Diploma in Fitness & Nordic Walking

Course now predominantly on line with only one Practical Day – locations around the UK to avoid travel – dates to  be released but on line content available to start NOW and massive discounts apply until 30th August

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. You will be part of an exciting fitness network that is growing rapidly across the UK with over 2,000 walks a week.

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 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
  • Delivering the POWER of POLES induction course
  • Structured lesson plans and programmes as part of a national scheme
  • How to launch and maintain an inspirational schedule which will keep clients coming back (includes promotion and pricing)

Fitness Instructor knowledge

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 the following knowledge to an equivalent of level 2:

  • 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 and client programming. The practical assessment is completed over the practical course duration
    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, Blacks, Rohan, Hi-Tec and more) plus up to 30% discount in the NWUK store
  • Launch support
  • Mentoring from established local NWUK instructors (if required)
  • A full editable page listing on the NWUK website
  • Listing on Exercise Anywhere class search and booking portal which will enable people to view, book and pay for your classes on line*
  • Credit card and Direct Debit payment systems**
  • Personalised websites available at low cost monthly plan
  • Inclusion in NWUK promotional campaigns, PR and central contracts
  • Basic client management and communication software (and training via webinars)
  • Discounted Marketing packs
  • Discounted branded clothing
  • Discounted equipment pack, and commission on retail sales

 All NWUK Diploma graduates deliver NWUK programmes under licence and are required to remain up to date and demonstrate compliance with GDPR and the outdoor code of practice. 

**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: 1 practical day and on line interactive learning


  • Diploma (includes an on line module for Anatomy physiology and principles of fitness for those who are not already  fitness qualified) £750
  • CORONAVIRUS PRICE only £425 if booked by August 30th
  • This includes all systems, support, and promotion as part of the UKs biggest walking brand
  • Monthly payment plans for training 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 are available for Brand Ambassadors who wish to deliver to special populations and specific markets – see CPD modules 

RECOMMENDED PRE-READING: Complete Guide to Nordic Walking




Walx Diploma in Fitness & Nordic Walking Dates

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Product Description

Virtual Course
Practical Course to be arranged – stays open for 12 months

Current Practical Days available

(subject to Government guidelines)

18th August 2020 – Dorset

26th August 2020 – Dorset

10th September 2020 – Milton Keynes

25th September 2020 – London

DURATION —Online course with 1 day practical


  • £750 (£425 if booked before 30/8/20)
  • Monthly payment plans options available

Additional Information


10th September 2020 – Milton Keynes, 18th August 2020 – Dorset, 25th September 2020 – London, 26th August 2020 – Dorset, Practical date to be confirmed


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Those looking for a full time management business can now hit the ground ‘walking’ with our proven complete business solution which includes training for two WALX Masters (the Diploma and two additional modules) plus a comprehensive business plan and territory.

WALX Franchisees can deliver a wider range of walking based fitness modules and be part of an exciting new launch.

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