National Council for Exercise and Fitness Courses

Through the National Council for Exercise and Fitness (NCEF) the PESS Department delivers a flexible learning pathway from Certificate Level 6 to B.Sc. Degree in Exercise & Health Fitness (Level 8). The NCEF is an academic affiliate of the University of Limerick (UL) and the largest and longest established provider for over 30 years of education and training for Exercise and Health Fitness Professionals in Ireland. NCEF offer the ONLY university accredited Health Fitness Instructor qualifications in Ireland. Certificate, Higher Certificate, Diploma & Degree qualifications are awarded at Levels 6,7 & 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and at Levels 5 & 6 on the European Framework (EQF). The NCEF is audited and aligned to the European Industry standard, Exercise for Health Specialist (SQF Level 5).

Full-time, part-time and e-learning programmes are available both in UL and nationwide through certified providers.  Visit for information.