Level 3 exercise for disabled clients

Passionate about health and fitness? Learn how to make exercise inclusive for everybody.

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The industry's most popular level 3 exercise for disabled clients course

A highly sought-after qualification that promotes inclusion and enables you to safely and effectively work with disabled clients.

  • Course type:

    Home study

  • Time to qualify:

    2-4 weeks

  • Entry requirements:

    Level 2 fitness instructing

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Book your place for only £100 deposit



Payment Options

  • 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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Course overview: Level 3 exercise for disabled clients

Learn how to make exercise inclusive, safe, and effective for clients with disabilities in this highly sought-after exercise for disabled clients qualification.

Course Overview

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). As with all of our exercise specialist courses, this is 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.

  • 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.

  • Accrediations:

    This Level 3 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise for Disabled Clients is fully accredited by the YMCA Awards, CIMSPA and the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI). These accreditations mean your qualification is recognised worldwide, so you have a career to last a lifetime, wherever you go.

  • Learning materials:

    This course is entirely home study, so there's no practical attendance required, however this does not reduce the quality of the content. With expert-developed eLearning content and the finest quality textbooks in the industry, we provide you with all of the facts and evidence-based knowledge you need to have the confidence and skills to support clients with a range of disabilities.

Payment Options

We are incredibly proud to offer training programmes which are exceptional in quality, flexibility and accessibility.

Our years of experience in the fitness industry have enabled us to deliver an ‘exercise for disabled clients’ certification which is unmatched in terms of quality, without breaking the bank.

Special Offers, Discounts and Deals

We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.

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Term: 6 months

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20% deposit: £75

This programme can be funded with
MOD enhanced learning credits.

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and settle the invoice within 30 days*

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You're in safe hands

While this exercise for disabled clients course is entirely online, you're never alone as you're supported by your personal tutor to help you achieve during your course and beyond. That's why you'll be able to have as much contact with them as you wish, with our tutors being available via:

  • Video call

  • Email

  • Phone

  • Webinar

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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 impairments

    Models of disability
    Learning disabilities
    Limb impairment
    Spinal injuries
    Visual and hearing impairment
    Legislation, initiatives and policies

  • Screening and assessing clients with disabilities

    Visual and verbal screening
    Risk stratification
    Major signs of cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic disease
    Risk stratification
    Assessments of physical function
    Assessing current level of physical activity

  • Programme design for disabled clients

    Aerobic exercise and muscular fitness
    General exercise guidelines for disability
    Adapting the guidelines to the specific client needs
    Exercise intensity and monitoring
    Ratings of exertion
    Risk assessments for disabled clients

  • Preparing and teaching exercise to clients with disabilities

    Planning exercise for clients with disabilities
    Recording exercise
    Managing the exercise environment
    Chair-based exercise
    Transitioning between exercises
    Health and safety

  • Helping clients with disabilities to adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle

    The stages of change model and it's application
    Assessing a client's stage of change
    Goal setting and SMART goals
    Relapse prevention
    Physical activity counselling
    Motivational interviewing

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

One career. Unlimited possibilities.

Join our special populations graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs, making a positive difference to the lives of clients with a range of specific needs and challenges.

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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:

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  • Working with disability
  • Conditions and impairment
  • Planning and adapting exercise


  • Case studies
  • Progressive programming
  • Scenario-based programming
  • Short interview

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