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Exercise Referral Diploma Course - Full Time

As GP’s and healthcare leaders increasingly focus on prescribing exercise for health conditions, it’s no surprise that the demand for Exercise Referral Specialists is on the up.

This full time, 5 day course is for those that want to work in Exercise Referral, broadening their knowledge as a Personal Trainer to work with clients with specific conditions, or progress onto becoming a Level 4 qualified instructor.

Our nationally recognised Exercise Referral qualification takes an in-depth look at a range of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, mental health conditions and many more – focusing on how exercise can improve quality of life and help clients achieve their goals.

Prefer to study part-time?

We also run this course as a part-time course.

Course Structure and Content

  • What learning materials will I receive for my Exercise Referral course?

    All the learning materials for this courses are available online through our unique online learning portal, a virtual classroom which guides you, section by section, through your course. If you don’t already hold a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, to help you complete the Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition units, you’ll also be able to access all the online learning materials for this course too.  All the facts and information you require are clearly presented to make learning as easy and enjoyable as possible, there’s even a quiz at the end of each section to test yourself.  A hard copy of the course manual is also available at an additional cost.

  • How is the course delivered?

    The course is delivered in five days over a two week period. All your assessments will take place at the course venue.

  • What will I learn on my Exercise Referral course?

    This includes:

    • Pathophysiology, treatment, special considerations for:
    • Cardiovascular conditions: Atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol,
    • Mobility related conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, spondylosis (spinal arthritis) joint replacement
    • Mental health conditions: Anxiety, stress and depression
    • Other conditions: obesity, diabetes type 1 & 2, asthma, COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
    • Related exercise benefits and implications

    As an Exercise Referral Specialist, it will be your job to advise these clients on how to enhance their well being through a planned programme of exercise and nutrition. Key areas of focus include:

    • Collecting information to plan an exercise referral programme
    • The principles of risk stratification in exercise referral.
    • Current UK healthcare systems and the exercise referral process
    • Accepted methods of treatment/ management of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes
    • How to programme safe, effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions.
    • Medication (over counter and prescription) and exercise implications
    • Behavioural change and motivational interviewing
    • Safe and effective progressive exercise programming
    • Setting up and coordinating exercise referral schemes
  • How will I be assessed on the Exercise Referral course?

    Your assessment will take place during the course and will include a practical assessment and a case study.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become an Exercise Referral Instructor?

    The first thing you will need is a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing in either Gym, Exercise to Music or Water Based Exercise (Aqua). If you do not have this, don’t worry, we can bolt this on before you do the Exercise Referral course. As part of this qualification, you’ll need to complete the Level 3 Nutritional Advisor unit and the Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology unit. However, students with a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training will be exempt.

    To work with clients with specific conditions, it is vital you hold an Exercise Referral qualification that is accredited by an Ofqual approved awarding organisation. Active IQ certificate our Exercise Referral course, who have ample experience in ensuring our courses are of the highest quality.

  • When I pass the Exercise Referral course, what will I receive?

    Once passed, you will receive an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

  • Is the course recognised by REPs?

    Yes! You will receive 20 REPs points on completion and can gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals in Exercise Referral at Level 3.

  • What progression routes are there after completing the Exercise Referral course?

    The Level 3 Exercise Referral course is the entry requirement for Level 4 Specialist qualifications such as our Level 4 Low Back Pain and Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes courses. You can combine your Exercise Referral course with either of these and complete our Level 4 Specialist Practitioner course.

  • Can I get funding for my Exercise Referral course?

    Yes! If you are aged over 19, you might be eligible for an adult learner loan. To find out more, please contact our course advisors on 0800 999 6664.

  • How else can I pay for the Exercise Referral course?

    There are numerous options, including pay in full to receive a discount, 0% interest monthly payments, or a finance agreement if you prefer to pay over a longer term to reduce monthly payments.

Locations & Dates

LocationVenueModuleStart DateBook
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid Lloyd
Barton Embankment, Trafford Park Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8RH, GB
Exercise Referral (Full Time)01/03 October 2018 & 08/09 October 2018 (Midweek)


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