Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral 

Have you ever felt that you’d like more knowledge on specific illnesses and conditions?

Let’s face it …the healthy, fit adult that our basic qualifications are aimed are at seem to be a bit thin on the ground.

It’s all well and good consulting Dr. GOOGLE but wouldn’t you rather really understand the condition?

For instance do you know the difference between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteo Arthritis?

Can you be sure of the effects of certain medications on your client’s ability to exercise?

If you are a Pilates Teacher or Personal Trainer who conscientiously asks their clients to fill in a comprehensive Health History Form …and by that I don’t mean a PAR-Q.

You’ll have found that apart from the fact you can’t tell by looking, very few people get through this life unscathed.

Many of the health factors can be altered if they are initially caused by lifestyle choices but there are many that are unalterable.

What do you do with these clients?

Do you turn them away?

The very ones that could really use your help?

Armed with more details and a deeper understanding of fifteen of the most common conditions you can seriously up your game and appeal to a far wider audience.

How great would that be?

Imagine being able to position yourself as the GO-TO trainer or teacher who has a reputation for helping people who are unable to attend regular classes. Or have found that the majority of Personal Trainers are too nervous to work with them.

Sadly, the number of people we are talking about is not insignificant. Whilst there is a definite correlation to low income and ill health there are also a lot of potential clients who do earn enough to hire you to help them.

Whether you do this to earn more money from an untapped market or because you have a genuine desire to help people… or a mixture of the two, achieving the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral sets you apart from your competitors.

In fact if you get your marketing right and fill it with testimonials of people whose health you have helped to make a positive impact …your competitors may even refer clients to you!

Who is this course for?

Our training course is NOT for you if you are only interested in how quickly you can gain the piece of paper that claims you have a Diploma.

We are only interested in working with those students who have a thirst for knowledge and a genuine interest in building their skill set.

It IS for you if you feel you are not confident when teaching clients who have health issues  that you are ill-equipped to deal with. The fifteen conditions are :

  1. Hypertension
  2. Hypercholesterolaemia
  3. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – C.O.P.D.
  4. Asthma
  5. Obesity
  6. Diabetes Type I
  7. Diabetes Type II
  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis- R.A.
  9. Osteoporosis
  10. Low Back Pain- Simple Mechanical (non-specific)
  11. Joint Replacement – Total
  12. Stress
  13. Anxiety
  14. Depression
  15. Osteo-Arthritis

As you can see these are not uncommon conditions and many of your existing clients may already suffer from a number of them …you won’t know until you ask.

The good news is that our Tutors are all experienced and highly qualified in their individual fields of expertise. They are all still actively working with clients in a real life situation and not simply lecturing a subject from a textbook.

This means they are able to bring real life experience to the course and advise you on how the Exercise Referral Scheme really works.

We have the added benefit of being based in Scotland where we can share experience from a Scottish perspective.
After all NHS Scotland is quite different to the rest of the UK which is a serious  added advantage we have over England based training providers.

How is this course structured?

This qualification comprises six mandatory units

The following six units, 38 credits must be completed for the full qualification

1. Anatomy & Physiology for exercise and health – Our strict pre-requisite means that you will already have completed this unit 

2. Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors

3. Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral

4. Applying the principles of nutrition and physical activity

5. Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients

6. Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients

Successful achievement of all six mandatory units, 38 credits must be achieved for the full qualification.

We have decided to divide the fifteen medical conditions from unit 3 in the Diploma for Exercise Referral into five categories which in turn are delivered over five weekends, spread over six months.

This means we can take our time really getting to grips with effects of medications, weigh up the benefits of exercising …or not … in each category and develop a far greater understanding of what it means to improve a client’s health & well-being way beyond the scope of most fitness professionals.

To obtain the full  Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral you must successfully complete all the modules and relevant case studies.

What is the pre-requisite?

To join this course you must hold a relevant QCF Level 3 Qualification, such as Pilates, Yoga or Personal Training and show evidence of a minimum of two years active experience in the fitness industry.

If you hold an older qualification that is not on the QCF (pre-2010) this will be considered on an individual basis, please call us on 0131 669 8888 to discuss further.

NB Please do NOT make any payment if you are unsure whether your prior achievements and qualifications meet the requirements detailed above. If in doubt fill out the Contact Form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

How much does it cost?

The full cost of this Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral is £1,295.
We understand that this is a considerable amount of money and are always happy to offer you an Easy Payment Plan to help you spread the cost of your investment over the six month duration of your course. All we would need is a deposit of £250.

Next step? Please fill in the Contact Form below to reserve your place, or to ask any further questions. Be sure to check our pre-requisite criteria first.

We will do our best to reply within 24 hours.

Maximum of ten students per course …don’t miss out!

When is the next course?

*********NEW DATES COMING IN 2020 *********
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As you would expect we will guide you through all the relevant core units throughout your training course.
For this reason we spread your training across five modules which are each delivered over one weekend and spaced out across five months. 

Past students have been extremely complimentary about the time and attention we pay to this vast subject.  

We cover the fifteen conditions as listed below.

Module #1 
This module includes the following conditions: Asthma/C.O.P.D.

Module #2 
This module includes the following conditions: Hypertension/Hypercholesterolaemia

Module #3 
This module includes the following conditions: Anxiety/Depression/Simple Mechanical Back Pain

Module #4 
This module includes the following conditions: Diabetes Type I/Diabetes Type II/Obesity

Module #5 
This module includes the following conditions: Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis /Osteoporosis



Where is this training course held?

We are delighted to announce that as of 24th August 2018 we are moving to a new home. The move is geographically small and at the same time a big leap!

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications have been delivered at Queen Margaret University Sports Centre by our very own EnergyWise Academy tutors for a couple of years. It makes sense to have all our training courses under one roof and the benefits to you the student are as follows:

  • Excellent parking with no restrictions
  • Lothian bus services right to the door
  • Musselburgh Train Station is on the campus …only 6 mins train ride from Waverley station
  • Starbucks coffee shop on site
  • Maggie’s Café/Bar on site serving snacks, breakfast, lunch & dinners
  • Potential overnight accommodation in student residence (subject to term/holidays)

If you are unsure of where the University is located I have a series of links to help you:

Queen Margaret University


Lothian Buses



Train times and tickets – Musselburgh Station


If you need any help whatsoever with your travel or accommodation plans …don’t hesitate to ask us by sending an email to fiona@energywiseacademy.co.uk