GP Exercise Referral Course


Study for a REPs recognised – Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral through classroom sessions or distance learning.

BISMA is a leading training provider for fitness qualifications in the UK. Our qualifications are recognised by national and international Awarding Organisations. Our Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral qualification is awarded by Active IQ ensuring your qualification will be recognised by all major registering bodies such as REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals – UK), CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity), ukactive (formally known as FIA (Fitness Industry Association), NRPT (National Register for Personal Trainers), EREPs (European REPs) and ICREPs (International Confederation for Registers of Exercise Professionals).

Course Aim

The aim of this Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral qualification is to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to design, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment as a Level 3 GP and Exercise referral.

Career Path & Progression

What can I do with this qualification? Active IQ qualifications support a wide range of occupations in the Active Leisure sector, including: Activity Leaders, Teaching Physical, Activity to Children, Duty Managers, Leisure Attendants, Fitness Managers and Personal Trainers. Once this course is completed, you will be able to move on to more advanced courses such as Level 4 Advanced Personal Training and Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain.

Qualification Breakdown

This qualification is made up of 6 units:

  • Anatomy and physiology (Level 3)
  • Professional practice for exercise referral instructors (Level 3)
  • Understanding medical conditions for exercise referral (Level 4)
  • Applying the principles of nutrition (Level 3)
  • Planning an exercise referral programme with patients (Level 3)
  • Instructing exercise with referred patients (Level 3)


The price for this course is £999, this can also be paid in 5 monthly installments of £200 with 0% interest and no credit check.

5 x £200 (0% interest)


Graduates will receive an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.


Our qualification is accredited by REPs, EREPs, ICREPs, ukactive, NRPT and CIMSPA.

  • REPs Membership – Graduates will be able to apply for REPs membership to become a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals. You will also be able to apply for professional insurance. Please visit the REPs website to find out the cost in joining REPs and REPs insurance. Please note that our courses don’t cover the costs in joining the REPs or REPs insurance. We provide a REPs recognised certification only, if you would like us to include REPs registration or REPs insurance fees in your course price, please contact us.
  • CIMSPA Membership – CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) is becoming one of the most well known and respected registers for exercise professionals and so our qualification will allow you to become a member of CIMSPA.


This course is delivered in high quality fitness venues across London:

  • The Gym Group London Waterloo, 195 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UX. This facility offers an excellent learning environment in Central London. This venue includes studio facility, refreshment area, disabled access, high end fitness equipment, lockers and fully equipped changing rooms with powerful showers.
  • The Gym Group London Ilford, 970 Romford Road, Ilford, London, E12 5LP. This facility offers an excellent learning environment in East London and Essex. This venue includes classroom facility, refreshment area, disabled access, high end fitness equipment, lockers, fully equipped changing rooms with powerful showers and free car parking on site.

Entry Requirements

  • The minimum age for entry to enroll on to this course is 16 years of age.
  • You will have to have qualified as a Level 2 Gym Instructor to enrol on to this course.
  • Candidates must have the right to live and work in the UK in order to sign up for this course.
  • Learners will need to have basic level of English Literacy and Numeracy to enroll on to this course.


Once this course is completed, you will be able to move on to more advanced courses such as Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Sports and Exercise Performance, and Level 3 Award in Conditioning for Exercise and Sports Performance.

Advised Courses to Enrol Next

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Fitness professionals are required to have a valid First Aid Certificate to comply with HSE regulations. These courses are all available through BISMA at affordable prices.

Course Dates

VENUE: The Gym Group London ILFORD, E12 5LP

This course is run as 1 day workshop followed by (optional) tutor support available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8pm till 10pm. Followed by an assessment day in 3-4 months.

2018 Schedule
APR-AUG 2018
Workshop Day SUN: 22nd of April 2018
Assessment Day SUN: 26th of August 2018

Workshop Day SAT: 24th of June 2018
Assessment Day SAT: 27th of October 2018

Why Choose BISMA?


    • The course price includes an official Active IQ paper manual that will be provided to you at the beginning of your course. This will not only help you during your studies, but will continue to provide you with useful information throughout your career.
    • This course provides learners with free tutor support available via phone, e-mail or in person at our East London venue (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday 8pm-10pm). This support will aid you in your studies, ensuring you feel confident in passing your exams.
    • You will receive an official BISMA log-in (virtual learning) containing mock tests, additional information for your course units, company policies and learner induction.
    • You will receive your paper portfolio to be completed as part of your course, meaning you will have everything you need from day one.

    • You will have access to mock tests to help prepare you for your theory exams.
    • You will be given practical mock exams to ensure you are fully prepared and confident for your final practical exam.
    • All theory and practical assessments are included in the price listed.
    • Free reassessments are included in the course fee, meaning you will not be charged for any assessments or reassessments.
    • Company Certificate will be given to you upon completion of the course normally within 5 working days (allowing you to get REPs membership and start working immediately).
    • Awarding Body Certification (hard copy) will be given within 30-60 days of completing the course and receipt of final payment.

    • This qualification is awarded by the prestigious Active IQ.

    BISMA has a large network of contacts with professionals such as fitness managers recruiting for health and fitness venues, allowing us to direct graduates to job opportunities with large employers such as:

    • The Gym Group (locations nationally)
    • Pure Gym (locations nationally)
    • The Apple’s Health Clubs (London)
    • Virgin Active Health Clubs (locations nationally)
    • Target Fit (London and Essex).
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