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The Personal Trainer Certificate course builds on the Gym Instructor course taking a more in-depth look at functional anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, nutrition and also exercise prescription. This course enables candidates to provide clients with personalised training programmes/sessions for their needs to improve overall fitness including strength, flexibility and cardio-respiratory funciton as well as detailed lifestyle advice to maintain all aspects of their health, fitness and well being.

Qualifications Gained

  • ITEC Certificate in Personal Trainer

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Students must have previously studied the Gym Instructor Certificate course prior to starting this course. However, students can choose to study both courses at the same time for a significant discount through our combo course option.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

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 part time course delivered over 5 weekends or as an intensive study option. See below for current study options.

Course Content Modules

  1. Personal Training including physical fitness, the role of a personal trainer, health and safety associated with training and have the ability to understand, demonstrate, explain and communicate the teaching techniques and the objectives of the exercise session.
  2. Nutrition for Physical Activity
  3. Anatomy & Physiology for Personal Trainers Level 3*

* This module will be completed by the student via Distance Learning.



Name: Personal Trainer Part time

Cost: 1680 Euro

To Book this course, please make a full course payment 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, Dublin 1
  • 09/06/18 - 09/09/18 (5 weekends)
  • Sat & Sun 9.30 - 4.30pm
  • Dates: 09/10 Jun, 07/08 Jul, 28/29 Jul, 25/26 Aug, 08/09 Sept Exams September 2018
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 16/07/18 - 27/07/18
  • Mon to Fri 9.30am-4.30pm
  • This is a 2 week intensive course
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 17/09/18 - 28/09/18
  • Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30pm
  • This is a two week intensive programme
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 29/09/18 - 09/12/18
  • Sat & Sun 9.30-4.30pm
  • Dates: 29/09 & 30/09, 13/10 & 14/10, 03/11 & 04/11, 17/11 & 18/11, 08/12 & 09/12 Exam date: December 2018
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 19/01/19 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Course dates: 19/01 & 20/01, 09/02 & 10/02, 02/03 & 03/03, 30/03 & 31/03, 27/04 & 28/04 Exams: May 2019

Additional Course Costs

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

  • ITEC Exam Fee: £95