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HFE's Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients course
HFE's Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients course
HFE's Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients course

Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients

Make exercise inclusive for every body

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Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients


All you need to do is complete the home study assessments, there's no practical attendance required.

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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £356.25 5% discount £18.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £50 and 5 x £45 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £375
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A sought-after qualification that promotes inclusion and enables you to safely and effectively work with disabled clients.

  • Course type

    Home study with tutor support

  • Time to qualify

    2-4 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    Level 2 Fitness Instructing

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA HFE are affiliated with the Inclusive Fitness Initiative

Learn More About This Disabled Clients Course


Recent reports have revealed that 1 in 5 people in the UK has a disability, which equates to around 19% of the total population. It’s also estimated that only 18% of disabled adults undertake physical activity for more than 30 minutes a week, compared to 38% of non-disabled adults. It’s clear that more can be done and as an industry, we all have an obligation to see that changes are made.

Our Level 3 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise for Disabled Clients, or simply Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients, is designed specifically to help fitness professionals be difference-makers. It’s an essential qualification for those looking to better serve an increasingly unrepresented special population.

This Level 3 course provides a great progression route for those who have achieved a Level 2 qualification (Exercise to Music or Gym Instructor). It’s also a valuable CPD opportunity for personal trainers, Pilates instructors, yoga teachers and other fitness professionals to greatly expand the scope of who they can work with.

The course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and it’s recognised by CIMSPA. It’s also accredited by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) which is important if you’re an organisation also looking to become accredited as the staff working in your fitness facility require this qualification.

For complete flexibility, the entirety of this course can be completed from the comfort of your own home. You won’t be alone by any means as we provide a range of innovative learning resources including email and phone support from a dedicated tutor, 24/7 access to our online learning system LES and bespoke hard copy and digital manuals.

What You'll Learn

This Level 3 Award is more than just a qualification, it’s a career enhancer. It will allow you to work a wider client base, while making you considerably more adaptable, marketable and versatile. Working with disabled clients will also prove to be an incredibly worthwhile and rewarding experience.

During your learning journey, here’s just a small selection of what you’ll encounter:

  • Understanding a Range of Disabilities and Impairments*

  • Screening and Assessing Clients

  • Programming and Supervising Exercise for Disabled Clients

  • Current Legislation

  • Understanding Barriers to Exercise

  • Helping Clients Adopt Healthy Lifestyles

*These include spinal injuries, hearing and visual impairments, learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, and amputation.

How You'll be Assessed

In order for you to stand the best chance of passing the course first time, you’ll be continually assessed by our dedicated support tutors and a team of assessors.

The course is assessed in the following ways:

  • Worksheet

    Working with Disability

  • Worksheet

    Conditions and Impairments

  • Worksheet

    Planning and Adapting Exercise for Disabled Clients

  • Case Study

    Consultation with a real client

  • Case Study

    Progressive exercise programme for a simulated client

  • VIVA

    You and your client will be required to participate in a short interview about your case-study

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol on this course, you must possess either Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification, either in the context of Gym or Exercise to Music, or qualification in personal training, yoga or Pilates.

We also strongly recommend that you have a minimum of three months of teaching experience.

You Deserve the Best

And so do your clients... that's why our courses are designed and delivered by a team of clinical and technical experts.

Our Reputation Precedes Us

761 reviews |
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  • James Crossley, also known as Hunter from Gladiators, endorses HFE's fitness courses

    "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)

  • Laura Massaro is a World 1 squash player who studied yoga with HFE

    "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)

  • Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

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

    Holly Bradshaw

    (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter)

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

    Louise Fiddes

    (Team GB World Champion Paralympic Swimmer)

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    The training staff were excellent and couldn't have been more helpful during the training weekends. The support from the telephone support tutor was also top rate at all times and was definitely needed at times to clear up some of the smaller details of the training.


  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I was apprehensive about undertaking this course as I already had the qualification from years ago and just updating it. I ended up feeling most comfortable.


  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Any communication I had with HFE was always positive with friendly staff like Amber. A brilliant course in which I learnt a great deal. I would highly recommend.

    Teresa MacTaggart

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I have just recently completed my Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training along with the business study and advanced trainer modules. The course was well structured and the course materials were detailed and high quality. The instructors at the practical weekends were professional and highly skilled during both the L2 and L3 courses. I was lucky enough to have completed all my practical modules before Covid hit and gyms had to close so I didn't need to move onto full online course and exams. My first support tutor was helpful though had missed a couple of our scheduled phone calls but this did not set me back. I did find the Business Studies module a little challenging and I had to extend the course to give myself enough time to complete everything. In the meantime I was assigned a new tutor (Sophie) who was always available when I needed help. I picked HFE after a hugely disappointing experience with another course provider and I could not have been happier. I would definitely recommend them and will be happy to sign up with them again for future courses.

    Zsuzsa E

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