Fitness instructor working with an older client
Fitness instructor working with an older client

Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults

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Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults


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Online Exam

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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £280.25 5% discount £14.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £35 and 5 x £32 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £295
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Cater to an evergrowing client base by learning to meet the fitness needs of older adults. This represents an exciting CPD opportunity for qualified trainers and instructors.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    6-8 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

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Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults

Cater to an ever-growing client base by learning to meet the fitness needs of older adults. This represents an exciting CPD opportunity for qualified trainers and instructors.


Our Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults is designed to help fitness professionals upskill as well as gain new knowledge and the necessary skills to make a real difference in peoples’ lives. Ultimately, you’ll develop an understanding of the ageing process and how exercise can be used to improve quality of life.

Accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by CIMSPA, this qualification provides a perfect opportunity for a wide array of instructors and professionals, including personal trainers, yoga teachers and Pilates instructors, to expand their client base and range of services.

This course is primarily delivered through home-study, although you will be required to attend one of our training venues to complete a theory assessment.

Course Structure:

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Practical training

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To help you fully grasp the course we’ll give you access to a wealth of learning resources including online practice quizzes, bespoke print and digital manuals and unlimited phone and email support from a dedicated Learning Support Tutor.

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol onto this training course, you must already possess a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction – either gym-based or group exercise. Those with a Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates or a Level 3 Yoga Teacher qualification are also eligible.

Aside from the qualification entry requirements, students should have a positive attitude towards working with older clients and be able to adopt a caring, patient and empathetic approach.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

To ensure that you feel confident working with older adults and you’re able to deliver safe and effective exercise, we’ve created a robust and highly informative course. Here are some of the standout elements you’ll encounter:

  • Anatomical and Physiological Ageing

    Anatomical and Physiological Ageing

    • Muscular changes associated with ageing
    • Skeletal changes associated with ageing
    • Flexibility and ageing
    • Cardiorespiratory changes associated with ageing
    • Neural changes associated with ageing
    • Cognitive function and ageing
  • Behaviour Change and Motivation

    Behaviour Change and Motivation

    • Barriers to participation
    • Perceived behavioural control
    • Principles of behaviour change
    • SMART goals
    • Motivating older adults
    • Marketing and promoting physical activity in older adults
  • Teaching Exercise for Older Adults

    Teaching Exercise for Older Adults

    • Teaching skills
    • Monitoring exercise intensity
    • Ratings of perceived exertion and perceived breathlessness
    • Correcting technique
    • Health and safety matters
    • Exercise guidelines for older adults
  • Screening and Consultation Techniques

    Screening and Consultation Techniques

    • Pre-exercises screening and assessment
    • Physical activity readiness questionnaires
    • Informed consent guidelines
    • Medical clearance guidelines
    • Communication and rapport
    • Signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease
  • Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

    Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

    • Functional benefits of exercise
    • Muscular benefits of exercise
    • Skeletal benefits of exercise
    • Cardiorespiratory benefits of exercise
    • Neural and cognitive benefits of exercise
    • Psychosocial benefits of exercise

How You'll be Assessed

Before you embark on your journey to change the lives of your older clients, you'll need to put your learning into practice and complete the following assessments.



  • Worksheets
  • Case study
  • Consultation and screening

Theory exam

  • 30 multiple choice questions
  • 70% pass mark
  • Online or in person

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults course grants you access to everything you’d expect to find to propel your learning.

First-rate student materials
Digital training manual

All you the essential knowledge you need

We’ll send you a high-quality student manual that has been written by professionals. You’ll also have access to digital versions online.

Special access to LES
Study on the go

Mock exams, practice quizzes and worksheets

Our Learner Engagement System (LES) houses all of your learning resources and interactions with your tutor, all in one place.

Home-study guide
Home study guide

Organised learning

If you struggle with where to begin, our study guides outline a plan of action to kickstart your learning.

One-on-one support
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Personalised assistance, whenever you need it

You’ll be assigned a support tutor who will be on hand for anything and everything you need to succeed.

Aftercare support
Online learner engagement system

We'll help you begin your career in fitness

Our CV Connect programme puts you in front of employers who are actively looking to hire people in your industry.

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