- Level 6 Certificate in Fitness & Conditioning,
- Level 6 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning
- REPs Ireland Diploma in Personal Training,
- REPs Ireland Qualfication in Gym Instructing
Module 1: Functional Screening
This module introduces the coach to functional screening. It examines different approaches or schools of thought in this area. It traces the development of the area through to current and what may be considered state-of-the-art concepts and then introduces a range of basic screens – showing the learner how to set-up, conduct, and interpret the screens. It discusses the issues of compensations, weak links and several other aspects of this fascinating area. In addition, it examines the scientific support for functional screening and training. By the end of the module the learner will:
- Display a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning Functional Screening
- Conduct functional screening tests for one or more athletes/players
- Design effective development programmes for their athlete/players based on the screening outcomes
- Appreciate the diverse approaches to screening for both sporting and non-sporting individuals
Module 2: Resistance Training 1
This module introduces the coach to the area of Resistance Training in general. It features a historical description of the development of the field of study. It then examines the key principles upon which Resistance Training is based. The many and varied methods used in stability, strength, power and muscle mass development are described. The student will also acquire a range of skills including knowledge, know-how and competence within the area of Resistance Training so as to become a specialist coach of Strength and Conditioning. The practical areas covered are many and varied and include traditional circuit training, core stability, kettlebell, medicine ball, chain and other Resistance Training modes. By the end of the module the learner will:
- Display a broad understanding of the Principles of Resistance Training
- Appreciate the many and varied methods used to build stability, strength, power and speed-strength
- Demonstrate an ability to coach a variety of resistance training methods
- Understand and apply the concept of Periodisation in planning
Module 3: Resistance Training 2
This module introduces the coach to weight training and weight lifting. It places particular emphasis on establishing excellent coaching skills. The content looks at the health and safety issues relating to weight training while the student is exposed to a detailed understanding of the practical coaching skills in weightlifting and weight training for sport. The module covers the many methods of introducing and teaching weightlifting and weight training to participants at the recreational level through to the elite level. Additionally, both the theory and practice of weight lifting and weight training for children is considered. By the end of this module the learner will:
- Develop practical coaching skills in delivering weightlifting and weight training to the beginner and elite player or athlete.
- Become proficient in the application of the principles of weightlifting and weight training when planning and implementing conditioning programmes.
- Be proficient in organisation and planning weightlifting and weight training programmes of development for their chosen sport.
- Exercise creativity in delivering a programme of development within their training environment.
Module 4: Advanced Resistance Training
This module aims to build upon the comprehensive knowledge gained in the previous two ‘Resistance Training’ modules . This module will cover a wide variety of topics related to advanced resistance training. The module will cover a number of training methods and modes such as power training methods, kettlebell training, blood flow restriction training, and many more. The module will also examine resistance training for special populations such as the youth, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions like obesity. Finally this module will provide some nutritional information around resistance training performance and adaptation from resistance training. By the end of this module the learner will:
- Display a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Advanced Resistance Training methods, fitness and conditioning
- Apply the Principles of Coaching and Training in their chosen sport
- Critically evaluate the needs of his or her player or athlete
Module 5: Speed Development
This module introduces the coach to the multi-faceted area of speed development and in particular to the various components of speed. It ensures that the learner has a deep understanding of all the components and elements related to speed. The methods used to develop and advance speed using a variety of approaches are described and discussed. The practical coaching of speed is also a key feature of this module’s work. At the end of this module the learner will:
- Screen/evaluate the athlete or player and interpret and present the findings and implications.
- Outline and explain the background and principles in planning and preparing speed training programmes.
- Demonstrate practical coaching competency in administering a speed training programme.
- Exercise appropriate judgement in planning, design and supervisory functions.
Module 6: Endurance Development
This module introduces the coach to endurance development. It considers the various components of endurance and examines the principles underpinning endurance development. The module will also describe the physiological basis for the development of endurance and the impact of concurrent training for other fitness components. The student will also study best practice for developing various types of endurance in general but specifically how to develop endurance for their own sport. At the end of this module the learner will:
- Outline and explain the background and principles in planning and preparing endurance training programmes.
- Critically evaluate the different modes used for endurance development.
- Display specialised knowledge and competence in administering a practical endurance-based programme.
- Recognise the limitation of current knowledge in endurance training.
- Level 6 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training,
- REPs qualification in Spin Instructing
- Level 6 Certificate in Youth Athletic Development
- Level 6 Higher Certificate in Strength & Conditioning
Module 1: Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics
This module ensures that the student understands and appreciates how the body is built, works and moves. It examines how energy is provided and how the muscles and nerves integrate to ensure movement in sport. It also describes the skeletal, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. The module provides an excellent A&P background to students of Strength and Conditioning studies. By the end of the module the learner will:
- Be familiar with the systems that govern the functioning of the body
- Display a depth of knowledge and understanding of the systems of the body during exercise
- Apply knowledge of the systems of the body to their training methodology
- Demonstrate skills in assessing and monitoring posture and movement
Module 2: Youth Athletic Development
This module introduces the coach to Youth Athletic Development. It aims to describe the physical activity and movement development opportunities within society in general and specifically within a physical education, sporting and non-sport related setting. The module traces the development of the child through to adulthood in terms of rudimentary, fundamental and athletic movement skill and sport-specific skills.The coach will develop the theoretical and applied skills to devise a long term plan adapted to his or her sport. Throughout the module, the origins and principles of long-term athletic planning will be considered as well as the stages of development within a range of models. The module also aims to critique the limitations of such models in terms of the practical application of a model’s aims and outcomes. By the end of the module, the learner will:
- Identify the opportunities and challenges that exist in enhancing and attaining a mature stage of development in physical movement patterns.
- Assess and coach rudimentary and fundamental movement skills.
- Construct a programme of practical progressions of formal and informal play and physical activity.
Module 3: Sport & Exercise Nutrition
This module provides the learner with key nutritional knowledge that will allow the learner to support physical performance in terms of energy and its recovery within the role as strength and conditioning coach or exercise specialist as a personal trainer. Understanding the limitation of their role the learner will become competent in describing the recommended nutritional guidelines to support performance. By the end of the module, the learner will:
- Describe the recommended nutritional guidelines to support exercise participation and athletic performance.
- Demonstrate specialised assessment and application skills within the area of nutritional analysis.
- Formulate a nutritional programme for a specified athlete following a dietary assessment and activity demands assessment.
Module 4: Coaching Skills
This module introduces the coach to how athletes and players learn skills and the various approaches to teaching and coaching skills and competencies. It also examines the progression of skill learning from a young age through to adult participation. It also examines the impact of physical education and sport coaching on sport performance issues. The area of sport and participants with disabilities will also be discussed. By the end of this module the learner will:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the stages and processes of motor control and learning
- Appreciate the issues and approaches to coaching skills in participants with disabilities
- Apply the knowledge of Growth and Development into a practical coaching programme
- Be familiar with physical education curricula and sporting associations coaching rationale
Module 5: Coaching Technology & Fitness Testing
The learner in this module can expect to gain a broad understanding of the issues relating to technology in sport and be able to display specialist skills in using and interpreting specific technological items that relate to the physical, physiological and biomechanical assessment of the individual athlete or team. The ability to effectively assess and monitor an athlete is a key part of the strength and conditioning process. Increasingly, this assessment utilises technological advancements in analysis. The module aims to provide students with the required knowledge and applied skills to enable them to plan and conduct effective fitness testing batteries for a range of sports and to appropriately evaluate performance. The learning outcomes are as follows:
- Critically evaluate the efficacy of commonly used coaching technologies within the sport and exercise industries.
- Assess the reliability of gym-based work-related instruments and applications.
- Exhibit specialised technical and practical skills in testing and monitoring performance.
- Evaluate fitness testing outcomes and make appropriate recommendations.
Module 6: Business of Fitness & Sport
This new module will address key concepts related to the business of sport and exercise and in particular on providing case study guidance as to effective practice in the market research, employment opportunity creation, marketing and the use of social media in the promotion of a potential business. The foundations of creating a business based on supplying services and innovative technologies that capture the ever changing and varied context of the support of sport related training, general exercise, health and fitness and personal training will be considered. At the end of this module the learner will:
- Display a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the goals and objectives of a business in the strength and conditioning and personal training fields.
- Display a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the regulatory laws and requirements affecting small businesses.
- Level 7 BSc in Strength & Conditioning
- CSCS Certification with the NSCA*
*Additional costs/external exam required for this certification.
Module 1: Injuries & Rehabilitation
The module aims to provide a description of common injuries within sport. The factors associated with injury in sport and the incidence, type and severity of injury that occurs will be elucidated. The module also aims to clarify the role of the strength and conditioning specialist in injury risk reduction practices as well as their role within the sport support team in relation to injury rehabilitation practices. By the end of the module the learner will:
- Recognise the factors associated with injuries in a variety of sports.
- Present a sports specific profile on injuries and make recommendations for screening and training practices.
- Reflect on the role played in injury risk reduction practice within a team support setting.
- Construct a collaborative specific injury focused risk reduction programme.
Module 2: Strength & Conditioning for Special Populations
This module aims to evaluate the effectiveness of adapted physical activity initiatives and programmes in promoting physical activity and fitness within special populations. This module also aims to facilitate the learner’s previous learning in the application of strength and conditioning principles and methods in formulating and coaching appropriate and progressive programmes of strength and conditioning to a variety of special populations. By the end of the module the learner will:
- Display an understanding of the programmes of physical activity that exist within society and within the health and fitness industry with respect to special populations
- Adapt standard strength and conditioning routines to specific special population needs.
- Formulate appropriate models of coaching, training and long term planning relevant to the target population.
- Evaluate own learning needs in relation to the management and provision of exercise and development programmes to special populations.
Module 3: Research Methods & Data Management
This module aims to provide learners with the required understanding of research methodologies, statistical concepts and computational skills for the practical application of this knowledge and skills in relevant strength and conditioning situations. By the end of this module the learner will:
- Understand effective research designs and statistical concepts.
- Analyse athlete data using quantitative and qualitative statistics.
- Display an ability to plan and implement preventive and rehabilitative exercises to reduce the risk of injury and re-occurence.
- 3. Create a research proposal in relation to an applied S&C project.
Module 4: Professional Practice Portfolio
The professional practice portfolio will allow the learner to both apply and evaluate their formal strength and conditioning learnings within an experiential learning environment and in so doing will gather, record, analyse and critically reflect on the coaching experience. Learners will log a significant number of hours within a sports or exercise-based S&C setting allowing them the opportunity to gain informed insight into their own personal abilities, aptitudes and coaching competencies and to reflect on their continuing coaching practice and development:
- Work collaboratively with colleagues in delivering an effective S&C programme.
- Synthesise previous learnings as applied to their coaching practice in their working environment.
- 3. Critically evaluate their work performance within a real-world setting.
Module 5: Sport & Exercise Psychology
The module aims to assist the learner in evaluating the needs of their athlete/client within the broader programme in planning, delivering and evaluating a sports psychology programme. At the end of this module the learner will:
- Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical foundation of the psychological processes that influence human performance in athletic settings
- Evaluate the needs of clients and plan interventions based on this evaluation
- Participate in a structured team environment across a range of athlete-player support systems
Module 6: Health & Wellness
This module aims to upskill the learner through a broad set of knowledge, skills and competencies with the overall aim of enhancing the personal health and wellness of the individual athlete or client within both the training environment and the wider society, community and employment setting. The programme is designed to offer the specialist coaching professional the skills to be effective in the promotion of better health and wellness. At the end of this module the learner will:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of the impact and contribution of sport and exercise to the mental health of the individual athlete/client
- Critically evaluate strategies and techniques used to maintain positive health and wellness for the individual athlete or client
- Demonstrate an awareness of the effectiveness of interventions for the enhancement of physical and mental health within the wider community
- Design an evidence-based health and wellness intervention for individuals participating within a sport and exercise environment