Specialist Fitness Professional

  • The Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (HCEHF) is a two year full time undergraduate course.

  • The HCEHF forms year 1 & 2 of the B.Sc Degree in Exercise and Health Fitness.

Year 1 Students are provided with the skills and competencies to provide motivating, safe and effective group fitness teaching across many class types including:

  • Circuit training and HITT type training
  • Body Conditioning
  • Step Training
  • Strength Training
  • Exercise to Music
  • Group Fitness Assessment
  • Supervise and instruct on the gym floor and exercise studio

Graduates will also have the skills and knowledge to deliver one to one training by conducting appropriate fitness assessments and designing safe and effective exercise programmes to the general public (adults 18yrs+) based on their individual needs, whether it be strength training, weight loss, training for an endurance event or general fitness. You can also work as a physical trainer with local groups, club sports teams and corporate fitness and wellness programmes. All graduates are awarded with the QQI Level 5 award in Occupational First Aid (OFA).

Year 2 provides our students with the opportunity to become Advanced Specialists by specialising in areas such as Personal Training, Strength & Conditioning for Sport  Pilates & Corrective Exercise or Active Aging for the Older Adult. Within Year 2 you will be required to earn 60 ECTS credits within one academic year.

For example if you decide that the courses you wish to complete are Strength and Conditioning for  Sport, and Personal Training then you must start in the Autumn Semester (Sept to December) and
finish by the end of the Spring Semester (January to April) e.g. Strength & Conditioning for Sport in
Autumn and Personal Training in Spring.

  • Year 2 Modules on offer as part of the HCEHF Year 2 can vary each academic semester/year. The mode of delivery-contact, e-Learning, Blended Learning varies for each module within year 2.

  • Students can exit after Year 1, however an Exit Fee will apply.

  • Graduates who have already completed the CEHF or an equivalent qualification, or individuals who hold the NCEF Level 1 awarded by the PEAI  can enter Year 2 of the HCEHF.

Course  Tutors

All Tutors hold qualifications in the area of Exercise & Health Fitness or related area. Many of these tutors are teaching and/or conducting research in the areas of Education, Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Science and Recreation Management.


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