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Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness

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 the University of Limerick with a Level 6 NFQ Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness.

  • University of Limerick Accredited
  • Level 6 Minor on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Level 5 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Europe Active/E-Reps Exercise for Health Specialist (SQF Level 5)
  • 60 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Credits




What does the course cover?


The course consists of 9 modules and final examinations:

  • SS2001 Human Movement Studies
  • SS2011 Lifestyle, Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition
  • SS2021 Fitness Assessment and Programme Design
  • SS2031 Management & Work Placement
  • SS2041 Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response
  • SS2051 Studio Classes in Exercise to Music & Free Movement (Practical)
  • SS2061 Resistance Training with Weights, Machines, Kettlebells (Practical)
  • SS2071 Circuit Training, Body Conditioning, HIIT and Bootcamp Training (Practical)
  • SS2081 Step Training, Flexibility, Foam Rolling (Practical)
  • SS2092 Final Examinations (Theory and Practical)
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How much does it cost?


Academic Year 2021/22 Fees The Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (CEHF) programme fee for the 2021/22 academic year is €3,550 Option 1: Discounted Payment for Full Fees If course fees are paid in full by the acceptance date on your offer letter, a discount of €250 is applicable = Total Due €3,300 *This option requires full payment of €3,300 on acceptance of your place on the course and includes a non-refundable deposit of €995.00. Option 2: (2 Payments) Total fees €3,550 Non-refundable deposit payment of €995 due on acceptance of your place on the course. The balance of fees, €2,555 is due on or before Tuesday 31/08/2021. Non-Leaving Certificate 2021 applicants: Full fees due by Thursday 5th August. Please Note: Once students are registered, all fees paid are non-refundable/non-transferable. Funding: The CEHF is not eligible for SUSI funding however you may be eligible for funding through the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) scheme. You must contact your local Department of Social Welfare for more information.




What am I qualified to do?


The Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (CEHF) qualifies you to supervise and instruct on the gym floor including the cardio, machine weights and free weight areas. You will also be qualified to teach group exercise classes in: Circuit Training Body Conditioning High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Studio Fitness, Exercise to Music Step Training Resistance Training You are also trained to conduct fitness assessments on individuals and groups and design exercise programmes suitable for a variety of fitness levels and different needs and goals. All graduates are qualified as a First Aid Responder (FAR) from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).




Entry Requirements


Applicants should hold the Irish Leaving Certificate with minimum Grade O6 in five Ordinary Level subjects (including Maths, Irish or another language, and English) OR an approved equivalent or higher qualification. Other standards within Leaving Certificate or other levels of education will be considered under the NCEF/UL Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) scheme. A full supporting statement should also be submitted with your application. This should be 500-1000 words in length and should outline your reasons for applying for this programme. Non EU Nationals must submit a Study Visa, copies of passport documentation and proof of employment for the last 5 years. Applicants should have good communication skills and enjoy working with people. NCEF reserves the right to interview if required.




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Applications are now open for the 2020/21 academic year! Apply here




When and where can I do this course?


Venue: University of Limerick Contact Days: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays (these days are liable to change due to Covid-19) Time: 10am to 5pm Start Date: Autumn 2021 (exact date to be confirmed)

2. Colleges of Further Education

The following Colleges of Further Education run Intensive CEHF programmes in conjunction with their current Sports Programmes. For further information on this option please contact the following colleges directly:

Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, College of Further Education, Cork

Colaiste IDE, College of Further Education, Finglas, Dublin

Inchicore College of Further Education, Inchicore, Dublin

Waterford College of Further Education, Waterford

Drogheda College of Further Education, Drogheda

Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone