Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (CEHF)

Would you:

    • Like to train as a Fitness Instructor?
    • To work full or part-time in a gym or Leisure Centre?
    • To teach freelance classes?
    • Conduct physical training sessions with teams?
    • To make a positive contribution to the general health and wellbeing of people of all ages?

Are you?

  • Interested in learning more about the human body, and how to train it in an effective and safe manner?
  • Constantly striving to improve your own personal development?
  • Willing to challenge yourself and improve your own wellbeing?
  • Ever wondering why you didn’t do this years ago?

Gym Instructor/Group Fitness Professional

The 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 QQI Level 5 award in Occupational First Aid (OFA).

Course Tutors

All Tutors hold qualifications in the area of Exercise & Health Fitness or related area. Many of these tutors are teaching and/or conducting research in the areas of Education, Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Science and Recreation Management.

CEHF Learning Support Website

As part of the course students receive access to the CEHF Learning Support Website.  The aim of this interactive website is to support and enhance your learning experience by providing extra tutorials, videos, animations and electronic and printable crosswords and quizzes on all aspects on the CEHF syllabi.

Course Details

  • Human Movement Studies
  • Lifestyle, Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition
  • Fitness Assessment and Programme Design
  • Management & Work Placement
  • Occupational First Aid (OFA) – QQI Level 5 Certificate
  • Studio Classes in Exercise to Music & Free Movement(Practical)
  • Resistance Training with weights, machines, kettlebells (Practical)
  • Circuit Training, Body Conditioning, HITT and Bootcamp (Practical)
  • Step Training & Flexibility (Practical)
  • Final Examinations (Theory and Practical)

For detailed course content please click here: http://www.ncef.ie

Certification Awarded:

Logos-Resized_0001_UL_Logo_PortraitmCertificate in Exercise and Health Fitness Accredited by the University of Limerick

How to Apply:

or to download an application form click the PDF icon:ACP_PDF 2_file_document

Training Schedule

Start Date:October 2017
End Date:TBC
Committment:Over 3 weekends per month for 7 months
Course Runs:Friday evenings 7pm – 10 pm , Saturdays 10am – 6pm
Payment Terms:€1000 required before the start date. The balance of course fees must then be paid by 6 monthly installments. Discount of €100 for those who pay in full on or before start date.


Start Date:October 2017
End Date:TBC
Committment:Over 3 weekends per month for 7 months
Course Runs:Friday evenings 7pm-10pm , Saturdays 10am-6pm
Payment Terms:1000 required before the start date. The balance of course fees must then be paid by 6 monthly installments. Discount of 100 for those who pay in full on or before start date.


Fee Payment Policy:

  • 300 deposit must be paid with application form.
  • Total amount of 1000 is required before start date
  • The balance of course fees must then be paid by 6 Monthly instalments. Students will be issued a payment schedule by mail at the beginning of the course, and all further correspondence will be made via email/text.
  • Students will not be registered for examinations, nor be permitted to undertake examinations until course fees have been paid in full.

Refund Policy:

  • Maltings Training will do everything in its power to ensure that applicants are fully aware of the content and detail of all programmes of study before application for same. This will be achieved through the use of our website www.maltingstraining.ie, through information packs, telephone assistance, and where relevant information evenings. Candidates with particular learning requirements will be accommodated sensitively. Those who consider the require special assistance or have a previously identified learning difficulty are obliged to notify this in writing to Maltings Training on application for a course place.
  • Once candidates commence on a programme of study, refunds will not be made if for any reason the applicant then decides not to continue with the programme.
  • Booking deposits paid to reserve course places are non refundable (see note a below).
  • Course fees paid in advance of course start date, over and above the booking deposit will be refunded to the applicant if the applicant cannot pursue the programme due to work / family / health reasons, these must be submitted in documented format.
  • Once applicants commence a programme of study all fees due by that date will not be refunded.


Maltings Training reserves the right to cancel or defer programmes deemed to be non viable, or unsuitable to run at that particular time. In this event applicants will be notified by telephone or mail and offered the following choices:
a). To have their deposit refunded in full.
b). To retain their application on file and roll over their deposit to the next available start date.
c). To transfer their booking deposit to another Maltings Training Programme of study.

Assessment/Examination Policy:

  • Each module will be assessed by continuous assessment.
  • Students will be notified of upcoming assessments by respective tutors/email
  • The student must notify the respective tutor if for any reason they are unable to attend the assessment, in this case documentary evidence e.g. Medical certificate must be provided
  • The student must then sit the assessment on the next scheduled timetable date for that module, failure to do so will warrant a fail in that assessment.
  • Students will only be permitted to sit their final Mod 10 examinations if al continuous assessments have been completed and successfully passed.
  • Repeat/missed assessments must be completed a minimum of 3 weeks prior to final examinations
  • The pass mark in all assessments is 40%. Students who repeat failed assessments will be capped at this 40% level.
  • Students must receive a pass mark in all modules in order to be eligible to sit final examinations.
  • Students who miss their final written or practical Mod 10 examinations will be notified of a rescheduled date. If the student cannot attend that examination they must provide written evidence within 5 days prior that date.
  • Final modular assessment marks and grades will be communicated to the student upon completion of the module by the respective tutor/email.
  • Tutors will forward the final grade for each module to Maltings office 3 weeks prior to course completion
  • Final practical / written assessment results will be communicated to the student by accessing the relevant website in respect of University of Limerick (UL) examinations. Note: Only UL can issue results to UL students this usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks after completion of programme.
  • All results will be tabulated by Maltings office on an appropriate examination broadsheet, This will be forwarded to respective awarding bodies e.g. University of Limerick for submission to examinations board.
  • Compile summaries for all students presenting to Exam Board with List of outstanding criteria to facilitate indentifying students on the day.
  • Submit Broadsheets Mod 1 – 9 before Synoptic Papers are issued. Implication of this is that all tutors must submit continuous assessments results to us a minimum 2 weeks before synoptic date.
  • Send in practical forms in order: lowest grade on bottom highest grade on top.
  • Hold exam papers for 18months for exam board date.
  • UL Academic year Sept – Sept (repeat notification will be given by University of Limerick).
  • Certificates will be issued to students upon successful completion of the programme at the designated graduation ceremony in University of Limerick.
  • Where students are unsuccessful in particular elements of examination Maltings Training will communicate this to the student directly, and inform them of the course of action to be taken to retake the examination, or outstanding course-work to be completed.
  • Note: A resit fee / administration fee may apply in this case.

What are the entry requirements for the Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness?

  • All candidates must hold the Leaving Certificate with a minimum Grade D3 in five Ordinary Level subjects ( including maths, Irish or another language, and English) or equivalent.
  • Applicants who do not hold the Leaving Certificate can apply through the UL/NCEF recognition for Prior Learning Scheme (RPL). This involves submission of a portfolio of Learning (POL). The POL application form & details are available form the NCEF Head Office and respective contracted training offices. Each RPL application is assessed by the UL/NCEF RPL Assessment Board
  • Candidates should have a commitment to encouraging others to take part in healthy exercise, a desire to become a safe and effective instructor and have a confident, enthusiastic and adaptable personality, good communication skills and like working with people.
  • Experience of participation in a fitness activity of a particular sport is important whilst good rhythm and co-ordinaiton is also desirable.

What will I be qualified to do when I complete the Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness?

  • Upon successful completion for the Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (UL Accredited) you will be qualified as an Exercise and Health Fitness Instructor, with the Knowledge and qualification to provide instruction in exercise to music, step aerobics, circuit and resistance training. You will also be qualified to assess fitness levels and to plan safe, effective and enjoyable physical activity/fitness programmes for the adult population.

What is involved in Module 4 Work Placement Experience on the Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness?

  • Work Placement is spread throughout the programme. This is arranged by the student themselves in their own time. A section of the work placement is with an employer (shift record) but the main elements involve participation in a variety of exercise classes e.g. Step, circuit, spinning etc. This is designed to expose the students to a wide variety of teaching styles and methodologies, to give them ideas for their teaching and also to assist them in polishing/fine tuning their timing and coordinaiton. Students are also required to complete a Work Placement Report of between 2,000 and 2,500 words.

Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (CEHF)


Why choose the NCEF Fitness Instructors Course?

  1. Recognition within Ireland

The National Council for Exercise & Fitness (NCEF) is an academic affiliate of the University of Limerick (UL) offering the only university accredited Health Fitness Instructor qualification in Ireland. Accreditation assures our students that the programme is engaged in continuous review and improvement of its quality, that it meets documented standards, and that it is accountable for achieving what it sets out to do.

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a mechanism for recognising all education and training in Ireland. The NFQ is a system of ten levels and is used to describe the Irish qualifications system.

A key element of the NFQ is to improve access (entry) to education and training, transfer within and between education and training and progression within and between education and training. Thus the NFQ aims to make the qualifications system easier to understand, thus facilitating recognition of qualifications both at home and abroad.

  • Year 1: Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (CEHF) is placed at Level 6 Minor
  1. European Industry Standards

The NCEF is accredited by the European Health Fitness Association (EHFA). EHFA is the EU approved industry standards setting body for the European health and fitness sector. The EHFA Standards are aligned to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to clearly identify the knowledge, skills and competencies required for fitness instructing occupations.

The Certificate in Exercise and Fitness (CEHF) is audited and aligned to Level 5 EQF to European industry standards Exercise for Health Specialist EQF Level 5. Some other training providers offer EQF Level 4 standard of qualification, but the CEHF is the only complete stand-alone fitness qualification in Ireland, accredited at EQF Level 5.

3. Occupational First Aid (OFA)

FETAC Level 5 – All students on the CEHF complete OFA as part of the course and are offered the Level 5 qualification.

4. UL/NCEF Pathway to B.Sc. in Exercise & Health Fitness

Graduates of the CEHF can progress on a flexible learning pathway to a B.Sc.

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