Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

This fully recognised Diploma in Exercise Referral course provides the key skills and knowledge to establish exercise professionals in the field of Exercise Referral.

Focusing on the signs, symptoms and basic pathology of specific stable conditions; the implications and effects of specific medications relating to those conditions; How to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme, personalised to individual client's needs and lifestyle and deals with the following illnesses:


  • Hypertension and hypercholesterolemia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma
  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mental health


Entry Requirements

Learners must hold an Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym/Exercise to Music or Aqua) or a Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training or equivalent.

Suitable for

Fitness professionals who are:


  • Seeking to broaden their client base by working with clients with low-medium risk medical conditions
  • Wishing to specialise in Exercise Referral
  • Working in Exercise Referral Schemes operated by local councils, PCTs and the private sector
  • Looking to become a Level 4 Fitness Professional


Course content

The learner must achieve all five units.

  • 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


home study prior to the course

2 days face to face study

1 day assessment

Additional information

Students will learn about how the following can be used with exercise referral patients, how to adapt them and the limitations of your role:


- Nutrition and weight management

- Health screening and fitness testing

- Empathic and advanced teaching and people skills needed to work with this diverse group of people

- Full tutor support and delivered by subject-matter experts so you can be sure you are getting the latest and most up-to-date information

- Study in your own time and fit around your existing client commitments

- Students must allow sufficient time for home study.


  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration / Assignment
  • Multiple Choice Examination

Register of Exercise Professionals



  • Allows entry to REPs at Level 3
  • REPs CPD points: 20

Course Dates & Times

Dates are currently being arranged.  An optional distance learning package is available upon request.





Prices includes registration, tutor support on distance learning, manuals and worksheets, assessment fees & certification on successful completion of criteria.

Contact for Easy Pay Options

Booking information

  • Download booking form and send a nonrefundable deposit of £100 made payable to bpm active to secure your place

  • To pay by Credit Card call 0773 242 7882