Exercise Referral Courses

Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

This qualification is aimed at fitness professionals who wish to learn how to provide assistance/advice and design exercise programmes for people with certain medical conditions which put their health at risk. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of programme design, nutrition advice and behavioural change to ensure your patients improve their health and quality of life. Following the completion of this qualification you will be able to forge a working relationship with local GP’s and other health professionals to receive referred customers who are deemed suitable for the referral programme. If you are motivated by helping clients improve their quality of life and reduce their risk of developing other co morbidities then this is the qualification for you.

Learners will cover:

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:

  • the heart, circulatory system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, endocrine system, and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health. Posture and core stability.
  • how to collect and use information relating to nutrition.
  • the relationship between nutrition and physical activity, the principles and guidelines relating to nutrition and nutritional goal setting with clients, and the nationally recommended practice to provide nutritional advice
  • 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

Skills relating to the qualification:

  • collect and analyse nutritional information and apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • collect information about exercise referral patients and prepare patients and resources for exercise referral sessions
  • instruct, adapt, conclude and review exercise referral sessions. Agree goals, plan, manage, review progress and adapt an exercise referral programme with exercise referral patients

The course is assessed by:

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


  • Level 2 Fitness Instructing or Level 2 Exercise to Music

Funding Available


If you’ve been considering a change in career or the pursuit of a fitness career but the cost of the qualification has put you off, then why not contact us for information regarding 0% Payment Plans .

Course dates and venues


Fitness HQ’s Exercise Referral courses are aimed at individuals who want to progress their careers and work with special populations or those clients who are managing conditions such as hypertension, COPD, asthma, hypercholesterolemia, osteoporosis and much more. This career path is extremely self rewarding and has vast amounts of opportunities for progression.

Venue Course Dates Courses Assessments Prices From
Manchester 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June 8th July £549
Manchester 20th 21st, 27th, 28th October 3rd November £949


Working with special populations such as clients with high blood pressure, arthritis or joint replacements is extremely self-rewarding. This Exercise Referral qualification will help you develop relationships with local health practitioners and specialise in working with more complicated clients.

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