Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning

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Want to take your Personal Training to the next level? Increase your client base and gain the skills to help athletes achieve their goals. With our Level 4 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning, you'll be able to plan, prepare, deliver and review strength and conditioning programmes. 

Create strategies and plans to help your clients reach new limits and their performance goals.

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to plan, prepare, deliver and review strength and conditioning programmes that will help athletes to achieve their performance goals.

The qualification is divided into two key units:

  1. Performance analysis of the activity and the athlete
  2. Plan, deliver and evaluate periodised performance-related strength and conditioning programmes
Across these units you will cover the following:
  • The role of a strength and conditioning coach as part of an athlete’s support team
  • Methods of carrying out performance-related needs analysis, measurements and assessments
  • Strategies to analyse and evaluate assessment findings in order to be able to develop and agree short, medium and long-term performance goals
  • Planning, delivering and evaluating periodised, performance-related strength and conditioning programmes

Blended Learning Course: This course at level 4 specifically includes a strong element of self-guided study and research. You can start your  online theory on demand and will be supported by our course tutor via structured webinars followed by 2 live 2-day workshops and ongoing assessment. The course duration is around 24 weeks.  Assessment are: casework/project, a Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment/Assessment via video.

NEXT START DATE: Online study at anytime 

Workshop Dates Throughout the year: 2 x 2 day workshops -arranged direct with your tutor 

In order to achieve your qualification, you will be required to complete various assessment and casework this includes:

    1. You will need to produce a professional proposal to promote the benefits of strength and conditioning coaching to prospective clients this a written/ produced presentation format:

    • PowerPoint / Keynote / Prezi or similar (client-friendly and part of normal practice)
    • Videos, images, audio recording
    • Web pages. Handouts or leaflets
    • Any other format which is suitable for a professional presentation to a prospective client
    • The core proposal should be an appropriate length for presentation to a prospective client
    • You include a reference list showing the sources of information used to develop the proposal
    • You will also briefly explain why you felt the sources used were credible and what made you discount the non-credible sources
    2. You will plan, deliver and film the following sessions live with an athlete:
    • A performance-related warmup
    • A speed and agility drill
    • A plyometric drill
    • Facilitated safe/effective cooldown
    Please note these sessions are not personal training/ gym-based sessions and may require setup/facility use and equipment depending on what you plan. Please prepare for this and have all the necessary equipment such as cameras and audio/ editing equipment to record your sessions and that you are comfortable using basic software to plan out your sessions and record evaluation notes. (i.e. word, excel etc. so that they can be submitted for review).


    3. You will be required to study, practice and demonstrate full competence of key lifts:

      • High bar back squat
      • Clean & Jerk
      • Snatch

      For this, you will need to practice a lot to bring your technical competency up to a required standard. You will also be required to film these lifts showing progression and give a technical breakdown of the required phases of each lift from differing profiles. (These are also to be weighted lift not empty bar).

      4. Case study. Presentation & Viva You will be required to have coached your athlete for a minimum period of 12 weeks. During this time, you will have devised and utilised various testing methods, proforma, session plans etc that you have designed for your s and c coaching delivery to your athlete. Everything you do must be documented as evidence toward your case study.

      Once this is complete you will then present a prepared case presentation to your tutor giving justification and evaluation of what you have achieved with your athlete. Following this will be a viva session where you will be asked further questions pertaining to your case and presentation. This will be held live with your tutor at a scheduled time.  

      At level 4 there is a STRONG FOCUS ON SELF-GUIDED LEARNING – you should be comfortable undertaking scientific research reviews and finding scientific evidence-based knowledge to support your case and learning. This will require significant time and research to find and evaluate scientific journals related to your athlete practice and sport.

      You will work with a REAL COMPETITIVE ATHLETE face to face for a minimum timescale of 12 weeks in a training and competitive sporting environment: this can include any team sport athlete or individual athlete of a cyclical type sport that has a competitive season with regular competition throughout the year and the athlete is in actively competing. It is your responsibility to source an appropriate athlete and put an agreement in place for at least a 12-week period.

      As the course is online and offline computer literacy is a must with availability and use of equipment and facility to carry out your own lifting practice, training of your athlete and ability to film each of these scenarios on multiple occasions where you will edit, package and send your videos for review.

      There are strong planning and organisation elements to this course to achieve all in the suggested timescales. Please note this takes time and is a significant amount of work at this study level. Please be prepared to allocate several hours a week to achieve this and also any time required for the coaching of your athlete.


      • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning
      • CIMSPA Training Provider Partner
      Please note this is not a UKSCA or NSCA endorsed programme and thus accreditation to either would need to be sought by the respective providers.


        Learners must hold either:

        • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (or equivalent)
        • Level 3 Coaching qualification (or equivalent)
        • Level 3 Strength and Conditioning qualification (or equivalent)

        Are you leaving the forces and looking to retrain within the fitness industry? You can use the Enhanced Learning Credits to fund our Level 3 and 4 courses including Strength and Conditioning. If you need the entry requirement qualification. 

        Help and advice is available on our ELCAS info page

        Check out our Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training course to get started on your strength and conditioning coaching journey. 

        Contact us for more information.

        ELCAS Approved Provider ID: 9004

        Customer Reviews

        Based on 4 reviews
        Brilliant Course 5 Stars !

        Brilliant Course well put together and I have learnt a ton from doing this course which will help me continue to develop myself and my career within the fitness industry. Cant recommended enough !!!

        Hi Simon
        Thank you so much for your positive review!
        We really appreciate your feedback it is really important to us.
        Congratulations! We wish you the very best implementing your extra knowledge gained and continued success with your Strength and Conditioning Coaching career.
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        Level 4 Certificate in S&C

        The course content is extremely good. My reason for doing this course was to improve my ability to train my son who is an elite level wheelchair tennis player. I have over 30 year's experience of working within sports coaching, fitness and as a sports therapist. I found that this S&C method is absolutely relevant to all my professional areas. I found that the course required a vast amount of self directed study, however, help and feedback was always available. I feel confident that I am now competent to deliver S&C and I also have a clear understanding of how to continue to develop as a S&C coach.

        Hi David, thank you so much for your lovely review, and sharing your reason behind wanting to become a Strength and Conditioning coach. We really appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience studying with us. Wishing you the most amazing continued success with your coaching career! If we can help in anyway please in the future please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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        Ahmed Zamani

        I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who is interested in taking fitness career to next level. The Tutors are very knowledgeable and kind, and always happy to help. God bless everyone at Fit training international!

        Hi Ahmed, thank you so much for your lovely review, we really appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience studying with us. Wishing you the most amazing continued success with your Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning coaching career. If we can help in anyway please in the future please don't hesitate to get in touch.
        Janet, Ben and the Fit Team :)

        Kerry Cockman
        Great course, stayed strong through Covid too

        I already work at level 4 in a medical centre, in the physiotherapy department as an exercise referral instructor. I have been in this role for 2015, prior to that, the start was when I trained as a personal trainer in 2005. Strength and conditioning has developed a lot since then, although many aspects and fundamentals are the same the emphasis on the 'why' has become much more important, the research the depth of each and every decision. I have had 2 children in the meantime and this course wasn't to get a new job but to become stronger in my current job, to give me the confidence back to not only try new ideas with conviction but to challenge others at work too and enjoy the evaluation process of it. The course has done that. A break now from studying and time to apply this.