Exercise Anywhere Diploma in Fitness & Nordic Walking

Course Overview

This is without doubt the most comprehensive Nordic walking instructor qualification available, combining in-depth knowledge of both fitness walking and Nordic walking techniques with a structured delivery plan which gives you the skills to set up, promote and maintain an outdoor health and fitness class programme suitable for all levels. All graduates leave with the training, systems and tools required to launch and deliver the award-winning NWUK FREEDOM programme straight away!

Developed by the team who brought Nordic walking to the UK in 2003, wrote the YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Walking and devised the methods published in the best-selling ‘Complete Guide to Nordic Walking’ (Bloomsbury Press), the Diploma programme combines professional industry qualifications with proven client and small-business management skills, delivered by tutors who are successful in their own Nordic walking businesses.

At Nordic Walking UK, we recognise that simply teaching a ‘technique’ does not provide the skills required to build successful outdoor classes that will attracts customers and keep them coming back. Our complete training programme encompasses a range of methods, equipment/pole types and an open approach to walking for results.

Uniquely to Nordic Walking UK, upon completion of the Diploma instructors are in a position to set up their own business as a NWUK Brand Ambassador with an enhanced listing on our amazing on line search and booking portal where their classes can be viewed, booked and promoted by NWUK. We also provide on-going mentoring, business and marketing support. Upgrade options including personalised website, marketing tool kits and more business training are also available. You will hold a nationally-recognised fitness qualification, including the award-winning NWUK FREEDOM programme and be part of an exciting fitness network that is growing rapidly across the UK. The Exercise Anywhere Diploma in Fitness and Nordic Walking is not just a training course, it is a complete package to ensure you’re successful with Nordic walking!

Diploma face-to-face course content

Planning and teaching a NWUK session to include:
  • Technique variation and progression
  • Fault correction drills
  • Route planning, group management and leadership
  • Risk assessment
  • Pole sizing, types and personalised advice
NWUK FREEDOM programme to include:
  • Understanding every client’s goals and needs, and matching your delivery accordingly
  • Running a successful Nordic Walking Taster Session
  • Structured lesson plans for the delivery of Nordic walking technique as part of a national scheme
  • How to launch and maintain an inspirational programme which will keep clients coming back (includes promotion, pricing and growth strategies)
Effective Walking:
  • Teach the NEW Effective Walking Plan
  • Understand how to help people get more from regular walking with postural and movement ‘switches’ plus pace management, drills and other unique walking-based fitness ideas. Each client has a branded info pack
  • Create fitness walking sessions that are motivating, structured and appropriate for all ages and levels. Ideal for urban groups, corporate wellbeing and those who simply want to get results from their walking

Distance learning content

If you do not currently hold a recognised fitness qualification, you will also gain the YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Walking within the Diploma training programme. The learning programme includes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
  • Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment


  • 4 direct contact days, to include theory and practical assessment on day 4
  • 40-60 hours (on average) distance learning – for those currently without a fitness qualification


  • Practical assessment teaching a full NWUK session. The practical assessment is completed over the 4 contact days
  • YMCA Level 2 Mandatory units are assessed on day 4 (YMCA students only)
    • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (multiple choice theory paper)
    • Principles of exercise, fitness and health (multiple choice theory paper)
    • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (worksheet)
    • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment (worksheet)

Diploma graduates will represent Nordic Walking UK in their area as part of our nationwide network.

All NWUK Diploma graduates receive:

  • A NWUK Instructor card which provides discount in retail stores nationwide (including Cotswold Outdoors, Rohan and Hi-Tec) plus up to 30% discount in the NWUK store
  • Business launch support
  • Optional social media/webinar and support
  • Mentoring from established local NWUK instructors (if required)
  • FREE Listing on Exercise Anywhere class search and booking portal*
  • Credit card and Direct Debit payment systems**
  • Inclusion in NWUK promotional campaigns, PR and central contracts
  • Basic client management and communication software (and training)
  • Marketing pack
  • Branded clothing
  • Discounted equipment pack, and commission on retail sales
  • Cascade Walk Leader training is provided for those with a growing programme who wish to train their own leaders (subject to suitability)

* All NWUK Instructors are required to gain a minimum of 3 NWUK CPD points per year to remain listed on the portal, ensuring all Instructors are up to date. Listing is subject to payment of an annual renewal fee of £125 from year 2 (monthly payment plan available)

** admin charges apply for all transactions


DURATION: 4 days (usually 2 x 2 day sessions with revision and practice in between)


  • With Fitness Instructor level 2 £750 (call us to find out how you can claim a bursary of £150 back once you begin to deliver NW and change lives)
  • Diploma only £495 (must have level 2 or above)
  • Monthly payment plans and bursary options available

PRE-REQUISITES: None. Experience of basic Nordic walking is beneficial but not essential. Those with medical, coaching or similar qualifications may qualify for exemption from fitness theory assessment. All ages and fitness levels welcome; we pride ourselves on having instructors who represent the actual population!

ASSESSMENT: ongoing practical assessment throughout the course, with the option to complete theory exams on final day (or return at a later date if preferred)

Additional learning modules for delivery of exercise to special populations and specific markets

PRE-READING: Complete Guide to Nordic Walking




Exercise Anywhere Diploma in Fitness & Nordic Walking Dates


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May 2017
Bristol — (13th to 14th May) and (27th to 28th May)

JUNE 2017
Milton Keynes — (10th to 11th June) and (24th to 25th June)

JULY 2017
London — (6th to 7th July) and (20th to 21st July)

August 2017
Manchester — (10th to 11th August) and (24th to 25th August)

September / October 2017
Edinburgh — (6th to 7th September) and (27th to 28th September)
Milton Keynes — (21st to 22nd September) and (5th to 6th October)

October / November 2017
Derby — (21st to 22nd October) and (4th to 5th November)

November / December 2017
London SG — (18th 19th November) and (2nd to 3rd December)
Bristol — (25th to 26th November) and (9th to 10th December)

DURATION — 4 days (usually 2 x 2 day sessions with revision and practice in between)


  • With Fitness Instructor level 2 £750 (call us to find out how you can claim a bursary of £150 back once you begin to deliver NW and change lives)
  • Diploma only £495 (must have level 2 or above)
  • Monthly payment plans and bursary options available


Why not upgrade to our highly successful business start- up option and become a full delivery Partner for Nordic walking UK?

NWUK Diploma students can now hit the ground ‘walking’ with our proven complete business solution which includes all of the above plus a personalised branded website and management system, a Marketing tool kit with pre prepared campaigns, social media support and access to business mentoring and support from our experts.

This option includes strategies for growing a programme with walk leaders and/ or other Instructors and being part of the NWUK delivery Partner network (read more – Business Support)


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