Diploma in
Personal Training

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Unlock your potential with an APEC Personal Training course!​

Take your career and your clients’ performance to the next level with a regulated qualification in Personal Training

You can now provide your expertise and sharing your passion for health and fitness with an APEC Personal Training diploma. The course is a blend of online content right through to classroom-based learning allowing you to study how suits you best against your busy lifestyle and commitments outside of the course.

The diploma in Personal Training is a combination of both the level 3 certificate in Fitness Instruction and the level 4 Personal Training combined into one integrated course. The diploma in Personal Training enables you to start working in the health and fitness industry straight away. You have the option to start your very own personal training business or work in a local or national gym chain....

The diploma in Personal Training enables you to work in a 1-2-1 setting with people, create bespoke training programs for clients and provide government guideline nutrition support to your clients.

The diploma in Personal Training is also a stepping stone to further specialist diploma education courses in Performance Nutrition Level 5, Strength and Conditioning Level 5 and Health Coaching level 5.

APEC prides itself on providing the most interactive Personal Training education to its students. The elite level education provided in the diploma courses will get you unlimited career support, garneted interviews and a garneted Personal Training internship with our local and corporate gym partners. We are invested in your career from the first day of enrolment!

Qualification Overview

The aim of the Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to enable them to plan, deliver, and evaluate safe and effective fitness instruction and personal training sessions.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand the key principles of exercise, fitness, and health
  • Plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme
  • Understand anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Develop effective working relationships with clients
  • Maintain health, safety, and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Design, manage, and adapt personal training programmes
  • Understand nutrition in relation to physical activity programmes

Personal training involves understanding how the body works and adapts to exercise in order to generate creative, effective, and acceptable exercise programmes for clients. The profession is a combination of coaching, health improvement, and performance specialist.

The course will cover the underpinning anatomy and physiology of health and exercise, nutrition and lifestyle management, client motivation, and exercise programming. Advanced programming components across perodiation, resistance training, and cardiovascular exercise will also be covered. 

Additionally the boundaries of practice and aspects of professionalism and business acumen will be covered. The aim is to produce graduates who can adapt their programming to maximise the clients goals through their use of exercise programming and motivation approaches.

Qualification Details

QRN: 601/5840/2 Credit: 52
Guided Learning Hours: 346
Total Qualification Time: 520

Qualification Structure

To achieve the Level 4 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training, learners must achieve 52 credits from all 10 mandatory units.

Learner Entry Requirements

There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading, and writing) involved so learners should have basic skills in communication.

Progression Routes

Learners wishing to progress from this qualification can undertake the following qualifications:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance
  • Level 5 Diploma in Health Coaching 
  • Level 5 Diploma in Strength and Conditioning 

Age Ranges

Entry is at the discretion of the centre; however, learners should be a minimum of 16 years old to undertake this qualification.

Please note that 16 to 18 year-olds may need to be supervised in the workplace, once they have achieved the qualification.

Geographical Coverage

This qualification is available in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England.

Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations

Please refer to the Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy’. 

Assessment Methods

The Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training (RQF) is internally assessed.
Each learner is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include;

  • Assessor observation
  • Witness Testimony
  • Learner product
  • Worksheets
  • Assignments/projects/reports
  • Record of oral and written questioning
  • Learner and peer reports
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Useful websites and supporting materials

The Module Breakdown

How the APEC Personal Training course is broken down module by module
Module 1
Exercise Anatomy and Physiology
Module 2
Communication and
Behaviour Change
Module 3
Nutrition
Module 4
Coaching Science
Module 5
Consultations, Assessments and Screening
Module 6
Training Science
Module 7
Programming and Periodisation
Module 8
Online Coaching
Module 9
Session Evaluation and Self Reflection
Module 10
Professional Practice
Module 11

Health and Safety

Module 12

Business Skills

The Module Breakdown

How the APEC Personal Training course is broken down module by module
Module 1

Exercise Anatomy and Physiology

Module 2
Communication and
Behaviour Change
Module 3
Nutrition
Module 4
Coaching Science
Module 5
Consultations, Assessments and Screening
Module 6
Training Science
Module 7
Programming and Periodisation
Module 8
Online Coaching
Module 9
Session Evaluation and Self Reflection
Module 10
Professional Practice
 
Module 11
Health and Safety
Module 12
Business Skills

Education pathway for Students

1-ST Course

Diploma in Personal Training
Level 4 & 5   2-6 months

2-ND Course

Diploma in Nutrition Level 5 6 months

3-RD Course

Diploma in Health Coaching Level 5  6 months

FINAL Course

Applied Degree in Health Science 1 year

Module for career pathways

1-ST Course
Diploma in Personal Training Level 4 & 5 2-6 months
2-ND Course
Diploma in Nutrition Level 5

6 months
3-RD Course

Diploma in Health Coaching Level 5

 

6 months

FINAL COURSE

Applied Degree in Health Science

 

1 year

Unrivalled Career Support

Guaranteed Interviews

APEC guarantees post-course interviews with leading gym brands, securing your dream Personal Trainer job after graduation.

Professional Guidance

Free CV analysis, 1-to-1 interview preparation, and expert career advice equip you for ongoing success.

Alumni Benefits

Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as a Personal Trainer.

Available Packages

Personal Training
Course Package

From:

€ 978

€1,800

Personal Training &
Nutrition Course Package

From:

€1,800

€3,600

Personal Training, Nutrition & Health Coaching Course Package

From:

€2,700

€5,400

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Testimonials

“I completed my fitness instructor and personal training certificate with APEC. The delivery of the course was second to none and being able to learn at my own pace was an added bonus. The knowledge I learned from the course has made becoming a personal trainer that bit easier. I now work with a variety of different individuals helping them achieve their goals on the gym floor and also work with clients online too, building them programs specific to their goals. I have no doubt that the understanding this course gave me in fitness, anatomy and programming is what has made me successful in the fitness industry. The coaches are always quick to reply to any emails/questions and are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. In my eyes APEC has one of the best fitness and personal training courses out there and I highly recommend them if you want to be successful in the fitness industry”

Molly O’Sullivan

S&C coach swim Ireland

My name is Andy Murphy and I run and operate Urban Gym which is a boutique style fitness facility in New Ross which is also home to Team Ryano Wexford MMA. I’ve been in the leisure industry the past 16 years and to quote Socrates, ‘I know one thing, that I know nothing.’ In our field and line of work you can never stop learning. This industry continues to grow and evolve. It’s this very reason that on a personal level I seek to constantly grow and evolve with it and add strings to my bow that will enable me to become a better coach and mentor to my athletes and members. I cannot recommend APEC courses enough. First off the guys are not only extremely knowledgeable in their field but they are genuinely nice guys that make you feel welcome from the moment you sign up to their course…

Andy Murphy

Owner and coach Urban Gym, new ross, Wexford

I completed the Fitness Instructor course with APEC in 2019 and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made! I was unsure on where I wanted to complete my qualification but after learning about the experience of the coaches and reading more about the course content, I knew I would be in good hands with APEC. The course itself worked really well with my busy schedule, it had the perfect blend of online and in person learning and assessments. The in person learning and practical assessment took place over the course of a weekend and Shane was fantastic at ensuring we focused on form and communication in everything we were doing right from the start. The whole team were fantastic and so open to questions and sharing their experience. I would recommend a course with APEC to anyone looking to become a PT, fitness instructor or even anyone looking to elevate their own knowledge of the fitness world to the next level. You won’t regret it!

Ciara Smith

Coach at F45 Dublin

On the APEC course I’ve learned a lot and I am really excited to keep on learning and adding more knowledge to the pot.
Would like to pass on a big thank you to Sam and Shane. Both were incredibly professional and knowledgeable and they really went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable and gave us lots of confidence when we were nervous when going through the exams.
Looking forward to keep on going and learning with you.

Frank Lopez

PT and S&C coach DT fitness cork

I firstly completed my fitness instructor and personal training diplomas with APEC which gave me a super foundation of knowledge through the online content provided as part of the course. I got great value from the content which really set me up from a theoretical point of view through the anatomy and physiology, nutrition and lifestyle management, client motivation, and exercise programming components, as well as the practical content where the tutors went out of their way to help. I enjoyed the course so much I returned to complete my Strength and Conditioning qualification also!

Michael Kenny

Owner founder synthesize coaching