Active Ageing Leader

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Active Ageing Leader

Who is the accrediting body?


All NCEF courses and modules are accredited by the University of Limerick (UL). On successful completion completion of the Active Aging Specialist students will accumulate 15 ECTs credits.

  • University of Limerick Accredited.
  • 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits towards the Higher Certificate/ Diploma/B.Sc. in Exercise & Health Fitness through a flexible learning pathway and also towards other University qualifications in Europe who follow ECTS credit value system.
  • Europe Active Level 5 Exercise Specialist Module
  • Successful students will receive an NCEF Certificate of Completion




What does the course cover?


1. Introduction to Active Ageing

  • History and benefits of physical activity for older adults.
  • Current research on physical activity and health in older populations.

2. Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Understanding the effects of ageing on health and physiology.
  • Understanding the increasing risk of developing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimers disease, Parkinson’s disease etc.

3. Client Screening
  • Health and lifestyle screening.
  • Considerations for participation in physical activity and exercise.
  • Guidelines for referral.

4. Programming
  • Principles and considerations of programme design for individuals and groups.
  • Contraindications for participants.
  • Class planning and programme design.

5. Active Ageing Applications
  • Work experience
  • Preparation for assessments
6. Final Summative Assessments
  • Summative Practical (Video Submissions Via Dropbox)
  • Summative Written (Work experience portfolio and online assessment)
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How much does it cost?


The course fee for the Active Ageing specialist module is €995.00. Payment Option 1 Full fee payment of €995 (inclusive of non-refundable deposit of €595.00) on submission of acceptance documents to the NCEF Head Office. Payment Option 2 €595 non-refundable deposit due on submission of acceptance documents to the NCEF Head Office. Balance of €400 due to the NCEF Head Office 10 working days before the course commences. Please note that once students are registered, all fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you are completing this module as part of an overall programme e.g. Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness, the cost of this module is included in the full HCEHF Year 2 programme fees.




What am I qualified to do?


The Active Ageing specialist module will give you the skills, knowledge and competencies to:

  • Design group exercise classes for dependent chair based and independent active older adults.
  • Prescribe progressive exercise programmes suitable for independent older adults of varying levels of fitness in a gym, leisure centre or community environment.
  • Functional fitness classes and programme design.
  • Enhance the activity levels of our active ageing population in a fun and safe manner.




Entry Requirements


Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (CEHF) NFQ Level 6 OR NCEF/PEAI Level 1 National Certificate in Fitness & Exercise Instruction - Current and Recertified You must also hold a PHECC First Aid Responder (formerly Occupational First Aid) qualification. If you hold another health/fitness qualification from other institutions or bodies and relevant work experience in the fitness industry , we ask you to complete an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) application form which is a common route of entry onto NCEF courses. A cost of €125 applies to ALL RPL applicants on application, however if you are successful and offered a place on your chosen course, this fee is then deducted from the cost of overall programme fees.




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When and where can I do this course?


All content, including lectures, handouts, sample assessments, videos etc. will be delivered and accessed through a specially developed e-learning hub. This will enable you to further your studies at home, abroad and anywhere you have access to an internet connection.

This e-learning hub will contain tutorials on all the theoretical aspects of the course along with short electronic self-assessments which will allow students to gauge their progress as they work through the module.

Course start dates are as follows:

Autumn 2020: Commences Monday 7th September 2020, Finishes Mid-December 2020 Spring 2021: Commences Monday 11th January, Finishes Mid-April 2021