Diploma in Sporting Excellence

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The APEC Diploma in Sporting Excellence is geared towards supporting talented sports performers who wish to be part of a training and competition programme in order to compete at the highest level. 

The purpose of the qualification is to build competence in elite sporting environments, specifically the training environment. Within this environment, particular focus is placed on the practical and theoretical elements that support performance. It is underpinned by a range of competency-based evidence learning. 

The APEC Diploma in Sporting Excellence, therefore, meets the needs of young elite, amateur, semi-professional and professional male and female athletes who have the potential to achieve excellence in their chosen sport.

The APEC Diploma in Sporting Excellence provides the infrastructure required by athletes to build and learn the preparation skills they need to compete within elite sports. The knowledge, skills and behaviours learned along the way will support the athlete either in the transition to competitive/professional sports or working as part of a multidisciplinary team that supports competitive/professional sports.

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  • Dublin
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77 video lessons (30h 30m)

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Diploma in Sporting Excellence


€ 1,800


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Course Information

The diploma in Sporting Excellence is a great avenue for learners to undertake formal training to enhance their knowledge, skills and behaviours in a sporting environment. Athletes are provided with an opportunity to attain formal qualifications by combining theoretical learning with on the job development. The diploma in Sporting Excellence  will typically be 12 months in duration. The delivery of the learning will be a mix of on the job development, classroom-based learning, and online sessions.
The aim of the sporting excellence programme is to produce graduates who are competent to perform consistently and effectively in training environments and competition. As such, learners will be part of a playing team supported and managed by a wider multi-disciplinary team including a manager/coach, skills coaches, physiotherapist, psychologist, nutritionist, strength and conditioning expert, and educational staff.
Learners have a high level of autonomy, in terms of responsibility for what happens on the field of play and need to be able to cope with extreme pressure.

The majority of learning will take place during the day to day work of the athlete. APEC will provide guidance and structure to shape learning, reflection, and development through the necessary knowledge skills and behaviours needed to graduate. Alongside sport-specific development, learners will also receive external training in essential disciplines related to sporting performance. Learners will receive professional qualifications in nutrition, strength & conditioning, training science, and coaching science to enhance their applied skills and ability to work outside of professional sport. 

The APEC diploma in Sporting Excellence has been designed by industry-leading coaches providing the essential skills knowledge and behaviours needed to work in sport.


Course Length: The course is designed with flexibility in mind so that it can be complete in conjunction with your playing environment. While it takes an average of 6-12 months to complete the diploma in Sporting Excellence, the program is normally run inline with your sporting season. 


Entry Requirements: Anyone who is 16 years or older can enrol.

Cost: €1800. No extra fee for certification or exams.

Offer & Payment Options: APEC offers flexible payment plans from as low as €51 a month to make payments manageable.

Completion of your diploma in Sporting Excellence will require you to complete both theory and practical assessments.


  • 70% score required on the multiple-choice paper on training anatomy and physiology
  • 70% score required on the multiple-choice paper on the principles of exercise and health
  • 100% completion of the online interactive quizzes and assignments after each module
  • Practical assessment on technical refection 
  • Practical assessment on tactical refection 
  • Completion of practical observation
  • Completion of panel interview 

APEC offers a blended learning approach to education allowing you to complete your qualifications at your own time and pace depending on your personal circumstances and lifestyle. You can now complete 80% of all diplomas online with our award-winning online e-learning platform.

Once you have compleated your online theory work we will arrange your practical assessment at one of our many performance centres throughout the country.

Online Learning

APEC provides 80% of the theory-based learning associated with the course online. This enables you to start learning the same day you enrol and begin working through the course modules at a pace suitable to you. APEC’s team of dedicated tutors provide you with support and guidance, all 7 days a week via phone or email.

Our award-winning e-learning platform is completely custom built and is tailored to your learning needs. The platform provides learning in the form of digitalised and animated video-led content. Online training tools such as online programming software, excel files and  assessment sheets are also provided to help you with your learning. Finally, APEC has one of the most extensive digital exercise libraries to help you with your understanding of movement skill.

Progression Route

We at APEC take pride in our further education approach. After the completion of your diploma, further education diplomas in Personal Training Strength & Condition, Nutrition and Health Coaching at level 5 and 6 will become available to you.

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Frank Panizo
Frank Panizo
19:20 04 Jul 21
I cannot recommend APEC enough. The level of education delivered in their courses is second to none.I did my personal... training course with APEC about 2 years ago and I was so impressed with all the learning I did that I signed up with them again to obtain my strength & conditioning certificate.The attention to detail, the knowledge delivered and the constant communication and feedback both on their online platform and at their practical workshops have made a massive impact on my coaching career.The courses and the workshops are delivered by top coaches in the world of sports so you are guaranteed to learn to a standard higher than any other place.I am currently obtaining my diploma in performance nutrition with APEC and once again I’m very happy with the level of content delivered.If you are thinking in starting your career in the world of fitness get in touch with them as you won’t find higher quality courses out there.read more
Ryan Foulkes
Ryan Foulkes
16:53 04 Jul 21
Top level education from elite experience and scientifically backed. Could not recommend APEC more if I tried!Thank... you for helping me get into S&C, the course I’ve been on has been incredibly important to my progression.Thanks,Ryanread more
Kyle Cahill
Kyle Cahill
15:28 03 Jul 21
The health and fitness education APEC deliver is excellent. Both the content and layout is highly professional and... engaging. It was one of the most enjoyable and fastest ways I have improved my skills in this area. Great work to the team at APEC, I will be back.read more
Shane Monahan
Shane Monahan
11:56 03 Jul 21
APEC are an excellent and extremely professional company to deal with. I personally come from a professional sports... background and until dealing with APEC I had found it difficult to find an organisation that meets the same level of health and fitness standards that I was used to. Not anymore. I would advise anyone seeking to further their education or skill set in the athletic performance sector to reach out to APEC today.read more
wez pooley
wez pooley
11:49 03 Jul 21
Great qualifications, mixture of different learning which made the experience great and helped me gain knowledge and... understanding in practical environment. Tutors were very supportive throughout when I had questions or was going through online learning. Great to have webinars on specialist areas and great interaction and knowledge shown by tutors. Really enjoyed practical days as allowed me to learn new skills and exercises and the rationale behind why you would do them in certain situations.Would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to work in the industry or develop their knowledge further for personal development.read more
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