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Physical Fitness & Conditioning + ITEC Gym Instruction Certificate

Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Setanta College is pleased to announce an exciting new option for those who wish to gain an ITEC Gym Instruction Qualification (Level 2) and would also like to train athletes, players and teams in the area of Strength and Conditioning.

Normally you would need to study for 9 months at a cost of over €1,700 to gain a Gym Instruction certificate and then study for a further 18 months at a cost of €3,200 to become a recognised Strength and Conditioning coach. Now you can combine both awards (the Physical Fitness and Conditioning Certificate (PFCS) (QQI Level 6) and ITEC Gym Instruction Qualification Level 2) at the same time. Both of these can now be completed in an 18 month period.

We are offering the ITEC Gym Instruction Certificate for €400 when completed in conjunction with the Physical Fitness and Conditioning for Sport (PFCS).

ITEC Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise)
 The ITEC course is a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 2. It has UK Accreditation and ITEC certification is recognised in over 33 countries worldwide. The certification consists of 6 modules:

  • Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) for Exercise Health,
  • Safety & Welfare in the Fitness Environment
  • Principles of Fitness, Exercise & Health
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Planning Gym-Based Exercise
  • Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

Examination format
A&P Examination is set for a particular date for all students to attend and complete. Other assessment methods are integrated within both courses and ITEC requirements are externally verified by ITEC tutors.

Career Progression:

Further study - progression route to our Higher Certificate in Strength & Conditioning and Bachelor of Arts in Strength & Conditioning

  • Sporting clubs and organisations (amateur to elite level)
  • Individual athletes
  • Fitness centres
  • Gyms
  • Sporting societies
  • Personal training and gym instruction

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