FAQ

Litton Lane
At Litton Lane Training we train students not just for examinations but for the work that they will be involved with following the course. Successful instructors and trainers need to be motivated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, creative and flexible among other things. This is why we not only comprehensively cover the principles and practice of Fitness Instruction but also include extra modules such as Indoor Biking Instruction, First Aid and an Add-On Personal Training Option all of which will give you the edge when you qualify. On your course we will demand a lot from you and will also expect you to help us realise your full potential. You are training to help other people improve their own health and fitness. What could be more important? 
Litton Lane Training Mission Statement is to provide the highest possible standard of up to date and externally validated fitness and therapy professional training programs with a view to preparing, empowering and inspiring our students to work in these areas in a confident, successful and effective manner.
The steps outlined below will give you some idea of the process involved with becoming a Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer at Litton Lane Training. Read all the enclosed information carefully. If you are unsure about anything make sure to make contact in order to clarify. Try to attend an information meeting as this will help to give you a good feel for what the course entails and you will also get the opportunity to visit the actual venue and view where the course will actually take place. If you are happy that you want to do the course a deposit must be sent along with the completed forms. While waiting for the course to begin you should be paying attention to your own exercise and eating habits as well as trying to attend a variety of classes or sports training sessions which will help you get to know what is involved with being a fitness instructor. On the first day of the course you will need to pay the second instalment of your fee and you will be given your courses notes and DVD’s which cover the course material. As the courses progresses you will need to make time for revision and practice of the course content. Continuous assessment exams will help the students and trainer to gauge progress throughout the course. You will be expected to pay your final fee five weeks after the course begins. At the end of the course final exams will take place in all the modules that you have chosen. You will now be qualified to work as a fitness professional. 
ITEC
  • ITEC is an international examination board offering a variety of qualifications worldwide.
  • ITEC provides 25 qualifications the majority of which are UK government accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills, and are registered on the National Qualifications Framework in the UK . These ITEC qualifications attract funding from the Learning and Skills Council.
  • ITEC qualifications are supported by industry and are easily transportable nationally and internationally.
  • The ITEC system is expressed in units allowing students to study at their own pace and to study the modules that they are interested in.
  • ITEC has ensured that best practice in the work place has been reflected in the syllabus for each qualification and each has been linked to the relevant job role, as well as ensuring that the syllabus reflects the required level of knowledge and skill needed for a practicing instructor or therapist.
  • Litton Lane Training has delivered this ITEC Fitness Instructor Course course to a number of educational organisations including students on the Sports Science Degree program at Dublin City University .
  • Following the Fitness Instructor Course there are a wide variety of follow on education options such as Personal Training, Massage Therapy, Diet and Nutrition and STOTT PILATES course
Over 16 years of old Clean bill of health Should be interested in health/fitness and or sport 
Students will be assessed continuously throughout the course in order to measure progress and performance. Final written and practical examinations take place at the end of the course. All written examinations are multiple choice format with the pass mark of 60%. An ITEC external examiner assesses the practical components where students are expected to perform tasks similar to what would be expected in their work as a trainer. In the gym instruction practical exam the student can be asked to assess a client, design a session and instruct that session in a period of 60 minutes. The studio instruction exam consists of 6-8 students rotating through different elements of studio classes such as warm up, cardio phase, cool-down or body conditioning. Students will be expected to be able to deliver sessions pitched at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. As part of their assessment and learning students are also expected to produce a case study portfolio which consists of work experience carried out with volunteer clients. The Add-On personal training module is assessed by practical examination only. This involves taking a one to one session in front of an examiner and conducting a screening, lifestyle evaluation, fitness test. With the findings from these a sample program is designed and instructed. Students must also produce a separate case study which involves training one client for at least four sessions and documenting this experience.
The student is only expected to repeat the exam/s that were not passed 
Yes. This allows students who do not wish to teach aerobics and other studio elements an opportunity to gain certification and work in the gym setting. However if the student has the ability to certify in gym instruction and studio instruction we advise this as it increases work options after the course.
ACSM
The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health and quality of life. 
  • Written Paper (multiple choice)
  • Practical Assessment
  • Client Portfolio
As a personal trainer you have the ability and opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives when it comes to their health and fitness. What many people are unable to do on their own, they can accomplish with the motivation and support of a personal trainer.
As an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer you will be qualified to develop and implement exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals or those who have medical clearance to exercise.
The ACSM Certified Personal Trainer SM is a fitness professional who develops and implements an individualized approach to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Using a variety of teaching techniques, the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer SM is proficient in: 

  • Leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise by applying the fundamental principles of exercise science.
  • Writing appropriate exercise recommendations.
  • Leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise.
  • Motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors.
  • Exercise Physiology and Related Exercise Science
  • Health Appraisal, Fitness and Clinical Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Prescription and Programming
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Human Behaviour and Counselling
  • Safety, Injury Prevention and Emergency Procedures
  • Program Administration, Quality Assurance and Outcome Assessment
  • Clinical and Medical Consideration
To become an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer you must meet all of the following minimum requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Possess a Level 1 fitness instruction qualification
  • Current Adult CPR certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross). This is available from Litton Lane Training if required and can be done alongside the ACSM course.