NPTC 1st Term: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Fitness / Fitness Instruction

This course teaches essential knowledge regarding the anatomy of the human body and its working physiology in relation to physical exercise. This forms a foundation to build key skills as a fitness professional. It also includes an in-depth module regarding the role of a fitness instructor and important instructional skills.

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    • PD hours: 35
    Study online at your own pace and complete within the 6 week term time allocated
    • 1,175.00 EUR incl. Tax


The purpose of this course is to cover the major anatomical knowledge of the body in relation to the skeleton and the muscles. This will provide a valuable foundation for understanding how they work and function during physical activity and exercise. In order to affect change in physical performance and the appearance of the human body, we must understand sufficient aspects of anatomy and the working physiology of the various systems involved in physical exercise and metabolism.

The fitness instructor module covers the job role, important health and safety aspects, and how to develop motivational and instructional skills for coaching exercise effectively. 

This course is the first of 6 modules delivered as part of the Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate (NPTC). The initial first term fees include a €500 registration deposit as well as the standard NPTC term fee of €675, bringing the starting payment to €1175. 

Course start dates are scheduled as study terms throughout each year and can be found on the main NPTC course information page.


Eligibility criteria to enrol in the Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Fitness (and the NPTC) includes:

  • Evidence of identity and at least 18 years of age
  • Evidence of completion of high school level education
  • Be proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English

Course components

The 2 courses contain over 15 hours of video content with a range of varied assessments. The required learning is divided into 18 lessons and a range of assessments based around the following topics:

Anatomy and Physiology

1. Skeletal anatomy
2. Joints and connective tissue
3. Joint movement and function
4. Skeletal muscle anatomy
5. Muscle actions
6. Exercise and muscle function
7. Respiratory physiology
8. Cardiovascular physiology
9. Cellular energy systems for exercise
10. Nervous physiology
11. Endocrine physiology
12. Thermoregulation

Fitness Instructor

1. Role of the fitness instructor
2. Health and safety of physical facilities
3. Health and safety of participants
4. Fitness induction
5. Motivation and instruction
6. Essential instruction skills