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Level 3 Exercise Referral

Support GP Exercise Referral Patients with Health and Wellbeing Programmes

  • REPS & CIMSPA Accredited
  • Interest Free Payment Plans
  • Guaranteed Post Course Interviews
  • Unlimited Free Career Support

Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Exercise referral specialists tailor fitness programmes to support those with chronic physical conditions or illnesses to improve their health and wellbeing, often taking referrals from GPs, the NHS or private medical practitioners.

The Level 3 Exercise Referral course from OriGym has been carefully built around training you to help others improve their quality of life. What can follow is a well-paid, enjoyable and incredibly rewarding career.

Entry Requirements:

Level 2 Gym Instructor

Course Type:


Course Length:

8 Weeks 



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Patients can be referred to fitness professionals by their GP for a variety of reasons, whether to receive exercise and nutritional support for an ongoing health condition such as diabetes or arthritis, or for specialised support during the recovery phase of a recent illness of physical health condition. 

With a growing need for exercise referral specialists trained to meet the needs of a diverse population with a variety of health issues as well as a growing number of special populations requiring exercise and dietary support, this is an ideal time to step into a lucrative new career.

Course Length: The Level 3 Exercise Referral course typically takes around 8 weeks to complete.
Entry Requirements: Students require a Level 2 Fitness Instruction qualifications and must be aged 16+ to enrol.
Accreditations: The Level Exercise Referral course is accredited by REPS and CIMSPA.
Cost: £599, with no hidden fees for registration, certification or examination, plus unlimited free exam re-sits
Offer & Payment Options: Spread the cost with 0% interest on all study methods.
What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of this course, you will qualify with:

  • 20 REPS points
  • 10 CIMSPA points
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

What You’ll learn

The Level 3 Exercise Referral course from OriGym will introduce brand new skills and knowledge while helping you fine-tune your understanding of the most important areas in helping people recover from illnesses, cope with long-term or chronic health issues and improve their wellbeing.

Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors

Everyone is different and, as an exercise referral professional, you will work with a wide range of different clients, each with very specific needs and difficulties. You will learn about the role and responsibilities of an exercise referral professional, the UK healthcare system, processes for GP exercise referrals, and how to monitor and measure elements of risk and success.

Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral

A solid understanding of the various medical conditions you may encounter is central to a career as an exercise referral professional. This course will improve your understanding of a broad variety of conditions that you may encounter, including Hypertension, Asthma, Obesity, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Depression, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and more. 

Planning Exercise Referral Programmes

You will learn how to tailor plans and exercise strategies to a wide range of medical conditions, honing your ability to offer support, guidance and motivation to clients who may be struggling with severe difficulties. You’ll also develop essential knowledge on topics including safeguarding, promoting long-term behaviour change, and setting SMART goals. 

Instructing Exercise with GP Referred Patients

Reviewing various case studies, assignments and examples of referrals from GPs and other health services, you’ll learn about setting physical, nutritional and personal goals for clients derived from their individual reasons for referral, including creating and instructing a six-week programme.

How You’ll Be Assessed

To complete the OriGym Level 3 Exercise Referral course, you’ll be required to complete the following assessments:

  • Multiple choice open book online exam on anatomy and physiology - 90% pass mark required
  • Multiple choice open book online paper on the application of nutrition - 90% pass mark required
  • Practical assessment on delivering a programme for a patient of exercise referral

The theory papers for the exercise referral course include some that are featured in our Level 3 Personal Trainer courses, therefore students who have already gained these qualifications would be exempt from any theory papers they have already completed. The coursework and final practical assessment would still be required.

Practical assessments are run from our various training centres located across the UK.

Study Options

OriGym’s Level 3 Exercise Referral programme is studied exclusively online. There are no completion deadlines, you’re able to study at your own pace with a flexible time-frame and you can qualify in as much or as little time as you choose.

Our custom-built, award-nominated e-learning platform is an exciting new way to study your modules via videos, online lectures, interactive e-learning and more. Throughout your time studying you’ll also be supported by an expert personal tutor, an exercise referral specialist who can be reached 7-days per week by email or phone.

Careers & Progression

After completing the Level 3 Exercise Referral course, you’ll be eligible to join REPS with the prestigious Level 3 status, opening doors to a huge range of career opportunities within the NHS, private medical organisations such as BUPA and Nuffield Health, within health clubs and clinics, and more! As you progress, OriGym will provide continued support and advice to help you achieve success, whatever path you choose.

Careers Support

Through our relationships with leading UK-wide organisations, we guarantee post-course interviews for all students, helping you to secure your first professional exercise referral role. We’ll also help to ensure your CV is prepared to the highest level, providing interview practice and guidance. 

Progression Routes

After completing your exercise referral course, you’ll also have the opportunity to progress onto additional fitness qualifications, including becoming a fully qualified personal trainer, developing specialist knowledge, or complementing your exercise referral skills with knowledge of a topic such as sports massage therapy

Alumni Benefits

We provide a host of unique benefits for OriGym alumni, including special discounts on products such as nutritional supplements, sportswear, insurance and more.

To study the Level 3 Exercise Referral course you must hold a Level 2 Fitness Instruction qualification. Students must also be aged 16 years or older in order to enrol.

The Level 3 Exercise Referral course is studied completely online and can be completed as quickly as you wish, and the average time to complete the course is 8 weeks.

Our Level 3 Exercise Referral course is endorsed and accredited by both REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) and CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), and upon completion students will be eligible for Level 3 REPS membership.

OriGym’s GP Exercise Referral course equips students with the essential knowledge required to become exercise referral professionals, covering topics such as Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors, Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral, Planning Exercise Referral Programmes and Instructing Exercise with GP Referred Patients.

OriGym is proud to qualify 4,000 fitness professionals each year. We also successfully place over 80% of students in job roles right after qualifying; that is the highest rate in the industry. We are also ISO9001 certified and are one of only a handful of providers to hold this worldwide certificate of excellence. 

We are official partners with the Ministry of Defence, we run courses for QMU University, and also run the Academy for Sports Direct & Sweat Union Gyms and are proud partners of over 200 fitness brands worldwide. We were recently nominated by the Active Training Awards, the biggest awards ceremony in the UK, for ‘most innovative training provider of the year’ and ‘training provider of the year’.

If you are still not convinced, check out our reviews on a neutral platform like Google, Facebook and Trustpilot, where we have hundreds of reviews from very satisfied customers.

OriGym believes courses and education should be obtainable for anyone who wants to start a career within the fitness sector. We own a vast majority of training venues through our sister company, thus massively reducing overheads which other companies cover with higher fees. We also do not apply unnecessary admin fees, certification charges or exam fees that many of our competitors apply.

Absolutely! We have centres that accommodate for the physically impaired, which are fully equipped with lifts, ramps and disabled toilets. We have had dozens of physically impaired individuals complete our course and go on to be very successful personal trainers within the industry thanks to their unique insights enabling them to support a wider range of personal training clients.

OriGym does offer a few funding streams for students. 

We are proud partners of the MOD (Ministry of Defence) who provide funding for current and former military personnel. 

OriGym is also partner with the PFA (Players Football Association), who help current and former professional footballers with funding towards their qualifications.

Additionally, we partner with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), who help current and former professional cricketers with funding towards their qualifications. 

Discounts for current and former rugby professionals through the RPA (Rugby Players Association) can also be obtained on enrolment.

Evidence of affiliation with these organisations is obtained prior to enrolment and is subject to check from each respective organisation.

In addition to guaranteeing interviews post course, OriGym offers free business consultations post course, CV analysis to get it looking just right, CV distribution in your local area, and interview preparation to give you the best chance of getting the role you want.

Additionally, we have lots of free business resources, videos and guides on our e-learning platform that all students can access after their course. 

OriGym is proud to have the largest student alumni system, meaning you get discounts on some of the world’s largest fitness brands, services and products for life; this means you never have to pay full retail price. With over 250 brands available to our graduates, you know you can’t go wrong.

As an existing fitness professional, you should already have insurance cover. We would definitely advise being covered if you are not already, and to update your insurance to make sure you are covered for the new Exercise Referral training that you are now qualified for.

OriGym students are provided with access to a wide range of learning and support resources during their course and beyond. This includes access to a personalised support tutor, available by phone and email, who can provide learning and pastoral support, direct you to additional resources, or can simply help explain a concept in another way.

Students are also given access to OriGym’s custom built e-learning platform “Student Zone” where you’ll access online lectures, videos, interactive learning modules and more. For part-time and online learning students, this is how you will complete the majority of your qualification.


Join hundreds of our qualified exercise referral instructors working with leading health organisations.

Guaranteed Interviews

Secure your dream job after graduation with guaranteed interviews with leading organisations including the NHS, BUPA and Nuffield Health.

Professional Guidance

Receive detailed advice on developing your CV, preparing for interviews and presenting yourself to potential employers.

Alumni Benefits

Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as an exercise referral instructor.

  • Puregym
  • Virgin Active
  • Bannatyne Health Club & Spa
  • DW Fitness First
  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness

Available Packages

Elite Trainer Package

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (GP Referral)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Level 4 Certificate in Obesity Control and Weight Management
  • Level 4 Certificate in Diabetes Control and Weight Management
0% Interest Payment Plans
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  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Kettlebells CPD
  • Boxing & Pad Work CPD
  • Circuits CPD
  • Group Training CPD
  • Strength & Conditioning CPD
0% Interest Payment Plans

Master Trainer Package

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (GP Referral)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Diabetes Control and Weight Management
  • Level 4 Certificate in Obesity Control and Weight Management
0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Kettlebells CPD
  • Boxing & Pad Work CPD
  • Circuits CPD
  • Group Training CPD
  • Strength & Conditioning CPD
0% Interest Payment Plans


Interest-Free Payments

You can pay in affordable monthly instalments with 0% finance available and we will not ask for guarantors.

Flexible Payment Plans

Payment plans designed to be flexible and convenient for you, meaning you can focus on enjoying your course!

Best Price

Our exercise referral courses start from just £599, with guaranteed interviews and strong potential earnings after.

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Heather Hacking, Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Heather Hacking

Founder of Heather Hacking PT

Fantastically Structured & Well Organised

As a mother of three children after spending the past nine years building her career as a solicitor, Heather made the decision to follow a life-long passion for health, wellness and fitness, and pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Studying part-time with OriGym to fit around family and work, I achieved my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications. I found OriGym’s courses to be fantastically structured and well organised, and my tutor Andy Tsang was brilliant - he taught me so much!

After graduating I started my fitness business with the sole purpose of empowering women, both physically and mentally. My business has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Breakthrough Personal Trainer’ category at Northern Ireland’s Health & Fitness Awards 2019 - I am so thrilled! I am very grateful to OriGym for giving me such a great foundation to launch my business from.

Sue Evans

Sue Evans

Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

I love my new career!

Before joining OriGym, Sue worked in a gym as a Membership Sales Advisor. Many new members asked if Sue would be willing to train them, but as she wasn't qualified, she had to keep turning them down. Researching several companies, Sue enrolled on OriGym's Personal Training Diploma and has never looked back!

I researched many fitness courses but kept coming back to OriGym. I felt a good vibe from the team and the owners Luke and Steph are friendly & down to earth. I loved how involved they were in the courses! The course itself was AMAZING! The staff and teachers were fantastic, I really felt that they cared about me and my progress, going above and beyond what I had ever expected from them.

I’m now a confident Personal Trainer working for an international gym chain. The future looks so bright for me; I’m even enquiring about doing a season on a Cruise ship as part of the Royal Caribbean fitness team! OriGym has helped to make my dreams come true.

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