Information for Health Professionals

Information for Health Professionals

What is BACPR Exercise Instructor Training?

The British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation (BACPR) has developed a training course for exercise professionals who fulfil the entry criteria and wish to offer safe and effective exercise programmes both within  Phase III programmes and in the community e.g. in classes at leisure centres, in health clubs and personal training.

This training course was established in 1998 and is widely recognised and highly respected within the exercise and fitness industry and is recognised by CIMSPA. It has forged strong links between health professionals and exercise professionals in this field.

What does being a Phase III endorser involve?

You may find that exercise professionals who have heard about the training course will contact you, as a Phase III/ Core CR professional to ask you to endorse/support their application for the course. You may regularly support exercise professionals or it could be your first time. In both cases this liaison may lead to establishing or developing a Phase IV exercise programme in your area.

Students are asked to contact their local Core ( Phase III) Cardiac Rehabilitation programme prior to the assessment day and organise an in-person visit to conduct a short interview with one of the cardiac rehab team to obtain information about how CR services are delivered. If an in-person visit is not possible then this interview can be conducted online or via telephone. Details of the interview questions to be covered are shared with the student once they are enrolled on the course.

The BACPR acknowledges that the continued support and expertise of Phase III professionals plays an invaluable part in the learning experience for this qualification.

Good collaboration between Core/Phase III and Long-Term exercise /Phase IV will enhance the provision of high-quality, long-term maintenance care for CVD patients in the community. With this aim we continue to welcome your comments and queries on this course.

Please contact if you have any questions regarding your role as a Phase III endorser.