PFS Gym Instructor® Staff Training

PFS Gym Instructor®
Staff Training



Do you love everything about the gym? The PFS GYM INSTRUCTOR qualification was the first stepping stone for the successful careers of countless Personal Trainers across Ireland!

Our unrivalled qualifications package will give you the best head start in your career as a Gym Floor Instructor.

Developed with the leading fitness industry employers in mind, the PFS GYM INSTRUCTOR course will teach you both the essential and advanced skills needed to kick-start your fitness career. Taught by our expert Teachers in a fun and engaging environment, you will learn how to incorporate the latest health, fitness and training principles into your program design, as well as learn how to teach the most up to date group classes to guide your clients towards their goals. In addition, you will also find out how to work in sport, fitness and recreational environments, in Ireland or abroad.

On a practical level, the course covers all the gym exercises needed for a full body workout with various forms of equipment, as well as a range of activities that focus on strength, stamina, flexibility and effective circuit training.



What is included in the package?

1 main Diploma +  5 Certificates click on the links for details.


Additional Certifications included in the package:

1. PFS Functional Anatomy & Physiology®
2. PFS Client Management®
3. PFS Cardiovascular Training®
4. PFS Mobility & Flexibility®
5. PFS Nutrition Introduction®

What does a Gym Instructor actually do?

A Gym Instructor introduces and adheres members to fitness by providing them with individualised workout programmes. The prescribed exercises need to be delivered effectively and safely. The Gym instructor follows up and coaches existing and returning customers and is responsible for the resulting customer fitness experience, which should be positive and meet the customers’ wants and needs. The role also includes being able to plan and evaluate group fitness classes. Teaching groups of individuals entails an understanding of group teaching methodology and adherence to specific Health & Safety guidelines.


Qualification outcome

Modules included in the ProFi® package

A Gym Instructor delivers fitness instruction to individuals with the use of equipment or to a group through fitness classes. However, additional knowledge, skills and competencies are required to fulfil the Group Fitness Instructor's specific requirements. The PFS GYM INSTRUCTOR was designed to provide these additional skills and competencies.

The fundamental certification is that of Gym Floor Instructor. The role of this stand-alone certification is for the individual to gain the following competencies:

  • Provide safe and effective fitness instruction, and lifestyle management.

  • Identify individual motives and resulting short, medium and long-term fitness goals.

  • Suggest relevant exercise adaptations or options to allow for individual client differences or needs.

  • Provide participants with advice on intensity, and how to progress their individual performance and results.

  • Observe clients/members at all times and correct unsafe technique.

  • Display perfect technique at all times (posture, range of motion, control, timing and form)

  • Positively interact and motivate clients/members using appropriate strategies in order to promote adherence to exercise.

  • Work within the parameters given at Level 3, recognising the standards and professional limitations that this provides, referring to appropriate health care professionals.




  • Gym Instructor - Lower & Upper Body Exercises

  • Warm-up, Cardio, Cool Down

  • Mobility & Flexibility, Foam Rolling, Stretching

  • Principles of Training, Components of Fitness Programs


If you require additional information about any of the above courses, please navigate into each description individually. If you require to speak to an adviser, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 860723820 or email


Do I need to hold any prior qualifications?

There are no previous qualifications required however a reasonable level of fitness and exposure to the industry are recommended.


Who should attend?

  • Those who love fitness, and want to make it their career

  • Those who want to help other people achieve their fitness goals and change lives

  • Those who are outgoing and eager to work hard and expand their own fitness knowledge

  • Those with a passion for group fitness and that want to jump on the industry's latest group training trends

  • Those that want to leap ahead of the competition when it comes to employment opportunities

  • Those who plan to progress into Personal Training


Please inform us during the registration process if you have any learning difficulties or disabilities so we can accommodate you appropriately.

Total duration: 4 practical days in the gym + 6 modules online

Additional self-study hours: 12 - 24 hours* the time burden can vary depending on individual ability and dedication.





 "Our brightest students are being recommended by us to eager employers, so prepare to impress us."

The Gym Instructor (EQF level 3) Diploma examination will take place on the last day of the course, as specified in the course schedule

The Gym Instructor (EQF level 3) Diploma interim examination consists of:

  1. Interim practical and theoretical assessments that are scored and the score goes towards the final examination. If not passed, the mini assessments have to be repeated. The details of these assessments will be given at each appropriate phase of the course.


The Gym Instructor (EQF level 3) Diploma final day examination consists of:

  1. Theory: The PFS FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY® online exam consists of 72 multiple choice questions. For more information about the Anatomy & Physiology exam please follow the link provided.

  2. Theory: The Gym Instruction theory online exam consists of 28 multiple choice questions.  Please follow the link to take a short 5 question mock exam: PFS Gym Instruction Sample Questions.

  3. Practical: Student must teach a group of students present, a set of 3 body weight exercises indicated by the assessor on the day. The exercises can only be chosen from the ones covered in the Gym Instruction manual.

  4. Practical: 1 to 1 with the teacher, where the student explains a summary of executing 3 equipment exercises in a correct and safe manner.


The PFS GYM INSTRUCTOR requires the completion and examination of the contained modules in addition to obtaining the Gym Instructor (EQF Level 3) Diploma:

Please check our Terms and Conditions for the examination procedures and repeats.

Main Qualification obtained: Gym Instructor (EQF level 3|NQF level 4) | Ireland completed referencing the Irish NFQ to the EQF in 2009.

Additional Qualifications obtained:

1. PFS Functional Anatomy & Physiology®
2. PFS Client Management®
3. PFS Cardiovascular Training®
4. PFS Mobility & Flexibility®
5. PFS Nutrition Introduction®

Study Mode: Theory in class or studio, Practice in the gym or studio, and mandatory Self-study


All our courses are accredited by REPs Ireland and recognised worldwide through ICREPs.

All PFS qualifications meet industry standards that have been developed and published by the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA).

REPs Ireland ensures that all standards used are mapped to and meet all appropriate International standards where possible, to ensure all REPs Ireland members benefit from recognition of their status from other National REPs.

Payment rules 

  • We operate on a first come, first serve basis with no exceptions.

  • To secure your place on the course the payment should be made upon registration.

  • We allow 5 calendar days to receive payment before your place is given to another person that has paid.

  • After 5 calendar days have passed, and we haven't received any payment, you will need to register again if places are still available.

  • There is no way to prolong the 5 calendar days. Registrations are not accepted if you have already registered and the initial 5 days have not elapsed.

  • If we have received a late Early Bird payment (i.e. you registered for Early Bird but we haven't received payment within 5 calendar days) you will be liable for the Normal Price as outlined in our Terms & Conditions. No exceptions will be made.

  • If you have signed up at the Normal Price or Early Bird price and we haven't received the full amount from you before the start of the course, then you will be subject to Instalment payments.


Payment options 

Early Bird

This offer is only available for selected courses, dates or locations.

When displayed, the offer expires once there are less than 28 calendar days until the course.

Please do not contact us asking to receive this offer if it is not displayed.

If you do see this offer than we advise you to take action and get this great course at a special price!

Normal Price

Payment must be made in full and received by us before the course starts. Please take into account that bank transfers may take time and we operate on a first come first serve basis with no exceptions as outlined in PAYMENT RULES.


The instalment price is divided into six equal payments. The first instalment has to be paid upon registration. The subsequent instalments will be paid during the course with the last instalment paid before the course ends. Instalment payments are subject to our Terms and Conditions.


Payment methods

Once you register, you will be guided through the payment process.

  • Bank transfer

  • Paypal

  • Cash payments are not accepted


If you encounter any issues with payment and you have read our FAQ page, please reach out via the Contact section.

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