Become a top level personal trainer through our personal trainer course Accredited by the University of Limerick
Motions Fitness runs Personal Trainer Courses for the National Council for Exercise & Fitness/University of Limerick in Dublin. Our Dublin based personal trainer courses are accredited by the University of Limerick and they are the only university accredited fitness qualifications in Ireland. This link with the N.C.E.F. & U.L is testimony to the reputation that Motions Fitness has built up since its foundation in 1984.
01. Recognisable Qualifications
If you decide to undertake a personal training course or fitness instructor course then you want to rest assured that your qualification is the best you can get. You are investing a lot of time and money in your education so you deserve to get a respected qualification. Our personal trainer courses are accredited by the University of Limerick. They start at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications and they are on the European Qualifications Framework EQF Level 5. We are the Certified Provider for the NCEF courses in Dublin. The NCEF is an academic affiliate of University of Limerick and it is also audited and aligned to the European Industry Standard, Exercise for Health Specialist -SQF Level 5.
02. Courses designed and Delivered By Professionals
Our Personal Trainer Courses are designed and delivered by industry professionals. Our tutors are working in the fitness industry as personal trainers, class teachers and gym instructors. The courses offer a bespoke learning experience for our students that allows them to progress their careers at their own pace. With a high rate of success our graduates go out into the industry backed by Ireland’s only University Accredited Fitness Qualification
03. Career Opportunities
The qualification from our personal trainer courses accredited by the University of Limerick will give you all the advantages you need to join the fitness and leisure industry.
Most of the graduates from our personal trainer courses are working in gyms, private fitness facilities, leisure centres or have set up their own personal training businesses. We provide our students with the skills to deliver effectively in a wide range of fitness related activities such as Personal Training, Gym Instructing, Class Teaching, Wellness Coaching and tutoring.
Our graduates have the opportunity to progress through a unique education pathway in association with UL. They can pursue further qualifications such as the Diploma (Level 7) and Degree (Level 8). This opens the door to many other courses in the University sector.
Frequently Asked Questions
University Course without CAO application
The normal requirement for enrollment on the Certificate courses is a Leaving Certificate with 5 passes at ordinary level (incl Eng, Maths and any language). Relevant work experience can be taken into account for some applicants. Whether you have just finished school or wish to look at another career or looking to take your interest in fitness to the next level, Motions Fitness can offer you a path forward. We offer University courses but you do not have to apply through the CAO. Apply to us directly.
The National Framework of Qualification (NFQ) is a system used to describe Irelands educational qualifications. It has 10 levels. All NFQ qualifications are quality assured, learners can be confident that they will be recognised at home and abroad. Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) has responsibility to develop, promote and maintain the Irish NFQ. See nfq-qqi.com for more details.
Motions Fitness is the Dublin based provider of these UL courses. We teach the courses in TUD, Kevin St, Dublin 2 (formerly DIT). So you can study in Dublin City Centre with the industries leading professionals and graduate with your qualification from the University of Limerick like this happy bunch.
Our courses are University courses but you do not have to apply through the CAO. You apply directly to Motions Fitness as we are the Certified Course Provider in Dublin. You will then be registered with the University of Limerick and you will be a full graduate of UL when you pass the course. This is a unique opportunity to gain a University Qualification in a vocational setting. Our Dublin courses are based in the fitness facilities of TUD, formerly DIT in Kevin St, Dublin 2
This course suits fitness enthusiasts who are working full time. The course takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-10pm plus one Saturday (9am-2pm) per month. The course starts on 24 September and finishes at the end of April. Many of the people who do this course love fitness and often to the course for personal interest. Others use it as a stepping stone into working in fitness either of a full or part time basis.
Our students graduate each year at the Conferring Ceremony for the Physical Education Sports Science School at University of Limerick.
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“I started the course in October 2006 on the recommendation of a work colleague. It was a well organized, professional course but above all it was really friendly. I benefited greatly from the course. It has helped in my career as well. Even though I work full time I teach fitness classes in the evenings”.
It was great that the course was linked to the University of Limerick. I was interested to progress and did a number of specialist modules in the years after I finished. I am about to graduate with a Diploma this year. I am currently doing the Diploma in Holistic Massage with Motions and I am enjoying it. As with the fitness course the tutors are great and very friendly and helpful”.
– Anthony O’Donoghue
Anthony is a member of the Air Corps and did the CEHF course in 2006. He has just completed the full pathway from Certificate to Degree
“The tutors at Motions are second to none! They were so helpful throughout the entire course, and went beyond the call of duty! The course content was very well prepared and enjoyable and covers so many different aspects of the Health and Fitness Industry. The facilities in Palmerstown were great and made going in on Saturday mornings each week fun and inviting!”
“Linda, the course coordinator was an absolute gem! She held our hands the whole way, and made sure we were all well prepared for the exams and we were. I would highly recommend the course in Motions, without hesitation!”
Lorraine runs one of the most successful and innovative fitness businesses in Ireland (bootcampireland.com) and many of her staff are Motions graduates.
“I completed the CEHF in Palmerstown in 2010. It was a most enlightening educational experience. My best day came when I received my first class honours Certificate from the University of Limerick.
The knowledge gained has given me the confidence to establish up my own fitness business doing personal training, pilate’s classes, body conditioning sessions and more. I have passsed normal retirement age but have no intention of giving up thanks to NCEF. It’s never too late to start and always too soon to finish”.
Adam is our oldest graduate and in addition to his fitness business he is a top class athletics coach with Rathfarnham AC and he has continued on the NCEF pathway towards the Diploma.
“I had just finished a degree in sports management in UCD and realized that I needed some practical experience if I was going to the jobs market. The CEHF offered the prospect of a practical professional qualification that opened up more career avenues. The course is great preparation for anybody thinking about working in the fitness industry. It gave me the confidence to teach groups as well as design fitness programmes for individuals”.
James was an international athlete. He won 2 European Silver medals and represented Ireland at 2 Olympic Games. Since completing the course he set up his own business and was then appointed as the Performance Director of the Irish Paralympic athletics team.
“I have to say I enjoyed every second of the course and found every single one of you really excellent tutors. I learnt so much more than I thought possible because at the beginning of the course I never thought I’d remember everything but somehow I seem to have all this new knowledge and feel so much more confident!
“So thank you all so much and I would definitely recommend the course to anyone, it’s tough at times but all made much easier with great support from you guys!”.
Hannah Nolan completed the UCD full time course in February 2012. She now writes a regular column in Irish Runner magazine.
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