Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral [Active IQ]


This Level 3 exercise referral course provides the key skills and knowledge required to establish you as an exercise referral practitioner. It is suitable for experienced instructors and personal trainers seeking to work with special populations in both preventative and rehabilitative exercise therapies. This stimulating exercise referral course will challenge you and widen your knowledge and understanding of the health promoting benefits of physical activity.


The course is 100% online, each tutorial can be downloaded into MP3 so you can learn anywhere, anytime.  The online tutorials link directly to your course manual which is posted upon enrolment and structures your entire learning journey. You will complete a case study and submit a video practical assessment for full course certification.


You will need to hold a qualification in either a level 2 fitness instructor, level 2 exercise to music instructor, level 3 yoga, or a level 3 Pilates.

Please note: L3 qualified students will need to provide copies of their Level 2 Gym or Level 3 PT certificate

If you are in the fitness industry and you wish to progress to Level 4 on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) you will need to complete the Level 3 exercise referral course first.

What support will I get and how long does it take to complete?

You will be supported throughout your studies with weekly calls to suit your needs.  The quickest someone has completed this course is 3 weeks, with the average learners spending 8 weeks to complete.

If you are already enrolled on a qualification you can get a resources only option HERE


There are a number of assessments covered on this course but it will depend upon your existing qualifications. For instance, personal trainers will have completed two of the units and therefore will not need to cover these again (Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity and Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology). For level 2 students, they will be required to complete all of the assessments.

If you are a Level 3 Personal Trainer you will need to complete:

Worksheets x 4:

~ Professional practice for exercise referral instructors

~ Understanding medical conditions for exercise referral

~ Planning exercise referral programmes with patients (case study and worksheet)

~ Instructing exercise with referred patients (worksheet, practical assessment and evaluation).

Exercise Referral Case study

Practical Assessment (you will submit a video recording electronically)

If you are only Level 2 qualified, then in addition you will need to complete:

Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology multiple choice examination

Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity multiple choice examination

What certificates will I receive?

For the full diploma you will receive:

~ Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

~ Active IQ Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity

~ Active IQ Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology

Is this course recognised?

Yes this course can be found on the national Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF) website meaning that this is recognised across the UK and hold 20 REPS points.

Gain access to 70% of the population that fail a PARQ and are not categorised as "fit and healthy"

What is the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral?

Here's what's included:

  • 8 video modules
  • A manual sent in the post to your UK address
  • An internationally recognized Active IQ qualification
  • The pre-requisite for Level 4 specialist qualifications
  • Download modules to MP3 - learn on the move
  • Lifetime access to online learning resources
  • Unlimited Student Support
  • 20 REPs Points

What are the 8 L3 Exercise Referral modules?

  • Module 1: Intro to Exercise Referral and Professional Practice
  • Module 2: Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Module 3: Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Module 4: Respiratory and Mental Health Conditions
  • Module 5: Low Back Pain and Posture
  • Module 6: Obesity and Diabetes
  • Module 7: Working With Exercise Referral Clients
  • Module 8: Being the Specialist

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The Level 3 Exercise Referral Qualification is usually £550, but throughout OCTOBER you can get it for £490.

Full payment can be taken below or you can call us today to enrol.

Parallel Coaching offers a payment plan; Pay a minimum of £100 deposit and pay NO INTEREST for on the balance across 2, 3 and 6 months.

This includes your certification,  lifetime access to all of the video modules, a physical manual, MP3 downloads, and unlimited student support from your Parallel Coaching tutor.

Sign up and pay below below using a secure international payment gateway, offering you security and an instant receipt of payment.  We'll be in touch immediately to complete your enrollment, set up your personal online login and ship your course manual.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • q-iconWhat will I learn?

    You will learn everything you need to become an effective Exercise Referral instructor. Each module is approximately 1-2 hours long; not only explaining the “Ins & Outs” of all 14 conditions, but explained with analogies and client stories to spark your instructor creativity and effectiveness.

    You will learn everything required to pass the qualification, and a lot more beside, so you leave confident and ready to train Exercise Referral clients immediately, through the guidance of your experienced tutor.

  • q-iconIs there an assessment?

    Yes, as an Active IQ accredited Diploma, there are a few assessments that need to be completed:

    Multiple Worksheets

    A Case-study (live or hypothetical)

    A Practical assessment (filmed remotely)

    Two Multiple Choice Exams (N/A if already level 3 qualified)

  • q-iconWhat are the Pre-Requisites for the Course?

    Ideally, you will have a level 3 fitness qualification, having passed your Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity Exam and your Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology Exam. This exempts you from completing these exams again.

    However, we can also accept enrolments from those who are qualified at level 2; so, if you are unsure please book a call below to chat about your options.

    You need to be passionate about working with “less-healthy” clients.

    You need to have access to the internet and have a UK address.

  • q-iconWhat can I do after qualifying?

    As a Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor you can work within an existing exercise referral scheme or set up your own contacts to healthcare professionals. You are instantly able to work with the remaining 70% of the population that fail a PARQ, and need your help to get fitter and healthier.

    If you are looking for more learning , you can progress to any Level 4 specialist course, as a result of having completed the Exercise Referral qualification!

  • q-iconIs this for me?

    If you want to work with clients that fail a PARQ than this qualification is a must, allowing you to become insured and competently get results with higher risjk clients.

    If you have used one of our previous Revision Mastery Series to help you pass your exams, then you know that our teaching is clear and easy to understand. We also offer 24/7 support, so you can call your tutor whenever you need help with your studies.

    This course adapts to your learning style and offers accountability to help you learn inside the deadlines you set yourself.

    If you are already enrolled on a qualification you can get a resources only option HERE

  • q-iconDo I need internet to complete the Qualification

    Yes, all of the resources are housed on our secure membership area, so you will need internet access to gain access to the modules, and supporting documents.

    HOWEVER you are able to download each video straight to MP3, allowing you to save it to your phone/ tablet/laptop and listen over and over, even without internet access.

    You will also get a physical manual through the post, and guidance support via telephone and email throughout.

    Lots of students have used this when working out, driving, going for a walk… You can save time, so there is no excuses stopping you from completing the qualification and accelerating your fitness knowledge.

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