Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate

Keilir Health Academy has been educating personal trainers in Iceland since 2007 through the established IAK personal trainer programme. Drawing upon this strong foundation, Keilir also offers courses through its 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. All students are supported by a personal, individual tutor who will help guide them through their online learning journey. The NPTC is the first-ever, purely online programme of study that has achieved full, professional, Level 4 accreditation through Europe Active. Graduating students will be fully prepared to excel in a fitness club environment, or to operate their own successful personal training business.

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 The Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate (NPTC) course offers:

  • a fully accredited* personal training certification that will deliver the content, knowledge, and professional skills needed in the modern, European health and fitness industry.
  • Graduates are registered on European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREP’s)
  • 100% online course content delivery** available 24 hours a day anywhere you have an internet connection
  • the ability to study at times that fit in with your existing commitments
  • an assigned personal tutor to support and guide you in your learning journey
  • user-friendly, highly visual learning content
  • HD fully-captioned videos and downloadable transcripts for all lessons delivered by the teacher
  • downloadable document templates to support all aspects of a PT business from fitness testing forms, diet diaries, programme planning templates, business plan templates etc.
  • an extensive HD video exercise technique library

*Accredited by the international professional standards organisation, Europe Active.

**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 fitness internship. 

  • Your Personal Training Career

    Personal Training (PT) is a highly rewarding career with 74% of PT’s indicating they have high job satisfaction. 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 this work for you? Start the journey to your dream career now!  

    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

    The NPTC is an outstanding, tutor-guided, online qualification that will provide a strong foundation for your career in the health and fitness industry. The programme is structured as follows:


    1st term: Anatomy and Physiology / Fitness Instruction

    2nd term: Nutrition for Health and Fitness / Business skills for Personal Trainers

    3rd term: Consultation, testing, and programme design

    4th term: Exercise Instruction for Personal Training / Fitness internship 

    Each calendar year is split into 7 terms, each term is 6 weeks in length. Students can start their studies at the beginning of any of the 7 term start dates scheduled across the year (see term dates below). The full certification is usually completed in approximately 6-8 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 or 24 weeks of study to complete. During each term, you will be assigned an expert tutor to guide and support you through your studies as needed. All courses are taught and assessed in English. 


    Course Listing

    • Anatomy and physiology / Fitness instructor

      The anatomy and physiology module will provide an essential foundation for naming and locating structures within the human body and understanding how the body works and functions in relation to exercise. Also includes an introduction to the job role required of a professional fitness instructor, key health and safety processes, and motivational and instructional skills for coaching exercise. 

    • Nutrition for health and fitness

      The nutrition module will provide an important foundation for understanding dietary intake and how food and nutrients contribute to health. It also covers a range of important concepts for the application of nutritional strategies in relation to specific health and fitness objectives.

    • Business skills for personal training

      Personal Training is more than just being an exercise instructor. It also requires the trainer to know how to successfully operate a business, to understand customers wants and needs, and to provide effective business offerings that meet those needs. This course teaches these essential skills and much more. 

    • Consultation, testing and programme design

      This module teaches the importance of professional consultation for gathering the right information, how to select the right health and fitness testing, and how to develop an effective long and short-term programme plan. These are essential steps prior to applying exercise as a personal trainer. 

    • Exercise instruction for personal training

      This module teaches a wide range of different exercise techniques and how to effectively instruct, motivate, and coach a client throughout a full personal training session.

  • Course Price and Fees

    All amounts are reviewed annually based on index development and other factors that affect the school's operations. Figures and dates are subject to error.

    The Nordic Personal Trainer Certification is priced as follows:

    • NPTC programme paid in full: €2,490
    • Pay per month: €350 at registration plus 7 x €350 monthly payments (total €2800)

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

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  • Register online

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

    Eligibility criteria to enrol 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 please note that the online application form must be completed in English

    Following online registration, the programme coordinator will contact you to request:

    • a scanned image of your passport (or other legal photo identification)
    • completion of an introductory student questionnaire

    To register, click the link below and will re-direct you to our main NFE website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose between the 2 registration options. 

    Click here to register 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, updated on 21st January 2021.