Looking to enhance your career as a Personal Trainer? The Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification at Entire Training has been designed to set you apart from crowd in your industry.

The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral qualification provides our students with in-depth knowledge and skills to support specialist training and programming of special populations. Students will benefit from a strong foundation of knowledge, based on medical conditions and factors that could impact exercise sessions in special population groups, as they undertake the course.

Health and fitness professionals looking to work with clients who present more complex challenges when prescribing exercise will find this course to be an ideal option. Additionally, you will get the opportunity to work with various medical conditions, as you focus on developing your skills. From working with NHS patients to private clinic referrals, this course is guaranteed to set you apart from the rest.

Just like all of our courses and packages at Entire Training, this course is delivered through various learning options and is available with flexible payment options. Our dedicated tutors will support your throughout your qualification, with webinars and an advanced e-learning platform, as well as all the necessary knowledge and insight into being a GP referral instructor.

If you would like to know more about our The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral course, speak to a member of our team now on our live chat or alternatively you can call us on 01772 910950.

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Course Duration 6-8 Weeks

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Course Cost £449.00

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Flexible Finance Options

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Course Overview


The online Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral qualification will cover the following:


Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors

As an exercise referral professional, you will work with a wide range of different clients with specific needs and difficulties. You will understand the duties of an exercise referral professional, procedures for GP exercise referrals and how to keep track and calculate factors of risk and success.


Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral

Understanding the different medical conditions will provide you with the foundations required to become an exercise referral professional. You will learn about Depression, Obesity, Osteoarthritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Anxiety, and more.


Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients

You will learn how to tailor plans and exercise techniques to a wide extent of medical conditions, improving your capacity to offer help, direction, and inspiration to clients who might be battling with acute issues.


Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients

Studying assignments, case studies and examples from GP’s will give you an understanding of how to set nutritional and personal targets for your clients over a 6 week period.

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym based, Exercise to Music, or Aqua) or Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Must be at least 16 years old

The course itself is made up of 6 units, offering both a practical and theory-based learning opportunity. Our tutors have over 20 years of industry experience, giving all our students the opportunity to learn from their knowledge and experience.

Exercise Referral Diploma Units

Unit 1 – Planning exercise referral programmes with patients

Unit 2 – Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral

Unit 3 – Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors

Unit 4 – Instructing exercise with referred patients

Unit 5 – Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health

Unit 6 – Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

The assessment and duration of the Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification online learning method can see you qualify in just 6-8 weeks. The qualification is assessed in two ways by completing a coursework portfolio and practical video assessment. You can take up to 2 years to complete the qualification.


At Diverse Trainers, we do everything in our power to ensure that all students have the best possible chance of successfully completing their course, a point that is emphasised by our 99.4% pass rate.

Learning options

Benefit from our specialist Online Distance learning option when you choose Entire Training as your fitness and health course provider. To find out more information, call a member of our team via our online chat or calling 01772 910950.

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  • Induction hosted by a dedicated tutor
  • Interactive E-learning Platform
  • Course resource manual pack
  • Access to our dedicated student support team
  • Career Guidance & Support
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Finance Price

£499 from £27.72/month

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Advanced Package


  • Our intermediate package contains several courses including: L4 Nutrition & L2 Gym Instructor
  • 40 hours weekly tutor support
  • Flexible learning options
  • No entry requirements
  • Guaranteed interview upon graduation

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What our graduates say about us

I found my tutor fantastic as he had superb knowledge on the subject and was great at demonstrating the exercises.

Ross, Level 3 Personal Trainer Certificate


I would have to say one of the best courses I have been on. I have been working out for the last 5 years and really got into fitness, weight training and wanted to know more. I signed up for the Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal training in Milton Keynes and loved it.

Holly, Personal Training Graduate

Milton Keynes

My experience has benefited me in my career goals and I still speak to the team now for additional guidance and extra qualification. I would recommend anyone looking for a friendly and professional training provider to go with Entire Training.

Samantha, Qualified Personal Trainer


Frequently Asked Questions

An exercise referral is a specific exercise programme where a medical professional refers their patient to an organised and prearranged fitness programme. This is not to be confused with a ‘recommendation to exercise’. An exercise referral plan is a supervised and structured programme that usually runs for a prearranged period of time with exercises tailored to the needs of the patient with a view to improving their state of health. There are now a range of qualifications available for people to successfully perform exercise referral sessions safely and effectively, the level 3 exercise referral course by Entire Training is the ideal course for people to become an exercise referral practitioner.

Exercise Referrals can lead to transformative results for clients looking to improve how they deal with and manage their medical conditions. Not only is exercise referral important for the treatment of medical conditions, but its importance is also seen within the 'knock on' benefits it can bring clients, such as reduced anxiety and depression levels while moods are boosted, particularly for inactive and sedentary individuals. For clients dealing with chronic disorders, they may not have the confidence or knowledge to take fitness into their own hands, and this is where exercise referral helps, as ER instructors can be key to keeping clients motivated, teaching them the relevant skills and motivational tools to eventually become fully able to take charge of their own fitness journey. Lastly, Exercise Referral helps clients to explore alternative routes who would otherwise be struggling with their treatments due to nasty side effects which bring their own health problems such as weight gain, weight loss or fatigue. Simply put, each patient needs a solution tailored to their unique circumstances, and Exercise Referral helps to deliver a holistic treatment process.

Qualified exercise referral instructors are certified to conduct the understanding, monitoring, adaptation and undertaking of exercise programmes tailored to clients limitations in regards to their medical condition.

Entire Training believes in providing affordable courses for everyone. Our unique online product enables us to run courses completely online therefore reducing venue, tutor and travel expenses which is passed onto the learners. You will receive the same qualification that any other training provider offers.

A Level 2 Gym Instructor / Fitness Instructor qualification is required. – Basic written and verbal English is required.

You can pay on online or via the phone with one of advisers. – Full payment can be taken online or over the phone. – You can pay be finance, a minimum 10% deposit is required and you will be required to complete a finance application which can be found at checkout. – We also have a range of payment plans available, speak to an adviser and find the one that suits you best. This will add a small percentage increase to the overall course price but make it manageable.

You will receive a recognised Level 3 Exercise Referral Qualification (RQF).

As soon as you book your place the course begins, you will be assigned a tutor and registered for your individual e-learning package. Course duration is dependent on your time frame however most students will take around 6-8 weeks to complete the course.

A personal student support tutor will be assigned to you, who is there to help you when you have any questions. – You will be set up with our state of the art online learning resource and also support and learning materials from Entire Training. – We will give you support with making the right career choice and our tutors will give you their personal experiences in the industry and useful tips to get into the fitness roles.

Of course! Within the fitness industry it is important that you continue your development and further your knowledge to stand out from other trainers. Many of our students go on to complete additional qualifications with us. This allows them to offer their clients further services and take their careers to the next level. We have many courses available which you can progress onto following completion of your qualification including: • Level 4 Diploma Master Practitioner in Personal Training • Level 4 Strength & Conditioning • Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training • Level 3 Award in Developing Exercise Sessions for Older Adults • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage • Level 3 in Instructing Pilates Matwork

The Level 3 course can be completed in just 6 weeks – A fast track option can be organised and agreed with your personal tutor. – Our students are keen to move into their career fast, we do set the learning up to meet your needs e.g. getting work completed sooner or allowing you longer depending on your current situation.

The course is online based 4- 6 weeks of learning which includes E-Learning, Personal Tutor Support, Case Study and Video Assessment. - you will carry out an industry experience Log (20 hours) – You are never on your own with Entire Training your Personal Tutor will be supporting you every step of your journey.

Our tutors have over 15 years of Industry Experience and knowledge to pass to you. – Our courses are competitively priced to offer excellent value for money. – We have a number of fast track learning options. – A personal approach is given to all our students, and you will receive all the support you need. – We deliver the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral course all across the UK. – Our pass rates are 99.4%. – All of our courses are certified by Focus Awards and selected qualifications are CIMSPA accredited.

Entire Training qualify thousands of fitness professionals each year, we have been delivering fitness qualification for over 15 years, our pass rate is 99.4% across all learning options. Check out our recent Trust Pilot and Google reviews to see what students had to say about our courses.



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