Diploma in
Personal Training

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The first module of the Personal Trainer course introduces you to the course framework while also touching on the key coaching characteristics and principles of being a good personal trainer.


The exercise anatomy & physiology module highlights all the different components that make up our living breath body. The module also examines the responses and adaptation to physical activity over time.

Communicating effectively with clients is a very important part of being a personal trainer. The communication module of our course sets you up to communicate effectively and efficiently with your clients. The module will cover everything from the pitch and tone of your voice right through to the different communication methods such as para verbal, non-verbal, body language and listening skill.

The behaviour change module is designed to help you break down and understand the different behaviours people exhibit around exercise and diet. The module focuses on soft skill development for coaches to help people break personal habits and attitudes.

The nutrition module takes a deep dive into the fundamentals of nutrition for health. It breaks down everything from micro and macro nutrition right through to hydration. The model teaches aspiring personal training professionals how to track calories and put them into a system that is easy to understand and effective when applied to a client’s training regime.

The coaching science module provides insight into the scientific foundation that underpins the work of all coaching practices. The module translates the science of coaching into real-life practice application and shows personal coaches the link between theory and practice and how to apply their learning efficiently for the benefit of their clients.

The assessment module covers the initial assessment with the clients and provides tools and PDFs to help you ask the right health check questions as well as build a profile on your clients likes, dislikes and training background.

The training science module is the nuts and bolts of the course and focuses on all the different training systems that can be used to help your client achieve their goals. Everything from aerobic and anaerobic development right through to strength and hypertrophy development including everything in between.

Exercise programming takes the training systems that was taught in the training science modules and shows coaches how to systematically program for the most effective outcomes. Principles for programming covers fat loss, hypertrophy, mobility and general fitness.

The online coaching module provides coaches with access to 6 months of free online programming software. The module runs through every aspect of online coaching including a full demonstration of the RYPT platform which allow fitness trainers to create and sell programs to the clients they work with.

The session evaluation module training tool helps you evaluate your sessions in two ways: objectively, by checking whether you have achieved the outcomes of your personal training session with your clients; and subjectively, by getting feedback from your clients, colleagues and mentors.

The health and well-being module focuses on a holistic approach to life and encouraging people to make lifestyle changes that will see them free from physical illness, disease and mental distress. 

The professional practice module covers the code of ethics and conduct that defines good practice for you as a professional personal trainer in the fitness industry by reflecting the core values of rights, relationships, responsibilities, standards and safety.

The health and safety module promotes a responsible attitude to the care and safety of your clients within the training environment and in planned activities, ensuring both are appropriate to the needs of your clients. The module also covers systematic preparation for all your client’s activity in terms of safety, including the safe use of equipment.

The final section of the course is the case study. In this section, you as an aspiring personal trainer is required to complete and record the interaction and progressions of a real-life client. You will be required to implement all the knowledge skills and behaviours developed throughout the course and build a real-life case study on a client that will be presented back to your tutor.

Our Integrated Personal Training Diploma 

Get yourself a Diploma in Personal Training and become a Certified Personal Trainer. We use a blended learning technology that combines the best of online and offline learning. Our award-winning online education platform delivers 80% of the Personal Training course to the comfort of your device. The online model lets you learn effectively, at your own pace.

We also make sure that you don’t miss out on the practical coursework which amounts to 20% of the entire coursework. For this, you can make use of our many training facilities located throughout the country.

With our carefully curated, animated video content, we make sure that you learn effectively.

A career in the health and fitness industry has never been easier to achieve. Our flexible payment plan allows you to educate yourself on the go without any hassle.

Our Personal Trainer Course combines the level 3 certificate in Fitness Instruction and the level 4 Personal Training certificate into one Integrated Diploma in Personal training. This unique course structure will get you qualified to start working without any delay.

 

Our Training Facilities:

  • Dublin
  • Cork
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  • Belfast
77 video lessons (30h 30m)

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Course Information

With a Personal Training diploma from APEC, you’ll be well-equipped to put your passion for health and fitness to work. Our certification lets you advance both your career and that of your clients’.

Our blended learning model incorporates both online and classroom-based instruction. This model adapts around your daily schedule so that you don’t have to put your life on hold to complete the course.

The course combines both the level 3 certificate in Fitness Instruction and the level 4 Personal Training certificate into one integrated course. This gives you the opportunity to start working as a personal trainer right away, whether it be starting your very own personal training business or working in a local or national gym chain.

Always be well-equipped for the job. Whether it be working in a 1-2-1 setting, tailoring a bespoke program for a client or even providing government guideline support around nutrition; with a Personal Training diploma from APEC, you make sure you always have the right tools in hand to succeed. This course is also a stepping stone for those who are looking to further specialize in level 5 courses for Performance Nutrition, Strength & Conditioning and Health Coaching.

APEC prides itself on providing a highly interactive Personal Training education to its students. From day one of your enrolment, we are invested in your career. Our elite-level education guarantees a Personal Training internship with our local and corporate gym partners in addition to unlimited career support and guaranteed interviews.

The APEC diploma in Personal Training has been designed by industry-leading coaches providing the essential skills knowledge and behaviours needed to work as a qualified personal trainer or even set up your very own PT business.

APEC’s Personal Training Diploma is accredited by several professional organizations like Focus Awards and CIMSPA and is regulated by OFQUAL. With PD approval, this qualification has one of the highest regulatory and awarding processes in the industry which sets it apart from any others.

 

Course Length: The course is designed with flexibility in mind so that you can complete it at your own pace. While it takes an average of 2-6 months to complete, students can learn in a full-time capacity to complete it in as little as 4-6 weeks. 

 

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

Accreditations: Accredited by Focus Awards & CIMSPA.

Cost: €1199. 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.

What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of the PT Diploma, you will qualify with:

  • 17 CIMSPA points
  • Level 4 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 Certificate in Nutrition
  • Level 3 Certificate in Wellbeing
  • CPD in Business Skill
  • CPD in Professional Practice
  • CPD Nutrition
  • Free online programming software

Completion of your Personal Training qualification will require you to complete both theory and practical assessments for both the Gym Instructing Level 3 and Personal Training Level 4 course.

Level 3 Fitness Instructor Assessments

  • At least a 70% score required on the multiple-choice paper on anatomy and physiology
  • At least a 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 delivering a gym-based induction
  • Practical assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme
  • Completion of the coursework on health and safety, programme writing, and client overview

Level 4 Personal Trainer Assessments

  • At least a 70% score required on the multiple-choice paper on anatomy and physiology
  • At least a 70% score required on the multiple-choice paper on the application of nutrition
  • Practical assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme
  • Completion of the coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview

APEC offers an engaging and interactive Personal Training diploma. It provides the learner with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of how to engage with clients on a 1-2-1 basis both in-person and online. Learn how to support the delivery of a safe and effective workout programme for Personal Training sessions with a proper understanding of the human anatomy and the application of nutrition.


The 5 main components make up the qualification which are. 


Competency Development 

Core competency development such as communication, behaviour change and reflective practice serves as the foundation and bedrock of your career as a Personal Trainer. The communication sets you up to communicate effectively and efficiently with your clients. Focusing on everything from pitch and tone of your voice right through to different communication methods such as para verbal, none venerable, body language and listening skill. The behaviour change module is designed to help you break down and understand the different behaviours people exhibit around exercise and diet. The module focuses on soft skill development for coaches to help people break personal habits and attitudes and improve motivation. Finally, reflective practice allows you as the coach to accurately reflect on your work as a fitness professional. 


Training Science 

The exercise snd training science section of the course focuses on the training principles that make up sound practice while also exploring applied anatomy and physiology. Human Biomechanics is also explored in detail with a special focus on the main gym-based lift and all the technical modules that support each lift.  


Coaching Science 

The coaching science section of the course provides insight into the scientific foundation that underpins the work of all coaching practice. The module translates the science of coaching into real-life practice application and shows coaches the link between theory and practice.

In essence, this section improves your ability as a coach to work in a group setting or one on one with someone. 


Programing & Periodasation 

Exercise programming and periodisation takes the training systems that were learned in the training science modules and shows coaches how to systematically program for the most effective outcomes with their clients. Principles for programming covers fat loss, hypertrophy, strength mobility and general fitness.


Nutrition 

With nutrition being the cornerstone of a healthy life the nutrition module takes a deep dive into the fundamentals of nutrition for health. It breaks down everything from micro and macros nutrition right through to hydration. The model shows coaches how to track calories and put them into a system that is easy to understand and effective when applied to a clients training regime.

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 your Personal Training diploma 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 client 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.

You are not obliged to complete your course in any time frame, giving you the privilege to complete the course at your own pace, whether it be taking as little time as possible, or as long as you want.

Upon completion of your Personal Training diploma, you will be eligible to register as a qualified Personal Trainer and start advertising your services straight away.

APEC also provides post-course support to help direct you toward employment with a large gym chain or with one of our many successful students who now run and operate smaller bespoke gyms after finishing their education with APEC.

Career Support

At APEC, we go the further mile in helping our students. We are not just focused on providing you with great service during the course, but we also want to help you give your personal training career the best start possible.

Once you have finished the course you can arrange a consultation with our post-course career support team who will guide you through different career options.

The career support team will assist you with CV analysis, and will also help you get your CV into the hands of corporate and bespoke gym owners. Guaranteed interviews and upcoming health, fitness and wellness jobs will be posted on our internal message forum available to all students studying APEC diplomas.

Progression Route

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

Pricing & Payment

You can get the complete course for €1199. We offer flexible payment plans and you can sign up with Humm for as little as 51 Euro a month.
Yes, we provide several payment plans. If it is not available on the website please drop us a message in the message box and we can organise one that suits you.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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