Exercise & Fitness

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Programme Co-ordinator: Iva Polcic
Award Code: 5M5146
Course Code: 414256

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, intensive full-time programme that aims to develop skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the leisure and fitness industry with a focus on coaching. Learners also have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate in Exercise and Fitness provided by the National Council for Exercise and Fitness and accredited by the University of Limerick (subject to numbers).

Component Awards:

  • Sports and Recreation Studies (5N2667)
  • Exercise and Fitness (5N2668)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Personal Effectiveness (5N1390)
  • Leisure Facility Administration (5N4666)
  • Adventure Activities (5N4646)
  • Word Processing (5N1358)


  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher level education in the fields of Applied Health Care, Exercise and Health Studies, Recreation and Sport Management and Health Promotion
  • Opportunities to work in gym instruction, personal training, coaching, sports retail and various health and fitness related positions
  • Opportunities to connect with organisations that are currently working across Kilkenny in sport, recreation and public health.

Additional Activities:

Additional short courses may be offered as well as courses facilitated by national governing organisations.

“The Exercise and Fitness course has given me a great understanding of what it takes to be a fitness instructor. It isn’t just lifting weights and “getting your protein in” – you’ve also got to learn how to interact with people, have proper customer service, take into account all potential clients needs and most importantly to always be willing to learn, no matter how much you may think you know”

Dermot – Exercise & Fitness