Project Description

Fitness Instructor, Gym-based Exercise

If you are seeking to build a career as a Gym-based exercise Fitness Instructor, then this course if for you. You will achieve an internationally recognised award that qualifies you as a Fitness Instructor, and this can lead you directly to work. You will study the principles and practice of Gym-based Exercise, learning with qualified Fitness Instructors in our professional standard Fitness Studio.

This programme is also underpinned by a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise, that offers you options to progress to Further and Higher Education, including our own Level 6 Sports Science with Personal Training Diploma programme.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Qualify to work as a Fitness Instructor
  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • Learn with our highly experienced Fitness team
  • Detailed technical and practical skills development
  • Outstanding Fitness and Sports facilities
  • Excellent progression routes, including our own Level 6 programmes

Course Content

  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Supporting clients in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in fitness environment
  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Gaa Coaching
  • Rugby Coaching
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Gym Assistant
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness and Sports Management
  • Team Fitness Assistant
  • Sports Clubs Assistant


I am incredibly passionate about sport and I decided I wanted nothing more than a career in the sports industry. As a mature student returning to education, I was nervous about the academic challenge. However, my fellow students and my tutors helped me settle in and were always there for advice and feedback. The new, state of the art sports hall and gym really enhanced my experience and I picked up knowledge and skills from all of my modules that I will take forward with me. I am confident now and excited to be progressing on to Athlone IT to study Sports Management. I will not forget my time at Carlow Institute and will credit them as part of my future successes.


Entry Requirements


  • ITEC L2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise) ISP2C5
  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation & Exercise 5M5146
  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions IP2A5
  • GAA Coaching Award – Foundation Level
  • Sport Ireland – Child Safeguarding Level 1
  • FAI – Kickstart Soccer Coaching


  • Standard registration and QQI L5 Exam Costs
    (see costs, fees and finance) and
  • ITEC Examinations €130
  • Other Awards €50

Additional Costs

  • Track-suit Kit €30 average price

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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PLSS Code: 304097

Coordinator: Mary Walsh

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.