Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral


Practical Assessment Day (1 hour)

This can be booked at any time agreed upon with the assessor.


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Level 3 Exercise Referral, Ashford, Kent


The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral provides the key skills and knowledge to establish you in exercise referral.

Knowledge from this course is mainly aimed at PTs wishing to implement and design exercise programs for referred clients. Giving you greater understanding and confidence (as well as income) for healthy clients. The tutor has experience running an exercise referral scheme and has private clients with many medical conditions. Exercise is a significant factor in benefiting health; without this qualification (as a PT, you would not be covered to deal with these conditions).

You will be able to work with special populations in both preventative and rehabilitative exercise therapies. Stimulating your knowledge of special populations to enhance your exercise prescription skills above the competition (many who are not insured or qualified to train special populations). Personal trainers want to move into the lucrative bracket of personal training clients referred by medical professionals who are one step ahead of non-qualified PTs. This course is often called ‘GP referral’ and has the same qualification, but referrals can be clients referring themselves to you.

The assessment skills will be taught to gather valuable information to classify the individual into stable (you can train) and unstable (you must refer to a medical professional) categories. Low-risk and some medium-risk conditions are compatible with exercise. However, it is essential to understand that high-risk individuals must be referred before starting exercise without medical observation.

KSA has a rehabilitation gym to help make assessment much more accessible by offering flexibility in assessment dates.

Here are a few links for the benefits of exercise.

British Heart Foundation

Mental Health


Covering subjects include

The course consists of 6 units to complement your knowledge in the field of:

  • Principles of Physical Activity and Exercise Referral
  • Effective Exercise programming for clients with medical conditions
  • Instructing exercises with referred clients
  • Professional Practice in Exercise Referral
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health*
  • Nutrition for Physical Activity*

Course Duration

There is a theory online, a self-directed study to understand the principles and reasoning behind the scheme and client medical issues and their relationship to/effects on exercise. It also includes one practical assessment and two theory exams*.

Course Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment
  • Multiple choice examination*

Following the exercise referral course, you will be able to:

Understand the signs, symptoms, and basic pathology of specific stable conditions, as well as the implications and effects of specific medications relating to those conditions. You will also understand how to plan, deliver, manage, and evaluate a safe, effective, and progressively adapted physical activity program, personalised to individual clients’ needs and lifestyles.


Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Progression Routes

Course price includes

  • Registration, Manuals, and Certification
  • Phone support
  • Recorded assessment
  • 12 months to complete the course

Entry Requirements

Learners must hold a current Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym) minimum.

*You can bypass the exams if you provide a level 3 A&P and nutrition evidence (subject to evaluation).


Full price £800

£650 if you hold level 3 PT – Us code ‘ ExRef  ‘.

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