Level 4 Group Fitness / Studio Instructor Course

National Certificate in Group Fitness Instruction

The Qualification

This qualification is developed for Gym Instructors and Personal Trainers who wish to acquire a qualification in Group Fitness Instruction.

This training programme will prepare you for a career in the sport and active leisure industry as a fitness instructor – teaching exercise to music, step aerobics and circuit training.  You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan and instruct an exercise to music/step aerobics and circuit training programme for healthy adults of all ages.  In addition, you will be equipped to offer support to clients who take part in exercise and physical activity. This qualification is endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (UK).  REP’s UK is the largest register for exercise professionals in the world with over 30,000 members.  Through ICREPs,  REPs UK is aligned with all the national professional registers across Europe, New Zealand and Australia.  This qualification is also mapped to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RCF) UK and recognised by QQI (Ireland), comparable to Level 4 on The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Ireland.

Course applicants (gym instructors/personal trainers) must have covered the following modules on their programme of training:
1. Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise
2. Principals of Exercise, Fitness & Health
3. Supporting Clients who partake in Physical Activity
4. Health, Safety & Welfare in a Fitness Environment

Course Modules

Course Modules



Planning Group Exercise to Music/Circuit Training Sessions
  • Client Health Screening
  • Planning Safe and Effective Group Exercise to Music Classes
  • Planning Safe and Effective Group Circuit Training Classes
  • Step Aerobics Instructional CPD Day
  • Bootcamp Circuit Training Instructional CPD Day
  • Using Music to Enhance Group Exercise
  • Client Data Records
Instructing Group Exercise to Music Sessions
  • Professionalism in Fitness Instruction
  • Preparing Equipment for Exercise to Music
  • Instructing Group Exercise to Music Classes
  • Supervising, Supporting and Motivating Clients
  • Exercise Progressions and Variations
  • Step Aerobics Instructional CPD Day
  • Bootcamp Circuit Training Instructional CPD Day

Other Information

Other Information



Qualifications Awarded
  • National Certificate in Group Fitness Instruction (NSC)
  • Certificate in Fitness Instruction – Exercise to Music (OFQUAL)
  • CPD Award in Bootcamp Circuits (NSC)
  • CPD Award in Step Aerobic Instruction (NSC)

OFQUAL qualifications are mapped to RCF (UK), recognised by QQI (Ireland) and EQF (Europe), accredited by REPs UK, recognised in Europe (EREPs Level 3) and in Australia/New Zealand through ICREPS.  NSC qualifications allow graduates to operate as professional fitness instructors and are recognised by industry insurance bodies. Professional indemnity insurance can be obtained by NSC graduates at a cost of approx. €140.

Previous Qualifications Required: Recognised Gym Instructor or Personal Trainer qualification at UK Level 2/3, NFQ Level 4/5.  Applicants must be computer literate as course notes are provided online and participants are required to submit project work via email.

Course Fee

Course Fee: €400

Course fee is due prior to the course start date.  Examination fees of €150 are due on day 3 of the programme. A course deposit of €150 is necessary which can be completed by visiting www.gopay.ie and follow the on-site instructions.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@nationalsportscollege.com

Course Dates

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, some courses will be delivered through blended learning – Uploaded Online Theory Classes to our Learning Platform. Study at any time online.

This is a 3 day programme (plus online elements) for qualified gym instructors and personal trainers.

Please note dates are subject to Government Recommendations regarding COVID-19 and educational institutes opening times.

How to Apply

To apply, fill in our application form by clicking here. If you have any questions please contact us at info@nationalsportscollege.com

Increase Your Knowledge and Qualification

Add The National Certificate in Group Fitness Instruction qualification from only €400.
Add The National Certificate in Personal Training from only €800.
Add both Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer qualifications from only €1,050 (Special Offer 3-in-1 = €1,950).
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