Level 3 exercise for older adults qualification

Learn how to adapt exercise for older adults and support an ever-growing client base

Older adult in gym holding dumbbell smiling at fitness instructor
Older adult in gym holding dumbbell smiling at fitness instructor

Industry-leading exercise for older adults course

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

  • Course type:

    Home study

  • Time to qualify:

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements:

    Level 2 Fitness Instructing

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Online Exam

For those with a computer and internet access

Test Centre Exam

For those nearby to one of our venues

Once you've completed your booking you'll be sent an email to arrange your online exam



Payment Options

  • 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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Course overview: Level 3 exercise for older adults

This exercise for older adults course is an exciting CPD opportunity for qualified trainers and instructors who want to make their skills and expertise inclusive to a wider range of clients, helping to improve the health and quality of life of older adults.

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.

This course is primarily delivered through home study, although you will have the option to attend one of our training venues to complete the theory assessment. Alternatively this theory test can be completed and invigilated online with the added bonus of receiving your provisional exam results straight away.

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.

  • 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.

  • Accreditations:

    Accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by CIMSPA, this Level 3 Award in Exercise for Older Adults 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.

  • Learning resources:

    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 a home-study guide to keep your learning structured and organised.

Payment Options

As a training provider with a reputation for excellence, we understand the importance of offering products which maintain the highest standards of quality.

Our dedication and many years of experience have enabled us to create an ‘exercise for older adults’ qualification that is industry-relevant and reasonably priced.

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: £59

This programme can be funded with
MOD enhanced learning credits.

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Provide a purchase order on enrolment
and settle the invoice within 30 days*

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One-on-one support

We provide the ultimate guidance and support whenever you need it during your course, or even to discuss career options beyond your studying. You can speak to your tutor as much or as little as you need over:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

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One exercise for older adults course.
A lifetime of opportunities.

Join our specialist pre and postnatal graduates who direct exercise for older adults in some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs.

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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.

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  • Worksheets
  • Case study
  • Consultation and screening


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

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