Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

What Qualifications do I get?

With this course you gain the following qualification:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral


The Benefits

On certification you can gain entry to the Registered Exercise Professional (REPs) register at Level 3 and is worth 20 Continual Professional Development Points (CPD). Work with your GP referral scheme within your community and leisure facilities.

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Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor

The following six units must be completed for the full qualification

Unit 1 – Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (Level 3)

Unit 2 – Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors

Unit 3 – Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral

Unit 4 – Applying the principles of nutrition and physical activity

Unit 5 – Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients

Unit 6 – Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients

Successful achievement of all six mandatory units must be achieved for the full qualification.

Are there any Prerequisites?

To access the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral course you must hold either a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym/Exercise to Music or Aqua) or equivalent (including qualifications which give entry to the REPs Physical activity Advisor category) or one of the following

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

How will I be assessed?
  • 2 multiple choice theory papers
  • Worksheets
  • Client interview
  • Planned written programme for a client
  • Practical Observation and Evaluation

N.B. You must attend an assessment day to take the theory papers. Your practical assessment can be submitted by DVD.

Is there a charge for re taking a part of my assessment?

There will be a £50.00 charge for all theory paper and practical reassessments

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Total Qualification Time

380 hours

This is an estimate of the total amount of time this qualification will take to achieve.

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Where is the course held?

The course is held in our new premises SMART Qualifications 99 Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5BA

 Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor

During the course you will be provided with a designated tutor who will support you continually throughout your course. Your tutor will be in regular contact via email and scheduled phone calls to assist you. You will be provided with all your course resources and revision aids.

You will  attend classroom training days where you work with a tutor. 2 Units will be supported by elearning.

You will have to attend an assessment day(s) to sit your theory papers and take your practical assessment. You can however submit the practical assessment via DVD.

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Here are the course classroom dates. Chose one course from below.

Venue: The course is held in our new premises SMART Qualifications 99 Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5BA

You are required to attend the following dates:

  • Sunday 29th July
  • Sunday 5th August
  • Saturday 18th August
  • Assessment day is arranged on the course


Venue: The course is held in our new premises SMART Qualifications 99 Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5BA

You are required to attend the following dates:

  • Saturday 15th September
  • Sunday 23rd September
  • Saturday 29th September
  • Assessment day is arranged on the course


Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor

Course cost £450.00 

N.B. If you have the correct prerequisites and would like to complete the L4 Low back pain course too please contact us for a package price.

0% payment plans available on request.

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Awarding body / REPs CPD

SMART Qualifications is an approved training provider for YMCA Awards and Active IQ. On achieving the assessment process and the quality assurance process is completed your nationally recognised certificate will be processed. On certification you can gain (REPs) 20 Continual Development Points (CPD)


GP Referral Diploma Course

It will provide you 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. N.B. This syllabus does not qualify learners to prescribe an exercise programme for a patient entering Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation.


GP Referral Diploma

A must if working with older adults.


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Spread the cost with 0% financing. Credit subject to application and status.

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“I would recommend SMART Qualifications to anyone. From the point of my initial enquiry, Suzanna and her team were quick to reply,  and most importantly to me, they were well organised. Claire, my tutor gave excellent feedback and offered ongoing support. I wanted to work through my qualification quickly and they wholeheartedly supported this.

I thoroughly enjoyed working through my GP Referral Diploma with SMART and found the online component easy to use and emailing the LAP or portfolio to Tutor and the DVD assessment, just made the whole process quicker and much easier. Rather than the queueing at the Post Office everytime you submit, that I was used to. 

A fantastic experience, from start to finish. Thank you.

Jenny – Hertfordshire

From the first conversation that I had with Suzanna I felt relaxed and confident that I would enjoy participating in Smart qualifications courses. Since then I have completed 3 courses and hope to complete many more. All were delivered in a professional, easy to follow format. Sections marked and returned promptly and electronically, as were all certificates. New friends and contacts made. Nothing is ever too much trouble and help and advice given all the way. Totally recommend using Smart qualifications thank you Suzanna and Claire. 

Amanda – Rutland


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