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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Personal Trainer and Leisure Management

Course Code(s):  5M5146
QQI Award Code:  5M5146 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5146
QQI Award Code 5M5146 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This has led to the development of a whole service industry. This course provides students with a broad range of practical skills and increases their prospects for employment in the Leisure & Recreation Industry.

What will you Study?

Sport and Recreation Studies 5N2667
Exercise and Fitness 5N2668
Leisure Facility Operations 5N4667
Leisure Facility Administration 5N4666
Sports Anatomy and Physiology 5N4648
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Lifeguarding
Nutrition 5N2006
Word Processing 5N1358
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Exercise and Health Instructor   Teacher - Physical Education  
Personal Trainer   Massage Therapist  
Physical Therapist   Physiotherapist  
Spinologist   Sports Scientist   
Sport Psychologist   Physiotherapist - Sports   
Sports Therapist   Fitness / Aerobics Instructor  
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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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