Strength & Conditioning

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Strength & Conditioning

Who is the accrediting body?


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

  • University of Limerick Accredited
  • 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits towards the Higher Certificate/ Diploma/B.Sc. in Exercise & Health Fitness through a flexible learning pathway.
  • ECTS credits can be used towards the NCEF 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?


The S&C specialist module is aimed at improving the sports performance of teams and athletes through physical preparation. Content includes

  • Physical & Psychological Considerations
  • Factors Affecting Performance
  • Training & Fatigue
  • Group Performance
  • Motivation
  • Stress & Strain
  • Team Building
  • Testing & Training
  • Fitness Assessment/Testing
  • Endurance
  • Off Season Training
  • Microcycles
  • Resistance/Strength Training
  • Core & Corrective Exercise
  • Developing Speed
  • Reaction Time & Assessment
  • Agilty
  • Coordination & Balance
  • Plyometrics & Power
  • SAQ
  • Flexibility
  • Hydration & Nutrition for Athletes
  • Planning & Periodisation
  • Advanced Programme Design & Periodisation
  • Annual Training & Competition Plan
  • Tapering & Peaking
  • Burnout
  • Off Season
  • Sports Analysis
Sessions with industry recognised & accredited Master Trainers are also scheduled into the S&C timetable throughout the semester. For more details on content click here




How much does it cost?


The Strength & Conditioning module only fees are €1,495. Option 1: Total Fee €1,495 Full payment of €1,495 which includes a non-refundable deposit of €595, is payable on acceptance of your place on the course. Option 2: (2 Payments) Total fees €1,495 Non-refundable deposit of €595 due on acceptance of your place on the course. The balance of fees, €900, is due 3 weeks prior to course start. 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 HCEHF Year 2 course fees.




What am I qualified to do?


The Strength & Conditioning for Athletes & Teams specialist module is for qualified Fitness Instructors who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills to work as an S&C Specialist with athletes and sports teams. You will be qualified to work with and train sports teams and athletes in their physical preparation for a season or specific event. The S&C coach plays a vital and integral part of the success of any team or athlete. You will work on improving their overall performance by ensuring they are in optimal condition to meet the specific demands of their sport.




Entry Requirements


Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (CEHF) Graduates and Current Recertified NCEF Level 1 Graduates:

  • Copy of your CEHF certificate or NCEF/PEAI Level 1 certificate
  • PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR) is a prerequisite for the Strength & Conditioning Specialist module & an industry requirement.
Expired NCEF/PEAI Level 1 holders (1987-2006) or those with equivalent health/fitness/exercise qualifications: Click here for an RPL application form
  • PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR) formerly Occupational First Aid (OFA) is a prerequisite for the Strength & Conditioning Specialist module & an industry requirement. All candidates must provide a current FAR certificate on application.




Apply Now!


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




When and where can I do this course?


University of Limerick Academic Year 2020/21 Spring 2021 - Weekday course commencing January 2021. Provisional contact days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm however this may be subject to change. Closing date for applications: Wednesday 8th January 2020.