L3 Older Adult [Distance Learning]

Active IQ Level 3 Award in designing exercise programs for older adults with Sheila Done-Wilkinson

Join Sheila Done-Wilkinson and Trained Academy for DISTANCE learning and become a qualified L3 Older Adult exercise specialist.

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to design and adapt programs to meet the needs of older adults. The Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults is at level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

The course is delivered as DISTANCE LEARNING that comprises:
• 3x Mandatory* ZOOM group delivery
• 22x Pre-recorded lectures/practical sessions
• Private Facebook group where you will have access to support from Sheila and the Trained Academy team.

Entry Requirements:
Learners must hold one of the following, or equivalent:
• Level 2 certificate in GYM instructing
• Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym, ETM, or Aqua) or
• Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training or
• Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral or
• Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga or
• Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork

Qualification Structure
This qualification comprises 2 mandatory units (6 credits).
Unit 1. Physical activity and health considerations for the older adult.
Unit 2. Designing and adapting exercise programs for older adults.

• Coursework/Project
• Portfolio of Evidence

• Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
• Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
• Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Pre & Post Natal Exercise Programs
• Active IQ Level 4 Cert. in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain
• Active IQ Level 4 Cert. in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes Links to National Occupational Standards

The units fully incorporate the ‘Principles for development and assessment of special populations qualifications’ agreed upon in Feb 2012 and adhere to the older adult special population-specific criteria. This qualification will entitle learners to gain the additional category ‘older
adults’ on REPs.

Enrolment is open until TBC with 12 months of access to complete your learning.
Failure to complete within 12 months will incur additional charges.

Mandatory* All Tuesdays @ 4-5
Zoom 1: Tuesday 13th December 2022 4 pm
Zoom 2: Tuesday 24th January 2023 4 pm
Zoom 3: Tuesday 21st March 2023 4 pm 
* You are required to attend in person, these Zoom calls will not be available as a recording. You may request a 1:1 Zoom on a different date/time at an additional cost to be agreed upon with your tutor.


Sheila Done-Wilkinson

Sheila Done-Wilkinson is an international presenter, tutor, trainer & assessor. Sheila specializes in exercise theory and practical training for people working with the older population. Sheila prides herself on delivering a high standard of specialized training courses. With over 20 years of experience, she is inspirational with a genuine passion for her subject.

Enrollment Options

Refresher or cpd


Printed manual


Fee – Resources only, as a refresher or CPD
£197: 22 x Pre-recorded lectures/practical sessions.
This includes the practical teaching information that is not part of the syllabus, delivered by Sheila Done-Wilkinson, and is exclusive to Trained Academy students.
✅ Regressions 
✅ Progressions 
✅ Adaptations
✅ Latest research & up to date information
✅ A wealth of teaching ideas from one of the UK’s top experts in this field.
✅ Access to our private Facebook group for students on the Older Adult course.

The Refresher option does not include the Zoom calls, assessment, accreditation, CPD points, or a manual. We recommend this option to previously qualified students looking to update & supplement their qualifications. Or, for those who teach Older Adults as part of a mainstream class and would like to enhance their learning to better serve this demographic.