Advanced Practitioner

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Diploma in Exercise and Health Fitness - Advanced Practitioner

Who is the accrediting body?


All NCEF courses and modules are accredited by the University of Limerick (UL). On successful completion of the course, students will graduate from UL with a Level 7 (NFQ) Diploma in Exercise and Health Fitness.​

  • University of Limerick Accredited
  • Level 7 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Level 6 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Europe Active/E-Reps Exercise for Health Specialist (SQF Level 5)
  • This year carries 60 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Credits and an overall total of 180 ECTS Credits for the Diploma in Exercise and Health Fitness which can also be used towards the Level 8 BSc in Exercise and Health Fitness




What does the course cover?


DEHF Advanced Practitioner has 3 core modules that all students must take:

  • Research Skills and Programme Development in Exercise & Health Fitness
  • Applied Multimedia in Exercise & Health Fitness Tuition
  • Final Project Submission
Students must also complete an elective module/s to accumulate an additional 30 ECTS credits from the Year 2 specialist courses not previously completed. This elective module/s are taken in the Spring semester. These options include:
  • Advanced Personal Training (ECTS = 30)
  • Strength & Conditioning for High Performance Athletes & Sport (ECTS = 30)
  • Pilates & Corrective Exercise (ECTS = 30)
  • Children's Fitness Specialist (ECTS = 15)
  • Fit for Life Wellness Coaching (ECTS = 15)
  • Facility/Business Operations (ECTS = 15)
  • Active Aging for Older Adults (ECTS = 15)
  • Studio Cycling (Spinning) (ECTS = 15)
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How much does it cost?


Academic Year 2020/21 Fees The Diploma in Exercise & Health Fitness (DEHF) programme fee is €3,550 Option 1: Total Fee €3,550 Full payment of €3,550, which includes a non-refundable deposit of €995, is payable on acceptance of your place on the course. Option 2: (2 Payments) Total Fee €3,550 Non-refundable deposit of €995 due on acceptance of your place on the course. The balance of fees, €2,555, is due on or before Monday 10th August 2020. Please Note: Once students are registered on the programme all fees paid are non-refundable Funding: The full-time DEHF course is eligible for SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) funding however funding decisions are based on an individual’s personal circumstances. You may apply through www.susi.ie to see if you qualify. The SUSI Course Code is LMA905. Students have also secured funding or part funding in the past from other local government support agencies however this is also on an individual basis. It is important to note that all course fees must be fully paid before the student commences the course. If SUSI funding is allocated to students, this is reimbursed to the student upon receipt of payments from the University of Limerick fees office and this can take approx. 6+ months.




What am I qualified to do?


Advanced Practitioners are qualified in many specialist areas of exercise and health fitness and work in supervisory/business/management roles in the industry. They have skills and competencies in a broad range of areas and a strong portfolio of skills making them very employable. Depending on your choice of elective modules you may be qualified as a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, or qualified to work with Children and Older Adults. Others choose Fit for Life Wellness Coaching or Facility/Business Operations). Year 3 DEHF is also excellent preparation for the final Year 4 BSc. in Exercise & Health Fitness.




Entry Requirements


  • Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (HCEHF) or Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (CEHF) and 60 ECTS Credits from Year 2 modules or an equivalent qualification.
  • Knowledge: Broad knowledge base in Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness modules and Year 2 HCEHF specialist courses.
  • First Aid Responder (FAR) PHECC is an NCEF & industry requirement. All candidates on the above programme must provide a current FAR Certificate prior to completion.
  • Attitudes and personal qualities: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and mature disposition.
  • Other desirable criteria: Practical experience of working in any of the HCEHF specialist courses.
  • Successful Interview: Interviews can be completed via face to face, telephone or skype
NCEF/UL Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Scheme Previously qualified and expired NCEF Level 1 and applicants with equivalent qualifications from other institutions or bodies are eligible to apply for entry on to this programme through the NCEF/UL RPL Scheme. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and in accordance with NCEF/UL RPL criteria.
RPL applicants are required to complete an online RPL application form. Please click here to apply through RPL Please note an Recognition of Prior Learning fee of €125 applies to all applicants required to submit a Portfolio of Learning and on successful acceptance the fee is deducted from the overall programme fee.




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When and where can I do this course?


The next Diploma in Exercise & Health Fitness Advanced Practitioner course will start in the University of Limerick this Autumn (exact date to be confirmed). Tutorials are provisionally scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm however this may be subject to change for the 2020/21 academic year.