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 £830.00

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

Exercise Referral and Obesity Diploma £830.00

  • 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 Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  
    Doncaster - Rossington

    30.09.17

    01.10.17

    30th Sept, 1st Oct

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    30.09.17

    01.10.17

    30th Sept, 1st Oct

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    04.11.17

    05.11.17

    4th, 5th Nov

    £375.00

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    London - Hampton

    02.12.17

    03.12.17

    2nd, 3rd Dec

    £375.00

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    York

    09.12.17

    10.12.17

    9th, 10th Dec

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    20.01.18

    21.01.18

    20th, 21st Jan (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    10.02.18

    11.02.18

    10th, 11th Feb (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    24.02.18

    25.02.18

    24th, 25th Feb (2018)

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    17.03.18

    18.03.18

    17th, 18th Mar (2018)

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    07.04.18

    08.04.18

    7th, 8th Apr (2018)

    £375.00

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    Walsall

    28.04.18

    29.04.18

    28th, 29th Apr (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    19.05.18

    20.05.18

    19th, 20th May (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    19.05.18

    20.05.18

    5th, 6th May (2018)

    £375.00

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    York

    26.05.18

    27.05.18

    26th, 27th May (2018)

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    16.06.18

    17.06.18

    16th, 17th June (2018)

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    14.07.18

    15.07.18

    14th, 15th July (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    28.07.18

    29.07.18

    28th, 29th July (2018)

    £375.00

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    Walsall

    04.08.18

    05.08.18

    4th, 5th Aug (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    11.08.18

    12.08.18

    11th, 12th Aug (2018)

    £375.00

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    York

    01.09.18

    02.09.18

    1st, 2nd Sept (2018)

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    15.09.18

    16.09.18

    15th, 16th Sept (2018)

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    20.10.18

    21.10.18

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    20.10.18

    21.10.18

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    03.11.18

    04.11.18

    3rd, 4th Nov (2018)

    £375.00

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    Walsall

    10.11.18

    11.11.18

    10th, 11th Nov (2018)

    £375.00

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  • Low Back Pain

    Location Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  
    Manchester - Ashton

    10.03.18

    28.03.18

    10th, 11th Mar, 28th Mar (2018)

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    31.03.18

    18.04.18

    31st March, 1st, 18th April (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    02.06.18

    20.06.18

    2nd, 3rd June , 20th June (2018)

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    23.06.18

    11.07.18

    23rd, 24th June, 11th July (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    25.08.18

    12.09.18

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

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    15.09.18

    03.10.18

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

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    17.11.18

    05.12.18

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

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    08.12.18

    19.12.18

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

    £495.00

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  • Obesity and Diabetes

    Location Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  
    London - Bloomsbury

    14.10.17

    15.10.17

    14th, 15th Oct

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    11.11.17

    12.11.17

    11th, 12th Nov

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    24.03.18

    25.03.18

    24th, 25th Mar (2018)

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    14.04.18

    15.04.18

    14th, 15th April (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    16.06.18

    17.06.18

    16th, 17th June (2018)

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    07.07.18

    08.07.18

    7th, 8th July (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    08.09.18

    09.09.18

    8th, 9th Sept (2018)

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    29.09.18

    30.09.18

    29th, 30th Sept (2018)

    £495.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    01.12.18

    02.12.18

    1st, 2nd Dec (2018)

    £495.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    15.12.18

    16.12.18

    15th, 16th Dec (2018)

    £495.00

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  • Rocktape FMT

    Location Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  

Venues

Cardiff

Village Gym
CF14 7EF
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Doncaster – Rossington

Ian Wilson Community Sports Village
DN11 0BZ
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London – Bloomsbury

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

David Lloyd Hampton
TW2 5JD
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Manchester – Ashton

Village Gym
OL7 0LY
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Walsall

Village Gym
WS2 8TJ
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York

David Lloyd York
YO10 3LG
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York – Nether Poppleton

Bannatyne's Health Club
YO26 6RL
see venue

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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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