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Exercise Specialist Courses

Working with the medical community, tackling obesity, diabetes and low back pain, you'll be able to master your trade and become a Level 4 exercise specialist.

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    Exercise Referral and Low Back Pain Diploma

    £875.00

    Courses

    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
    • Level 4 Exercise for Low Back Pain Certificate

    Key Content

    • Pathophysiology of Common Diseases and Medical Conditions
    • Prescribing Exercise to Referred Clients
    • Medicolegal Considerations in Exercise Referral
    • Causes, Symptoms and Strategies for Improving Low Back Pain
    • Functional Assessments for Low Back Pain
    • Adapting Exercise for Clients with Low Back Pain

    Extras

    • CV Connect
    • 12 months ongoing career support
    • 10-14 weeks to qualify
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £831.25 5% discount £43.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £105 and 5 x £104 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £875
  • Exercise specialist working with obese clients Exercise specialist working with obese clients

    Exercise Referral and Obesity Diploma

    £845.00

    Courses

    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
    • Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate

    Key Content

    • Pathophysiology of Common Medical Conditions and Diseases
    • Planning and Teaching Exercise for Referred Clients
    • Communicating Effectively with Medical Professionals
    • Prevalence, Classification and Causes of Obesity and Diabetes
    • Exercise and Nutritional Strategies for Obesity and Diabetes
    • Behavioural Change Strategies for Obese and Diabetic Clients

    Extras

    • CV Connect
    • 12 months ongoing career support
    • 10-12 weeks to qualify
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £802.75 5% discount £42.25
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £100 and 5 x £99 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £845
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  • CV Connect is HFE's exclusive way to connect graduates directly with employers CV Connect is HFE's exclusive way to connect graduates directly with employers
    CV Connect is HFE's exclusive way to connect graduates directly with employers

    Get Connected

    As soon as you complete a course with HFE you'll unlock CV Connect, the new way to instantly connect you directly with the UK's leading gyms and health clubs.

    CV Connect

    Using CV Connect is as simple as uploading your CV, selecting the employers in your area and pressing send.

  • HFE graduates receive 12 months on-going
    HFE graduates receive 12 months on-going HFE graduates receive 12 months on-going

    Career Support

    Our tutors have been there and seen it all before, so they're in prime position to guide you as you begin your personal training journey.

    12 Months of Expert Guidance

    The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing career advice if you need it.

One Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join an exclusive group of exercise professionals who have achieved the highest of standards.

HFE graduates work with David Lloyd clubs across the countryHFE graduates with at Virgin Active gyms across the countryHFE graduates work at Nuffield Health facilities across the countryHFE graduates work at Bannatyne gyms and health clubs across the countryHFE graduates work with leading budget gym chain Xercise4LessHFE graduates work with popular fitness brand PureGym

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  • Exercise Referral

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Cardiff – Llanishen

    19-20 Jan (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    9-10 Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    16-17 Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – Russell Square

    2-3 March (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    16-17 Mar (2019)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    6-7 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    13-14 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    27-28 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    27-28 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    25-26 May (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    15-16 Jun (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    22-23 Jun (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    29-30 Jun (2019)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    13-14 Jul (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    3-4 August (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    17-18 August (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    31 Aug-1 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    7-8 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    14-15 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    19-20 Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    19-20 Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    9-10 Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    23-24 Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    14-15 Dec (2019)

    £425.00

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  • Low Back Pain

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Manchester – Ashton

    9-10 Mar / 27 Mar (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    30-31 Mar / 17 Apr (2019)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    1-2 Jun / 19 Jun (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    22-23 Jun / 10 Jul (2019)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    24-25 Aug / 11 Sept (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    14-15 Sept / 2 Oct (2019)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    16-17 Nov / 4 Dec (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    7-8 Dec / 18 Dec (2019)

    £495.00

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  • Obesity and Diabetes

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Home Study

    All you need to do is complete the case study

    £465.00

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You Deserve the Best

Our exercise specialist courses are second to none. These programmes are designed, developed and delivered by leading doctors, physiotherapists, dietitians and nutritionists.

Your Route to Exercise Specialist Success

We're with you every step of the way. Fanatical support, excellent resources and real employment opportunities as standard.

Home Study

Personalised Tutor Support

Unlimited phone and email support at your fingertips

Student Manuals

Print and digital manuals, via the HFE app, available as standard

Mock Tests

An extensive range of tests to prepare you for your theory exams

Online Video Lectures from Medical Professionals

Go in-depth and get the online classroom experience at home

Face-to-Face

Theory Workshops

Maximise your knowledge with the help of our expert course tutors

Practical Workshops

Discover how to apply your newfound knowledge in a live fitness instructing environment

Complete Assessments

Throughout your course you'll complete online, theory and practical assessments

Achieve Qualification

Upon completion of the programme, you'll be awarded with an internationally-recognised qualification

Career Progression

CV Connect

Our graduates get the exclusive opportunity to put their CV in front of 100s of employers

Career Guidance

The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing career advice if you need it

Partner Support

We've secured a range of exclusive discounts on insurance, supplements, equipment and more

FAQs

Do I need any prior qualifications?

In order to enrol on a specialist Level 4 course, you must already hold, or be working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (or equivalent). Don't worry however if you haven't yet booked your place on this course because we have a variety of packages below that combine and discount the Level 4 and exercise referral qualifications when they are booked together.

What career opportunities are available once I qualify?

As a Level 4 Exercise Specialist a number of employment and career opportunities are open up. A popular career path is to work in a formal exercise referral scheme, providing specialist exercise instruction to clients referred by their GP.



Other opportunities also include working privately with patients suffering from these specific conditions, working with weight management groups, physiotherapists chiropractors and podiatrists to provide specialist exercise advice. It’s perhaps important to stress here that even when you’ve completed these qualifications, you’ll still be required to work alongside clinicians and other members of the medical community.

What can I expect to learn on my Level 4 course?

This largely depends on the specific pathway you select. Generally, speaking, you'll gain a deep understand of your chosen medical condition and how to effectively program physical activities for individuals with said conditions.



You’ll also learn about the medications used to control these conditions, their side effects and how to assess and monitor patients’ progress throughout their exercise journey. These qualifications really are packed with lots of advanced knowledge and skills to enable you to meet the specific needs of their target population.

Are your Level 4 courses accredited?

Our Level 4 courses are certificated by Active IQ and are fully recognised by all fitness industry employers. The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) also endorses these programmes and awards 20 CPD upon successful completion. When combined with the appropriate Level 3 credentials and the required number of professional practice hours, you'll be able to gain the title of a Specialist Exercise Instructor with REPs.



Additionally, if you are a graduate with a relevant bachelor’s degree, and a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), your Level 4 REPs status will also make you eligible to become a BASES Certified Exercise Practitioner.

How will I be supported on my Level 4 course?

As a HFE student you’ll be supported continuously throughout the course. During the home-study phase of the programme, you’ll have a dedicated Learner Support Tutor who will guide you through your course. The practical element of the course is delivered by a team of highly qualified and experienced fitness industry and medical professionals.



In addition to our team, these courses are also extremely well resourced. You’ll receive training manuals, awarding winning online learning materials, mock exams, interactive worksheets, live webinars and much more. Our support and resources really are second to none.

How difficult are these courses?

These qualifications are designed for exercise professionals (not doctors) so you don’t have to worry about failure. All of the content that you need to know is provided and our team of expert tutors will explain exactly what you need to do – all you need to do is work hard and follow the programme.



The Level 4 Exercise Specialist courses do not have knowledge-based assessments and so you don’t have to worry about passing any tricky exams. What you will however need to do is develop a sound understanding of the relevant medical conditions and your ability to assess, design and instruct exercise to patients with these conditions effectively.

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