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Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist E-Learning

Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist E-Learning

Included Course: Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist E-Learning

This e-learning course will give you the specialist theoretical knowledge you need as a personal trainer to assess, design, deliver, monitor and evaluate safe, effective and progressive exercise sessions for clients presenting with low back pain. You must complete this course before attending the 2-day workshop of the same name.

This Level 4 training course is the most in-depth and up-to-date of its kind. It will give you the specialist qualification, skills and knowledge you need as a personal trainer to assess, design, deliver, monitor and evaluate safe, effective and progressive exercise 

By becoming a Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist with the School of Personal Training you will achieve the highest level of industry recognition and really set yourself apart from other personal trainers. You will be able to:

  • Extend your business reach in the public and private sector working with a range of healthcare professionals
  • Increase your earning potential as a specialist personal trainer (earn up to £50 per hour and attract even more clients)
  • Benefit from the most in-depth and up-to-date training and materials available


An e-learning course followed by a 2-day practical course incorporating your practical assessment. We recommend you allow 8 weeks to complete your e-learning studies to allow you to consolidate your learning and enable you to gain the maximum value from the practical course. 

You can find out more about the e-learning course here >>

Course dates

The e-learning course begins every Monday enabling you to start your training when you want. Practical course dates and assessment day are currently scheduled as follows:

London - Course date                                                  

June 28 & 29th 2014

Manchester - Course date   

July 12 & 13th 2014

E-learning course

  • The complex nature of the phenomenon of pain
  • The epidemiology of low back pain
  • The anatomy of the spine and its associated structures in relation to back pain
  • The different types of low back pain and their diagnosis
  • The risk factors for low back pain
  • The psychosocial aspects of low back pain
  • The guidelines for the treatment of low back pain
  • How back pain is treated and the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of common treatments including, medication, manual therapy, psychotherapy and exercise
  • How to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the management of clients’ low back pain
  • The assessment of low back clients
  • The prescription of general exercise and specific back exercises for low back pain clients
  • The motivational processes, models and techniques used with lower back pain clients to encourage adherence to long term beneficial lifestyle changes

2-day practical course

  • Psychological factors and screening tools
  • Postural and functional assessments (practical tasks)
  • Practical exercise prescription for low back pain
  • Assessment criteria

Entry requirements

A Level 3 Certificate in Exercise Referral for Health Management.


There are three parts to the assessment:

  1. A theory exam, which you will complete during the practical course, and worksheets.
  2. A written case study based on your work with a client which must be submitted on the practical course. 
  3. A formative practical assessment which takes place during your 2 day course (you will not be required to bring your client to this).

Certification and credits

On successful completion you will be awarded a qualification at Level 4 and 20 REPs CPD points.

Level 4 REPs Accreditation

The Register of Exercise Professionals requires 150 hours of relevant professional practive at Level 3 in designing, delivering, monitoring, adapting and tailoring exercise programmes for individuals within the previous 2 years and at least 6 months of experience since qualification before your registration at Level 4 will be accepted.

You may also be required to complete a professional practice unit via the REPs website to obtain level 4 status depending on when you completed your exercise referral qualification, please go to the following link for further information


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