Level 4 Certificate inExercise Training For Chronic Respiratory Disease

This course is for exercise professionals who are looking to develop their knowledge of safe and effective exercise programming for clients with respiratory disease.

Course Content

This distance learning course aims to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills required to design, agree and adapt a physical activity programme for adults with chronic respiratory disease.

  • The causes and management of breathlessness client safety, contraindications to exercise and reasons for stopping exercise
  • How different body systems change with age and the considerations for exercise programming for individuals with chronic respiratory disease and additional clinical conditions
  • How to design and agree review and adapt a physical activity programme for clients with chronic respiratory disease

By the end of the course candidates will have an understanding of:

  • The respiratory system, components of respiration, and common respiratory conditions
  • Medications and delivery devices used in the treatment of chronic respiratory disease
  • The physiological responses to exercise for this client group and the pulmonary rehabilitation assessment process
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and the principles of exercise programming for individuals with chronic respiratory disease participating in community based sessions

Assessment Details

  • A written exam paper comprising multiple choice, short and long answer questions: This will be of 90 mins duration and will be based on sections of the course manual.
  • A written case study based on a patient you have observed in pulmonary rehabilitation including prescription of a programme for this patient if they were to be referred to you in the community.
  • Viva (if required) to clarify any areas questioned in the written submission

Entry Requirements

  • Registered REPS Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor (essential if registering Level 4 specialism with REPS)
  • At least 6 months experience since Level 3 qualification (evidenced by a reference letter)
  • Exercise professionals must also be endorsed by a pulmonary rehabilitation professional
  • Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk


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    Key Facts



    Course Duration:

    11 - 15 Weeks

    College Course Code:

    • 22/23TDF3510
    • 23/24TDF3510


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