This qualification is aimed at fitness professionals who wish to learn how to provide assistance and advice and design exercise programmes for people with certain medical conditions which put their health at risk.

During 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 sessions 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 health care 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 programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions
  • Anatomy and physiology level 3
  • Nutrition level 3


Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (or equivalent REPs level 2)


Candidates are assessed through coursework, portfolio of evidence, practical assessment and assignments.

Awarding Organisation: 

Active IQ