10h 30m     50 lessons


PT Diploma 978

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The first module of your Personal Training course introduces you to the course framework while also touching on the key coaching characteristics and principles of good coaching.

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.

The communication module sets you up to communicate effectively and efficiently with your clients. The module will cover 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.

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.

The coaching science module 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. 

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 like 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 were learned 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 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 allows coaches 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 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 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, coaches are required to compleat 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.

Unlock your potential with an APEC Personal Training course! Complete 80% of your course work online while the remaining 20% is completed practically at one of our many training centres around the country. All theory-based content is delivered on our award-winning online education platform. The video content is animated and delivered in a format that makes learning easy for you. Flexible payment plans allow you to study and educate yourself on the go for only 97 a month. The diploma in Personal Training is a combination of both the level 3 certificate in Fitness Instruction and the level 4 Personal Training course combined into one integrated course. The diploma in Personal Training enables you to start working in the health and fitness industry straight away with no delays. 

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€ 978


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Course Information

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 share 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 support around nutrition 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, guaranteed interviews and a guaranteed Personal Training internship with our local and corporate gym partners. We are invested in your career from the first day of enrolment!

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 set-up your very own business. 

This course is accredited by IREPs, CIMSPA, awarded by Focus Awards, regulated by Ofqual and has PD Approval. The qualification has the highest regulatory and awarding process in the industry which sets it apart from any other course. 

Course Length: The course is designed for you to study at your own time and pace. The usual completion time is between 2-6 months. However, learners who apply themselves in a full-time capacity can complete the course in 4-6 weeks.

Entry Requirements: To enrol you must be aged 16 years or over.

Accreditations: The Level 4 Personal Training course is accredited by IREPs & CIMSPA.

Cost: €978. No extra fees for certification, exams and unlimited free re-sits.

Offer & Payment Options: APEC offer flexible payment terms of €97 a month to make payments manageable.

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

  • 20 REPS points and entry onto IREPs register with Level 4 Status
  • 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 softwaer 

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

  • Multiple choice paper on anatomy and physiology – 70% pass mark required
  • Multiple choice paper on the principles of exercise and health – 70% pass mark required
  • Online interactive assignments and quizzes after each module – 100% complete
  • Practical Assessment on delivering a gym-based induction
  • Practical assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme – Pass required
  • Coursework on health and safety, programme writing, client overview – Pass Required

Level 4 Personal Trainer Assessments

  • Multiple choice paper on anatomy and physiology – 70% pass mark required
  • Multiple choice paper on the application of nutrition – 70% pass mark required
  • Practical assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme – Pass required
  • Coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview – Pass Required 

The APEC personal Training Diploma has been designed to be engaging and interactive. The course provides the learner with the fundamentals and understanding of how to engage with clients on a 1-2-1 basis both in-person and online. You will understand the underpinning anatomy of the human body, the application of nutrition and how to apply that to support the delivery of a workout programme as well as how to deliver safe and effective Personal Training sessions.

Exercise Anatomy & Physiology

The core of any successful trainer is fully comprehending human anatomy and planes of motion. In this course, you will learn both basic and advanced anatomy and training systems, including the circulatory, endocrine, skeletal, respiratory and energy systems. Additionally, you will see how those systems interact and are influenced during various formats of exercise, so you can programme the client’s workouts effectively.

Principles of Exercise, Health & Fitness

Understanding the key principles of exercise is fundamental to understanding how to write a plan to mirror your client’s fitness goals. You will learn how the body reacts to different forms of training, intensity levels and rep counts. When and how to use these different forms of training and understand how this affects your client during physical activity and the long-term effects associated.


The Diploma in Personal Training has a dedicated nutrition module that covers all the nutrition basics including understanding nutrient groups, macros, micros, portion sizing, food labelling, the eat well guide and much more. Additionally, you will learn how to apply your nutritional knowledge to a client’s fitness goals and dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan diets.

Programming & Personal Training Sessions

As a personal trainer, you need to write bespoke and fully customised programmes for a variety of fitness goals and factor in special considerations based on your client’s individual needs.

During the course, you will learn advanced training systems and know when and how to apply them correctly. You will take a client from the screening process through to consultancy, goal setting and writing an 8-week programme overview to match their needs.

How To Deliver Personal Training Sessions

After learning how to program for your client, you will then find out how to effectively deliver your programme, including how to build rapport with clients and motivate them both before during and away from sessions. You will also learn advanced techniques for measuring and assessing clients progress accurately and how to make exercises both progressive and regressive.

Business Skills

APEC believes in not just qualifying students, but ensuring they’re prepared for the demands of the sector and giving you the skills to start your own successful PT Business. With this in mind, you will also have to complete APEC’s PT business and marketing module which shows you how to sell both in a gym environment and out, various marketing techniques and how to run a business.


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 contact us to arrange your practical assessment at one of our many performance centre locations throughout the country. 

Online Learning

With APEC providing 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 have a team of dedicated tutors who provide support 7 days per 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 lead 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 have 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, allowing you to take as long or as little time needed as to complete the qualification. 

Upon completion of your Personal Training diploma, you will be eligible to register as a qualified Personal Trainer with IREPs or CIMSPA 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 gym since finishing their education with APEC.

Careers Support

At APEC we want to go the further mile in helping out students by providing not only a great service during the course but also work with you to help you get your personal training career off to the best possible start. 

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 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

After completion of your Personal Trainer diploma, further education diplomas in Strength and Condition, Nutrition and Health Coaching at level 5 and 6 will become available to you. APEC pride themselves on their further education approach. 


Pricing & Payment

The diploma is priced at €978 for an upfront payment and €97 a month if you wish to pay monthly

Yes we provide payment plans. If it is not available on the website please drop us a message in the message box on the website and we can organise one to suit you.

If within the 30 days of purchasing the course you feel it is not for you, we will refund your payment.

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