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Based on 57 reviews
jamie byrne
jamie byrne
22 April 2023
Great experience.Came in with no experience left with loads,100% recommended,great atmosphere thanks again lads
22 April 2023
My time at Elite was absolutely amazing! Everybody in there is so sound and so helpful! Honestly beyond my expectations! To anybody who want to do it, go straight for it you won't regret it 😁
Greg Quinn
Greg Quinn
19 August 2022
Truly amazing experience, absolutely flew by. Would absolutely recommend this course to anyone aspiring to become a personal trainer or even just expand your knowledge of fitness as a whole. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never set foot in a gym or train every day, they cater to people of all levels. Thanks again!
Robert Keogh
Robert Keogh
12 August 2022
Amazing course with a great mix of theory and practical elements. Great atmosphere in the place every single day. Anyone looking to get into the fitness industry look no further!
Thomas de Veale
Thomas de Veale
12 August 2022
Good craic great coaching, highly recommend



All our courses are delivered in a working gym, so you get real-world, hands-on experience. You get to learn practical skills that you can’t learn in just the classroom.


Your instructors are successful active personal trainers coaching in the field, so you learn practical techniques that work in the real world.


Our successful graduates become part of the family. We are with you every step of your career to help you succeed and make sure you are not alone.



Simply download a course prospectus to understand all the details of one of our Elite Personal Training Courses.

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Once you achieve your certification, we help support and guide you every step of the way through your career to make sure you succeed.

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‘’I thought I knew my fitness until I did the course at Elite. I always went home full of new inspiring knowledge . I was talking to Sean on the phone recently in regards to developing my business as a fitness professional. The advice he gave me in the half hour free phone call was mind blowing! I would advise anyone who is looking to get into the fitness industry or just further their learning to get into Elite. Sean and his team have the future of fitness education in their hands so you better grab it!”
‘’After doing the 6 weeks fulltime course with Elite Fitness & Performance Academy I just had a much bigger outlook as to what was possible with the qualification and what I had learned. I had a few clients lined up for the Monday right after I had finished. it was great to be able to deliver all the material I had learned to clients. They were quickly seeing results and word of mouth got the message out there. Then it just exploded! Within 9 months I had kitted out my own facility, booked out my diary and employed 3 PT’S to work with me. Keep your education up to date! All of the Elite courses I have completed, Kettlebells, PT+ Suspension Training, Box, I have been able to use to help me generate revenue and results with clients. The tutors hold nothing back: they give you the absolute best knowledge and training methods in the business. That’s what makes Elite so different from other providers these guys are doing men not talking men if you get me”

What make our
personal training course different

Most personal trainers take a qualification that they hope will lead to a successful and rewarding career in the fitness industry. Unfortunately, many certification programs are based heavily on classroom and theory-based learning that overlooks what it takes to succeed as a personal trainer. This leads to trainers and coaches who are uncertain how to get results for their clients.

We developed Elite Fitness & Performance academy to create a unique learning environment that educates you to become a successful personal trainer instead of just helping you achieve certification.
We believed in doing things differently so that you can receive the education you deserve, and that will allow you to go forwards and get amazing results with clients. An education that will enable you to become recognised as the go-to personal trainer in your area will give you the skills you need to make a real impact on your client’s lives.

At Elite, we believe in doing things; differently, our courses mean that you get more than just a piece of paper.

Education, not just certification

You get more than just a cert. You get an EDUCATION and an ability to train clients, so you get real-world results that your clients will pay you fo

Practising tutors

You will gain experience from tutors who still coach every day in a system of producing results way beyond the scope of any of your peers.

Practical hands-on learning

Our courses are delivered in a LIVE gym, NOT a lecture hall, so you get real-world “hands-on” education that gets results.

Business Of Fitness

How to – run a successful pt business and stand out in a crowded market. How to achieve financial freedom and earn more money than you did before while having a rewarding career.


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Yes, you will have the knowledge to work within the industry and also be able to get insurance allowing you to train individuals.

We currently work with Flyefit, Ben Dunne, Energie Fitness and countless boutique gyms to provide staff.

Our courses have a great reputation in the Irish fitness industry and we regularly get calls from gym owners about the high quality of the professionals we train here. The standard of our facilities, courses and tutors means you are in a perfect position to be employed by any gym or fitness centre.

Maybe a better question to ask here would be what kind of trainer do you want to be?

Do you just want to hang a cert on your wall so you can call yourself a PT on Facebook?

If so, you can gain a cheap online cert from numerous places and save yourself a tonne of effort and money.
However, if you want certainty in your ability to actually do what it says on there?

Then you’re going to need more than a piece of paper with your name on it. You’re going to need real hands-on experience and hours of coaching immersion. I.e. actually coaching in a live gym with real people under the eyes of a master coach.

That is the only way to create the learning opportunity to grow into the trainer or coach you want to become. This will make investments of energy, time and money for you to gain.

If that’s what you want. You’ve come to the right place. The Elite Coaching Certification surpasses anything on the market today because the education is taken directly from a client tested and results proven facility with a decade of experience.

Yes, you will be fully qualified. On the Elite Coaching Certificate you will also sit a sales class on how to set up your own business. Many of our tutors have been educated here and gone on to set up successful businesses themselves. If you have the drive to build your own buisness, then Elite is the place for you to start off your career.

Elite has the best trainers in the fitness industry who believe that “More is not better, better is better”. This is the Elite ethos which means that we do not deliver a quantity of irrelevant courses – we deliver the most relevant courses for the current market that will insure you can give the best instruction to your future clients. And we’re pretty good craic too.

We have been the top fitness professional educators in Ireland since April 2011.

Yes. Until 2013, we were educating people as the Leisure Industry Academy, Dublin. We then relaunched as Elite Fitness & Performance Academy, so we can deliver the highest standard of fitness & performance training courses we have been renowned for since 2011. In 2020 we distilled to Elite Academy

Our instructors are full time fitness professionals who not only instruct at Elite, but spend the rest of their time running their own gyms, coaching practices or seminars. They are the top fitness professionals in the country and you can find a full list of who will be teaching you here.
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is the accrediting body for all exercise professionals and have one register for employers to be able to verify your qualification. REPs verifies the quality of training delivered by different training providers and states if they adhere to EHFA (European Health and Fitness Association) standards. It also verifies qualifications of exercise professionals and will confirm that they completed a REPs accredited course.

Elite Academy courses are recognized in the EU, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and UAE. REPS Ireland is aligned to the European Qualification Framework and REPS Ireland is a part of the ICREPS organisation that connects exercise professional registers in UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and UAE.
The certificates for our short continuing education courses have CPD points assigned to them, and as such, you can also register them on the REPs website.

If you travel to work in another country, you can apply to register in the REPs organisation of that country by enquiring to REPs Ireland on reps@ilam.ie. They will guide you through a transfer to another country’s register.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The term is generally used to mean a physical folder or portfolio documenting your development as a professional and is the means by which people maintain their knowledge and skills related to their professional lives.

The CPD accreditation on our courses show that you have continued with a line of study beyond your initial study to meet the guidelines outlined by a certain body.

Elite Coaching certification is delivered in a blended learning style
Meaning you can gain access to the material once you’re application has been approved and begin your learning journey right away.
You will have a course mentor assigned to you who can see your progress and can help support and direct you all along the way.
Once you’re ready, you can book the practical coaching delivery of the course using the course dates on the website.

The practical delivery has two options.

A: Full Time 6 weeks including final exam

Monday- Wednesday
10:30 until 4:30 pm     
Live in gym Practical coaching

10:30 am – 1:00 pm    
Live online lecture


B: Part Time 12 Weeks (Examination week 13)

7 pm  – 9 pm                 
Live online Seminar

Some Thursdays
7 pm – 9 pm           
Live online seminar

10:am – 4:30 pm   
Live in gym Practical Coaching 

No previous experience is required. However, physical fitness is required, and training experience will be beneficial. We expect students to fully complete all practical sessions and be ready to go.

All of our courses require physical exertion and individual participation is essential. Therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary. There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved, and candidates should have basic skills in communication.

If you fail a theory exam you can repeat it 1-2 times depending on the module. A fee of €50 applies. If you fail all attempts you will need to resit the whole module again on the next available course. This must be done within 2 months
If you fail a practical exam you can repeat it twice. A fee of €150 applies.

All repeat exams need to be scheduled with the Course Coordinator. Payment must be made before the repeat exam date.

80 – 85%. Everything you need to pass the course will be delivered and if you follow instructions given by the tutors, there shouldn’t be any reasons for you not to pass. You will be at a higher risk of failing the modules if you do not do the homework and readings required. If you are serious about becoming fitness professional you will not only be able to manage the course workload but will learn enough to start your new career.

We would advise that all learners are dressed in exercise clothing for the duration of the course i.e. loose, comfortable clothing for all short practical based courses. When it comes to exercises, students should be dressed in appropriate clean clothing, training gear, shorts and t-shirts.

A pen/pencil and notebook. Your digital manual will be supplied online once you sign up. Some people complain they do not know how to structure classes after their training has been delivered and these people are the same ones who come without pen or notebook and don’t take notes.

There will be a lot of material covered on courses that will require complete concentration and effort to gain the most from the course, so you will need to take plenty of notes to look back on!

Surgical/hockey tape (only for Kettlebell Courses): This is to protect your hands from minor tears or abrasions. This can be bought in any chemist for a few euros so please purchase and bring this small but very useful piece of equipment. It will save your hands after two days of lifting.

You can find all the information on getting here on the Travel page.
You can find all of our course dates on the Course Calendar.
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