The Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise 

This long awaited and much needed qualification perfectly complements your Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training or Level 3 Diploma in Matwork Pilates. 

Up until this qualification was written PTs and Pilates Teachers were reliant on Sports Therapists / Physiotherapists / Osteopaths to carry out such detailed postural assessments and write specific corrective exercise plans. 

All this has changed! 

Scope of Practice

This qualification enables fitness professionals to work with clients who are apparently healthy and who have not been referred by a medical professional.

Fitness professionals are able to identify and provide client specific exercise programmes to help correct poor posture and improve joint movement and muscular imbalances associated with normal everyday life / activities.

Fitness professionals should not work with injured clients or offer sports massage unless also qualified in this discipline.

Achieving this Level 4 qualification and adding a new set of skills to your armoury will enable you to help your own clients without the need for Referral …at the same time setting you apart from your competitors. 

Offering postural assessment and a subsequent corrective exercise plan will add an additional income stream to your existing earnings and at the same time give you a new perspective on helping your clients. 

Its a win, win, win situation!

Your course learning resources include:

  • N.A.S.M. Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training in digital format 
  • Access to York St. John’s University comprehensive video library

What could this qualification lead to?

Successful achievement of this qualification will provide entry to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as a Practitioner (exercise and fitness). Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA was awarded chartered status by the Privy Council, which came into effect at the start of January 2012. CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity and a single unified voice for the sector.

The Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise

will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to assess a client’s posture and movement capacity, identify joint dysfunctions and movement restrictions, and plan and implement an effective corrective exercise strategy.

The qualification has been designed for:

  • Individuals working as personal trainers and Pilates teachers looking to enhance their skills and offer postural assessment and corrective exercise

What does the qualification cover?

During the qualification, we will cover the following:

  • A deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology for humans
  • How to assess client posture and identify specific joint movement dysfunction and muscle
  • How to develop corrective exercise strategies for managing posture and movement
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 Certificate in Postural assessment and Corrective Exercise.

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 needing to expand your knowledge …maybe even step outside of your comfort zone …which we all know is where the magic happens!

It IS for you if you have recently found that you are beginning to lose interest in a job that used to fill you will excitement!

It IS for you if you find it frustrating when you can see what your client is doing is not quite right …but you cannot identify where the problem lies.  Far less advice them what to do to correct the situation. 

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 best to apply your new skills.  

How is this course structured?

This qualification comprises three mandatory units which must be successfully completed for the full qualification

1. Anatomy and physiology for human movement – building on your existing knowledge acquired during your Level 3 training. The assessment for this unit is via eAssessment and as such can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. The pass mark is 70% and you are allowed three attempts before needing to further your studies and re-sit.

2. Assessing client posture and identifying specific joint movement and dysfunction. The assessment for this unit is in two parts with an  eAssessment as for Unit #1 plus a practical observation assessment. 

3. Developing corrective exercise strategies for managing posture and movement dysfunction. The assessment for this unit is via Case Study in which you will be asked to develop a full corrective exercise strategy based upon a fictitious client (your assessor will provide you with this). With the information provided in the form of a posture and movement assessment results summary, you will be required to plan an appropriate strategy. You will be issued with a corrective exercise strategy template to plan the necessary exercises. 

The three units will be delivered over three weekends spaced out over three months with the final assessment one month later. 

As with all of our training courses you will be given all the help and support you need to achieve your certificate …you are not expected to know the subjects in advance …this is why you pay your course fees!

Our main tutor /assessor is Tracy Kennedy who is a qualified, experienced Physiotherapist, Teacher and Matwork Pilates teacher. Tracy is a past student of The EnergyWise Academy and we are delighted to welcome her into our team of approved tutors.

Also part of our team is Dr. Jane Jamieson of Enabling Health who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Advanced Remedial Massage, Nutrition and Matwork Pilates to list but a few of her qualifications.  

Additionally, as this is a new qualification it will be overseen by our Principal Fiona Brown who has many years of experience in training Mat Pilates Teachers and Personal Trainers. 

You know you will be in safe hands. 

What is the pre-requisite?

To join this course you must hold a relevant QCF Level 3 Qualification, such as Pilates,  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, if in doubt please email and we will endeavour to reply within 24 hours.

NB Please do NOT make any payment if you are unsure whether your prior achievements and qualifications meet the requirements detailed above.

How much does it cost?

The cost of this Level 4 Certificate in postural assessment and corrective exercise will be £1,295 in the future..

However …as this is the first time we will be delivering this particular course we are offering all students in our first intake a reduction of £300 which means your investment will be £995. 

We understand that this is still 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 four month duration of your course.

All we would need is a deposit of £250.

Next step? Please  email  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.

There are only ever going to be a maximum of ten students per course …don’t miss out!

When is the next course?





Anatomy and physiology for human movement

Saturday 8th February – Sunday 9th February  2020

9.30 – 5.00


Assessing client posture and identifying specific joint movement

and dysfunction

Saturday 14th March  – Sunday 15th March 2020

9.30 – 5.00


Developing corrective exercise strategies for managing posture

and movement dysfunction

Saturday 9th May  – Sunday 10th May 2020

9.30 – 5.00

Course training days are from 9.30 – 5.00.

Practical assessments to be held on a date to be agreed by the group. 

Where is this training course held?

This course will be delivered at Queen Margaret University Sports Centre by our own EnergyWise Academy tutors.

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

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