Certificate in Fitness Instruction/Group Fitness Instruction (Part Time)

CertificateFitness Instruction/Group Fitness Instruction (Part Time)

Part Time
Cork Road
10 weeks

Certificate in Fitness Instruction & Certificate in Group Fitness

The Certificate in Fitness Instruction and Group Fitness Instruction are entry-level, industry recognised qualifications suitable for the health and fitness enthusiast.  This course will be offered as a package deal in 2018 and will run from early October 2018 to early January 2019.

During this course students will gain knowledge and practical skills to design and teach a range of gym-based exercise programmes for the general population on a one-to-one basis.  The course will also teach you how to plan, design, deliver and instruct innovative group exercise classes in circuit training (including HIIT and boot camp), body conditioning, aerobics and step aerobics.   The award meets the standards required by REPS Ireland for entry to the Fitness Instructor and Group Fitness category of the exercise professional register (www.repsireland.ie).

Who might be interested?

We recently developed our part-time courses to provide opportunities for people who would like to access our fitness qualifications. This course is suitable for anyone considering upgrading an existing fitness qualification, with an interest in personal fitness who wishes to pursue a career in the fitness industry or, anyone taking a gap year after completing their leaving cert and looking for a professional qualification.  If you are eager to begin delivering your own group fitness classes then this course is a must.

Reasons for choosing to study at WIT:


WIT has been training fitness instructors, group fitness instructors and personal trainers as part of their undergraduate studies for over 10 years and has a wealth of experience in the area.  Our staff is engaged in research in the health and fitness area and also members of boards and organisations responsible for implementing industry standards. 


These courses will be delivered in our state of the art facilities at the WIT ARENA in Carriganore.

REPS Ireland

Our courses are approved by REPS Ireland and have been independently verified and mapped to the occupational standards as set out by the Europe Active (http://www.ehfa-standards.eu/?q=node/12).   Upon successful completion of the course, student can gain entry to the register of exercise professionals in Ireland (http://www.repsireland.ie/)


A REPS Ireland recognised qualification automatically registers you on a pan-European register (EREPS) and allows you to seek employment in any European country.  There is also mutual recognition between Ireland and other countries affiliated to ICREPS.  This means you can travel to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UAE, South Africa and the UK and join their register once you’ve obtained a ‘Letter of Portability’ from REPS Ireland.


This part-time course will be delivered over 10 Saturdays and 7 Sundays, commencing early-October.  The course will take place in WIT ARENA, utilising the excellent facilities and renowned expertise that the Department of Sport and Exercise Science has developed. This award will emphasise practical competencies and client communication skills, underpinned by a sound knowledge base.


Upon successful completion of the course you will receive:

Certificate in Fitness Instruction (20 Credits, Level 6)

Certificate in Group Fitness Instruction (10 credits, level 6)



Further Information

WIT Dept. of Health, Sport & Exercise Science [email protected] 

Fitness Instruction Course

Health and Fitness Theory (10 credits)

During this module, students will be exposed to information on the workings of the human body, the principles of training and exercise programme design as well as their legal and ethical responsibilities.  At the end of this module, students will have an understanding of how the human body adapts to the strain of physical exercise.  They will also learn how to design effective training programmes for clients based on their stated goals.

Units include:

  • Introduction to Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Exercise Programming and Prescription
  • Legal, Ethical and Safety aspects of the Fitness Instructor


Resistance, Conditioning and Testing (10 credits)

During this practical module, students will learn how to conduct a range of health and fitness assessments, using the results to design appropriate gym based training programmes for healthy clients.   Students will also learn to select and teach a wide range of aerobic and resistance type exercises to help clients achieve their stated goals. 

Units include:

  • Resistance Exercise Training
  • Aerobic fitness and body conditioning
  • Fitness Assessment


Group Fitness Instruction

Group Fitness (10 credits)

This is a practical course which will follow on from individual exercise programming design, to group fitness design and delivery.  Current trends in Group Fitness instruction will be explored and the following units will be covered:

  1. Circuits – students will learn how to design and deliver both traditional and non-traditional circuit styles with a strong emphasis on HIIT and which incorporate different components of fitness.
  2. Aerobics & Step Aerobics – students will learn to progress basic step aerobics choreography and will incorporate functional exercises which are becoming increasingly popular, to the beat and master beat of the music.
  3. Body Conditioning – Students will learn how to design and deliver innovative body conditioning classes which incorporate effective conditioning exercises choreographed to music.
Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Health and Fitness Theory
Resistance, Conditioning and Testing
Group Fitness

Applicants must hold a minimum of 5 ODs at Leaving certificate or equivalent for entry to the course.

Group Fitness Instruction Careers

The health and fitness industry will be the principal source of employment for graduates.  Graduates will be well qualified to work in established gyms as instructors and taking fitness classes but will also be able to set up their own classes in their community.

They may also apply for relevant full-time programmes of WIT including the BA (Hons) in Exercise and Health Studies and the Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Sport Management. Exemptions may be granted on these full-time programmes for related fitness instruction modules.

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