Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (Active IQ) | Loughborough College

Level 3 Diploma in
Exercise Referral

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This Level 3 Active IQ qualification is designed to enable exercise professionals to plan and deliver safe and effective exercise sessions for referred clients and/or clients with medical conditions.

Course Content

The course consists of five units which must be completed for the full qualification:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
  • Principles of Physical Activity and Exercise Referral
  • Effective Exercise Programming for Clients with Medical Conditions
  • Instructing Exercise with Referred Clients
  • Professional Practice in Exercise Referral

On completion of this course you will be qualified to work with individuals with the following conditions:

  • Hypertension, Obesity, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Back Pain, Joint Replacement
  • Asthma and Chronic Lung Disease
  • Common Mental Health Problems
  • The course is assessed through worksheets, multiple choice exams, a case study and a practical assessment.


    The Active IQ Certificate in Exercise Referral is at Level 3 on the QCF Framework and maps to units D463 and D464 of the National Occupational Standards for Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise.

    Successful candidates will achieve an additional category of registration on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and 20 CPD points.

    The course cost is £600 per person for candidates who hold a Level 2 instructor qualification only, and £350 per person for candidates who hold a Level 3 instructor qualification.

    The course is run through a combination of distance learning and contact days.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must hold:

    Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym/ Exercise to Music or Aqua)
    > OR
    > Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training or equivalent

    It is also desirable that students have one years practical experience in an exercise teaching/instructing capacity and a current, valid first aid certificate.

    Progression Opportunities

    On completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Exercise Referral, candidates will be able to plan and deliver safe and effective exercise sessions for referred clients.

    This qualification also provides progression to the Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Lower Back Pain and the BACR Phase IV Exercise Instructor Qualification.

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    Course Duration:

    21 - 30 Weeks

    Programme Costs:

    • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

    Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

    College Course Code:

    • 16/17TDH0100
    • 17/18TDH0100

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