Exercise Therapist Pathway

Want to expand on your soft tissue skills?

At Movement Therapy Education, we have observed an evolution in necessary skill sets over the past decade. Traditionally, Sports therapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic and some Physiotherapy courses have heavily emphasised soft tissue/manipulative techniques and electrotherapy as their primary focus for MSK problems.

While these skills remain valuable, there has been growing scrutiny of their effectiveness for achieving long-term solutions for clients. In light of this, therapists must transition from a primarily passive approach to one that prioritises:




These are essential components for aiding clients in their journey toward improvement.

The Exercise Therapist pathway comprises specific modules within the comprehensive Movement Therapy Diploma, with a specialised emphasis on exercise as the primary intervention to empower clients in regaining control of their physical well-being and overall quality of life.

This is a combined course. Movement Therapy Education has specific modules relating to Therapists and Apex Fitness Education cover all the modules related to the Level 3 Personal Training Qualification. 

Movement Therapy Education Modules

These modules are delivered Face to Face

Biomechanics of Exercise

An in depth look into the muscle actions at each joint during movement
Analyse Lower limb, trunk and upper limb
movements available
Muscle action during movements
How to regress/progress movements

Functional Movement Analysis

Introduction to Gross and specific movement screening
Testing capacity (not just ROM)
Putting together a valid testing protocol

Introduction to Strength & Conditioning

Difference between strength and power
Periodization Introduction
Health and Safety/Positioning
Testing Power and Strength and CV fitness

Exercise Planning & Coaching

FITT principles
Instructing exercise
Positioning when coaching
Putting Acute:Chronic workload into practice
Writing & Adapting plans

APEX Fitness Education Modules (PT)

These modules are delivered Online

Level 2 Gym Instructor

Level 2 Anatomy & physiology 
Level 2 Principles of exercise
Level 2 Professional practice and health & safety
Level 2 Supporting clients
Level 2 Planning gym based exercise

Level 3 Personal Trainer

Level 3 Anatomy & physiology 
Level 3 Principles of nutrition
Planning sessions fro PT clients
Delivering Sessions for PT clients
Professionalism, technology and business acumen

The acute chronic workload is a key component of designing programmes. This is an excerpt from our online course (14 mins)

2024/25 Course Dates

You must attend all modules but they can be completed in any order:

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning 
25th April 2024, May 18th 2025

Functional Movement Assessment 
13th June 2024, 11th June 2025

Biomechanics of Exercise 
27th July 2024, 9th July 2025

Exercise Planning and Coaching November 
2nd/3rd 2024, 1st/2nd Nov 2025

Course will take place at our training facility in Ludlow, Shropshire

Exercise Therapist Pathway

This is suitable for most Level 4 and Level 5 Sports Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. If your current qualification course already includes post-care exercise, then the Exercise Therapist pathway is all you'll require.


Exercise Therapist + PT Pathway

If your qualification lacks post-treatment exercise components, or you believe it's insufficient, you have the option to qualify as a certified Personal Trainer (with additional assessments and registration fees)


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