If exercise and fitness is your love and you want to learn how to motivate others to reach their fitness potential then this is the course for you. Plenty of action and practical activity, skills based learning and the theory to back it up. Learn the technical know how, improve your own fitness and learn to instruct others in a safe way. Practical work is carried out in a gym environment.

  • Exercise and Fitness Health ITEC
  • Gym Instructor ITEC
  • Hygiene Health & Safety ITEC
  • Personal Client Care ITEC
  • Personal Trainer ITEC
  • Sports Massage ITEC
  • Exercise to Music ITEC 
  • Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions ITEC
  • Anatomy & Physiology ITEC

Optional Extra courses in Suspension Training, Studio Cycling, Kettle Bells, Strapping and Taping (CCOC certification), Step Aerobics

Additional Training

  • CCOC Manual Handing Training and Certification: Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included.  Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4.  Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.  An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

Prospective students need to demonstrate a keen interest in sports and/or gym and be physically able to complete the practical work.

Fitness Centres, Gyms, Hotels and Leisure Clubs, Sports clubs, Health spas, Physical Therapy clinics, Sports Massage Clinics, Self Employed Professional.

MTU Cork: Recreation and Leisure  Management (BBus), Level 7, Year 1 (MT510)

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €859.50 + €313 approx. for uniform, 2 kits, books and towels – these material fees paid directly to suppliers on registration day. See Payment for details. Amounts may change slightly subject to sterling exchange rate.
  • Certification:
    • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction (Gym Based Exercise)
    • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
    • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction (Exercise to Music)
    • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage (optional)
    • Manual Handling Training and Certification.
    • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)
    • ITEC Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage (optional)
    • ITEC Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions
  • Work Experience: Students are encouraged to complete 40 hours of work experience/shadowing in gym/personal trainer environment as part of this course, which they will organise themselves.

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    I’m so thrilled I decided to go to CCOC, it really has changed my life I’ve met life long friends. In November 2015 I opened up my own holistic room in the main street of Midleton called Serendipity Holistic Haven and I’m loving this new exciting adventure that hopefully will continue to go on for years to come. If you’re reading this unsure of what to do, go for it, make the right decision, you won’t be sorry and will truly enjoy the experience.

    Debbie Collins , Owner Serendipity Holistic Haven

    I completed The Nail technician course in The College of Commerce and I am now Manager of Nails Inc. in Brown Thomas on Patrick Street. I found the course extremely helpful and it gave me a great foundation in the Industry. I still have a very good relationship with the Collage and I guest speak to the students on an annual basis in regard to working in the Industry and any help or advice I can give them

    Martina O'Connell, Manager Nails Inc Brown Thomas

    As part of my work experience I was the make up artist for two short films being made by another college. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about the production of films and what its like to be on set as a make up artist. Since the course I am working as a freelance artist doing weddings, photo shoots and theatre work. I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of becoming a make up artist.

    Katie Byrne , MakeUp Artistry 2014