This qualification is designed to provide learners 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.

Entry requirements

Learners must hold one of the following:

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

Qualification structure and credit value

Learners must complete the following six units, 38 credits for the full qualification

Level Credits
1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health – RPL with PT Qual 3 6
2. Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors 3 2
3. Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral 4 7
4. Applying the principles of nutrition and physical activity – RPL with PT Qual 3 6
5. Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients 3 8
6. Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients 3 9


  • Multiple Choice question paper
  • Worksheets
  • Practical Observation
  • Coursework/ portfolio of evidence