Strength & Conditioning Level 4 Award

The VTCT Level 4 Award in Strength and Conditioning is aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning coach.
This course will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to plan, prepare, deliver and review strength and conditioning programmes and supporting athletes to achieve their performance goals.

Entry requirements


The entry requirements for this qualification are a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.

  •  Learners may also hold relevant Higher Education or Further Education qualifications that are equivalent or higher than those listed above (eg. Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy.)

  • Learners should have basic skills in communication in order to carry out the following, discussions, presentations, research and writing, pitched at level 3


What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for strength and conditioning and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a strength and conditioning coach. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

• Principles and theories of strength and conditioning

• Programming and delivering strength and conditioning

Why is this qualification the most suitable?
Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant theories, concepts and techniques used in different strength and conditioning programmes. They will also develop the ability to apply practically the knowledge, understanding and skills to plan, design, implement and evaluate a strength and conditioning programme, which includes demonstration and instruction of Olympic lifting.
In parallel, learners will develop their communication and research skills, which are valued highly by employers.

What could this qualification lead to?
Learners who achieve this qualification are to gain entry to the register of exercise professionals (REPs) at Level 4. As a strength and conditioning coach, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:
• Sports and athletic clubs
• Commercial gyms
• Public leisure centres
• Private health and fitness clubs
• Armed services
• HM prison service
Strength and conditioning coaches typically work without direct supervision but often as part of a multi-disciplinary support team.