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YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Qualification aim:

To equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills required to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme for referred clients with specific controlled conditions.


Pre-requisites: A level 2 or 3 Fitness Instructing qualification 


Diploma elements:
Level 3 Exercise Referral

Level 3 Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health*

Level 3 Award in nutrition for physical activity*

(*Note:  if you do not hold these qualifications as a PT they need to be done via e-learning, please contact us for details)

Course format: Four taught days plus a half day for the practical assessment.  There is some home study between the taught blocks and between the end of the course and assessment.

Course cost:
£550 for the Exercise Referral element (this applies if you hold a recent L3 PT qualification)

  • £125 for Level 3 A&P OR Level 3 Nutrition

  • £775 for all three elements of the Diploma

  • Course content:

    REPs 20 point CPD logo The course covers:

    * The health of the nation 

    *  Policies and procedures in Exercise Referral

    *  Relevant anatomy and physiology 

    *  Specific controlled medical conditions including:

         - Cardiovascular conditions:  hypertension, hypercholesterolemia

         - Musculoskeletal conditions:  osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,

              low back pain, joint replacement, osteoporosis

         - Endocrine related conditions: obesity, diabetes mellitus

         - Respiratory conditions:  asthma, COPD

         - Mental health conditions:  depression, anxiety, stress

    *  Treatments, medications and implications for exercise

    *  Planning and instructing an exercise referral session

    *  Behaviour change and goal setting

    *  Practical consultation skills



    The assessment includes worksheets, a case study and practical examination. 

     Flyer:  Click here for our course information flyer.

     Dates:  To hold a course at your venue please contact us.


    Additional CPD workshops

    Enhance your skills and knowledge with one of our specialist modules which carry 6 REPs CPD points each. There is a minimum pre-requisite of Level 3 Exercise Referral for these workshops.  Additional pre-requisites are specified in the information for each workshop.  Modules cost £99 each.

    Exercise and Chronic Fatigue Conditions

    This module considers the implications of chronic fatigue conditions for planning  and delivering safe and effective exercise and activity for clients with  the following conditions:

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic encephalomyelitis
    • Lupus
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Cancer related fatigue
    • Hypothyriodism
    • Post Viral Syndrome

    Date:  Monday 16 October, Cardiff.  Early bird price £75 if booked and paid before 2 October.  Click here for a booking form.

    Pregnancy and specific controlled conditions

    This module looks at the implications of exercise for pregnant women with a pre-existing, controlled condition suitable for exercise referral.

    Pre-requisites for REPs points for this workshop are the Level 3 Ante/Post Natal Award and a Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification.   
    If you do not hold one or both of these, you can still attend but will not gain REPs points. 
    We do offer options to gain both these qualifications.