Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Gym Instructor/Personal Trainer 5M5146

These qualifications offer learners the opportunity to gain employment in the ever expanding fitness/leisure industry. The ITEC Level 2 in Fitness Instructing and ITEC Level 3 in Personal Training are offered as additional qualifications as part of this programme. This award allows students to progress to Sports Science and Exercise, Nutrition, Physical Education programmes in Institutes of Technology and Universities.

This course is designed to

The main aim of the ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing ( Gym-based exercise) is to provide the learner with the knowledge and practical skills as an introduction into the fitness sector. The Certificate in Personal Training - ITEC Level 3 enables the learner to gain the practical and theoretical skills necessary to provide personal training advice and assistance for active leisure and recreation.

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent
  • Letter of recommendation from a recognised club
  • Pre-entry guidance meeting
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Fitness & Skills Test
Course Content
  • Sport & Recreation Studies 5N2667

  • Adventure Activities 5N4646

  • Sports Injury Prevention 5N5665

  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology 5N4648

  • Exercise & Fitness 5N2668

  • Nutrition 5N2006

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Work Experience 5N1356


Sport, Recreation & Exercise QQI 5M5146

Additional Certification
  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym-Based Exercise
  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training Gym-Based Exercise
  • PHECC First Aid

Additional Certification may incur additional fees. Check with Course Teacher for further details

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the demands of a diverse community of learners. This course has a very high practical element which involves participants being involved in physical activity on a daily basis. We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable. We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at * CAO website Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

* GA792 Sports Coaching


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.

Work Experience

Personal Training, Gym Instructor, Coaching, Health, Fitness & Industry, Community Organisations, Club Administration / Coaching, Further Study, Scholarships.


This is a full-time, one-year course and runs from September - May

Adult Education & Part time Programmes

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Testimonial: Rachel O'Toole

GTI was definitely a step in the right direction for me, as during my time here studying sports and leisure-soccer skills,I have learned many new skills from improving my knowledge in the classroom to skills in the gym and one of the biggest highlights of my time here which developed my social and communication skills was getting the opportunity to undertake work experience in Glasgow. Overall this course really helped and guided me towards my career in the sporting industry, enhancing my skills in more ways than one. I am very grateful to GTI for giving me the opportunity to further continue my studies at the University of Bolton, Manchester, where I am currently a second year student, studying Sports Rehabilitation. Without the help of my teachers here I would not be where I am today