Lower Back Pain

Level 4 Certificate in Programming Physical Activity for Individuals with Lower Back Pain

The aim of this qualification is to provide the learner with the appropriate knowledge and skills to design, deliver, monitor and evaluate structured, individualised physical activity programmes for adults with low back pain, in accordance with current evidence based guidelines. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to gather information, complete subjective and objective assessments of your clients and how to select safe and appropriate physical activities to improve their quality of life. This qualification provides and excellent opportunity to forge partnerships with physiotherapists, GP’s and other health professionals.

Learners will cover:

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:

  • epidemiology of low back pain
  • risks and causative factors involved in the development of low back pain
  • national guidelines for the treatment and management of low back pain
  • contraindications and psychosocial considerations when planning physical
  • activities for the client with low back pain (risk stratification)
  • advice covering lifestyle, homecare, exercise, which is suitable for the individual with low back pain

The course is assessed by:

  • short/long answer paper
  • worksheets
  • case study (programme design and review)
  • observed instruction session

Skills relating to the qualification:

  • subjective and objective methods to collect sufficient information to plan safe and effective physical activity programmes for individuals with low back pain
  • how to select safe and effective physical activities which are specific to the client’s health status, risk stratification, needs and abilities
  • the effective use of layering / layered cueing within progressive physical activity programmes for individuals with low back pain
  • a range of validated methods used to monitor review and adapt physical activity programmes for individuals with low back pain

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 .


If you are looking to specialise in working with clients who suffer with chronic and debilitating back pain, this is the qualification for you. This Level 4 qualification in managing and supporting lower back pain will open doors for you to work with local physiotherapists, GP’s and other health professionals as well as provide access to clients which standard Personal Trainers can’t work with

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