Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

AIM: This diploma is designed to provide learners with the knowledge to ensure safe and effective exercise programming for patients with a number of medical conditions and common reasons for referral onto a community based exercise referral scheme.


Holding a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym or ETM)


one of the following:


This qualification also provides progression to the:

  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Exercise in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain
  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Weight Management for Obese and Diabetic Clients

Course Content

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
  • Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors
  • Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral
  • Applying the Principles of Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients
  • Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients


  • Unit 1 – Multiple choice question paper
  • Unit 2 – Worksheet
  • Unit 3 – Worksheet
  • Unit 4 – Multiple choice question paper and case study
  • Unit 5 – Worksheet and case study
  • Unit 6 – Worksheet, practical demonstration, session and self-evaluation

*Those with Level 3 Personal Training qualifications do not need to take the theory exams.