The leading level 4 cardiac course for exercise professionals recognised by REPs and Skills Active.  This course is considered as the gold standard training by cardiac rehabilitation clinical professionals across the UK and has a close link to the BHF

The BACPR Exercise Instructor qualification is a 5 day training programme which provides specialist training for exercise professionals who want to prescribe and deliver exercise programmes as part of the overall long-term management of individuals with cardiovascular disease. Long Term management (Phase IV) is the maintenance of physical activity and lifestyle change following the early cardiac rehabilitation recovery phase delivered by health professionals. This well respected training course is has been delivered for the last 14 years across the UK by specialist and experienced tutors in the field of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.   The course prides itself on the strong links it has developed between exercise and  clinical professionals within the field of cardiac rehabilitation enabling a high standard of care to be provided for the individual with heart disease.

·         To enable you to safely prescribe and deliver an exercise programme for individuals with cardiovascular disease
·         To enhance your knowledge in the field of cardiovascular disease to use in your existing work whether working in a gym setting, personal training or supervising group exercise classes.
·         To gain the gold standard Level 4 Cardiac course for exercise professional, recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and Skills Active.

The training course is delivered over 5 days  and includes a 2 hour practical session. There are also 4 visits to a local Cardiac Rehabilitation programme required prior to the assessment day.
Comprehensive syllabus supported by a course manual and DVD which includes:-

  • Cardiac rehabilitation – the background
  • The heart and cardiovascular system
  • Cardiovascular disease
    • Pathology and presentation
    • Investigation and diagnosis
    • Medical / surgical treatments
    • Medication
  • Endurance exercise
    • Acute and chronic responses
    • Benefit for cardiac patients
  • The rehabilitation process
  • Risk factors
  • Exercise considerations for special populations
  • Exercise programming & prescription
  • Changing behaviour & motivational interviewing
  • Problem scenarios & emergency procedures