Children's Fitness Specialist

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Children's Fitness Specialist

Who is the accrediting body?


All NCEF courses and modules are accredited by the University of Limerick (UL).

  • University of Limerick Accredited
  • 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits towards the Higher Certificate/Diploma/B.Sc. in Exercise & Health Fitness through our 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. Health Related Activity for Children - Theory & Practice

  • Anatomy and physiology of growth and maturation in children
  • Stages of motor learning, development and training
  • Wellness for children
  • Practical teaching and programme design
2. Tusla Children First E-Learning Programme
  • All students are required to complete the Tusla Children First e-learning programme. This is a free online programme of study & takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. This covers topics including recognising and reporting child abuse, the role of mandated persons, the responsibilities of organisations working with children to safeguard children, the role of designated liaison persons. When you have completed the programme, you will receive a certificate of completion which must be submitted to the NCEF Head Office.
3. Health Related Activity for Children - Application
  • Work Experience Portfolio
  • Preparation for assessments
4. Final Summative Assessments
  • Practical Summative Assessment (Submission of Videos via Dropbox)
  • Online Summative Assessment

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How much does it cost?


The Children's Fitness module only fees are €995. Option 1: Total Fee €995.00 Full payment of €995 which includes a non-refundable deposit of €595, is payable on acceptance of your place on the course. Option 2: (2 Payments) Total fees €995.00 Non-refundable deposit of €595 due on acceptance of your place on the course.The balance of fees, €400, is due 10 working days before the course starts. 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 Children's Fitness specialist module will give you the skills and knowledge to:

  • Design, plan and teach safe, enjoyable and effective health-related activity sessions for children aged 4 to 12 years.
  • You may choose to work in the local community, local schools as a guest specialist, after school centres, summer camps etc.
  • Improve and encourage increased activity levels of children in a fun environment.
  • Provide much needed activity classes for children without competitive emphasis.




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. Please click here to apply through RPL 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 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