Take the first step in Building a Personal Trainer Career


Let me take a few guesses to see if we’re on the same page.

Fitness has become your thing, in fact getting into the gym and training has kinda put the rest of your life into perspective.

If you have an office job right now all day all you can think of is Is it gym o’clock yet?? “

like I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people say I watch the clock all day in work until it’s time to hit the gym

Sound about right?

Now there is a good chance that many of the people who used to pass judgement on the way you eat are now asking for advice.

Maybe your family are inspired by your motivation, dedication and, results that they’re asking how they should start looking after themselves.

Everyone down the gym sees you as the go-to person to ask for advice or to train with and pick up a few tips.

You’re probably getting a few DM’s and comments daily from people who you inspire, saying they wish you would take all this more seriously cause they’d love to work with you.

The best thing about all of this is

That’s when you start thinking that this hobby could be more.

See taking control of your fitness and health can show you how much potential you have to change things in your life, to be happier to find meaning and purpose. To make a difference

And so, you start to imagine what life would be like if you were doing this full time….

Like what if every day you got up, and while everyone else was heading to the office to sit all day in front of a computer screen, you were heading to the gym to take the morning sessions with your clients

Wouldn’t that be awesome? You’re thinking to yourself.

That’s cause to people like you and I this is a hobby.

It’s something you would do every day for FREE and be incredibly happy and fulfilled.
But up until this point you’ve never had the conversation with anyone who could show you the potential and opportunities in Fitness.

All you have are questions and not a lot of concrete answers

How To Turn A Passion for Fitness Into A Real Career

Every single year hundreds of people will think about getting into fitness as a career but have no idea where to start.
Personal Training Certification course is the most common entry point; they enable you to get started in the industry quickly. Typically offering an affordable and convenient option when looking to change career or get started in the fitness industry.
They will equip you with the basic skills and tools that you need to deliver a personal training session. Many of the training providers are purely interested in getting you through your course so they can move on to the next student.
They don’t really care about your long term success, your ability to impact people’s lives or how you will make a career out of your passion.


I found out the hard way. I got little to no substance from the personal training course content I followed. In fact, what I got was depressingly average at best.
I still see many Personal Trainer Certifications that don’t cover the content you really want to know.


When we created the Elite Coaching Certification, we wanted to provide an education that prepares you for your fitness career. From the first day so you can start working effectively with clients from day one. It gives you the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to carve a successful career as a coach going forwards.

An Elite Coaching certification is based on the training required of our coaches to work within our strength & conditioning facility.

We believe the required knowledge to work in the industry and be a REPS recognised personal trainer is just the tip of the iceberg.
Our certification considers all the skills we consider invaluable for our coaches.
This means you understand how theory carries over to the practical application.
You have the opportunity to learn from those who are in the trenches coaching clients every day.
We give you the vital face to face experience of working with real clients so that you have practised and honed your skills in a safe environment. This means you can avoid many of the mistakes most personal trainers make.

You will receive the kind of education that means our candidates get picked first at interviews, coaches can command premium fees from the outset, and you can build a great reputation from day one as a coach that gets results.
Our syllabus was designed with one purpose, to create the finest coaches equipped with the skills to lead a successful and rewarding career in the fitness industry.

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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.
Elite Fitness & Performance Academy Prospectus

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Conor Shovlin
Conor Shovlin2020-12-13
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Great bunch very friendly you will not regreat doing a course with these guys 👌🤙
Sarah O Neill
Sarah O Neill2020-12-13
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Fantastic course, really informative and the lads make everything manageable while having good craic as well
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Gemma Russell2020-12-13
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Amazing experience, 1000% recommend it
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So informative, couldn’t recommend the course enough!!
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