NCEF Level 1 Upgrade

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NCEF Level 1 Upgrade

Who is the accrediting body?


All NCEF courses and modules are accredited by the University of Limerick (UL). On successful completion of the course, you will graduate from the University of Limerick with a Level 6 NFQ Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness.

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




What does the course cover?


The NCEF Level 1 Upgrade course covers the following modules:

  • SS2001 Human Movement Studies

  • SS2011 Lifestyle, Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition

  • SS2021 Fitness Assessment and Programme Design

  • SS2031 Management & Work Placement

  • SS2051 Studio Classes in Exercise to Music & Free Movement

  • SS2061 Resistance Training

  • SS2071 Circuit Training, Body Conditioning, HIIT and Bootcamp Training

  • SS2081 Step Training & Flexibility

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What am I qualified to do?


The CEHF Upgrade programme is a unique opportunity for NCEF Level 1 graduates to upgrade their existing qualification, which existed before 2006, to the current University of Limerick accredited Level 6 NFQ Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (CEHF).

Upgrading to the CEHF will update your knowledge & skills and broaden your opportunities for recognition, access, transfer and progression within the Irish educational system, within Europe and worldwide. The CEHF is an award for life and does not require recertification.




Entry Requirements


* Current, up to date, recertified NCEF Level 1 certificate. * Current PHECC First Aid Responder certificate. If you hold the entry requirements above, please apply online here.
If your NCEF Level 1 certificate expired some time ago and you have not recertified in recent years, you must apply for this course through the NCEF/UL Recognition of Prior Learning Scheme. Please click here for an RPL application form.




How much does it cost?


The CEHF Upgrade course fee is €1,395

This fee includes:

* Registration with the University of Limerick
* University of Limerick student ID card
* Access to the interactive CEHF e-learning materials on the NCEF e-Hub
* Mentoring/Tuition through your Course Leader
* CEHF student manual
* Examination/assessment Fees
* Membership of Fitness Professionals International, the NCEF Graduate Directory
* UL Examinations Board ratification and Official UL transcript of results
* Official University of Limerick Graduation


Payment Option 1
Full fee payment of €1,395 (inclusive of non-refundable deposit of €995) on submission of acceptance documents to the NCEF Head Office.


Payment Option 2
€995 non-refundable deposit on submission of acceptance documents to the NCEF Head Office. Balance of €400 due to the NCEF Head Office approximately 3 weeks prior to course start.


Please note that once students are registered, all fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable.


On successful completion of the CEHF, graduates may ‘step into’ Year 2 of the Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness to advance their skills and complete specialist modules such as Advanced Personal Training, Strength & Conditioning for Athletes & Teams, Pilates & Corrective Exercise, Active Ageing for Older Adults, Children’s Fitness, Wellness Coaching and many other specialist qualifications.




When and where can I do this course?


The CEHF Upgrade course is available in all academic semesters i.e. Autumn, Spring and Summer and the course runs over one academic semester, approximately 4 months. Autumn 2020: Commences Monday 7th September, Finishes Mid-December 2020 Spring 2021: Commences Monday 11th January, Finishes Mid-April 2021 Summer 2021: Commences January, Finishes Mid-April 2021 The Upgrade course is an e-learning course where you study from home through distance learning on the interactive NCEF e-learning hub. There are no classroom contact tutorials however you will have the full support of a Course Leader who will guide you in your studies and you will receive a full colour CEHF student manual.




Apply Now!


The CEHF Upgrade course is available in all academic semesters i.e. Autumn, Spring and Summer. Please click here to apply.