APEC's Personal Training Courses in Lee Valley Athletics Centre

APEC is a human performance and fitness education company that delivers educational diplomas to Personal Trainers, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Health Coaches and Nutritionists. 

Enhancing practical and theoretical understanding of the Health Fitness & Sports Performance industry, we incorporate a blended learning model with traditional classroom education to ensure efficient training and productive student engagement.

Expertise, experience and enrichment – these make APEC Dublin’s favourite fitness training company.

Efficient Learning with APEC in Lee Valley Athletics Centre

The health fitness industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Ireland with Dublin containing the highest number of fitness centres and gym chains in Europe. The history of excellence plus accessibility makes Dublin’s APEC exceptional. 


APEC offers multiple fitness courses in Dublin, ranging from the intensive Personal Training course to Performance Nutrition. While tutors impart practical and theoretical know-how, the blended learning model lets you finish the course at your convenience.


APEC covers the code of ethics and conduct that defines good practice for you as a trainer in the fitness industry by reflecting the core values of rights, relationships, responsibilities, standards and safety. Furthermore, we will assist you with your career and progression, helping you establish your signature in the fitness industry.

Meet Shane, your Lee Valley Athletics Centre Education Manager

Shane O’Rourke is the Irish Education Manager and Head of Nutrition at APEC. Effective delivery of Nutrition courses and management of APEC’s Ireland facilities fall under his supervision. 

Shane's proficiency:
  • Head S&C Coach at Wicklow RFC
  • Performance Nutritionist at Blackrock RFC
  • M.Sc in Exercise & Nutrition Science from University of Chester
  • B.Sc in Business & Management from DIT
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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 set up your very own business.


APEC’s Personal Training Diploma is accredited by several professional organizations like Focus Awards and CIMSPA and is regulated by OFQUAL. A winner of Focus Awards and having 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, 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.



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 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 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 and 6 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.

Achieving Meaningful Results.

APEC has pioneered the field of human performance and fitness education to help people achieve optimal performance in whatever they do. Today, APEC is the trusted provider for students looking to work in fitness, sports or health performance related industries. 

  • 5 star review  Shane and David were both just great. They explained the topics thoroughly, also in an engaging way that kept us attentive for the whole length of the course. They answered any question... read more

    thumb alfonso iovine
    October 15, 2021

    5 star review  I have used this company to attain a qualification in Personal Training. The online aspect of the course is easy to navigate but does require some personal dedication to focus... read more

    thumb Libby Gassor
    October 15, 2021

    5 star review  I cannot reccomend highly enough studying a diploma in pt through apec. Not only can you study a diploma in pt, but they also offer a variety of courses from... read more

    thumb wayne lynch
    September 15, 2021
  • 5 star review  Excellent content and very knowledgeable helpful tutors

    thumb Shane O'Rourke
    September 15, 2021

    5 star review  Had a fantastic experience here. The education experience I got exceeded my expectations

    thumb Patrick Trower
    August 15, 2021

    5 star review  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... read more

    thumb Frank Panizo
    July 15, 2021
  • 5 star review  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... read more

    thumb wez pooley
    July 15, 2021

    5 star review  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... read more

    thumb Kyle Cahill
    July 15, 2021

    5 star review  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... read more

    thumb Ryan Foulkes
    July 15, 2021
  • 5 star review  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... read more

    thumb Shane Monahan
    July 15, 2021

    5 star review  I did my personal training diploma with APEC last year. I loved the fact that the majority of the learning was online and I was able to do it at... read more

    thumb Kris Smith
    July 15, 2021

    5 star review  Course was top notch, great way to learn about the health and fitness industry. Lectures were very helpful with any questions I had. Would recommend anyone who has interest in... read more

    thumb Ross Browne
    July 15, 2021
  • 5 star review  The content far exceeded my expectations - engaging and interesting. After the Personal Training Diploma I learnt everything what, how and why - from learning in depth about training science... read more

    thumb Jessica Cousins
    July 15, 2021
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