Become an ETM Instructor and teach music-driven fitness classes

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Accredited Exercise to Music Course

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Fitness classes draw hundreds of thousands of fitness members across Europe each year, ranging from spin, through to aerobics and body pump. With the rapid expansion of fitness establishments in Ireland, the demand for fitness professionals with the exercise to music qualification has risen with it, meaning it has never been a better time to get qualified!

If you want to run your own private fitness class or work for a gym delivering group fitness classes the exercise to music course will put you in good stead to starting your dream career in fitness.

The ETM qualification is an entry level qualification therefore you can start with no pre-requisite being required to enrol. Additionally, it is an excellent stepping stone before moving onto other avenues such as Personal Training, Exercise Referral or Level 5 Strength and Conditioning. 

OriGym qualified thousands of fitness professionals across Ireland and Internationally and will help and support you not just through your course but after it too. You will get access to free business advice, business consultations with our recruitment team and support with interviews to get you on the right path to success. 

If you enjoy taking part in fitness classes and would love the opportunity to start your very own or freelance between gyms and health clubs, OriGym's exercise to music course is right down your street. Find out more on the exercise to music certificate today by making an enquiry or downloading our latest prospectus.

Entry Requirements:


Course Type:

Blended Learning

Course Length:

10 Weeks (Average)


REPs (UK), CIMSPA, Focus Awards

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OriGym's Part-time Level 3 Exercise to Music certification is Internationally recognised, awarded by Focus Awards and recognised by CIMSPA, so you can take your qualification anywhere in the World.

You will learn through our multi-award nominated e-learning platform called "Student Zone" where you will learn the theory via a combination of eBooks, interactive e-learning, videos and online lectures as well as attending regular practical training days at one of OriGym's 3 venues across Ireland; Dublin, Cork or Limerick. You will get 7 days per week dedicated tutor support from a team of qualified tutors, assessors and exercise to music specialists. 

Course Length: On Average the Exercise to Music Course takes 8 weeks to complete.
Entry Requirements: There are no qualification requirements, however, students must be aged 16+ to enrol.
Accreditations: The Level 3 Exercise to Music course is recongised by CIMSPA and REPs (UK) and is awarded by leading awarding body Focus Awards.
Cost: 599 Euros, with no hidden fees for registration, certification or examination, plus unlimited free exam re-sits.
Offer & Payment Options: 0% Finance is available and flexible payment terms up to 12 months. 
What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of this course, you will qualify with:

  • 10 CIMSPA points
  • Level 3 Certificate in Group Exercise to Music from Focus Awards

What You'll Learn

OriGym's Level 3 Blended Learning Exercise to Music Qualification is designed to give you all the skills and know how to plan effective, results driven yet fun and exciting group exercise classes to music. 

Upon completion you be confident in:

Delivering Freestyle & Choreographed Classes

You will learn how to adapt to alternate music styles and how to plan and deliver of wide range of ETM classes. You will learn a combination of both choregraphed and freelance-style dance moves and how to utilise them to full effect against the rhythm and beat. 

Teaching Special Population Classes

The course is designed to give you the skills to plan and create fitness classes that are inclusive of special populations including the elderly, those whom have a disability, pregnant women and children. 

Human Anatomy and Physiology

All fitness professionals need a fundamental understanding of anatomy and physiology as this will provide the underpinning knowledge of the body's systems such as the heart and circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems which is needed for effective programming.

Principles of Exercise and Fitness

You will be confident in knowing the effects of different types of exercise to music and training systems and how they impact the human body. You will learn effective warm-up and cool downs, ranges of exercises you can incorporate into your group workouts and the how nutrition plays an integral role in your client’s success towards their fitness goals.

Health, Safety and Welfare

Health and safety is always of paramount importance within any fitness environment, thus you will learn how to identify risks, manage those risk and how to appropriately safeguard your clients with particular emphasis on vulnerable adults, special populations and children. 

How You'll Be Assessed

With the part-time exercise to music certification you will need to pass a series of practical and theoretical assessments and submit module assignments online via OriGym's award nominated learning platform. 

Here is a breakdown of the required assessments:

  • One multiple choice open book online exam on anatomy and physiology - 90% pass mark required
  • One multiple choice open book online paper on principles of exercise and health - 90% pass mark required
  • Practical Assessment on delivering an exercise to music programme - Pass required
  • Coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview - Pass Required

Our expert tutors are here to support you 7 days per week and are contactable via both email and phone. OriGym is the only provider in Ireland to use certified teachers within vocational or degree level as well as qualified ETM instructors to give you the expert help you require.

If you already possess a Level 3 in Gym Instructing or Level 4 EQF or equivalent in Personal Training, you will be exempt from the online multiple-choice theory papers as those examinations are covered within those qualifications. 

Study Options

OriGym's Certificate in Exercise to Music certificate is studied blended learning, which perfectly combines the flexibility of online learning with the curial practical elements you need to develop and hone your skills.

OriGym's exercise to music certificate is studied part time via blended learning. You will be able to start the course the same day that you enrol and progress through the online coursework modules and take theory exams as and when you feel ready to do so.

Accompanying the online theory is practical based workshops which run out of our three Ireland assessment centres in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. These workshops are entirely practically based, and you will work in small groups where you will learn how to choreograph and instructor fitness classes and how to control a group of clients. 

The practical workshops run every weekend and are taught by qualified ETM instructors, teachers and assessors who have years of experience in qualifying students to becoming successful ETM instructor. Outside of workshops, you will get access to our 7 days per week tutor support who are there to guide and support you either via email or you can schedule calls if you need.

This study method is both flexible against your current commitments and lifestyle and perfectly blends learning of theoretical knowledge and getting that valuable practical experience to enable you to qualify with all the essential skills to becoming an exercise to music instructor of the highest quality.

Careers & Progression

OriGym is proud of not just how we run our courses, but the support we provide to thousands of students after completion to getting started in the industry. We will provide you with all the help and guidance you need to get into the fitness sector and business support to make it a real success.

Careers Support

After completing the blended learning exercise to Music Course, you will be offered a free career consultation with one of our post course support Concierge experts, who can offer you help with writing your CV, distributing it for you in your area, prepping you for interviews and even sorting interviews out for you in your local area. 

Additionally, you will get access to OriGym's Careers board, which has thousands of jobs both employed and freelance which OriGym graduates get first option on. You will also get access to a whole host of free business and marketing resources including a free accredited business course to get you off on the right footing. 

Progression Routes

After qualifying as an ETM instructor, there are plenty of routes you can consider to both expanding your professional development and enhancing your earning potential including the Level 4 courses in Sports Massage therapyqualifying as a personal trainer or moving onto more advanced qualifications in the likes of Nutrition or Lower Back Pain Management

Alumni Benefits

Through our extensive range of corporate partners and affiliates we have created the OriGym alumni, which you will have access to upon completing your qualification. This comprises of exclusive discounts on products and services that will aid your fitness career including offers on web design, accountancy, gym equipment, supplements, fitness apparel and much more.

OriGym is proud to qualify 7,000 fitness professionals each year across Ireland and the UK. We have been nominated for multiple awards including “Training provider of the Year” in 2017 and 2018 in addition to being a finalist for "The Most Innovative Provider" at the Active Training Awards. 

OriGym also is a Trustpilot partner, the largest and most trustworthy review platform in the world to showcase hundreds of genuinely satisfied customers.

OriGym is also an IS9001 certified business which means our systems and processes have been external certified and only a few training providers in the world have this accolade. 

Additionally, OriGym has partnerships with some of the biggest gym chains in Ireland and the UK including JD Gyms, Sports Direct and DW Fitness First, helping to place over 90% of graduates into work within weeks of qualifying. Additionally, we run the academies for these companies as well as partnerships with the MOD (Ministry of Defence) and QMU University all whom trust OriGym with their training, so you know you can too. 

At OriGym we believe in making affordable training available to all. We do not apply or include fees for exams, re-sits, registrations, certifying or apply admin fees that are rife with our competitors. Additionally, we own many of our own training centres, thus cutting out venue hire costs that other providers place upon their students enabling us to offer the most cost-effective courses in Ireland. 

Yes, OriGym has supported many students in the past and present that have some form of physical disability. We deliberately partner with gyms and venues that have disabled access to not disadvantage such students.

OriGym will determine at point of enrolment the extent of your physical capabilities to ensure the course is a good fit for you. If we do not deem the course a good fit, we have the right to decline the enrolment on the grounds of being in the student’s best interests.

OriGym prides itself on not just being a course provider but offering a comprehensive post course support programme that is unrivalled by any competitor both in Ireland and Internationally. 

As soon as you complete your course, OriGym's recruitment team will arrange a career consultation with you, help you construct your CV, giving you templates to work with and then manual review it for you and providing feedback to ensure its spot on.

Then we will distribute your CV in accordance to your post code to secure interviews whether that being for gym instructing, personal training or sports massage positions. OriGym has the largest network of corporate partners in Ireland and can guarantee interviews at most of them.

We will even provide you with interview support over the phone or email in addition to giving you some useful resources that you can use that will help you during the interview process. 

Take full advantage of OriGym's extensive alumni, which allows you to get exclusive discounts on gym equipment, clothing, supplements and more.

No prior qualifications are required to study the Distance Learning Level 3 Exercise to Music programme, which has been designed as an entry-level qualification into the fitness industry. A basic level of maths and English will be required to understand some course content. Also as practical elements are involved a basic knowledge and level of physical fitness will be necessary and students must be aged 16 years or older in order to enrol.

OriGym’s E-Learning Exercise to Music qualification will prepare you with the essential knowledge required to instruct exciting and engaging group exercise to music classes. Topics covered include Human Anatomy and Physiology; Principles of Exercise, Health and Fitness; Delivering Freestyle and Choreographed ETM Classes; and Teaching Classes Including Special Populations. Our section on ‘What You’ll Learn’ covers each topic and what you will learn on the course in more detail.


Join hundreds of our qualified ETM instructors working with leading health clubs and fitness brands.

Guaranteed Interviews

Secure your dream job as an ETM instructor after graduation with guaranteed interview with leading fitness brands.

Professional Guidance

Receive detailed advice on developing your CV, preparing for interviews and presenting yourself to potential employers.

Alumni Benefits

Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as a group exercise instructor.

  • Puregym
  • Virgin Active
  • Everlast Fitness Club
  • DW Fitness First
  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness

Available Packages

Gold Personal Trainer Course Package

  • Level 3 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
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  • Kettlebells CPD
  • Boxing & Pad Work CPD
  • Circuits CPD
  • Group Training CPD
  • Strength & Conditioning CPD
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Master Personal Trainer & Nutrition Specialist

  • Level 3 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 4 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 4 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 5 Nutrition in Weight Management & Athletic Performance
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CIMSPA recognised
  • Business & Marketing CPD
  • Medicine Ball Training CPD
  • Hydration for Sport CPD
  • Body Weight Training CPD
  • Advanced Training Systems CPD
  • Advanced Periodisation Training CPD
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Interest-Free Payments

You can pay in affordable monthly instalments with 0% finance available and we will not ask for guarantors.

Flexible Payment Plans

Payment plans designed to be flexible and convenient for you, meaning you can focus on enjoying your course!

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Our exercise to music courses start from just 599 Euros, with guaranteed interviews and strong potential earnings after.

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Angel Howarth

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Amazing Course & Career

After having a long-term passion for fitness and having built up her fitness Instagram page (@angfitpt) following to nearly 60k, Angel was getting messages constantly regarding her routines and workout posts. She decided to enrol onto OriGym's Personal Training Diploma and since has also started her Advanced Nutrition Qualification to offer her followers expert, qualified advice. 

Before I started the course, I was a lover of the gym, but unsure where I wanted to take my career. I was at university studying something I couldn’t see myself doing. That was until I found OriGym. I wanted to do the course so I could learn more about a passion of mine and eventually turn it into a career. I wanted the knowledge to turn my passion into my day to day life. I am now going to start working in a gym as a personal trainer, building my own business and hopefully continue to study around the subject too. I’m excited for what the future holds!

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As a mother of three children after spending the past nine years building her career as a solicitor, Heather made the decision to follow a life-long passion for health, wellness and fitness, and pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Studying part-time with OriGym to fit around family and work, I achieved my Level 3 Gym Instructor and Level 4 Personal Training qualifications. I found OriGym’s courses to be fantastically structured and well organised, and my tutor Andy Tsang was brilliant - he taught me so much!

After graduating I started my fitness business with the sole purpose of empowering women, both physically and mentally. My business has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Breakthrough Personal Trainer’ category at Northern Ireland’s Health & Fitness Awards 2019 - I am so thrilled! I am very grateful to OriGym for giving me such a great foundation to launch my business from.

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Sue Evans

Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

I love my new career!

Before joining OriGym, Sue worked in a gym as a Membership Sales Advisor. Many new members asked if Sue would be willing to train them, but as she wasn't qualified, she had to keep turning them down. Researching several companies, Sue enrolled on OriGym's Personal Training Diploma and has never looked back!

I researched many fitness courses but kept coming back to OriGym. I felt a good vibe from the team and the owners Luke and Steph are friendly & down to earth. I loved how involved they were in the courses! The course itself was AMAZING! The staff and teachers were fantastic, I really felt that they cared about me and my progress, going above and beyond what I had ever expected from them.

I’m now a confident Personal Trainer working for an international gym chain. The future looks so bright for me; I’m even enquiring about doing a season on a Cruise ship as part of the Royal Caribbean fitness team! OriGym has helped to make my dreams come true.

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