Diploma in Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning

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Course Information

Become a Personal Trainer

Our Diploma in Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning* will give you the skill set to instruct, provide personalised workouts, offer variety and help individuals and teams achieve their goals.

Across our international locations, we have helped our students develop a firm understanding and insight into the ever-changing science of Strength & Conditioning. Our qualification builds on this experience and includes an internationally recognised qualification in Strength & Conditioning which will equip you to develop and train clients more effectively.

Our flexible learning plan is perfect for the coach, trainer, athlete and working professional. Log onto our lectures anytime, anywhere, and learn the skills to become a sought-after Personal Trainer. Get practical experience at our workshops and have access to our lecturers throughout your time with us. We will support you every step of the way.

*This qualification is awarded by Setanta Institute through their EU accreditation by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI). It consists of three internationally recognised awards, a university-level Certificate in Fitness & Conditioning, and qualifications in Gym Instruction and Personal Training. This programme carries 30 ECTS credits awarded at Level 6. 

What is Involved?

The course duration is ten months and student intakes occur at two stages throughout the year; early March and again in early September. Lectures are delivered online every week by industry leaders and internationally recognised fitness trainers and S&C coaches.

Course materials are studied in your own time, with continuous assessments. You are assessed on your logbooks, assignments, practical assessments, interviews, and a final project where you must apply your knowledge in a practical way.

Setanta are industry leaders in the field of Strength & Conditioning and Performance Science. Our Diploma in Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning will set you apart with weekly course lectures and practical content. Don’t just ‘qualify’ to be a Personal Trainer; have the skill and experience to transform your client’s life.

“Studying at Setanta has complemented my training schedule and matches superbly. The staff and lecturers have been nothing but supportive and have made the whole process a really enjoyable one.”

Ben Earl - Student

Course Content

Students will initially study two modules together, lasting six months. After this, students study one module over three months and prepare additional learning materials and assessments in the final month. The three modules you will complete in this course are:

  1. Functional Screening
  2. Resistance Training
  3. Resistance Training 2

Along with the following ICREPs bespoke personal training topics:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

  • Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health

  • Applying the Principles of Nutrition

  • Planning & Instructing gym-based exercise

  • Programming & Delivering personal training with clients

Tuition Fees

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Continue Your Studies

Graduates of our Diploma in Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning can easily progress their career with Setanta through our undergraduate pathway. The pathway is designed to allow a direct progression for Personal Training graduates onto our Strength & Conditioning pathway, meaning students would have the opportunity to enrol in our Certificate in Strength and Conditioning without having to repeat any modules.

As the first three modules are covered in the Certificate, students will be enrolled on Module 4 of the next Certificate.

After completing the 3 additional modules of the second Certificate, students can progress onto the Higher Certificate in Strength and Conditioning (6 additional modules) and finally the Bachelor of Science in Strength and Conditioning (6 additional modules).

Additional modules of the Certificate in Strength and Conditioning:

  • Resistance Training
  • Speed Development
  • Endurance Development

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