Level 4 Certificate in Programming Physical Activity for Individuals with

Low Back Pain

What Qualifications do I get?

With this course you gain the following qualification:

YMCA Awards Level 4 Certificate in Programming Physical Activity for Individuals with Low Back Pain

This qualification is to provide you with the appropriate knowledge and skills to design, deliver, monitor and evaluate structured individualised physical activity programmes for adults with low back pain, in accordance with current evidence-based guidelines.



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Want to qualify in our Level 4 Low Back Qualification?

Level 4 Certificate in Programming Physical Activity for Individuals with Low Back Pain During this course you will study the following units:
  • Principles and  epidemiology of low back pain
  • Programming physical activities for individuals with low back pain
  • Instructing physical activity sessions for individuals with low back pain
Successful achievement of all  units must be achieved for the full qualification.  

Blended Learning  

              Blended learning consists of remote learning on Zoom with your tutor.

You can start studying at home once enrolled!

As we are in an unsettled climate presently with COVID 19 we are teaching the course via Zoom which means you can study at home with your tutor.

You can then book onto the assessment days from a selection of dates that will be emailed to you. Contact us with any questions smile

Are there any Prerequisites?

Registration status of full Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)


150 hours of relevant professional practice at Level 3 in designing, delivering, monitoring, adapting and tailoring exercise programmes for individuals gained within the previous two years and at least six months experience since qualification (to be evidenced in a CV and reference letter).

How do I book?

Stage 1. You can either complete the contact form by clicking here  ,or you can scroll down the page and click on the book course which will open up a new page. Once we have received your contact information we will email the enrolment documents to complete.

You can also telephone and we will start the process by emailing you the documents.


Stage 2. Once we have received all documents and payment you will receive the resources for the course. This will take approximately a week to process. If you would like to use our interest free payment plan please ask as details will then be emailed to you.

Stage 3. You can start learning once you have received all resources. You will  be guided how to start and what is required. You will be provided with your tutor contact details.

Stage 4. You will be emailed the course schedule which will give you the venue address and requirements.

We are happy to answer any questions you have so please do ask smile

Total Qualification Time

160 hours

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

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Classroom Learning Course Stages

Stage 1 –Once you have enrolled onto the course you will be provided with your learning resources.

Stage 2 – You will receive your hard copy manuals. The schedule for your classroom training days will be emailed to you. This process can take up to 5 working days to process. You will also be provided with your tutor details who will contact you.

Stage 3 –You can start working once you receive your manuals.

Stage 4- You will attend the scheduled training days where the tutor will guide you through all the skills you require to complete your assessments.

Stage 5– When you are ready we will provide you with a list of assessment dates for the theory paper. You can then choose the dates you wish to attend from the list. You will submit your learner achievement record for marking.

Stage 6 – Once all units have passed and your work has been through our quality assurance process your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Once we receive your certificate we will post to you.

We look forward to supporting you through your learning.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the qualification you must complete and pass the following:

  • short/long answer paper
  • worksheets
  • case study (programme design and review)
  • observed instruction session

There is no charge for reassessments 

Course Dates  



You are required to attend the days as given below:

  • TBC
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  • Assessment dates confirmed on the course.

Course Cost


Price £450.00 

0% payment plans available on request.

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Awarding body 

 The Awarding body for our Level 4 Low Back Pain qualification is YMCA Awards.  Once you have achieved all elements of the qualification and the quality assurance process has been completed your nationally recognised certificate will be processed.


Level 4 Low Back Pain

This course is for adults (aged 16+) who have the pre-requisites, who would like to learn the appropriate knowledge and skills to design, deliver, monitor and evaluate structured, individualised physical activity programmes for adults with low back pain.


You will learn the following skills

  • subjective and objective methods to collect sufficient  information to plan safe and effective physical activity programmes for individuals with low back pain
  • how to select safe and effective physical activities which are specific to the client’s health status, risk stratification, needs and abilities
  • the effective use of layering / layered cueing within progressive physical activity programmes for individuals with low back pain
  • a range of validated methods used to monitor review and adapt  physical activity programmes for individuals with low back pain
  • advice covering lifestyle, homecare, exercise, which is suitable for the individual with low back pain


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Interested In the Level 4 Low Back Pain Course?

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Whilst studying for a higher education course I was able to par take in two Smart Qualifications, level 2 gym instructor and level 3 personal trainer, with Suzanna as my tutor. When doing these courses it was flexible and easy to work in with my other commitments with allowing me to set my own deadlines but as well as being strongly guided and instructor.

I found the courses really interesting and usefully as all the material is really detailed and I can now relate back and keep a good understanding when I have clients. Suzanna adapted around how I learn and gave me constant assistance when needed on any of the part I didn’t understand.”

Jake – Stamford

 “I cannot recommend Smart Qualifications highly enough! I completed the Level 2 Fitness Instructor course in only 2 months by taking the distance learning option. It was great for me as I was able to learn at my own pace and in my own time. I loved the Level 2 course so much I decided to start the Level 3 Personal Training course as soon as I had finished the Level 2. Suzanna was an absolute star, always available whenever I had a question (frequently!!). She also met me at a time and place that suited me to do the assessment papers. This meant that I could carry on working full time while doing the courses. The courses are detailed enough that you feel confident to train people straight away but you don’t feel bombarded by too much info. I completed the Level 3 in 3 months and 2 weeks into Personal Training I already have 5 clients!!

Tracy – Peterborough

I have attended several courses from Smart Qualifications and each one of them has been a great experience which has enriched me personally and professionally. The organisation and delivery were always spot on but what made a big difference was the tutors: friendly, knowledgeable and always available to provide support with clear explanations and practical tips from first-hand experience. Highly recommended to anybody who is serious about a career in the fitness industry.


The online support from Suzanna and Nicola was continuous throughout the course, any completed worksheets were marked and feedback was quickly returned to myself, communication was constant and time scales for completion of worksheets, assessments was made clear to ensure I kept motivated to complete required evidence.  Nicola worked around my work commitments at HMP Hewell to ensure that all theory and practical assessments could be carried out, as and when required, which was much appreciated.  I thoroughly enjoyed the distance learning Level 3 Personal Trainer experience and would recommend Smart qualifications as a valid, high quality training provider for distance learning courses.


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