Community Coaching and ConditioningQQI Level 5 Major Award in Gym Instruction & Life-guarding

This new and exciting course will allow learners to study an array of fitness specific modules such as :

  • ITEC Gym Instruction
  • Shallow Water Life Saving
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Work Experience
  • Team Working
  • Communications

The course is run over 1 year, on a full time basis. Learners will be required to provide skills demonstrations, examinations and compile collections of work for the different subjects. Note: these modules may be subject to change and are in no specific order.


With these specific set of qualifications, students will be given an insight into the fundamental skills required to obtain employment in the fitness industry or go on to further education in a similar or related field. On successful completion of the QQI major award, candidates will be eligible to progress on to level 6/7/8 courses.

Past applicants have secured places in nationwide colleges such as Institute of Technology Carlow, Waterford Institute of Technology, University of Limerick and Bray Institute of Further Education. Others have directly acquired employment in the fitness industry, in areas such as Gym Instructor, Lifeguard, Leisure attendant, Coaching or owning their own business.

To achieve the major award, candidates must pass all 9 QQI modules (Listed above).

Course Add-Ons

  •  ITEC Gym Instruction

GTI is an ITEC accredited centre and will provide industry qualifications .This worldwide recognised qualification will allow students to seek employment abroad.

Previous students have worked in the United States, amongst other countries.

Students will have the opportunity to work in association with community organisations such as the  F.A.I. and local schools.

Candidates will also have the opportunity to gain a Gaisce Bronze award.

Once again it must be stated that all course add-ons are subject to change depending upon the COVID 19 restrictions in place at the time.


This programme is designed for those looking to return to education /employment , early school leavers, long term unemployed, those on sickness benefit.

Applicants are accepted from 17 – 65 years of age.

Expression of Interest Form

Those interested in a place on the course should complete the form from the link below (click on submit when finished).
Gym Instruction & Life-guarding Expression of Interest Form

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