Welcome to EPI

Industry Leaders For
Strength & Conditioning Courses

Elite Performance Institute (EPI) is Ireland’s leading provider of internationally accredited Strength & Conditioning courses for coaches and fitness professionals.

Delivered by World Cup & Olympic Games Coaches

Our mission is to provide world-class Strength & Conditioning education in Ireland. We deliver both onsite and online Strength & Conditioning course for participants to become certified. With elite level coaches who have worked at World Cups and Olympic Games delivering our courses, we are always one step ahead of the game. Begin your journey in Strength & Conditioning with EPI and become a qualified Strength & Conditioning coach today.

National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (NCSC)

The NCSC course is regarded as the industry standard qualification for Strength and Conditioning coaches in Ireland. It is broken down into Phase 1 & 2 Strength & Conditioning courses.

Since 2012, it has produced coaching professionals capable of working as part of a team or support staff in a Strength and Conditioning or health and fitness related environment. Begin your journey today to becoming a qualified Strength & Conditioning coach!


Complete Your NCSC Course One Phase At A Time

Phase 1 Strength & Conditioning Course

The Phase 1 Strength & Conditioning Course is the first phase of the NCSC qualification. Participants will learn all the fundamentals of Strength & Conditioning which will set them apart as a professional coach.

Gain an understanding of how to implement a system of training into your coaching and use various methods of training for sports performance. Phase 1 is the first step in preparing the S&C coach to work with individual athletes, players and team sports.


Phase 2 Strength & Conditioning Course

The Phase 2 Strength & Conditioning Course is the final phase of the NCSC qualification. Coaches will build on their knowledge and coaching skills learned on the Phase 1 S&C Course.

Phase 2 will explore more advanced methods of training and program design in preparation for working with elite level athletes. By the end of Phase 2, coaches will be prepared to write programs and deliver sessions to both individual athletes and team sport players.


Become A Specialist In Youth Athletic Development

Youth Strength & Conditioning Certification (YSCC)

Become a specialist in the area of youth coaching with our Youth Strength & Conditioning Certification (YSCC) course. Participants will gain the knowledge and coaching skills to increase young trainer’s coordination, movement skills, speed, strength and power in a safe manner.

Learn foundation, development and performance phases of the Youth Athlete Pyramid (YAP) and receive a full exercise library for each phase. Begin your journey today to becoming a qualified Youth S&C Coach!


Course Testimonials

John Sullivan

Platinum Performance – Gym Owner, Dublin

I completed both the National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (NCSC) and Youth Strength & Conditioning Certification (YSCC) courses in 2023. Both of these courses surpassed my expectations and gave me a huge amount of confidence to work as a Strength & Conditioning coach with teams or as Youth Athletic Development coach with underage players. I really felt I learned from the best and couldn’t recommend EPI enough to any fitness professional!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In terms of career development, the majority of our graduates are working in the health & fitness industry, sports industry, or physiotherapy industry.

Following completion of our National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (NCSC) course, graduates will be prepared to work with sport and recreational participants across a wide range of levels from beginners through to elite athletes. Additionally, many of our graduates have furthered their professional development with post graduate studies in Strength & Conditioning.

On completing the NCSC Course, graduates will be provided with the best coaching skills to and underpinning knowledge to make a real impact in the strength & conditioning industry. What separates our courses from others is that graduates leave the course understanding their “WHY” behind their coaching. Finally, on all our Strength & Conditioning courses we provide you with a systematic approach to your coaching so that you can seamlessly move into the industry and have confidence in your coaching.

All of our tutors have at least a degree from a third level institution with many having a Master’s degree in their chosen area of expertise. In addition, tutors have extensive practical coaching experience from elite level sport and are now leaders in the Strength & Conditioning industry. Following completion of our NCSC course or YSCC course, many of our tutors act as mentors for coaches who begin working in the sports performance industry.

For the National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (NCSC) course, the NCSC certification exam takes place on a separate day. The specified date for the exam will depend on the start date and location you have chosen for the course. The NCSC certification exam will involve the following:

  • Practical Exam – 30mins (Olympic weightlifting)
  • Written Exam – 60mins (MCQ)

Participants are required to attain 70% or higher to pass each exam. If a participant fails a written exam, they only required to repeat the written exam and not both exams when repeating.

For the Youth Strength & Conditioning Certification (YSCC) course, the YSCC certification exam takes place at the end of the course on day 3. The YSCC certification exam only involves a 45-minute written multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ) exam. Participants are required to attain 70% or higher to pass the exam.

Our National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (NCSC) course is 6 full days in duration. The NCSC Course consists of 6 days of education followed by an online certification exam.

  • Phase 1 S&C Certification (3 days)
  • Phase 2 S&C Certification (3 days)

Our Youth Strength & Conditioning Certification (YSCC) course is 3 full days in duration. The YSCC consists of 3 days of education followed by an online certification exam.

EPI courses are completed either fully onsite (in-person) or online. Onsite courses are completed over a long weekend (3 days). Online courses are completed at the pace of the participant. Participants can start and finish our online courses in their own time.

Yes, participants can apply for our Strength & Conditioning courses if they have a current or previous injury which affects their level of participation. During our practical sessions on the course, participants can choose which drills/exercises they can perform or opt out completely based on the nature of the injury. When opting out, we encourage more emphasis on coaching other participants to develop their coaching skills.

Participants can apply for our onsite courses throughout the year. Please visit our course dates section to view all course dates and locations to find the best time to register.

If you would like to complete your Strength & Conditioning qualification online, you can apply at any time. Please visit our online NCSC Course for more details.

EPI’s Strength & Conditioning courses are available for qualified personal trainers, fitness instructors, PE teachers and sports coaches. They are also available to those who have a degree or are studying physiotherapy, sport science, exercise science, sports therapy, etc. Finally, they are also available to athletes currently competing in sport.

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    Head Office

    Elite Performance Institute (EPI),
    45 Fox Hollow,
    Golf Links Road,

    Phone: +353 87 2901100
    Email: [email protected]