.

Students may also progress to the Higher  National  Diplomas  in Sport that are offered  at Inchicore College of Further  Education.

Students may also avail of the Higher  Education Links Scheme  to access courses in many Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Employment Prospects

Options for graduates from this course include:

  • Seeking employment as Fitness Instructors
  • Working with National Governing Bodies
  • Sport Development Officers


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.