DIPLOMA IN STRENGTH &
CONDITIONING

Reach your full potential with our innovative blended learning
qualification in Strength and Conditioning. Full details of the strength and conditioning course below.

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Our Diploma in S&C introduces you to the training system we use to help optimize any athletes performance

Once you register for your Strength & Conditioning course you will be given access to online modules and online performance manuals covering all the various components of the strength and conditioning qualification.

You will be required to complete all online modules and a real-life athlete case study. Once both have been completed you can then attend the course practical days to complete your strength and conditioning diploma.

Once you have completed the course, you will be capable of working as part of a multidisciplinary team as a fully qualified Strength and Conditioning coach.

Qualification Overview

Strength and conditioning involves an in depth exploration of exercise programming and the human body to maximise sporting performance. The strength and conditioning course provides learners with an elite level of education by supplying the underpinning theory and tools to translate science into practice. Learners will cover biomechanics of movement, player screening and assessment, advanced programming for strength, power, speed, agility, and energy system development. The aim is to produce graduates who can apply an exceptional level of knowledge in the sport and exercise environment to harness the physiological mechanisms of the human body in order to maximise an individual’s development.

 

Qualification Details

QRN: 603/2769/8
Credit: 24 Guided
Learning Hours: 130
Total Qualification Time: 241

Qualification Structure

The Level 5 Diploma in Strength and Conditioning is aimed at learners who are already qualified at level 3 & 4 and are looking to progress into the specialised field of strength and conditioning. The APEC Level 5 Diploma in Strength and Conditioning provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of how to improve athletic performance, through a systematic approach developing athletic qualities such as speed strength and power, as well as reducing sporting injuries.

Learner Entry

Requirements Learners should be competent in literacy and numeracy to help with elements of communication. Learners must have completed a Level 3 & 4 Personal Training qualification.

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 

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 APEC ‘Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy’.

Assessment Methods

Once you register for your Strength & Conditioning course you will be given access to online modules and online performance manuals covering all the various components of the Strength and Conditioning qualification.

You will be required to complete all online modules and a real-life athlete case study. Once both have been completed you can then attend the course practical days to complete your Strength and Conditioning diploma.
Once you have completed the course, you will be capable of working as part of a multidisciplinary team as a fully qualified Strength and Conditioning coach
The Level 5 Diploma in Strength and Conditioning 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 Strength & Conditioning course is broken down module by module
Module 1
The Role of the S&C Coach
Module 2
Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
Module 3
Communication and Behaviour Change
Module 4
Assessments, Induction & Screening
Module 5
Coaching Science and Sports Physiology
Module 6
Strength & Power Development
Module 7

Plyometrics

Module 8

Speed, Agility and Change of Direction

Module 9
Energy System Development 
Module 10

Performance Nutrition

Module 11
Programming and Periodisation
Module 12
Remote Online Programming for the Athlete
Module 13
Mechanisms of Injury and Rehabilitation
Module 14
Lifestyle Management
Module 15
Health, Safety and Professional Practice

The Module Breakdown

How the APEC Strength & Conditioning course is broken down module by module
Module 1

The Role of the S&C Coach

Module 2

Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology

Module 3

Communication and Behaviour Change

Module 4

Assessments, Induction & Screening

Module 5

Coaching Science and Sports Physiology 

Module 6

Strength & Power Development

Module 7

Plyometrics

Module 8

Speed, Agility and Change of Direction

Module 9

Energy System Development

Module 10

Performance Nutrition

Module 11

Programming and Periodisation

Module 12

Remote Online Programming for the Athlete

Module 13

Mechanisms of Injury and Rehabilitation

Module 14

Lifestyle Management

Module 15

Health, Safety and Professional Practice

Education Pathway For Students

1-ST Course

Diploma in Strength and Conditioning Level 5 6 months

2-ND Course

Diploma in Nutrition Level 5 6 months

3-RD Course

Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship 1 year

FINAL Course

Applied Degree Performance Science 1 year

Module for career pathways

1-ST Course
Diploma in Strength and Conditioning Level 5 6 months
2-ND Course
Diploma in Nutrition Level 5 6 months
3-RD Course
Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship 1 year
FINAL COURSE
Applied Degree Performance Science 1 year

Unrivalled career support

Guaranteed Interviews

APEC guarantees post-course interviews with leading sports clubs securing your dream coaching 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 fitness instructor.

Available Packages

Strength & Conditioning
Course Package
From:

€978

€1,800
Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition Course Package
From:

€1,800

€3,600
Strength & Conditioning , Nutrition and 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