Leading to Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.  While the UK’s average life expectancy continues to rise, so does the prevalence of chronic illnesses and conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity, diabetes and asthma. In order to meet the ever-complex needs of the nation, today’s health and fitness professionals must have a solid understanding of these conditions, the impact they have on individuals and the most effective forms of treatment.

Course Description

Leading to Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral. Exercise referral, or GP referral as it’s also known, enables exercise professionals to better serve existing clients, branch out to new people and work with organisations, such as the NHS, who refer clients.Leading to an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral. This Exercise Referral Course is specifically designed for Fitness Professionals looking to develop referral schemes for health care services. In addition, the diploma also benefits gym instructors working in leisure clubs and Personal Trainers looking to develop their own knowledge of exercise.

Increasingly, GP’s and healthcare workers are prescribing exercise for health conditions. In response to the increasing demand for Exercise Referral Specialists, our Exercise Referral Course delivers the precise skills needed to fulfil this role. The future of the fitness industry is linked to healthcare, both in a rehabilitative and preventative measures. This qualification enables forward-thinking fitness professionals to steer a career towards GP exercise referral.

This full time 5 day course is for those who want to work in GP Exercise Referral. It is ideal for Personal Trainers wishing to broaden their knowledge and work with clients with specific conditions. The diploma allows for personal development and progression within this fascinating and rewarding field, and is a pre requisite for anyone wishing to become Level 4 Specialist Instructor.

The EveryBody Fit Exercise Referral course leads to a nationally recognised qualification. It takes an in-depth look at a range of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and mental health conditions. Above all, the course identifies how exercise can improve quality of life and help clients achieve their goals.

Prices from £550 Various payment options available Contact one of our advisors for the next available course date.

Course Structure

As an Exercise Referral Specialist, it will be your job to advise these clients on how to enhance their wellbeing through a planned programme of exercise and nutrition. Key areas of focus include:

  • Pathophysiology, treatment, 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), hypocholesteraemia and hypertension

  • Related exercise benefits and implications

You will also cover and gain an understanding of:

  • Collecting information to plan an exercise referral programme

  • The principles of risk stratification in exercise referral.

  • Current UK healthcare systems and the exercise referral process

  • Accepted methods of treatment/ management of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes

  • How to programme safe, effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions.

  • Medication (over counter and prescription) and exercise implications

  • Behavioural change and motivational interviewing

  • Safe and effective progressive exercise programming

  • Setting up and coordinating exercise referral schemes

Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology and Level 3 Nutrition also make up part of this course. If you’ve already completed these as part of another course or discipline, for example, personal training, you won’t need to repeat them.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a 5 day period (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday) All your assessments will take place at the course venue.


Learners must hold one of the following:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing.
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing.
  • Level 2 Certificate in Group Training.*
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.*
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.*
*Conditions apply.

What learning materials will I receive for my course?

As with all EveryBody Fit training courses, we aim to make learning as easy and enjoyable as possible. Everything you need, including facts and essential information is clearly presented in the e learning package. There is even a quiz at the end of each section so you can test yourself. If you need it, a hard copy of the course manual is also available for a small additional cost.

If you don’t already hold a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, to help you complete the Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition units, you’ll also be able to access all the online learning materials for this course too.

How will I be assessed?

Your assessment will take place during the course and will include a practical assessment and a case study.


One off single payment (credit/debit card accepted 2.5% fee applicable)

We also offer affordable payment plans to help spread the cost. 
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Regardless of your current financial situation, we can find a solution for you.


"Great course.  It was perfect for me the way Sally was able to explain conditions and then link these together and demonstrate how a fitness programme would benefit clients with specific conditions."


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