Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate


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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Keilir Health Academy is the parent company of Nordic Fitness Education and has been successfully educating personal trainers in Iceland since 2007 through its European accredited level 4 IAK personal trainer programme.

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Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate (NPTC) 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 via computer, tablet, or mobile device, 24 hours a day anywhere you have an internet connection
  • the ability to study at times that fit in with your existing commitments
  • each student is assigned a personal tutor/assessor to support your learning journey, answer questions, and grade your written / video assessments
  • user-friendly, highly visual, and engaging 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, with downloadable exercise guidance documents

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

**All course content is delivered via our online platform. 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. 

Personal Training career

Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate

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!

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Course content and schedule

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

The NPTC is taught only in English. Each calendar year is split into a series of terms of study. Students can start their studies at the beginning of any of the scheduled term start dates across the year. This allows for flexibility to plan the start of the certification to suit your personal circumstances. The full certification, if completed within 4 terms, will take approximately 6-8 months (24 weeks of study), with the maximum time allowance being 12 months. Each term, you will be given the support of an expert, personal tutor/assessor to guide you through your studies and to enhance your learning experience.

You can review the annual term schedule via the link below:


The Nordic Personal Trainer Certification is priced accordingly:

  • Single fee – one payment at registration that covers all course fees: €2,950 (8% discount, saving €250 on the ‘Pay per term’ price)
  • Pay per term: €500 deposit required upon registration
    • A fee of €675 paid on enrolment at the start of each term
    • (Note: Deposit €500 + Term 1 €675 = Initial payment of €1175)
    • Total paid over 4 terms is €3200

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Course fees may be paid securely online via a personal PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account, during checkout, please select the grey box at the bottom of the payment screen that allows you to securely pay using a Debit or Credit Card.

If you require further information regarding the NPTC programme or have any questions, please email Ben Pratt, NFE Programme Coordinator, or call on 00354 6807979.

Course application pre-requisites

Eligibility criteria to enrol in the Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate includes:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Completed high school level education
  • Be proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English

When enrolling the NPTC programme please note that the online registration 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)
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) in English

Graduate testimonials for the Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate

Please read the student testimonials from a range of our graduates regarding the Nordic Personal Training Certificate delivered by Nordic Fitness Education:

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Fiona Brown, Professional footballer playing for FC Rosengård, and Scottish Women’s national team; NPTC graduate 2019:

Fiona Brown footballer FC Rosengard & Scotland“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience during this course. I felt the content was very detailed but so interesting and relatable to both sporting performance and all levels of training. I felt well equipped to go out and hold my own in the personal training and gym environment because of the assessments and information I had received! I would recommend this course to anyone who really is serious about entering the world of PT and fitness!”


Oliver Sigurjonsson, Professional footballer playing for Bodo Glimt, Norway; NPTC graduate 2019:

Oliver Sigurjonsson football“I liked the NPTC programme a lot and I would 100% recommend it. It adapted well to my training schedule. The programme tutors were really good, providing personal, constructive feedback and advice to help your studies. I gained more knowledge in health and fitness, which I will use it for myself, and also help others achieve their goals.”


Ana Markovic, IFBB athlete, Icelandic Cup Champion and Rhein-Neckar-Pokal Champion; NPTC graduate 2018:

Ana S Bikini fitness champion

“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 a 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.”


Debora O, NPTC graduate 2019:

“The NPTC is a great course for those looking to complete their personal training certification…it was worth every minute of hard work to know that I have the skills and knowledge to confidently work as a personal trainer with the highest in quality standards. I highly recommend this course. My assigned tutor was very patient and a great teacher, with constant support and encouraging feedback he enabled me to get to where I am today, a certified personal trainer!”


Irja G, NPTC graduate 2019:

“This has been an amazing journey! I have learned so much and feel extremely happy and proud of graduating from the NPTC programme. The courses were really interesting, educating, and fun, and the teachers are amazing! I would highly recommend this course, I really enjoyed it! Thank you NFE!”


Sigriður LG, Professional footballer; NPTC graduate 2019:

“The course was excellent, I will certainly recommend the NPTC course.”

Kristbjörg E, NPTC graduate 2018:

I am so happy and smiling from ear to ear! Definitely, 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.”

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. Really loved the course! I cannot think of anything I would change. Highly recommended.”

Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, Iceland women’s national football team, 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. 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.”

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