Opportunity for PESS students to gain a Fitness Instructor Qualification with the NCEF.

The National Council for Exercise and Fitness (NCEF) provides education and training in various aspects of exercise and health fitness from L.6 Certificate to L.8 B.Sc. Areas include Fitness Instructor/Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Pilates Specialist and more and also offer a range of business related modules at Years 2, 3 & 4, see www.ncef.ie for details. An intensive course, specifically designed for PE and SES students will take place following the PESS end of Spring semester exams in May 2019. The venue will be the PESS Building, University of Limerick. This short but intensive course is specifically tailored to the needs of PE and SES students, building on their background knowledge, skills and competencies that have already been acquired on the PESS programmes. On successful completion, you will gain the Level 6 Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (Fitness Instructor) Qualification, accredited by the University of Limerick. The Certificate is also mapped to the Europe Active European Industry Standards Exercise for Health Specialist, EQF Level 5. This qualification will enable you to work as a Fitness Instructor/Gym Instructor in a health club/gym/studio, both in the resistance/cardio areas or taking studio classes. Others prefer to work freelance and hire the local sports hall/community centre and take their own classes 2-3 times per week. Some work with their local club sports team as the Fitness Trainer. You will be qualified to teach group exercise classes in circuit training & HIIT, resistance training/body conditioning, step training and exercise to music. You will also be qualified to conduct health related fitness assessments on individuals or groups and from the results of those assessments, design exercise programmes specific to the needs and goals of your clients. All the above relate to adults 18 years and over. Full details on course content may be found here

The timing of the course is scheduled to begin when you are finished your PESS exams and before you head away to work for the summer. Course content tends to emphasise practical areas of exercise technique and of course class taking skills!! A course manual covering all areas of content is provided for each student, in addition to full access to the CEHF Blended Learning website which contains tutorial videos, animations and electronic self-assessments that you can use to gauge your progress! A compulsory practical workshop for all students interested in taking the Intensive course will take place on Thursday 21st March 2019. This will provide you with a greater insight into course content and offer you an opportunity to resurrect some practical, coordination and timing skills that may be a little rusty due to your studies!

Examinations at the end of the course consist of a 2-hour written paper covering theoretical areas of the course and a 1 hour practical examination in which you will teach various aspects of exercise and fitness to a class of 6 people.

 Entry requirements:

UL Sports and Exercise Science Students: Module SS4411 Coaching Science & Performance 1, SS4541 Sport & Exercise Sciences Transition, Module SS4422 Exercise & Fitness & SS4552 Immersion

UL Physical Education Students: Modules PY4112 Physiology and Anatomy and Pedagogy of Health Related Activity

All applicants must submit a PHECC First Aid Responder certificate with AED and attend the workshop on Thursday 21st March 2019 13:00 to 14:00

*All CEHF modular requirements must be completed within the registered academic year.

Application Procedure
Apply online www.ncef.ie/cehf-application or call to the NCEF Head Office P1-011. Apply before 4pm on Friday 15th March 2019. Please attach official confirmation (student transcript) showing the compulsory module requirements.

Graduates who do not hold the specific entry requirements must apply through the NCEF/UL Recognition of Prior Learning Scheme and complete an RPL application form which is available from NCEF Head Office.

The NCEF Head Office is located at the end of the PESS corridor on the right just before Coaching Ireland. Our team there will be happy to answer any queries you may have or you can email us at ncef@ul.ie