Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor

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  • Discover the skills to safely work with pre and postnatal clients
  • Learn the conditions assocaited with pregnancy and how to effectively adapt exercise
  • Fantastic CPD opportunity for personal trainers and other instructors


The ability to work effectively with special populations, such as ante and postnatal clients, is often cited by exercise professionals as a noticeable gap in their skill set. Exercise programmes need to be as inclusive as possible, regardless of one’s physical circumstances, and this is why our Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor course exists. Women should not be excluded from partaking in exercise because they’re pregnant, or because they have recently given birth. This qualification therefore aims to empower you with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely work with both pre and postnatal clients.

Traditionally, pregnant women have been advised to rest, take things easy and put their feet up. While prolonged standing activities and over-exertion should be avoided, and rest is clearly important to both mother and baby, pregnant women are however increasingly encouraged to remain as active as possible for as long as possible. In cases where women were engaged in regular exercise before they fell pregnant, they are also encouraged to continue exercising throughout their term. There are however a number of important factors and considerations that must be assessed, which is why this qualification exists.

This course is delivered primarily through home-study, although you will be required to attend one of our regional training venues to complete the theory assessment. Throughout the home-study period, you’ll be fully supported by our team of dedicated Learner Support Tutors – you won’t be on your own! Visit the following page to find out more about our support services.

In order to provide you with a better flavour of the course and its content, we’ve created a free mock test, which allows you to test your knowledge on the subjects detailed below. All of our learning and teaching materials are produced specifically for our courses , and this includes our detailed and full colour student manuals. An online sample of which can be viewed here.

course content

The following is by no means an exhaustive list of everything you’ll encounter on the course, but it will give a firm idea of how comprehensive our approach is to teaching.

Understanding physical conditions associated with pregnancy:

  • Low back pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Ligament pain
  • Symphsis pubis dysfunction
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Stress incontinence
  • Diastasis recti

Critical health and safety considerations:

  • Warning signs
  • Risks to both mother and foetus
  • Additional considerations

Nutrition and pregnancy:

  • The food pyramid
  • Vitamins and their benefits
  • Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Gathering and interpreting client information:

  • Goal setting
  • PAR-Q/Parmed-X for Pregnancy
  • Planning pre and postnatal exercise

Also covered on this course are:

  • Cardiovascular and resistance guidelines for clients
  • Warm-up and cool-down guidelines
  • Anatomical and physiological changes during pregnancy


As a leading training provider, we possess what it takes to unlock your full potential and see to it that you achieve great success on this course. To ensure this becomes a reality, you’ll be assessed and supported continuously. By the course’s conclusion you’ll be able to safely and credibly be able to work with with ante and postnatal clients.

The assessments you’ll undertake are as follows:

  • Online multiple choice assessments, designed to prepare you for training course/assessment.
  • Comprehensive worksheets that will ensure you have a sound knowledge of working with pre and postnatal clients.
  • Multiple choice theory exam, testing your understanding of the anatomical and physiological changes women go through during pregnancy, and how this affects exercise prescription.
  • Case study demonstrating a working ability to safely prescribe exercise to pre and postnatal client.


In order to enrol on this training course, you must already posses a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction – either gym-based or group exercise. Those with a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates or a Level 3 Yoga Teacher qualification are also eligible. It’s important to note that pre and postnatal exercise can be delivered in a one-to-one or group context. Therefore, students with a Level 2 group exercise qualification would not be permitted to teach one-to-one sessions and vice versa.

Our dedicated careers team specialise in helping students achieve their vision. If you don’t yet possess a Level 2 qualification, but wish to eventually enrol on this Level 3 course, we can help you fulfil the requirements in the most expedient way possible. Similarly, you may already be looking ahead with regardless to expanding your knowledge post-Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor. Popular additions include Pilates, Yoga, and the specialist Level 4 Low Back Pain Certificate.


REPs Level 320 CPD points

This qualification is worth 20 CPD points with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). While this qualification alone does not allow successful students to gain Level 3 REPs entry, it can be used as evidence of continuing personal development.

In addition, this qualification forms a mandatory element of the Level 3 Special Populations Diploma


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Total Payable £315 / Minimum Deposit £120

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    I completed my Level 3 Mat Pilates qualification with HFE and had a fantastic experience. My tutor checked in with me on a regular basis and was always there to answer questions, help with any IT issues and provide general motivational support! I thought the LMS was excellent and the practice tests really helped me learn the A&P for the exam. The contact days were a real highlight for me; fantastic tutors who were knowledgeable and fantastic at delivering the content in an engaging manner. All the practical sessions, practice and help with adapting exercises for different populations has really given me confidence in my ability to deal with anyone who comes through the door!

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