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Make a difference to clients with long-term health conditions with our range of specialist courses

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Exercise Specialist Courses and Qualifications

Working with the medical community to tackle obesity, diabetes and low back pain, you'll be able to master your trade with our Level 4 Exercise Specialist courses.

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Specialist Standards

Exercise specialist courses are designed to equip you with the highest level of knowledge, understanding and skills of the subject areas being studied. Most of these qualifications are designed to bridge the gap between the healthcare sector and the fitness industry, which is why our exercise specialist courses are developed and delivered by leading clinicians.

  • Industry-Leading Content

    Our range of specialist exercise courses set the platinum standard for quality learning content, helping you to truly master the subject areas.

  • Expert Delivery

    Our specialist programmes are developed and delivered by leading doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists and exercise professionals to empower you to succeed.

  • Worldwide Recognition

    Backed by leading awarding bodies (YMCA Awards, Active IQ, Focus Awards) to ensure that your achievements are recognised around the world.

  • Outstanding Support

    Our friendly team of Learning Support Tutors will be on hand throughout your studies and beyond to provide specialist advice, guidance and support when you need it.

Exercise Specialist Career Packages

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level by becoming an exercise specialist, then our range of Exercise Specialist Career Packages provide the perfect solution. Combining exercise referral (the entry requirement for level 4 qualifications) with the specialist area you want to focus on, you can fast track your path to specialist status and beyond.

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Low Back Pain (£875.00)

Combine the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral with the Level 4 Exercise for Low Back Pain Certificate and learn how to help clients better manage and overcome low back pain.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

  • Level 4 Exercise for Low Back Pain Certificate

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Obesity & Diabetes (£845.00)

Complete the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral with the Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate and help overweight and obese clients effectively tackle their weight and improve their health.

Courses Included:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

  • Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate

HFE Extras and Exclusives

In addition to providing a high quality learning experience at an incredibly competitive price, we’ll also supply you with a range of added value features and services with each of our exercise specialist courses to help you to get your future career underway. Some of these include:

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CV Connect

Our advanced recruitment solution instantly connects your CV with thousands of fitness and leisure operators near you, and you're sure to be in high demand after completing one of our exercise specialist courses. If you’re looking for a new opportunity, we’ll get you connected...

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Exclusive Offers and Discounts

Once you've completed your course with us, you'll unlock access to a huge range of generous offers and discounts from various fitness brands and equipment providers, so you can be sure to have a steady start to your exercise specialist career.

Specialist Support

As is standard with all HFE courses, support is completely unlimited and throughout your studies, you’ll have access to a team of passionate and enthusiastic Learning Support Tutors who will be ready and waiting to answer any support questions you may have about your exercise specialist course or future career. Typically, we support our learners in the following ways:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Webinar

  • Video Chat

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Learn from the Best

A key feature of all of all of our exercise specialist courses and qualifications is that we have leading clinical experts delivering the technical underpinning knowledge. This ensures that you get the very best quality education, which is far more important than a certificate.

  • Presented by Clinical Experts

    Our specialist exercise and fitness qualifications are developed and delivered by multi-disciplinary team experts, including medical doctors, physiotherapists and dieticians.

  • Outstanding Support

    Our friendly, knowledgeable and caring support team will be on-hand to guide and support you throughout your learning.

  • Leading Materials

    When you enrol, you’ll receive a wide-range of quality print and digital training manuals, on- demand lecture videos to keep you engaged throughout your course.

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

Review our Reputation

We’ve trained tens of thousands of exercise professionals, exercise specialists, nutrition coaches and sports massage therapists over the years and we’re proud of the things our students have gone on to achieve. We're also proud of our students rating us so highly.

Read More Reviews

If you’re interested in finding out why our students rate their HFE learning experience as 5-star, then take a look at some of the reviews.

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"HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

James Crossley

(Hunter from Gladiators)
HFE yoga graduate Laura Massaro during squash match

"The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1."

Laura Massaro

(World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)
HFE graduate Holly Bradshaw holding GB flag at Olympics

"HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

Holly Bradshaw

(Team GB Olympic Bronze Medalist Pole Vaulter, 2020 Olympic Games)
HFE student Louise Fiddes holding gold medal

"HFE were understanding and the course is really flexible. I knew this would be perfect for me."

Louise Fiddes

(GB Paralympic Swimmer World Champion )
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"I did my ETM and yoga teacher training with HFE and thoroughly enjoyed both... I highly recommend them."

Antonia Johnston

(Co-Founder of YogaFit Retreats)

"HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

Kardy Laguda

(International Fitness Presenter)

Frequently Asked Exercise Specialist Questions

It's only natural that you'll have questions about our Level 4 Exercise Specialist courses and how these are delivered and supported. We've answered some of the most frequently asked questions below, but if there is anything else that you'd like to know, reach out to our friendly Careers Team on 0800 612 4067.

  • Do I need any prior qualifications to enrol?

    In order to enrol on a  Level 4 Exercise Specialist 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 that combine and discount the Level 4 and exercise referral qualifications when they are booked together.

  • 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 programme exercise and physical activity for individuals with these conditions.

    Our Level 4 Exercise Specialist courses are all presented by leading doctors in their respective fields, meaning that you get the most accurate and reliable information about the content and pathway you are studying.

    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.

  • 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 these exercise specialist courses, 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 exercise specialist courses are also extremely well resourced. You’ll receive training manuals, awarding winning online learning materials, mock exams, interactive worksheets, video lectures and much more. Our support and resources really are second to none.

  • What career opportunities are available once I qualify?

    As a Level 4 Exercise Specialist, a number of employment and career opportunities will 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.

  • Are your Level 4 courses accredited?

    Our Level 4 courses are certificated by Active IQ and are fully recognised by all fitness industry employers. They are also recognised by the industry’s professional body, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

    We have also had our Level 4 Exercise Specialist courses endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, to provide our graduates with an extra accreditation and recognition of their achievements.

  • How difficult are these courses?

    These exercise specialist 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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