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Qualify as a Specialist Personal Trainer with a Level 5 course

Sometimes referred to as ‘Level 5 Personal Training courses’Level 5 Fitness courses are advanced qualifications that allow you to build on your existing knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of a specialist subject.

Qualifying as a specialist trainer with a Level 5 qualification marks the pinnacle of industry recognition, positioning you among the top 10% of fitness professionals in Ireland.

By studying with OriGym, you’ll be able to choose from a range of Ofqual-regulated Level 5 courses, including:

Each of the above courses will elevate your employment prospects and boost your earning potential. Once qualified, you'll be able to specialise in one of the most in-demand and lucrative areas of fitness.  

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Available Packages

The Expert Trainer Package

  • Level 4 Exercise Referral
  • Level 5 Certificate in Diabetes Control & Weight Management
  • Level 5 Certificate in Obesity Control & Weight Management
  • Level 5 Nutrition in Weight Management & Athletic Performance
Individual RRP:
0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Medicine Ball Training CPD
  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Bodyweight Training CPD
  • Advanced Training Systems CPD
  • Advanced Training Systems CPD
  • Business & Marketing CPD
Individual RRP:
0% Interest Payment Plans

Ultimate Trainer Package

Level 4 Diploma in Exercise Referral (GP Referral)

Level 5 Certificate in Lower Back Pain Management

Level 5 Certificate in Obesity & Weight Management

Individual RRP:
0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Advanced Training Systems CPD
  • Myofascial Release CPD
  • Body Weight Training CPD
  • Flexibility CPD
  • Fitness Testing CPD
Individual RRP:
0% Interest Payment Plans

At OriGym, we run four internationally-recognised Level 5 Fitness courses, each of which qualifies you to work as a Level 5 Specialist Trainer. 

Level 5 Qualification in Lower Back Pain Management

As a certified Level 5 Lower Back Pain specialist, you will become an expert in helping clients with debilitating back problems. You’ll be qualified to assist with rehabilitation, training clients to effectively manage their symptoms.

Course Type: Online, with expert tutor support 7 days a week. 
Entry Requirements: You must be aged 16+ and hold either a Level 4 Personal Training qualification or Exercise Referral qualification.    
Accreditations: Endorsed by CIMSPA.
Cost: €799 with no fees for certifications or exams.

Level 5 Qualification in Obesity and Weight Management Control

Obesity is one of the biggest health issues in Ireland, with the demand for experts reaching an all-time high. As an obesity and weight management specialist, you will learn how to help those struggling with obesity to overcome symptoms, increase fitness levels, and ultimately improve the quality of their life!

Course Type: Online, with daily support from our tutor team!
Entry Requirements: You must hold either a Level 4 Personal Training certificate or a qualification in Exercise Referral, and be at least 16 years old.
Accreditations: Endorsed by CIMSPA.
Cost: €799 with no fees for certifications or exams.

Level 5 Qualification in Diabetes and Weight Management Control

It’s estimated that diabetes affects over 6% of Ireland’s population.  As a Level 5 qualified Diabetes specialist, you will work with diabetic clients, offering specialised training programmes that provide the benefits of exercise as well as having the awareness of what measures to take with diabetic clients.

Course Type: Online, with the support of our expert team of tutors.
Entry Requirements: Requires students to hold a Level 4 Personal Training award or a qualification in Exercise Referral. Students must also be aged 16+ to enrol.             
Accreditations: Endorsed By CIMSPA.
Cost: €799 with no fees for certifications or exams.

Level 5 Qualification in Nutrition for Sport & Exercise

Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for your personal training clients to achieve their specified fitness goals. As a nutrition specialist, you will expand your knowledge of weight management, diet planning, and writing goal-oriented nutrition plans within various areas of sport and exercise.

Course Type: Online, with 7-day-a-week personal tutor support.
Entry Requirements:  There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Students must be aged 16+ to enrol.   
Cost: €1199 with no fees for certifications or exams.

How You'll Learn

All four of our Level 5 Fitness courses are studied online via our award-nominated e-learning platform, the Student Zone. This industry-leading platform has been designed to provide students like you with the best possible learning experience.

Just some of the innovative resources you’ll have access to include:

  • Online lectures
  • Videos and webinars
  • Interactive quizzes
  • eBooks and PDFs

Online study is a great option for any fitness professionals looking to take their career to the next level by completing an advanced personal trainer course. By choosing this flexible study method, you’ll be able to complete your qualification around your existing clients, as well as any other work or personal commitments you might have.   

As a student on one of our Level 5 Fitness courses, you’ll be able to study remotely at a time and place that works for you. There are no fixed start dates or deadlines, allowing you to start studying as soon as you’re enrolled and work through the course at your own pace.  

Throughout your studies, you’ll also be supported by specialist tutors, all of whom are experts in your chosen area of study. You’ll be able to access this expert tutor support by phone, email or live chat, 7 days per week.

For some of our Level 5 Fitness qualifications, you will be required to complete a single practical assessment. This will be held at one of the many OriGym venues located across the UK & Ireland. 

Careers & Progression

Upon completion of your course, you’ll be able to market yourself as an expert in Personal Training with Level 5 status. 

The knowledge acquired on your course will qualify you to take on specialised work in your chosen area, providing you with the opportunity to support a wider range of clients and maximise your earning potential. 

As an OriGym graduate, you’ll receive ongoing support throughout this next stage of your personal training career and beyond. 

Careers Support

As soon as you complete your course, our dedicated careers experts will guide you towards securing a new job that reflects your elite status as an Advanced Personal Trainer with a Level 5 certification. Our team will distribute your CV to our various industry partners and even help to secure you a job interview!

Business Support

If starting your journey alone sounds more exciting, or you want to complete a Level 5 PT course to expand your existing business, OriGym can help with all things business and marketing, too!

We can offer consultations for fitness business startups, and teach you the ropes in terms of understanding all aspects of getting started as a freelance PT. Whether you need help with marketing, web design, or advice on the associated costs - our team has a wealth of experience in supporting people just like you.

Further Progression 

For personal trainers, Level 5 courses mark the highest level of recognition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to build on your knowledge. As well as considering other fitness courses at level 5, Fitness CPDs are also perfect for industry professionals seeking to expand their expertise in specialist areas of training.

However, your education doesn’t have to stop there! OriGym provides a wide range of CPD Fitness Courses tailored for industry professionals seeking to expand their expertise in specialist areas of training.

What You’ll Learn

Each of our Level 5 Fitness courses for Personal Trainers covers a range of interesting topics around a specific area of fitness. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to learn on each course:

Level 5 Lower Back Pain Management

In this programme, students will cover:

  • Types of Lower Back Pain
  • Assessment Strategy
  • Intelligent Activity Planning
  • Impact and Symptoms of Back Problems 
  • Causes and Back Problems 
  • Posture and Movement

Level 5 Obesity and Weight Management Control

This programme covers:

  • Understanding Obesity
  • Treating Obesity
  • Designing and Delivering Weight Loss Plans
  • Understanding Long Term Behaviour

Level 5 Diabetes and Weight Management Control

During this course, you will cover:

  • Comprehending Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
  • Measurement and Assessment of Diabetes
  • Treating and Managing Diabetes
  • Designing and Delivering Weight Loss Plans
  • Understanding Long Term Behaviour

Level 5 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

In this course, students will learn about:

  • Macros and Micros
  • Understanding Nutrition Legislation
  • Relationships Between Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • The Business of Nutrition
  • Nutrition for the Elderly and Special Populations
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Dependent on which Level 5 course you wish to study, you may need prior qualifications.

For the Level 5 Lower Back Pain Management, Level 5 Obesity and Level 5 Diabetes qualifications, students will be required to hold a Level 4 Personal Training or Exercise Referral qualification (or equivalent).

For the Level 5 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise course, there are no prior qualification prerequisites.

For both programmes, students must be aged 16 or older.

Prices for our Level 5 courses for Personal Trainers start at just €799. All of our courses are available with flexible, 0% interest payment plans. We also offer packages which include multiple advanced qualifications at a discounted rate when booked together.

We believe courses and education should be obtainable and affordable for anyone who wants to start a career within the fitness sector, which is why our prices are cheaper than other providers. We own a vast majority of training venues through our sister company, which allows us to charge less thanks to reduced overheads. We also do not apply unnecessary admin fees, certification charges or exam fees that many of our competitors apply.

Just some of the post-course support services available to our level 5 students include CV distribution, interview tips, and the guarantee of a job interview on completion of your course. 

If your goal is to start or expand your own personal training business, we can also provide you with a range of free business and marketing resources to set you up for the best possible start in the industry. Our dedicated post-course support team can even offer free business consultations!

At OriGym, we also have a huge student alumni system made up of over 250 brands. As an OriGym graduate, you’ll be able to get discounts on career essentials such as software and equipment from some of the world’s largest fitness brands and services.

All of our Level 5 courses for PTs are regulated by Ofqual and endorsed by CIMSPA. Our certificates are all awarded by Focus Awards, a leading awarding body. This guarantees our qualifications are fully recognised by all fitness industry employers and professionals.

OriGym offers a range of different Level 5 qualifications which enable you to develop specialist knowledge in particular areas of fitness and exercise. Which course you study will dictate what you will learn. 

Students in the Lower Back Pain Management course will cover topics such as the types and causes of back pain, posture and movement, assessment techniques and activity planning to aid treatment. 

The Obesity & Diabetes courses cover various aspects of nutrition and diet planning for individuals managing their weight loss and diabetes, including understanding the long-term behaviours of such individuals and how to develop programmes to support them. 

Finally, the Nutrition for Sport & Exercise course covers multiple aspects of nutrition including diet planning, macros and micros, understanding how to plan diets for special populations, and how to plan vegan and vegetarian diets to aid fitness goals.

As an OriGym student, you’ll receive continuous support throughout your course. All of our Level 5 qualifications for personal trainers are studied exclusively via our award-nominated e-learning platform, which is made up of a range of resources, including e-books, interactive resources, online lectures and seminars, training manuals and PDFs, and more.

You’ll also have the full support of our expert tutors, who are available over the phone, via email and using our instant chat box service. This support is available 7-days per week, including evenings, to ensure we accommodate all students. As professionals in their specialist areas, tutors will be able to answer any questions and help guide you through the course, ensuring your success.

Also, as you’re able to study the course at your own pace, and in your own time, there’s no pressure and no stress to stick to difficult deadlines.

Depending on your subject pathway, assessment methods for the course vary. Programmes which include examinations will be completed online, whilst programmes which include a practical assessment must be completed in person at our Dublin venue.

Achieving a Level 5 qualification opens numerous career opportunities by allowing you to train in a specialist area and as a result, work with niche client groups. Being able to cater to clients in a specialist area, such as weight management or diabetes control, qualifies you to apply for roles with much higher salary opportunities.

As an independent personal trainer, having advanced Level 5 qualifications allows you to market yourself as an expert in a specific area of health and fitness, and therefore charge more for your personal training services.  


We offer extensive careers support services, allowing you to truly benefit from becoming a specialist PT with a level 5 qualification.

Guaranteed Interviews

We'll help you to advance your career as a PT with guaranteed post-course interviews with leading gym brand

Professional Guidance

You’ll be equipped for ongoing success with 1-to-1 interview preparation, free CV analysis, and expert career advice.

Alumni Benefits

We provide exclusive discounts to help you excel as a personal trainer, from specialist software to insurance.

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Angel Howarth

Fitness Influencer & Personal Trainer

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!

Jessica Lee

Olympic Track Cyclist

The Best Course Provider

Jessica is a track sprint cyclist specialising in the keirin and has represented her country at the Asian Games and recent 2020 Olympics. Jessica choose OriGym to study her Personal Training course and specialist Level 5 in Nutrition course after being recommended by friends.

From a sports background I have always been passionate about sport, for every elite athlete passing on knowledge and expertise is a good continuum from what I've already achieved. Although this is starting something new, it's also building on something that I already have. 

I reached out to friends who have done similar courses and OriGym was mentioned as the course to go to. After I enquired, Michelle called the next day and was really organic and genuine in our conversations, whereas other providers sent a generic email where I still had to do more research myself.

As an olympian a mission is to always pass on experience and knowledge. I'd look to eventually have my own company and client base to really pass on my passion and maybe even help create a new olympian in the future!

Heather Hacking, Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Heather Hacking

Founder of Heather Hacking PT

Fantastically Structured & Well Organised

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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Ramnik Sembi

Founder of Ramnik Personal Training

Invaluable practical experience!

Before OriGym Ramnik was facing redundancy after a 10-year career. With an existing interest in health and fitness, Ramnik knew a role helping others to reach their goals would suit his personality and ambition. Searching online, he signed up to the Level 3 Gym Instructor and Level 4 Personal Trainer course

I absolutely made the right decision to choose OriGym! I’m very grateful for their continued support and their amazing tutors. They are really encouraging, helping to build your confidence to succeed. OriGym’s approach to flexibility encouraged me to study in my own time through online assessments and tutorials. Perfect for a busy parent juggling responsibilities.

My career since has gone from strength to strength. I set up my own brand whilst studying, creating a home-based studio where I train my clients. I also work as a Group Fitness Instructor, have set up my own HIIT fitness event and work with local academies encouraging children to enjoy exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.


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