CEHF Blended Learning

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Gym Instructor/Group Fitness Professional


The Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (CEHF) qualification provides you with the skills and competencies to provide motivating, safe and effective group fitness teaching across many class types including: 


  • Circuit training and HITT type training

  • Body Conditioning

  • Step Training

  • Strength Training 

  • Exercise to Music

  • Group Fitness Assessment

  • Supervise and instruct on the gym floor and exercise studio.

Graduates will also have the skills and knowledge to deliver one to one training by conducting appropriate fitness assessments and designing safe and effective exercise programmes  to the general public (adults 18yrs+) based on their individual needs, whether it be strength training, weight loss, training for an endurance event or general fitness.  You can also work as a physical trainer with local groups, club sports teams and corporate fitness and wellness programmes. All graduates are awarded with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Responder (FAR) award.

Course Content

  • SS2001 Human Movement Studies 

  • SS2011 Lifestyle, Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition

  • SS2021 Fitness Assessment and Programme Design

  • SS2031 Management & Work Placement

  • SS2041 Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) - First Aid Responder Certificate

  • SS2051 Studio Classes in Exercise to Music & Free Movement (Practical)

  • SS2061 Resistance Training with weights, machines, kettlebells (Practical)

  • SS2071 Circuit Training, Body Conditioning, HITT and Bootcamp (Practical)

  • SS2081 Step Training & Flexibility (Practical)

  • SS2092 Final Examinations (Theory and Practical)

Course Delivery

Blended Learning - click here for further information

To view a sample of the CEHF Learning Support Website 


Entry Requirements

  •  Irish Leaving Certificate with minimum Grade O6 in five Ordinary Level subjects (including Maths, Irish or another language, and English) OR an approved equivalent qualification. Other standards within Leaving Certificate or other levels of education will be considered under the NCEF/UL Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) scheme*

  • Attach a supporting statement with the application form. The supporting statement must be 500-1000 words and typed in Arial Font, Size 11).

  • All qualification documentation must be submitted in the English language.

  • Non EU Nationals must submit a Study Visa, copies of passport documentation and proof of employment for the last 5 years (Please note originals may be requested).

  • A commitment to encouraging others to take part in healthy activity, a desire to become a safe and competent instructor and have a confident, enthusiastic and adaptable personality.

  • Experience of participation in a fitness activity or a particular sport is important whilst good rhythm and co-ordination is also desirable.

  • Good communication skills and enjoy working with people.

  • NCEF reserves the right to interview if required.

  • *RPL applicants will be required to complete a detailed Portfolio of Learning.  Please note an RPL fee applies and on successful acceptance the fee is deducted from the overall programme fee. Contact the NCEF Head Office for information on RPL - click here

Autumn Semester 2018 Course Dates

Location: University of Limerick

Start Date: October 2018

Completion Date: April 2019

Closing Date for Applications: 18th September 2018

Please contact the NCEF Head Office with any queries on the CEHF Blended Learning course.


  • 60 ECTS Credits


  • Level 6 on the NFQ

  • Level 5 on the EQF


  • ECTS credits can be used towards the other courses on the NCEF Pathway and also towards other University qualifications in Europe who follow ECTS credit value system.


  • The CEHF  is audited and aligned to the European Industry standard, Exercise for Health Specialist (SQF Level 5).

Course Fees

CEHF programme fee for the 2018/19 academic year is €3,125


Option 1 Total Fee €3,125

Full payment of €3,125, which includes a non-refundable deposit of €995.00, is payable on acceptance of your place on the course. 


Option 2 (2 Instalments) Total fees €3,125

Non-refundable deposit of €995 due on acceptance.

Second Instalment €2,130 is due on or before Tuesday 28th August 2018

Please Note:

Once students are registered, all fees paid are non-refundable/non-transferable.


Part-time courses are not eligible for SUSI funding however you may be eligible for funding through the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) scheme. You must contact your local Department of Social Welfare for more information.

About the NCEF

NCEF Head Office

PESS Building

University of Limerick



Email: ncef@ul.ie

© NCEF National Council for Exercise & Fitness 2019