New Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness from Motions Health & Fitness

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Motions Health & Fitness is a training provider that offers people who are interested in health & fitness the opportunity to work at what they love. Motions run a number of university accredited courses in Dublin for anybody interested in becoming a fitness professional. Personal fitness is now the most popular form of physical activity in Ireland. With growing numbers participating in all forms of exercise there is an increasing demand for fitness professionals to teach classes, design fitness programs and give guidance and support to people of all ages and levels of fitness.

Motions has just announced that they will be offering a new Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness course this Autumn in D.I.T. Kevin St, Dublin 2. This is a two year full time undergraduate course providing the opportunity to gain a university accredited professional qualification as a specialist fitness professional. The course is aimed at people who would like to work as fitness coaches, personal trainers, gym-instructors and studio teachers in all aspects of the leisure industry. The course is open to anybody with an enthusiasm and interest in health, fitness and physical activity and a desire to promote and teach this to others. The course offers advanced modules in year 2 thus allowing students to develop specialist areas of expertise.

The Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (HCEHF) is the only university accredited specialist fitness qualification in Ireland. The HCEHF is accredited and awarded by the University of Limerick and all students on the Dublin course are registered UL students. There are other courses that take place in University facilities but they are not accredited by that University.

The HCEHF is a Level 6 major qualification on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). This Framework provides a way to compare qualifications and to ensure that they are quality assured and recognised at home and abroad. It is also on the European Qualifications Framework and it is an EQF Level 5.

In addition to the educational recognition, this qualification is also recognised as the highest Industry standard award by Europe Active. Europe Active represents the European Health & Fitness sector in Brussels. Europe Active is also a standards setting body for the health and fitness industry and promotes best practice in instruction and training. The HCEHF is aligned on the Europe Active Sectoral Qualification Framework (SQF) at Level 5. It has the highest academic standard of any fitness instructor qualification in Ireland and the highest industry recognised standard. The course is approved for SUSI grants for those who are eligible. Even though it is a third level course it is not subject to CAO application.

Motions continues to offer the Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness which is the primary qualification for Fitness Professionals in Ireland. There are 2 part time options in Dublin City Centre, one a day course and the other a night course. The qualification is also accredited by the University of Limerick.


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