Courses, Apprenticeships And Funding For Personal Trainers

Active IQ Diploma in Exercise Referral Level 3


This qualification is designed to provide learners with the knowledge to ensure safe and effective exercise programming for patients with a number of medical conditions and common reasons for referral onto a community-based exercise referral scheme.

Throughout the course candidates will learn:

  • the principles of collecting information to plan an exercise referral programme, the principles of risk stratification in exercise referral and the principles and procedures of record keeping
  • how to identify goals with exercise referral patients and instruct, adapt, and review exercise session with these patients. How to plan, prepare, monitor and adapt an exercise referral programme with patients and understand the importance of long term behaviour change for these patients
  • the current healthcare systems in the UK, the exercise referral process, the roles and responsibilities of the professional within an exercise referral scheme and the role and importance of exercise referral, related policies and key documents
  • the concept of a patient centred approach
  • the clinical features of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes, the relationship between exercise and specified exercise referral medical conditions, the accepted methods for treatment/management of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes and how to programme safe, effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions


REPs CPD Points: 20 points


  • coursework
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical demonstration/assignment
  • practical examination

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (or equivalent), however candidates may still work towards this qualification with their level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing qualification but will need to complete additional units including anatomy & Physiology and nutrition at Level 3.

Progression Routes

  • Level 4 Certificate in Weight Management for Individuals with Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus and/or Metabolic Syndrome
  • Any other Level 4 Specialist Qualification including Cancer & Exercise Rehabilitation Qualification

Course Dates

Applications must be made two weeks prior to the start of the advertised course dates.

Cumbernauld, Near Glasgow
Course Code EF010
Course Dates 2nd, 3rd, 4th March 2018

Exam 17th March 2018

Course Code EF011
1st, 2nd, 3rd June 2018

Exam 16th June 2018

Livingston, Near Edinburgh
Course Code EF012
6th, 7th, 8th July 2018

Exam 21st July 2018

Course Code EF013
2nd, 3rd, 4th November 2018

Exam 17th November 2018

Course Costs

ILA Funding is accepted on this course

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