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Gym Instructors assume many different roles in a fitness centre, that of motivator, supervisor, and trainer. This course provides learners with all the necessary skills to fill these roles for their clients. Through a combination of theory and practical learning Portobello Institute's Diploma in Personal Training & Gym Instruction enables learners to provide clients with an appropriate gym workout for their needs to improve overall fitness including strength, flexibility and cardio-respiratory functions.

Qualifications Gained

Entry Requirement

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.

Course Content Modules

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  2. Health, Safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  3. Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  4. Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  5. Planning gym-based exercise
  6. Programming personal training with clients
  7. Delivering personal training sessions
  8. ITEC Instructing Studio Cycling Session
  9. ITEC Instructing Kettlebell Sessions
  10. Suspension Training
  11. Tabata Training
  12. First Aid

Autumn 2018 Entry

We are accepting applications from students seeking to apply and secure their place early for 2018. An interview day will be held on Saturday 28th April for early applicants. Places offered to successful candidates will be available until Wednesday 9th May 2018.


Name: Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer Full time

Cost: 3273 Euro

To Book this course, please make a payment of 50 Euro deposit using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.

Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute/Croke Park
  • 18/10/18 - 04/05/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day
  • ITEC Exam dates: May 2019 - Practical Exams - 14/05/19 - 19/05/19, Theory - 21/05/19 - 26/05/19

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • ITEC Exam Fee: £320