Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate

Keilir Heath Academy has been educating personal trainers in Iceland since 2007 through the established IAK personal trainer programme. Drawing upon this strong foundation, Keilir now offers courses through it's online school, Nordic Fitness education.

The Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate (NPTC) is an innovative online course, built to help students achieve the same quality and scope of education through home study and e-learning as would be received through traditional face to face courses. The NPTC programme is a blended learning programme*, that has been developed to mirror all the knowledge and skill required of a European level 4 personal trainer. Graduating students will be fully prepared to excel in serving clients within a fitness club environment, or in being able to tap into their entrepreneurial skills to operate their own successful personal training business.

*All course content is delivered via our online platform. Both written and video assessments are submitted online to be graded in person by a designated assessor. Students are also required to complete a real-time work-place internship. 

 The Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate (NPTC) course offers:

  • a flexible online programme of the study, hosted by Nordic Fitness Education, that fits around your schedule and daily life
  • built on many years of experience from the proven IAK personal training program in Iceland 
  • carefully mapped to reflect all knowledge and skills required in Europe for personal training
  • taught by renowned teachers that hold recognised degrees within their field of expertise, and have decades of practical PT experience
  • open to those who desire to start a rewarding career in a growing industry.*
  • Your Personal Training Career

    Have you ever felt the benefits of personal change, such as healthier lifestyle choices, engaging in regular physical exercise, making better food choices, or taking a more positive outlook on life? Could you draw upon those experiences to help others?

    Personal Training (PT) is a highly rewarding career with benefits for both the PT and for the clients that they support. Our graduate PT's have helped thousands of people to make positive changes that boost fitness, enhance wellbeing, and create healthier habits. Working in the fitness industry attracts people from all backgrounds with a wide range of life experiences making it a truly inclusive career that can fit with the lifestyle of almost anybody. Could it work for you?

    Leveraging modern technology through online learning has made starting a career in personal training much easier than you may think. The NPTC is an outstanding qualification that will provide a strong foundation for your career in the health and fitness industry. 

    Read what Robert Linkul, the NSCA's personal trainer of the year 2012, has to say about building successful Personal Training businesses [PDF]

  • Course Schedule & Content

    Nordic Fitness Education offers an online Personal Trainer certification taught in English. The programme covers all of the knowledge and skill requirements required by the fitness industry in Europe. The program is designed to develop high-quality personal trainers with outstanding knowledge and ability on how to improve human health and fitness, how to create innovative exercise programmes, and how to run a successful personal training business.

    Note: The course size and content is similar to a 50 credit unit qualification as defined by the Icelandic Qualification Framework set by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

    Each calendar year is split into 6 terms, each term is 7 weeks in length. Students can start their studies at the beginning of any of the 6 term start dates scheduled across the year (see term dates below). The full certification is usually completed in approximately 8 months, with the maximum time allowed being 12 months from the beginning of your first enrolled term of study. You can review the current schedule of term start dates by clicking the link below:

    The full personal training certification will take 4 terms of study to complete. During each term, you will be assigned an expert tutor to guide and support you through your studies as needed.  


    Course Listing

    • Introduction to Personal Training

      This is a short section that provides an overview of the fitness industry in Europe and some of the key aspects that are important when working within a career as a Personal Trainer. 

    • Functional Anatomy

      This course teaches the essentials of the skeletal and muscular systems and how these structures contribute to human movement in exercise and physical activity.  Students will focus on these two locomotor systems to identify how simple and complex movement skills are produced and controlled.

    • Exercise Physiology

      This course focuses on integrated exercise physiology, the relationship between exercise, health and physiological systems of the body.  Students will learn about the impact of exercise on metabolic energy systems, cardiorespiratory, nervous, endocrine and thermoregulatory systems. Students will learn how these systems support the body during physical activity and how they adapt and change as a result of consistent exercise. 

    • Nutrition for Health and Fitness

      This course covers both foundation and applied nutrition knowledge, including subjects such as; macro-nutrients, micro-nutrients, foods and energy production, hydration, fueling physical exercise, nutrition for muscle growth, and for weight management. 

    • Testing, Measuring and Movement Screening

      This course will focus on the necessary analytic skills to assess a client's health and fitness. Such testing is vital to provide an initial benchmark that will inform effective goal setting, programme design and future re-assessment. An extensive range of cardiovascular, muscular strength and endurance, posture, and range of movement assessments are included.

    • Business and Career Development

      The course will focus on business skills and information needed for the personal trainer entering the highly competitive fitness industry. 
      Students will learn how to apply the product development, planning, marketing and sales skills necessary to succeed.

    • Applied Personal Training

      This course teaches the essential exercise technique, coaching and instructional skills needed to be able to deliver an engaging and effective personal training session. It will provide the vital teaching skills to interact with clients and become an exceptional exercise coach. 

    • Programme Design

      This course covers the scientific basis of programme design, including both long-term and short-term planning requirements. It will arm the student with the skills to engage clients with goal-oriented, effective exercise programmes across both cardiovascular and resistance training disciplines. 

  • Course Price and Fees

    The Nordic Personal Trainer Certification is priced accordingly:

    • Full programme paid upfront: €2,950 (15% discount)
    • Pay per term: €500 deposit upon enrolment, with 4 x €675 payments at the start of each term (total paid €3200 = 6% discount)
    • Pay monthly: €800 deposit upon enrolment, with 8 x €325 consecutive monthly payments (total paid €3400)

    If you still require further information regarding the NPTC programme, please contact, Ben Pratt, NFE Programme Coordinator.

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  • Apply online

    If you still require further information regarding the NPTC programme, please contact, Ben Pratt, NFE Programme Coordinator. Eligibility criteria to enroll in the Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate includes:

    • At least 19 years of age
    • Completed high school level education
    • Be proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English

    When applying for the NPTC programme you will need to adhere closely to the following instructions:

    • All of the application form needs to be completed in English, including your personal contact details, educational background, learning disabilities, and any references provided
    • You are required to attach 3 documents as part of your application, these should be prepared in advance ready to submit within the online application (failure to submit these may result in your application being rejected)
      1. A scanned image of your passport (or other legal photo identification)
      2. An up to date version of your curriculum vitae (CV) in English
      3. A cover letter written in English that addresses the following items:
        • Reasons for selecting the NPTC course to become a personal trainer
        • Career aspirations or goals following graduation from NPTC
        • Outline existing time availability / constraints in relation to proposed NPTC study requirements
        • Personal sporting, physical activity or exercise interests

    Click here to apply online now 

  • Student Testimonials

    Please read the student testimonials regarding the Nordic Personal Training Certificate delivered by Nordic Fitness Education:

    Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, Iceland women's national football team and NPTC graduate 2017:

    "I was looking for a personal training programme that I could study through distance learning while I continued playing professional football abroad," says Dagný, who previously completed her university studies in the USA. "After completing the NPTC course I progressed onto Keilir's continuing education programme, the IAK strength and conditioning course that I will finish in spring 2018. I will use the knowledge and experience gained from both of these programmes when I am finished. The NPTC programme is perfect for those who are interested in developing their knowledge and education in fitness and training, especially if distance learning online is the best option for you."


    Ana M, Icelandic Cup Champion and Rhein-Neckar-Pokal Champion, 

    Ana S Bikini fitness champion

    NPTC graduate 2018:

    "As an IFBB fitness athlete who competes, I feel lucky to have a good PT supporting me in my aspirations and helping me reach my goals. I watched my body and mindset transform, so I wanted to learn a little bit more about the magic. I never even thought about being a PT until I had to earn my grades with Nordic Fitness Education. Now, experiencing all that the NPTC offers, I feel confident that I can be a solid coach. I feel that I have very strong base to build upon, with experience too. I'm proud and grateful to have graduated from NFE via the Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate! Thank you."


    Kristbjörg E, NPTC graduate 2018:

    I am so happy. I am smiling from ear to ear! I will recommend this course...I really enjoyed it and it taught me a lot! The teacher was fantastic! Thank you NFE for everything. I am so excited to start my journey as a personal trainer."


    Kristinn S, NPTC graduate 2018:

    "Great course! Thank you so much! It's been really fun and I've learned so much."


    Guðlaug R, NPTC graduate 2018:

    "Thank you! It's been great fun and I have learned a lot. I am excited to use what I have learned in my training and coaching. It's also great how much I have learned from the feedback I received from the tutor."


    Michael V, NPTC graduate 2018:

    "The course was very well presented and easy to follow. I have to say the tutor was excellent, he responded quickly to all my emails and gave me help whenever I asked for it. I could not expect anything more from him. I loved the course! I cannot think of anything I would change. Highly recommended."


  • Reading Material

    Keilir Health Academy - Nordic Personal Trainer Certification. Recommended reading material list [PDF Document], updated on 2nd  January 2018.