Exercise Referral Diploma YMCA Level 3

Cornwall College Camborne | St Austell LEVEL: 3 Sports & Fitness

This Level 3 course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work as an Exercise Referral Instructor.


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Ideal if:

You are already qualified in fitness instructing, personal training or have an equivalent qualification and want to gain employment as an exercise referral instructor.

You’ll need:

To be aged 16 years or over and you must hold one or more of the following: 

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga 

Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health & Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme are essential pre-requisites. 

You’ll learn:

  • The principles of collecting information to plan an exercise referral programme, the principles of risk stratification in exercise referral and the principles and procedures of record keeping. 
  • How to identify goals with exercise referral patients and instruct, adapt and review exercise sessions with these patients. How to plan, prepare, monitor and adapt an exercise referral programme with patients and understand the importance of long term behaviour change for these patients. 
  • The current healthcare systems in the UK, the exercise referral process, the roles and responsibilities of the professional with an exercise referral scheme and the role and importance of exercise referral, related policies and key documents. 
  • The concept of a patient-centred approach. 
  • The clinical features of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes, the relationship between exercise and specified exercise referral medical conditions, the accepted methods for treatment/management of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes and how to programme safe, effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions.

Skills relating to this qualification: 

  • Collect and analyse nutritional information and apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme. 
  • Collect information about exercise referral patients and prepare patients and resources for exercise referral sessions. 
  • Instruct, adapt, conclude and review exercise referral session. Agree goals, plan, manage, review progress and adapt an exercise referral programme with exercise referral patients.


To attend college one day a week on a Tuesday at our Camborne campus.

You’ll go on to:

Employment as an exercise referral instructor and you will be eligible to register onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

You could also progress onto further study such as a Level 4 qualification.


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Exercise Referral Diploma Level 3 YMCA

Start Date

September 2020




1 year (1 day per week)



Exercise Referral Diploma Level 3 YMCA

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


1 Year (1 Day Per Week)

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