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Our two flagship programmes at the OCE currently are the Level 3 and 4 Diplomas in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training respectively, both full 60-credit qualifications at their respective levels on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). We also offer a number of short continuing professional development (CPD) courses.

The emphasis throughout all our programmes is on quality education, and not just certification. We are wholly dedicated towards raising industry standards. Indeed, our learners are expected to exhibit knowledge, skills and competence at a significantly higher level than that which can be currently considered standard practice.


OCE (EQF Level 3) Diploma in Fitness Instructing
(Level 3 Fitness Instructor)

Course Introduction

This course is targeted for persons who would like to work in the fitness industry as fitness instructors, employed by a range of organisations such as fitness centres, health clubs, leisure centres and sports clubs, or those interested in furthering their careers in fitness and eventually pursuing further qualifications in personal training or exercise for health. Prospective fitness instructors should have an interest in fitness and preferably a background of participation in sport or physical activity.

Recognition and Accreditation

Our Diploma in Fitness Instructing is accredited at level 3 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) with a credit weighting of 60 ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) points. It is recognised as an academic qualification throughout Europe.

moodleThe course has also been accredited by the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) and is recognised by the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) at level 3. Indeed, upon completion of this course, learners will gain automatic entry and membership with EREPS, and eligibility to join any National register in Europe. In short, upon completion of the programme, learners will be fully qualified to operate as fitness instructors anywhere in Europe.

Standard Entry Requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years of age and in possession of a school leaving certificate, and any qualification at MQF/EQF Level 2 or higher.

Structure and Duration

The course is organised into six key modules;
Module 1 – Human Movement and Exercise Physiology
Module 2 – Gym-based Training Methods and Techniques
Module 3 – Communication, Professionalism and Customer Service
Module 4 – Screening, Lifestyle Management and Health Promotion
Module 5 – Health and Safety in the Fitness Industry
Module 6 – Exercise Session Design, Delivery and Evaluation

With a credit-weighting of 60 ECVET points, the course consists of 1,500 total learning hours.

Summary of Content

The overall objective of this course is to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and competence required to provide effective and safe fitness instruction and promote healthy lifestyle management to clients/members.

By the end of the course the learner will be able to introduce and adhere clients/members to fitness by planning, instructing and evaluating inductions, exercise sessions, and appropriate on-going exercise programmes that are safe and effective and meet member’s wants and needs. The learner will be able to interact with, motivate, and observe clients/members ensuring safe and effective technique in a range of cardiovascular and resistance training methods, by giving advice on intensity and progression, delivering good customer service and being a positive role-model.

In short, the learner will be able to:

a) Provide effective and safe fitness instruction
b) Promote healthy lifestyle management
c) Deliver good customer service and be a positive role model at all times
d) Identify individual motives and resulting short, medium and long term fitness goals
e) Plan and deliver safe and effective exercise sessions and programmes
f) Observe clients/members at all times and correct unsafe technique
g) Maintain standards of quality and professionalism

Delivery

Delivery and assessment of the Modules employs an experiential task-based learning approach. The learner will engage in a series of practical activities set in realistic industry contexts, achieved through the completion of work placements and work-based projects in each module. Practice, review, discussion, evaluation and development are encouraged throughout the course, in a learning environment rich in peer and tutor support.

Assessment

The practical task-based delivery approach of this course runs in tangent with a formative assessment process, documented through reports and reflective diaries, and the development of a Learner-compiled Assessment Portfolio (LAP) containing all assessment-related resources, documentation and evidence. The majority of assessment tasks are linked to the work placements and work-based projects, optimised for realism, reflective practice and professional development.


OCE National (Level 4) Diploma in Personal Training
(Level 4 Personal Trainer)

Course Introduction

This course is targeted for persons with an interest in exercise and fitness who would like to work in the fitness industry as personal trainers. The overall objective of the course is to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and competence required to train clients individually or in small groups according to their fitness needs/goals, through agreed exercise/physical activity plans. By the end of the course the learner will be able to design, implement and evaluate exercise/physical activity plans for a range of clients by collecting and analyzing relevant information, and applying the necessary principles, techniques and strategies to achieve their needs/goals safely and effectively.

Recognition and Accreditation

Our Diploma in Personal Training is accredited at level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) with a credit weighting of 60 ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) points. It is recognised as an academic qualification throughout Europe.

moodleThe course has also been accredited by the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) and is recognised by the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) at level 4. Indeed, upon completion of this course, learners will gain automatic entry and membership with EREPS, and eligibility to join any National register in Europe. In short, upon completion of the programme, learners will be fully qualified to operate as personal trainers anywhere in Europe.

Standard Entry Requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a related qualification at EQF level 3. Qualifications which guarantee automatic eligibility include any EREPS-recognised EQF level 3 (or UK NVQ level 2) Fitness Instructor qualification, Physical Education O’Level/GCSE or equivalent, BTEC level 3 (UK level 2) Diploma in Sports, or any European level 3 sports-related Diploma/Certificate. If you are 23 years of age or older, you may also qualify for entry as a mature student.

Structure and Duration

The course is organised into five key Modules;
Module 1 – Applied Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology (12 credits)
Module 2 – Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Nutrition (8 credits)
Module 3 – Health and Fitness Assessment (15 credits)
Module 4 – Principles of Training and Programming (10 credits)
Module 5 – Exercise Preparation, Implementation and Evaluation (15 credits)

With a credit-weighting of 60 ECVET points, the course consists of 1,500 total learning hours.

Summary of Content

Learners will investigate the cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems, and apply this knowledge to the functional context of human movement and performance. They will explore anatomical applications and considerations related to the structures and functions of key areas of the body including the spine, hip girdle, shoulder girdle and knee.

The content knowledge includes bioenergetics and biomechanics, areas directly applied to the process of improving exercise performance technique through peer and self analyses and the implementation of corrective strategies. The course progresses to the interpersonal aspects of customer care and communication with clients and potential clients, promoting health and educating individuals about the benefits of healthy lifestyle management and nutritional practice. National physical activity and health related guidelines are discussed, and learners versed in the skill of consulting and evaluating lifestyle, and recruiting clients.

The health and fitness assessment aspect of the course includes postural analysis and correction, and investigates the selection and application of fitness and anthropometric testing methods, procedures and techniques. Learners will gather required information and analyse it for the purpose of setting specific and measurable goals, and designing safe and effective exercise programmes through the optimal application of the principles of training and sports science. Learners will train to adapt activities and exercises to maximise a range of environments including gym/studio-based, outdoor, and home exercise.

Learners will employ the principles of lifelong learning to continually develop the knowledge, skills and competences, and ethical and professional standards to operate successfully within the fitness industry.

Delivery

This course principally employs an experiential task-based learning approach. It is delivered via a series of class-based presentations, lectures, tutorials, workshops and role-play sessions for knowledge-based content areas. Practicum placements and frequent use of hands-on and practical activities are employed for the delivery of skill-based course content to effectively achieve the competence-based outcomes of the programme.

Assessment

Throughout the course, the learner will engage in a series of practical activities set in realistic industry contexts, mapped to elicit formative development, documented through reports and reflective diaries, and the development of a Learner-compiled Assessment Portfolio (LAP) containing all assessment-related resources, documentation and evidence. Practice, review, discussion, evaluation and development are encouraged throughout the course, in a learning environment rich in peer and tutor support.

Exams and practical assessments are employed to assess key learning outcomes, enriched by projects, reflective diaries, reports, essays and worksheets to support a holistic and formative-based learning and assessment process, summarised as follows;

Module 1: Project Work (LAP) / Written Exam x 2
Module 2: Project Work (LAP)
Module 3: Project Work (LAP) / Practical Assessment
Module 4: Project Work (LAP)
Module 5: Project Work (LAP) / Written Exam x 1 / Practical Assessment


OCE CPD Specialist Awards

Course Introduction

These courses are targeted for Personal Trainers, Coaches or any other sports professionals with an interest in the professional application of specialist training methods. By the end of the course the learner will be able to design and implement exercise sessions incorporating specialist skills and techniques.

Recognition and Accreditation

Each OCE Award fulfills one year of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement for the annual renewal of EREPS membership.

Standard Entry Requirements

Learners must be at least 21 years of age.

Structure and Duration

Award courses are organised into five key Units distributed across 10 learning hours and delivered over two days;
Unit 1 – Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics of Respective Specialist Movements
Unit 2 – Personal Skills (Practical)
Unit 3 – Planning and Programming Specialised and Integrated Sessions
Unit 4 – Instructional Methods (Practical)
Unit 5 – Planning and Implementation Practice (Workshops)

Course Fees

Course fees start from €150. Quoted fees are all-inclusive. There are no extra charges for course resources, support, assessment fees or taxes.

Upon application, paying a minimum of 50% of the course fee will confirm your place, with the remaining balance to be settled prior to the start date of the respective course.

Additional Information

For additional information about the programme, including any special arrangements or requirements you might have, please do not hesitate to make an inquiry using the “Contact Us” section.


OCE Award in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Provision and Assessment

Course Introduction

AwardVETThis course is targeted for representatives of training providers or fitness professionals with an interest in delivering and assessing OCE courses internationally. The overall objective of the course is to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and competence required to deliver the theoritical and practical components of OCE programmes using a range of pedagogical and andragogical methods and techniques, and carry out formative and summative assessments consistently and fairly according to OCE standards.

Recognition and Accreditation

This course is self-accredited and recognised by the OCE for the purposes of delivering it’s own programmes.

Entry Requirements

This course is available by invitation only. Candidates must be in possession of a related qualification at EQF level 6. Qualifications which guarantee automatic eligibility include a BEd (Hons) or BSc with a sports or exercise related specialisation. In lieu of a Degree, candidates must possess a personal training qualification at EQF level 4 or higher, combined with at least five years of evidence-backed experience in personal training.

If you are not sure if you can meet any of the above requirements, please inquire using the Contact Us section.

Structure and Duration

The course is organised into five key Modules;
Module 1 – Introduction to OCE Delivery and Assessment Philosophy (1 credit)
Module 2 – Sociological, Philosophical and Psychological Aspects of VET (1 credit)
Module 3 – Delivery Methodologies (1 credit)
Module 4 – Assessment Methodologies (1 credit)
Module 5 – Practical VET Applications (1 credit)

Delivery

moodleThis course is delivered via a series of online presentations and lectures for knowledge-based content areas. Practical activities are employed for the delivery of skill-based course content to effectively achieve the competence-based outcomes of the programme. Learners benefit from full online learning support through the sharing of content and resources, as well as online interactive communication and discussion via our learning management system powered by moodle.

Assessment

Throughout the course, the learner will engage in a series of discussions, relections and practical tasks documented through essays, reports and reflective diaries. Essays and written assignments are employed to assess key learning outcomes, enriched by projects, reflective diaries, reports and essays to support a holistic and formative-based learning and assessment process, summarised as follows;

Module 1: Essay
Module 2: Written Assignment
Module 3: Reflective Diary
Module 4: Reflective Diary
Module 5: Reflective Diary / Practical Assessment / Written Report