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.

Dundee, University of Dundee (ISE)
Course Code EF017
11th, 12th and 13th of October 2019

Assessment Date: 9th of November 2019

Livingston (near Edinburgh)
Course Code EF018
14th, 15th and 16th of February 2020

Assessment Date: 21st and 22nd of March 2020

Cumbernauld (near Glasgow)
Course Code EF019
22nd, 23rd and 24th of May 2020

Assessment Date: 27th and 28th of June 2020

Course Code EF020
21st, 22nd and 23rd of August 2020

Assessment Date: 26th and 27th of September 2020

Course Code EF021
13th, 14th and 15th of November 2020

Assessment Date: 12th and 13th of December 2020

Course Costs


ITA Funding is accepted on this course

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