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)

On line learning content

If you do not currently hold a recognised fitness qualification, you will be provided with on line tutorials that will provide you with the base knowledge we feel is essential to help you deliver effectively. The Exercise Anywhere academy learning programme includes:

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


  • Practical assessment teaching a full NWUK session. The practical assessment is completed over the 4 contact days
  • All other units are assessed on day 4 (Non fitness qualified students only)
    • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
    • Principles of exercise intensity, fitness and health
    • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
    • Health, safety and welfare whilst delivering outdoor fitness

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, Blanks, Rohan, Hi-Tec and more) 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 support
  • Discounted 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 as a Brand Ambassador is subject to payment of an annual renewal fee of £125 from year 2 (monthly payment plan available)

Delivery Partner Instructors pay no annual listing fees. All NWUK Diploma graduates deliver NWUK programmes under licence

**Admin/commission charges apply for all transactions

This Diploma is a licensed programme deliverable only by outdoor code of practice compliant Instructors who deliver in accordance with the terms of NWUK Brand Ambassador or Delivery Partner agreements. Cancellations/transfers must be made in writing and the following charges apply.

If cancellation is made within 30 days of the course date a charge of 50% of course fee is applied or the booking held for future module.
If cancellation is made at short notice (within 14 days) or in the event of non attendance, the full course fee is non refundable.
Transfers at short notice (within 14 days) will result in a re-booking charge of £25.


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


  • With Fitness Instructor level 2 £750
  • Diploma only £495 (must have level 2 or above)
  • Monthly payment plans 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.

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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Product Description

London November 2019
7th & 8th and 21st & 22nd November 2019

Dorset December 2019
4 day intensive course in Dorset 
3rd – 6th December 2019

Midlands February 2020
1st & 2nd February and 15th & 16th February 2020

Dorset February/March 2020
 29th February & 1st March & 14th & 15th March 2020

London March 2020
19th & 20th March and 2nd & 3rd April 2020

York April/May 2020
18th & 19th April and 2nd & 3rd May 2020

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


  • With Anatomy and Physiology pre learning £750
  • Diploma only £495 (must have level 2 or equivalent)
  • Monthly payment plans 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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