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Become a Personal Trainer (Level 4)
Start a Lucrative Career in Personal Training
Qualify to become a personal trainer in as little as two weeks with OriGym's multi-award nominated, intensive personal training courses. The certificate in personal training will enable you to work for any private or National gym, health club or Leisure Centre, as well as launching your own PT Business.
The personal trainer course is the next natural stepping stone for current fitness instructors to working with clients on a 1-2-1 basis and launching either as a freelance trainer or working within a gym as your own boss. Additionally, the personal training certification allows you to progress onto more specialised qualifications such as strength and conditioning, lower back pain management and obesity and diabetes control. If you have no fitness qualifications as of yet, please see our diploma in personal training page.
If you're an individual that possesses a strong passion for fitness and sport and enjoy imparting knowledge onto others, becoming a personal trainer is the right career path for you. Enquire about the internationally recognised Personal trainer course or downloading our latest prospectus here.
Part Time or Online
6 Weeks (Part Time)
10 Weeks Average (Online)
Focus Awards, CIMSPA
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With gym memberships and a number of both National and privately-owned gym facilities at a record high in Ireland with over 1 in every 10-people having a gym membership, the demand for qualified personal trainers has risen in recent years.
The private sector in Ireland consisting of personal training studios, independent gyms and freelance personal trainers is amongst the highest in Europe, creating more job opportunities for aspiring personal trainers to build a successful PT business.
What does the Job of a Personal Trainer Entail?
Completing your accredited personal training course with OriGym will enable you to work in any gym across Ireland and globally either as an employed personal trainer, operate freelance or online. No two days are the same, you will meet clients from various backgrounds with different fitness goals and aspirations, whom you will motivate and guide to realising their physical and mental potential.
This all-encompassing PT Course will give you the skills to know how to engage with clients on the gym floor, write bespoke nutrition and multi-dimensional fitness programmes in coherence to your clients’ needs and goals. This award-nominated personal trainer course will not just cover the essentials of anatomy and training systems, but also address the business fundamentals of marketing and advertising, so you will be confident in getting started in the industry with the knowledge of how to maintain a successful career in Personal Training.
See our personal trainer salary guide to find out how much you can earn and different routes to market as a personal trainer.
How Recognised are your Personal Training Courses?
OriGym has qualified over 30,000 fitness professionals in the UK and Ireland and is proud to work with some of largest gym operators in Europe to help you with our extensive post-course support infrastructure to help you get straight into the industry as a recognised trainer. We're a multi award-nominated training provider at the Active Training Awards, including being nominated for training provider of the year in back to back years in addition to being a finalist in the "most innovative training provider" for our brand new e-learning platform.
OriGym's personal training courses are regulated by Ofqual, accredited by Focus Awards and recongised by CIMSPA (Charted Institute for Sport Management and Physical Activity). This means once you have completed your personal training qualifications you will be eligible to register for PT insurance to become a recognised trainer and start your journey into the fitness sector.
The course is designed and implemented by established fitness experts and qualified professionals to provide a combination of both practical and cutting-edge theory to empower you to be fully prepared to start out in the fitness industry.
Course Type: Full-Time (Classroom Learning), Part-Time (Online & Practical Workshops) or Online Only (eLearning Platform) course.
Course Length: Full-Time Intensive Personal training courses take 2 weeks, whilst Part-Time and Online takes 8 weeks on average to qualify.
Entry Requirements: To start on the Level 4 Personal Training Course, you must hold a valid gym instructing certificate and be over the age of 16 years. If you do not hold a valid fitness instructing qualification, please see our personal training diploma options which give you both courses.
Cost: From €1299 with no hidden fees such as registration, certification, admin and resit fees that most of our competitors apply.
What You’ll Qualify With
This course is fully regulated by Ofqual and awarded by Focus Awards. The qualification is recognised by REPs (UK) and CIMSPA and can be utilised anywhere in the world. On successful completion of this course, you will qualify with:
- 10 CIMSPA points
- Focus Awards Certificate in Personal Training
Finance is available and we offer terms to spread over 12 months on a 0% interest basis
Find out more by downloading our latest prospectus here.
What You’ll Learn
Becoming a Personal Trainer requires more than just knowledge of gym equipment and supplements. To truly help your future clients succeed, you’ll need to be equipped with a deep knowledge of everything to do with human fitness, anatomy and nutrition.
OriGym’s Level 4 Personal Training course is tailored carefully to provide you with the specialist training you’ll need to become a top-tier personal trainer. Here’s an idea of the type of content you’ll be covering:
Advanced Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Exercise
You will build elite-level knowledge in how the human body works and responds to exercise, helping you plan and manage the most effective and rewarding fitness plans for future clients, including how to guide clients through effective flexibility and stretching movements.
You are what you eat, and the Level 4 Personal Trainer Course will expand your knowledge of nutrition in a physical activity programme. Each client is different, and an advanced nutritional knowledge covering a wider range of diets (including vegetarian and vegan) will set you apart from the rest.
Personal Training Delivery
Covering techniques to develop client motivation, guide them through goal-setting and more, the course will endow you with all the knowledge and skills required to put together and lead clients through the most effective, fun and rewarding personal training plans possible.
Programming Training Sessions
You’ll learn how to design personal training sessions with individual client needs in mind, including considerations for clients with disabilities or special requirements, and covering training programmes taking place outside of the gym environment.
As a personal trainer, you will be someone that ambitious clients look to for support and direction. This course will further your ability to lead by example and be the trusted advisor and support figure your clients need.
Learning the Business
How does a successful personal trainer market themselves? How do they maximise business opportunities? This course will help you develop a successful and sustainable personal training business model.
How You’ll Be Assessed
In order to successfully ascertain your NCFE accredited personal training certificate, you need to complete various assignments and assessments in both theory and practical. How these assessments are conducted depends on the study method you elect to learn via:
Online & Part-Time Personal Training Course Assessments
As you progress through your learning on the e-learning platform you will complete multiple-choice questions and assignments for each unit, which must be completed before moving onto the next section. This constitutes your portfolio of achievement and coursework. Then when you come to the end of the modules you will be required to site your multiple-choice theoretical assessments and book your practical exam at one of our 3 Ireland assessment centres.
The following assessments must be completed to qualify as a Level 4 Personal Trainer:
- Multiple-choice open-book online exam on anatomy and physiology – 90% pass mark required
- Multiple-choice open-book online exam on the application of nutrition – 90% pass mark required
- Practical assessment on delivering your customised personal training programme - Pass required
- Coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview - All Units Marked Complete
7 days per week tutor support is available for both online and part-time personal training course students to help facilitate your learning and give you as much help and support in preparation for your assessments as possible.
Full-Time Course Assessments
The following assessments must be completed to qualify as a Level 4 Personal Trainer:
- Physical Multiple-choice exam on anatomy and physiology – 70% pass mark required
- Physical Multiple-choice exam on the application of nutrition – 70% pass mark required
- Practical assessment on delivering a customised personal training programme - Pass required
- Coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview - Pass Required
Intensive personal training courses are supported by multiple tutors to help guide you through the qualification face to face and offer assistance with practical and theory exam preparation.
OriGym is dedicated to offering multiple ways you can obtain the personal trainer qualification so you can learn the way that best suits you. You can choose from full-time learning, part-time or learning online.
OriGym has 3 National assessment centres across Ireland in Dublin, Cork and Limerick with state of the art gym facilities with the lastest in both functional apparatus, cardio and fixed resistance equipment to help you with your learning and assessments.
The qualification you will receive when learning via nay of the learning methods will be the same and you will also get the same access to our extensive post-course support of helping you with CV preparation, distribution and interviews with the largest gym chains in Ireland.
OriGym has invested heavily in creating our own, bespoke online learning platform that has been developed so you can easily access your course whilst on the move or in the comfort of your own home.
Qualify at a speed and within a time frame that suits you. You get up to two years to complete your qualification giving you ample time to complete the course in coherence with any schedule, whether you have commitments with work, family or leisure. You will start the same day you enrol and whether you want to get qualified as soon as possible or really take your time to digest the material, you will dictate the rate that you qualify.
Our e-learning platform was nominated for the Active Training awards for "best innovation" and is a fully interactive platform that brings the essence of the classroom online. You will learn via the interactive learning resources, with quizzes, videos, online assignments, ebooks and more.
OriGym has built our reputation on offering more help and support than any other training provider and for online learners, this means you will get 7 days per week and open until 8:30 pm on weekdays to give you support at the times you really need it. All OriGym tutors are qualified fitness professionals with teaching and assessing qualifications, in addition, to having years of experience in qualifying thousands of personal trainers via online learning.
The part-time course is our most popular learning option as it beautifully combines online theoretical learning with practical-based workshops based out of our 3 gyms in Ireland.
The personal training course workshops are run on weekends and delivered in small groups by tutors who are all qualified to degree level and above. You can attend as many practical workshops as you desire and they will give you the essential hands-on experience and enable you to apply the theoretical learning into a practical environment.
You can start the part-time personal trainer course theoretical work immediately and book straight onto a workshop via our online booking platform. Additional to the workshops as with all our courses you will get dedicated tutor support via distance learning whom you can schedule times for calls or email if you prefer, 7 days per week.
If you’re in a hurry to get qualified and start your personal training journey, the fast track Level 4 Personal Trainer course may be just what you’re looking for.
Full-time courses run from Monday to Friday and are run from OriGym's very own private training centres. Here you can learn from a range of gym-based practical sessions and classroom led theory lessons quickly and efficiently.
Only the highest calibre of tutors teach on our full-time courses, who have extensive experience of helping people just like you to achieve their Level 4 Personal Trainer qualification. Your learning won't be disturbed by members or gym users, just one of the reasons why we are a multi-award nominated PT course provider.
Careers & Progression
After graduating from your Level 4 Personal Training qualification you’ll be equipped and fully prepared to secure a respected position as a qualified personal trainer, making a difference to your clients physical and mental health through exercise and nutrition.
OriGym’s support doesn’t stop once you’ve graduated. We’re proud of our students and what they can achieve, that’s why we provide all OriGym alumni with an extensive, ongoing career support package.
We run recruitment and training academies for various gyms, health clubs and sports studios across the UK, meaning we can guarantee post-course job interviews for all Level 4 Personal Training graduates. After a career consultation to help discover where your career passions lie, our in-house experts will make sure you’re prepared with everything you need to perfect your CV and nail the interviews, securing your dream personal trainer job.
This is reinforced by our advisory team and the career advice blog, which discusses everything from the best companies to work for, to average salaries and how to earn more, to progression routes and the future of the industry.
With our support, OriGym graduates have gone on to become exceptional personal trainers, fitness influencers, celebrity trainers, and business owners.
Once you’ve achieved your Level 4 Personal Training qualification there’s plenty of ways to expand your knowledge through further qualifications, supercharging your career and earning potential.
Diversify your range of clients and explore new fitness niches with a CPD qualification like our CPD Group Fitness Training course or CPD Strength and Conditioning course.
Alternatively, join the upper echelon of personal trainers by achieving a specialist Level 4 course, reaching the highest level of personal training qualifications and specifying in topics such as Obesity and Diabetes Control or Nutrition for Sport and Exercise.
Finally, OriGym alumni also get access to a range of special benefits through our partners. Our team work hard to secure discounts and offers across a huge spectrum of services, including insurance, software for personal trainers, first aid courses, clothing, and web design and marketing services to get your own business up and running at a professional level.
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.
In order to enrol straight onto the Level 4 Personal Training qualification, you will need to hold a recognised Level 3 Fitness instructing certificate. Don't worry if you have not already achieved this, the personal training diploma combines both qualifications into one package so you can progress from the qualification in Level 3 fitness instructing straight onto the Level 4 and comes with some additional free qualifications when buying in a package deal.
OriGym's Level 4 EQF personal training course is regulated by Ofqual, through lead awarding body Focus Awards. The qualification is recognised not just in Ireland, but globally and is endorsed by IREPs, EREPs and CIMSPA so you know you're in safe hands with your training.
If you elect to learn via the classroom fast track personal trainer course, it will take two weeks to complete the qualification. The online and part time PT courses course durations are determined by you with a National average of around 8 weeks.
The OriGym Level 4 PT course teaches you all the core and advanced topics to become a personal trainer of the highest ilk. Topics include application of nutrition, advanced anatomy and physiology, understanding training systems, programming for special populations and how to tailor and deliver a programme for your client’s goals.
For a more detailed overview click the tab "What You'll Learn" on this page.
If you enrol onto a online or part-time course you will learn via OriGym's interactive e-learning platform which is fully custom built to give you the best possible learning experience. All resources are produced from scratch which includes videos, quizzes, assignments, eBooks, PDF downloads and downloadable booklets. You can book to speak to a qualified tutor over email or phone, 7 days per week if you have a query or just need some guidance, that's what they are here for.
When attending a full-time course, you will learn through a combination of hardback material for your leaner achievement portfolio and have some access to the learning portal for supporting resources. Full time courses are taught by qualified teachers, assessors and fitness professionals to guide you through the course, face to face.
You can study the Level 4 Personal Trainer Certificate through one of three means:
Online - With the online personal trainer course you will get immediate access to OriGym's multi-award nominated learning platform, where you will progress through the modules, using eBooks, interactive resources, videos, quizzes and assignments. You will also be required to complete 20 hours of practical shadowing with a IREPs or EREPs qualified PT, which needs to be documented and uploaded to the learning platform. Finally, you will complete your practical assessment at one of OriGym's three centres in Ireland.
Part-Time - With the part time Personal trainer course, you will learn online for the theory and then attend weekly workshops which are all practical orientated to give you more hands on learning experience.
Full Time Classroom- If you prefer being in a classroom, the full-time course is a 2 week in duration, running from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5:30pm at our Dublin training centre.
UNRIVALLED CAREER SUPPORT
Join hundreds of our personal training graduates working with leading Irish and international gym brands.
OriGym guarantee post-course interviews with leading gyms including at Anytime Fitness & Flyefit, helping securing your dream personal trainer job after graduation.
Free Business Course, Free CV analysis, 1-to-1 interview preparation, marketing resources & business start-up training to equip you for ongoing success.
Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as a Personal Trainer.
Gold Personal Trainer Course Package
- Level 3 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
- Level 4 Diploma in Personal Training
- Suspension Training CPD
- Kettlebells CPD
- Boxing & Pad Work CPD
- Circuits CPD
- Group Training CPD
- Strength & Conditioning CPD
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
- Business & Marketing CPD
- Medicine Ball Training CPD
- Hydration for Sport CPD
- Body Weight Training CPD
- Advanced Training Systems CPD
- Advanced Periodisation Training CPD
You can pay in affordable monthly instalments with 0% finance available and we will not ask for guarantors.
Payment plans designed to be flexible and convenient for you, meaning you can focus on enjoying your course!
Our personal trainer courses are the lowest in Ireland, with guaranteed interviews and strong potential earnings after.