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Pregnant client in an exercise studio
Pregnant client in an exercise studio

Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor

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Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor


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Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £280.25 5% discount £14.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £35 and 5 x £32 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £295
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Learn the conditions associated with pregnancy and use this knowledge to effectively adapt exercise for pre and postnatal clients.

  • Course type

    Home study with exam

  • Time to qualify

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    Level 2 Fitness Instructor

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are fully endorsed by REPs HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

Learn More About This Course


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 20

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

Upon completion of this course, you’ll receive a discount code which entitles you to 50% off REPs membership.


Upgrade Your Pre and Postnatal Qualification

Take your qualification further by combining it with others, saving money and benefiting from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.

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    Special Populations Diploma



    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
    • Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults
    • Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor

    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £907.25 5% discount £47.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £120 and 5 x £117 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £955
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    Master Special Populations Diploma



    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
      • Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity
      • Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology
    • Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor
    • Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults

    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £1216 5% discount £64
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £175 and 5 x £171 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £1280
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