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Gym Instructors assume many different roles in a fitness center, that of motivator, supervisor and trainer. This course provides learners with all the necessary skills to fill these roles for their clients. Through a combination of theory and practical learning Portobello Institute's diploma in Gym Instruction enables learners to provide clients with an appropriate gym workout for their needs to improve overall fitness including; strength, flexibility and cardio-respiratory functions.

The Gym Instructor course will offer students understanding in the areas of cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training for all individuals including young people aged 14-16 years, over 50's, ante natal and post natal women and individuals suffering certain musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis. Upon completion of the qualification students are ready to work in the fitness industry in a gym based setting.

Qualifications Gained

  • ITEC Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym based exercise)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

This is a part time course delivered over 5 weekends or an intensive programme. See below for current study options.

This Gym Instructor course is a pre requisite for students wishing to complete the ITEC Certificate in Personal Training. However, students can now study the Gym Instructor AND the Personal Trainer course at the same time through our combo course.

Course Content Modules

  1. Gym based theory
  2. Gym based practice
  3. Anatomy and Physiology*

*This module will be completed by the student via Distance Learning



Name: Gym Instructor Part time

Cost: 1680 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 23/06/18 - 02/09/18 (5 weekends)
  • Sat & Sun 9.30-4.30pm
  • Weekend dates: 23/06 & 24/06, 07/07 & 08/07, 28/07 & 29/07, 18/08 & 19/08, 01/09 & 02/09 Exams: Sept 2018
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 02/07/18 - 13/07/18
  • Mon to Fri 9.30am-4.30pm
  • This is a 2 week intensive course
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 03/09/18 - 14/09/18
  • Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • This is a two week intensive course
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 29/09/18 - 09/12/18 (5 weekends)
  • Sat/Sun 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Course dates: 29/09 & 30/09, 13/10 & 14/10, 03/11 & 04/11, 17/11 & 18/11, 08/12 & 09/12 Exam date: Dec 2018  

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • ITEC Exam Fee: £95