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When you’re training to become an expert, trustworthy fitness professional, it’s not just the qualification that matters. You will be shaping your clients' health and fitness to improve the quality of their lives too. That’s why our online courses are designed to align with the highest professional and educational standards, ensuring that you learn more, achieve more, and ultimately, become more.

The online Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate (NPTC) has been independently reviewed and successfully accredited by EuropeActive. This gives the course Level 4 status on the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPs). It is also recognised by the International Confederation of REPs (ICREPs). Therefore, the NPTC is professionally recognised in more than 50 countries and across 5 continents. So, wherever your PT career takes you, you’re qualification will remain valid and recognised providing you remain a registered exercise professional. 

NFE offers 3 online personal training course options that gives you the flexibility to determine the study package that best fits your goals and needs. All 3 levels provide a certification that meets all the required professional standards in Europe and internationally.  The difference is in the number of courses delivered within the package and the level of ongoing support provided to the students. Choose from either:


  • PT Pure
  • PT Plus
  • PT Ultimate

Since its launch in 2018, NFE has established a strong reputation for high quality training through online education. See our high student ratings on TrustPilot. We are the perfect choice of training provider for those who don't want to compromise on quality, but need an adaptable study schedule, and prefer e-learning as their primary education method. 

Enter the Personal Training Industry fully qualified

Entry to the European fitness industry’s professional personal trainer ranks requires a Level 4 Personal Training certification. The Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate combines the required Fitness Instructor units together with the required Personal Training units to create a single, complete course that immediately takes the student to level 4 PT qualification. All 3 of our PT learning packages confer this Level 4 professional status on successful graduates.

NPTC - Pure € 995

NPTC - Plus € 1450

NPTC-Pro € 1995

NPTC -Ultimate € 4999

Learn from to become the Best

Robert Frost said "When work becomes play, and play becomes your work, your life unfolds."

To help your life unfold, we want you to really enjoy the journey to become the best personal trainer that you can be. Therefore, we have have gathered a team of the best tutors and educators to guide you along. Our personal trainer courses have been meticulously designed and delivered by leading fitness industry experts, nutritionists, and fitness educators. All our courses have also been carefully reviewed for quality of content with relevant, applied assessments too. Find out more about our Tutor Team

Online teaching and digital  tutor support from highly qualified and experienced health and fitness professionals. 

Engaging video lessons, and captivating digital resources to help you learn effectively and keep you interested throughout your learning journey.

Our friendly and knowledgeable customer support team will be readily available throughout your studies and beyond.

  • FAQS
  • The Nordic Personal Training Certificate (NPTC) is a great way to earn your personal training qualification at your own pace and convenience from the comfort of your home.
  • Our award-nominated e-learning course has been created with flexibility in mind.
  • You will learn about the fundamentals of fitness assistantship, gym instruction, and personal training when you enroll in the NPTS course. These include:
✅Basic Knowledge of How the body works, Anatomy and  Physiology
✅How to adopt an active healthy lifestyle
✅How to ensure a safe, clean, and friendly environment
✅Advanced knowledge of how the body works, Anatomy and  Physiology
✅Fitness Instruction, Health and Exercise Principles
✅Nutrition for Health and Fitness
✅Business Skills for Personal Training
✅Consultation, Testing and Programme Design
✅Exercise Instruction for Personal Training
  • One of the most important skills you will learn as an NFE student is how to conduct client sessions and how to run a successful personal training business.
  • Throughout the course, you will have access to a wealth of resources designed to assist you in passing the course and once you have graduated, you will receive free post-course support to assist you in your career. 
  • You can be sure you are in good hands the entire time because NFE has been chosen by more than 33 different nationalities from all five continents.
  • NFE is pleased to have developed a flexible course that is suitable for those who have obligations such as work, family, or hobbies. The advantage of NPTC courses over full-time courses is that students can complete them wherever they are as long as they have internet access and at their own pace.
  • You can start studying the same day you enroll, and there are no strict completion dates. You have 365 days to complete your qualifications; although students typically finish in 6 to 8 months, there is no requirement that they do so within this time frame.
  • All students have access to a wealth of materials and receive support from our highly qualified and experienced health and fitness professionals every day of the week. These resources include:
✅E-Learning Platform
✅Live Online Webinars
✅Quick Notes
✅Video Guides
✅Interactive Quizzes
✅300+ Hours of Education
✅70+ Lesson Topics
✅60+ Video Lessons
✅100+ Exercise Library
  • The learning experience was taken into consideration when building our e-Learning platform. This indicates that finding the information you are looking for is simple and easy to use. As long as your device has internet access, you are free to log on as frequently as you like to this platform and complete the required work.
  • You will need to complete assessments in order to receive your NFE qualification. We work hard to make learning interesting and enjoyable, and this goal carries over to the assessments we use.

You will be required to complete and submit your assessments as you move through the course and each of the modules. These learning and assessment activities include:

✅Textbook Reading

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Nutrition & business
  • Fitness & programme design

Video Lessons

  • 70+ hours of expert tutor instruction
  • Complete subject delivery
  • 100+ Exercise Library

Practical Assessments

  • Fitness induction video
  • PT video assessments
  • Fitness internship

Revision & Theory Assessments

  • Online quizzes
  • Written worksheets
  • Case studies
  • Programme design


    • You will receive maximum support and assistance from our highly qualified and experienced health and fitness professionals to ensure your assessments are stress-free and a great success.

✅Careers & Progression

  • You will be qualified for EREPs Level 4( Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer ) status and the opportunity to advance your fitness career after completing the NFE course.
  • Our committed staff will support you as an NFE alumnus throughout your journey by offering assistance, encouragement, and guidance on how to advance your skills and continue your education.


✅Careers Support

  • We are proud of the assistance we provide to our students, so your relationship with NFE does not have to end just because you have graduated.
  • With our unwavering support, NFE students have gone on to become elite personal trainers, fitness influencers, celebrity trainers, and prosperous business owners.


✅Progression Route

  • Even after finishing your NPTC course, there is always room for improvement and knowledge expansion.
  • NFE offers specialized courses that will help you broaden your clientele and explore new fitness markets. You can earn the designation of Level 5 Exercise for Health Specialist, which includes courses on managing diabetes and obesity as well as nutrition for sports and exercise.

The foundations of fitness assistantship, gym instruction, and personal training are covered in all NPTC courses.

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We cover the specifics of how much each certification body charges for the exam and
study materials below, but the range is between €1000 and €3000.So, you can figure it will cost you around €1500 to get certified as a personal trainer for most accredited education providers.

The personal trainer certification length is good for life provided you keep up with continuing education requirements of your certification. Another way of explaining this is that you’ll have to understand that each personal trainer certification company has different requirements for their trainers to maintain their certifications. The general rule of thumb is a certification must be renewed every two years and is done so by taking Lifelong Learning Programs (LLP) .

Remember education is an investment ,never go cheap!

Again ,Education isn't easy. In fact, in its formal state, it's probably one of the most complex, challenging things we do in our society, especially now, given the growing diversity of our student body and the greater amounts of information students are expected to know.

Again ,Education isn't easy. In fact, in its formal state, it's probably one of the most complex, challenging things we do in our society, especially now, given the growing diversity of our student body and the greater amounts of information students are expected to know.

The personal trainer certifications with an option for NCCA accreditation or EREPS accredited providers are the most respected in the industry. The NCCA is the gold standard for third-party personal training certifications and the EREPS is the platinum standard in EU countries.

The investment in a personal trainer education is worth it no matter which way you look at it. Most ICPTs are €1000 to €1500 and full time trainers can expect to make this money back in their first month. The education you get will also ensure a healthy knowledge for personal gains as well.

Personal trainers will be expected to be fit enough to demonstrate the exercises they are recommending to clients. While there is no fitness test to become a personal trainer, being in-shape would certainly help you attract clients. In an easy to say way, if the personal trainer is not in a good shape how the clients would trust the plan will actually work out?

NFE has graduated students from more than

Don’t Just Take What We Say on Face Value

In the words of a few of our leading graduates, discover why training with NFE is a five-star experience.

We’re committed to ensuring that all our students receive exceptional fitness education that goes beyond simply getting a qualification. Customer satisfaction is at the heart of our training service and you can see this in the many of 5-star reviews we’ve received over the years.


Geir Markusson
Geir Markusson
MSc Leading Nutritionist, Iceland
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NPTC graduate 2021
"Comprehensive, professional, interesting, and 100% online study. You can control your valuable time and study anywhere and anytime. I can recommend it to anyone interested in fitness and health and wants to help and motivate individuals to a healthier lifestyle."
Fiona Brown, professional footballer
Fiona Brown, professional footballer
FC Rosengård and Scottish national team
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NPTC graduate 2020
“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
Oliver Sigurjonsson, professional footballer
Bodo Glimt, Norway
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NPTC graduate 2019
“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
Ana Markovic, IFBB athlete
Icelandic Cup Champion and Rhein-Neckar-Pokal Champion
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NPTC graduate 2018
“As an IFBB fitness athlete who competes, I feel lucky to have a good PT supporting me to 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.”
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, professional footballer
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, professional footballer
Portland Thorns and Iceland national team
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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. 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. Highly recommended course!"
Selma Magnusdottir, professional footballer
Selma Magnusdottir, professional footballer
Rosenborg FC & Iceland national team
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"I really enjoyed my time at NFE. I will use this education both to help me improve at my sport and to help others. I liked how I could control the education's speed - I could choose how fast I would finish a module. I am happy I made the decision to join NFE and cannot wait to use the knowledge and skills in the near future."

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The cost of personal training courses vary considerably around the world. Even within Europe course fees range between €1000 to €3500. There are many reasons for such a wide price variation. The price of our online PT course is purposely positioned in the lower end of that price range (€1000-€1500), but we still deliver 100% high-quality education at affordable prices. 

Our PT course is designed to allow a wide entry gate. There are only a few minimum requirements that must be in place prior to being eligible to register for the course:

  1. All learners must be 18 years or older.
  2. All learners must have completed secondary level education. 
  3. Each student must be capable of learning in English (including listening, reading, writing, and speaking). 

*Note: Students will not be graded on the level of their English writing or speaking skills, but it is essential that their coursework and assessments can be communicated and understood in English. 

Personal trainer courses vary in length. Be warned of short courses promising quality education. The European standards require that a personal trainer course must be at least 4 months duration.


Our online Nordic PT Certificate is a total of 24 weeks education spread across 4 x 6 week terms. There is over 200 hours of learning to complete. It will take most learners approximately 6 months to complete all the requirements and become a fully certified personal trainer.  


Students should be able to allocate between 9-10 hours of study per week in order to complete the PT course in line with the recommended schedule. 

Personal training is a vocational (related to employment) certification. Previously in Europe, the major employers worked together with leading educators and Europe Active to define what knowledge and skills a personal trainer must obtain in order to successfully perform in their job. This set of requirements is known as the personal training professional standards.


The level relates to the established European Qualification Framework (EQF). Level 4 is an educational level equivalent to senior secondary school standard. A Level 4 education is the required standard for entry into a career as a personal trainer. 


European qualification framework level 4

European qualification framework

The Nordic Personal Trainer Course is professionally accredited to deliver 100% online education. In fact, we were the very first organisation in Europe to achieve online accreditation through EuropeActive & EREPs. All of our video lessons, resources, assessments and tutor support is delivered through our bespoke online learning platform. 

All of our online course content is delivered in an 'on-demand' style allowing learners to pick and choose when they wish to learn. PT students do have a 'loose' weekly timetable to follow to keep up with the learning requirements, but this is simply a task list that must be completed each week - it does not dictate the timing of when learning should take place. 

*Note: PT Plus and PT Ultimate package students will be invited to participate in live video support sessions with their tutor/assessor. PT Ultimate students will also enjoy an in-person live workshop to master their practical skills.  

This is an important question. A good personal trainer must obtain a range of important practical skills to be able to do their job effectively. During the development of our 100% online course, we knew that we would need to think differently about the teaching and development of good practical skills. The course is full of ways to enhance and apply knowledge in a practical manner and to ensure our graduates have the necessary practical skills. 


All our students are required to have access to a local fitness facility for the duration of the course. They will need to use their local gym to practice and develop their skills as they learn throughout the course. Our expert tutors have created hours of practical content to help build your skills. Our course materials are available via a digital learning application, which allows students to learn via a smartphone or tablet while they are at the gym - they can learn on-demand and practice together at the same time while on site at their local fitness club. 


Students are also required to submit a series of video assessments to their assigned tutor/assessor. The video assessments will allow each learner to showcase their newly acquired practical skills and receive expert feedback on their performance. We can assure you that hard-working, successful NFE graduates will have obtained the necessary practical skills to work as a personal trainer. 

The fitness internship is a necessary requirement to ensure that all online PT students have achieved the required professional European standards at Level 4. 


The fitness internship is composed of 3 different elements:

  1. Engaging in voluntary work within a fitness centre local to where you live. 
  2. Supporting a mentor certified personal trainer within their own fitness business.
  3. Serving a voluntary client to help them move towards their own health and fitness objectives. 

Students are required to accumulate a total of 40 hours of relevant industry experience across these 3 internship elements. Students willingly volunteer their time assisting fitness businesses within their local area in return for valuable work experience prior to graduation.  Students are required to maintain a detailed, verified record of the work they complete. This record is submitted for assessment.  

Yes! Our personal trainer online course is accredited through the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPs) which means that the majority of European countries recognise the EREPs professional standards system and will recognise our graduates as professionally certified. Currently there are at least 29 countries in the European region that acknowledge EREPs certified students. There are also at least 12 non-European countries that deliver certifications aligned to the EREPs professional standards. 

The Nordic PT Certificate is also approved under the International Confederation of REPs (ICREPs) which means that another 19 nations outside of Europe also accept and recognise our successful graduates as professionally certified. 

This makes our personal trainer course a truly international certification programme recognised in more than 50 countries across 5 continents, allowing you to work as you travel the world!

Typically, a European personal trainer certification is valid for life. However, to maintain a recognised, registered professional status it is important to engage in continuing education throughout your career. A certain amount of education must be obtained every year to keep continuous professional registration with EREPs. Personal trainer courses outside of Europe may have different requirements to maintain valid PT status. 

In the personal trainer education market, there may be some training providers who promise a quick or easy solution to getting certified. Be warned of such promises because good quality education will take time and hard work to achieve. More importantly, professionally accredited PT education in Europe must include over 200 required learning standards, therefore, a quick shortcut to teach these important topics and skills would be unwise and could leave the student without the skills to succeed in a competitive PT market.

NFE has thoroughly planned and developed its PT education to ensure we teach all necessary professional standards and to ensure our graduates have all the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a competitive market. 

This depends on the region of the world that the certification will be utilised. Within the European continent, courses that have been accredited by the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPs) are highly respected in the health and fitness industry. EREPs accredited courses are recognised in more than 35 countries. Our Level 4 Nordic PT certification is professionally accredited with EREPs and gives the bearer all the knowledge and skills they need to work as a certified personal trainer. 

In the USA, the NCCA is the gold standard for third-party personal training certifications. 

The relatively small financial investment in a quality personal trainer course is most definitely worth it! The average income of personal trainers in Europe in 2018 was between  €1400-2200 per month (*this average figure includes both part time and full time PTs), so the cost of the course will quickly be repaid. Full time PTs will likely earn much more than this monthly average. In addition, the quality PT education you receive will also ensure a lifetime of health-promoting knowledge and skills that will benefit your own health, wellbeing, and fitness too.

Personal trainers need not be elite, nor have advanced fitness levels, but they will be expected to have a fitness level sufficient enough to demonstrate the exercises they are recommending to clients. While there are no physical fitness tests to become a personal trainer, having a foundation of fitness will certainly help you to attract clients by being a practicing example of the things you will be coaching others to do. 

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NFE certification programmes are independently reviewed and accredited or approved by Europe Active & the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPs). This is the gold standard in Europe for health and fitness education programmes. All our certification programmes are also recognised outside of Europe by leading international bodies, including ICREPs. In total there are more than 50 countries where our education is valid and recognised making NFE a truly international education provider. 

We can also facilitate opportunities to get NCCA approved through our education partners. Passing an exam will give you a trusted US-focused credential that will pave the way for you to gain employment and help others become more physically active.

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Our Nordic Personal Trainer Certification delivers flexible online learning that will guide you completely through the growth and development of expert fitness coaching skills that will serve you throughout your career.

The Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate course is designed for self-motivated and committed students seeking the best possible online education to enhance their skills and launch their career into the fitness and personal training industry.