Specialist Practitioner.
Prices From £999.

Qualify to deliver engaging sessions to a number of clients with a varied range of different conditions.

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Specialist Practitioner Course.

This Specialist Practitioner course provides the knowledge required to work with an increasing number of clients with specific conditions. These conditions may range from osteoarthritis to type 2 diabetes.

This qualification is the entry requirement for Chartered Institute of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Exercise Referral Practitioner status.

Recognised Qualification

This qualification is the entry requirement for Chartered Institute of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Exercise Referral Practitioner status.

Funding available

Funding is available in the form of a Government-backed Advance Learner Loan.

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A varied course that covers an excellent selection of topics that will help personal trainers to develop their skillset and improve their career prospects.

Qualification

AIQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral plus AIQ Level 4 in Low Back Pain or AIQ Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes

Flexible Learning | Prices From £999.

On successful completion, students will be able to treat clients who have been referred by a GP. These Exercise Referrals lay the foundation for a career path dedicated to a specialist area. Both options – Lower Back Pain and Obesity and Diabetes – open the door to a rewarding future as a Specialist Practitioner.

The Specialist Practitioner Diploma offers an excellent chance for you to refine your personal training services and excel in your field.

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Interested in this course? Call 0800 999 6664 to find out more or to secure your place.

Specialist Practitioner course structure

At Focus Training, our Specialist Practitioner Course enables students to choose the direction their course goes in. This bespoke nature means you can target your expertise towards the specific needs of your clients.

The course is made up of the AIQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, and then two directional options, comprising of either the Level 4 Lower Back Pain or Obesity & Diabetes courses.

You will get access to our learning portal where you can complete your home-study units via our unique learning portal, with an Exercise Referral e-manual and an Active IQ Low Back Pain or Obesity and Diabetes e-manual.

If you have any special learning needs for this course please do not hesitate to discuss them with our advisers, we will do as much as is practicable to assist.

Those that opt for the AIQ Level 4 Lower Back Pain course will be taught both theoretical knowledge, and practical skills, required for clients living with lower back pain, such as a limited range of movements or muscle imbalances. These skills will teach you how to assess, plan, and deliver effective exercise sessions tailored to each client. To learn more about this element of the course, you can visit the Level 4 Lower Back Pain course page.

Meanwhile, those that choose the AIQ Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes course will be taught how to plan and provide physical activity and weight management techniques. The course has a particular focus on how to manage obesity and diabetes through various fitness and nutritional strategies. If you want to know more about this element of the course to benefit your clients, you can visit the Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes course page.

A telephone support tutor will help you plan and agree on your submission dates for your home study work. Telephone appointments will be arranged so we can keep in close contact with you to give you specific feedback on your learning needs.

To achieve the Specialist Practitioner Diploma you will be required to complete the Exercise Referral course followed by your choice of Level 4 qualification.

The Exercise Referral course will require you to complete a series of home study units prior to attending a two-day practical course attendance. Here you will learn the practical and theoretical skills behind programme design and implementation. You will then have six weeks to complete a case study and submit this for assessment prior to attending a third day for your practical assessment.

Choose the Low Back Pain course and you will then complete assignments prior to attending a 2 day practical and theoretical course delivery followed by a period of 8 weeks to complete a case study prior to returning for a 1-day practical assessment.

Choose Obesity and Diabetes and you course is totally online, you will complete units of home study followed by a hypothetical case study.

What will the Specialist Practitioner course cover?

This course is extremely varied, and covers an excellent selection of topics that will help personal trainers to develop their skill set and improve their career prospects.

This diploma is split into two modules:

Module 1: Level 3 Exercise Referral Specialist

  • Pathophysiology, treatment and 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

Module 2: Level 4 Low Back Pain Specialist

  • Human anatomy, and biomechanics of the spine and lower back.

  • National Guidelines for Management of Low Back Pain

  • Activity/ Inactivity in the prevention and Management of Low Back Pain

  • Epidemiology of Low Back Pain

  • Co-morbidities/ medications and their exercise considerations

  • Psychological/ sociological impact of Low Back Pain

  • Screening/ Assessment techniques for Low Back Pain

  • Planning/ delivering appropriate exercise sessions

OR

Module 2: Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Specialist

  • Prevalence and classification of obesity and diabetes

  • Hormonal considerations of obesity and diabetes

  • Genetic influences of obesity and diabetes

  • Development and pathophysiology of obesity and diabetes

  • How to administer 7-site skinfold assessment

  • Historical evidence surrounding obesity

  • Introduction to metabolic syndrome

  • Exercise guidelines and precautions

  • Planning and delivering physical activity and nutritional strategies for obesity and diabetes

  • Causes and the psychological impact of the conditions

What certification will I receive?

  • An AIQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral plus AIQ Level 4 in Low Back Pain or AIQ Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes


How is the Specialist Practitioner course assessed?

Dependent on the modules you select, the course structure will vary in accordance with requirements. However, you will be expected to complete the following:

  • Home study worksheets

  • 2 multiple choice theory assessments

  • Case studies

  • Practical assessments

What are the requirements to enrol on the course?

Learner must have achieved a level 2 qualification in gym instructing or fitness instructing.

Learners who hold a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification may not have to complete the multiple choice assessments in Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition however if you do not hold a Personal Trainer qualification, in order to complete the Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition units, you’ll be able to access all the learning materials for this course via our unique online learning portal, a virtual classroom that guides you, section by section, through your course. 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.


Payment Options

There are a number of finance options available. This course can be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan. These allow you to study now and pay back when you are earning.

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