Become an Exercise Specialist

To become a Level 4 Exercise Specialist, a fitness professional must demonstrate a commitment to instructing excellence. These advanced courses and qualifications can take your career to new heights, allowing you to work with clients suffering from chronic medical conditions like diabetes, obesity and low back pain.

If you’re an exercise referral instructor looking to work with a niche group of clients, or a personal trainer wanting to upskill, these exercise specialist qualifications are for you.

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packages

Low Back Pain Specialist £495.00

  • L4 Exercise for Low Back Pain Certificate**

Obesity and Diabetes Specialist £495.00

  • L4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate**

Referral and Low Back Pain Diploma £875.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • L4 Exercise for Low Back Pain Certificate**

Exercise Referral and Obesity Diploma £875.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • L4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate**

**Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma is a prerequisite

Course Dates

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  • Exercise Referral

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Walsall

    4th, 5th Aug (2018)

    £425.00

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    York

    1st, 2nd Sept (2018)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    15th, 16th Sept (2018)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    3rd, 4th Nov (2018)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    10th, 11th Nov (2018)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    19th, 20th January (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    9th, 10th Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    16th, 17th Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    23rd, 24th Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    16th, 17th March (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    13th, 14th April (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    27th, 28th April (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    27th, 28th April (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    25th, 26th May (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    15th, 16th June (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    22nd, 23rd June (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    29th, 30th June (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    3rd, 4th August (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    17th, 18th August (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    31st Aug, 1st Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    7th, 8th Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    14th, 15th Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    19th, 20th Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    9th, 10th Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    2nd, 3rd Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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  • Low Back Pain

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Manchester – Ashton

    25th, 26th Aug, 12th Sept (2018)

    £495.00

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    London – Bloomsbury

    15th, 16th Sept, 3rd Oct (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    17th, 18th Nov, 5th Dec (2018)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    8th, 9th, 19th Dec (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    9th, 10th March, 27th March (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    30th, 31st March, 17th April (2019)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    1st, 2nd June, 19th June (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    22nd, 23rd June, 10th July (2019)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    24th, 25th August, 11th Sept (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    14th, 15th Sept, 2nd Oct (2019)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    16th, 17th Nov, 4th Dec (2019)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    7th, 8th Dec, 18th Dec (2019)

    £495.00

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  • Obesity and Diabetes

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Manchester – Ashton

    8th, 9th Sept (2018)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    29th, 30th Sept (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    1st, 2nd Dec (2018)

    £495.00

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    London – City

    15th, 16th Dec (2018)

    £495.00

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Venues

Bath

Bath Sports and Leisure Centre
BA2 4ET
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Birmingham

Bannatyne's Health Club
B1 2JF
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Brighton

David Lloyd Brighton
BN2 5UF
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Cardiff

Village Hotel Cardiff
CF14 7EF
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Cardiff – Llanishen

Bannatyne Health Club & Spa
CF145DU
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Doncaster – Adwick

Adwick Leisure Centre
DN6 7QF
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Doncaster – Rossington

Rossington Community Sports Village
DN11 0BZ
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Dudley

David Lloyd Dudley
DY5 3YP
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Durham

The Graham Sports Centre
DH1 3SE
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Glasgow

David Lloyd Rouken Glen
G467UY
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London – Barbican

Thistle City Barbican
EC1V 8DS
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London – Bloomsbury

Nuffield Health, Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
WC1N 2AY
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London – City

Bannatyne Health Club Tower 42
EC2N1HQ
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London – Hampton

David Lloyd Hampton
TW2 5JD
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London – Raynes Park

David Lloyd Raynes Park
SW20 8TE
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London – Roehampton

Roehampton Sports and Fitness
SW15 4JB
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London – Russell Square

Bannatyne Health Club & Spa Russell Square
WC1H0JR
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Manchester – Ashton

Village Hotel Ashton
OL7 0LY
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Manchester – Didsbury

Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
M20 5WZ
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Manchester – Hyde

Village Hotel Hyde
SK14 4QG
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Nottingham

Harvey Hadden Sports Village
NG8 4PB
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Preston

Preston Marriot Hotel
PR3 5JB
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Walsall

Village Hotel Walsall
WS2 8TJ
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Warrington

David Lloyd Warrington
WA5 1HH
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York

David Lloyd York
YO10 3LG
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York – Nether Poppleton

Bannatyne's Health Club
YO26 6RL
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Having just completed my 4th Course

    Having just completed my 4th Course with HFE I can say what a pleasure it has been throughout. I am now an exercise referral instructor and exercise specialist in diabetes/obesity. No query has been too much trouble, the tutors have been very reliable and supportive, whilst encouraging me to explore my own thinking and come up with solutions.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Brilliant course, excellent value

    I had a really fantastic experience doing my Level 2 qualification with HFE at Roehampton. I've never done any form of fitness qualification before so was certainly nervous going into it...I needn't have been! I was so lucky to be grouped with some fantastic people and a tutor that really understood what we needed and how to make the learning effective but also super enjoyable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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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