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Instruction in Strength and Conditioning Sessions (ITEC)

This qualification is for learners who want to work within the fitness industry. The main skills the learner will achieve is planning and instructing strength and conditioning sessions.

Minor Award

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Course Overview

The main aim of the VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Instructing Strength and Conditioning Sessions is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to provide strength and conditioning sessions to the general public and to gain employment in the fitness industry. This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and over and is designed to provide occupational competence at level 2. It also provides a sound platform into further training at level 2 and 3.

This course will take place on Monday nights from 6.30-9.30 in Tralee Regional Sports Centre in Clash Tralee

Please note  all Learners must have competent written and spoken English (CEFR B1 or Higher).

What will I study ?

  • Planning strength and conditioning sessions – to include selecting suitable exercises, equipment and programme, adapting the programme to suit the client’s specific needs and fitness goals and recording the strength and conditioning training plan.

  • Instructing strength and conditioning sessions – to include preparing the equipment, environment and clients, demonstrating technically correct strength and conditioning sessions, providing clear and concise instructions for each exercise and lift, adapting the exercises and lifts with suitable progression and regression according to the client’s needs, providing feedback and instruction points to the client, receiving feedback from the client and recording action plan for improvement.
  • The learner will also develop knowledge about current health and safety legislation, contra-indications and potential risks and client care and communication which are essential to work and be successful in the industry.
  • The related knowledge and understanding required to perform the strength and conditioning skills listed above effectively, in particular health and safety considerations, origins and benefits, types of equipment and reasons that may affect whether a client should or should not join a strength and conditioning session.
  • Opportunities for learners to focus on the development of their wider skills in a sports and fitness setting such as communicating with clients, working with others and problem solving.

  • Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment as a fitness instructor qualified in instructing strength and conditioning sessions.

Why should I do this course ?

  • Employment opportunities in Gyms, Health Clubs and other Sporting facilities.

What are the entry requirements ?

  • Learners who wish to undertake this qualification must also achieve the VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions qualification or a regulated equivalent.
  • A basic level of exercise and fitness is desirable. 

What is the certification ?

VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Instructing Strength and Conditioning Sessions

Fee Information

Fees apply to all part-time programmes.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Still have questions ?

Contact Caroline at Night Course Admissions on 066 714 9600 or Click Here to Email

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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