EFAA Training is the national coördinator of the NASM PT course (National Academy of Sports Medicine) in the Netherlands.

After completing this course succesfully, you will receive the European or the US recognized NASM personal trainer diploma.

The gold standard among PT training courses. (EQF 4 recognized by Europe Active), 7 days of training, original NASM CPT book.

NASM Personal Training Internationaal erkend diploma

Heidi Kamermman about the NASM PT
Heidi Kamermman about the NASM PT
I am NASM Personal Trainer
I am NASM Personal Trainer
NASM The most respected name in PT certification
NASM - The most respected name in PT certification

Unique training

  • Learn to work from an integrated training concept (OPT model).
  • All training forms are part of a progressive system in an integrated way.
  • The system is based on scientifically based guidelines.

Internationally recognized

  • The training meets the European qualification standards (EQF).
  • Each phase within the OPT model provides each customer with a systematic structure with which progress can be made.
  • The training is provided by practicing and experienced Personal Trainers.

Optimal Performance Training (OPT)
In this course you will learn to work from an integrated training concept, which all training forms are part of a progressive system in an integrated manner. These training types are:

  • Flexibility training
  • Cardiorespiratory training
  • Core training
  • Balance training
  • Reaction training
  • Speed and mobility (Speed, Agility and Quickness)
  • Strength training
Optimal Performance Training (OPT)

This system was developed by NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and is referred to as Optimum Performance Training (OPT). It is based on scientific guidelines and principles from kinematics. Each phase within the (OPT) model is structured in such a way that it provides each customer with a systematic structure with which to make progress towards each personal goal. The model also takes into account the specific personal needs.

You learn to use the scientific background and the teaching materials in the correct way and you gain the necessary practical experience in:

  • doing (functional) tests and measurements
  • compiling individualized programs

You will also gain knowledge about nutrition, behavioral change, and how to build a customer base and generate more income.

Lesson day Content
1 Basic principles exercise physiology and movement theory / functional movement and posture analysis (assessment)
2 Flexibility and Core training
3 Balance and reaction (plyometric) training
4 Resistance - (strength) and speed training (SAQ)
5 Compose the program (Stabilization phase)
6 Compose the program (Strength phase)
7 Compile the program (Power phase)

In order to participate in this training, you must be in possession of a Fitness A or other relevant diploma showing that you have mastered the basic knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Exercise science. If you have any doubts about your prior education, you can always inquire at EFAA Training. You also need to be at least 18 years old to take the exams.

If you want to update your knowledge on Anatomy, Physiology and Exercise science, these are two options to study upfront:

  1. The Basic Personal Fitness Trainer certification. If you want to combine the NASM CPT and the Basic Personal Fitness Trainer certification, we can offer you 125 euro reduction. To use this offer, you have to sign in for both programmes on the same day.
  2. This book: https://blackboxpublishers.com/nl/publications/europeactives-foundations-for-exercise-professionals/

For the English /NCCA exam you must be in possession of a valid CPR (resuscitation) and AED certificate for the NCCA exam before the theory exam takes place. You also need to bring this with you during the online exam!

English is spoken during the contact days.

The contact days can be followed at the following locations:

  • Amsterdam *
  • Barendrecht (region Rotterdam)
* The education at locations marked with an asterix is carried out by our educational partner Sport & People.

Location data: click here for for interactive map and address details of the locations.

Start: 5 October 2024 (Saturday)

practice class day 1: 05-10-2024 | 09:30 - 15:30 uur (Sat)
practice class day 2: 26-10-2024 | 09:30 - 15:30 uur (Sat)
practice class day 3: 02-11-2024 | 09:30 - 15:30 uur (Sat)
practice class day 4: 16-11-2024 | 09:30 - 15:30 uur (Sat)
practice class day 5: 30-11-2024 | 09:30 - 15:30 uur (Sat)
practice class day 6: 14-12-2024 | 09:30 - 15:30 uur (Sat)
practice class day 7: 18-01-2025 | 09:30 - 15:30 uur (Sat)
theory exam: 01-02-2025 | 10:00 - 13:30 uur (Sat)
practical exam: 22-03-2025 | 09:30 - 15:00 uur (Sat)

The training is concluded with two theoretical exams and one practical exam.

Theory exam

100 multiple choice questions (120 minutes): online exam (own laptop). You can choose to take the exam in Dutch or in English.

The Dutch exam is a European recognized diploma. With the Dutch exam you can register in the EREPS register (the European register). If you choose the English exam, this is the European ánd US-NCCA recognized exam.To obtain the US recognized diploma an English exam must be taken.

For the English / US exam, you also have the above, so you are also European certified, provided that case study and practical exam have been successfully completed, but you have an “extra” certification in America. You have then taken an exam according to the NCCA standard. There are additional exam requirements for the NCCA exam.

One of these is that for the English /NCCA exam only 1 exam attempt is offered (retest is possible for a fee), for the Dutch exam that is 3 attempts. You must also be in possession of a valid CPR (resuscitation) and AED certificate for the NCCA exam before the theory exam takes place. You also need to bring this with you during the online exam!

You also take the NCCA multiple choice test at a location in the Netherlands designated by NASM, not at your training location. This will therefore be on a different date than the exam of the case. You do make the case study on the agreed date and training location.

Case (90 minutes): written classroom exam. You will receive data and test results from a fictitious person. With this data you need to draw up an individual and periodized training program that meets the guidelines of the OPT model.

Practical exam

This exam consists of giving a personal training in practice that complies with the set guidelines and the OPT methodology.

European or US recognized NASM diploma (EQF level 4, recognized for registration E-reps Europe Active).

Self-study estimated 96 hours
Giving training / own skills minimum 30 hours
Internship and elaboration of internship assignments 40 hours

The total study duration is approximately 6 months, with an estimated study load of 212 ½ hours and can be divided as follows.

7 lesson days 42 hours
Theory exam online multiple choice and written case 3 ½ hours
Practical exam 1 hour
Study load 166 hours

Training days: 10 installments of 229,50 € 210,00

You can also pay in one go with a discount of 60,00, then the costs are 2.240,00,- € 2.040,00

This temporary discount is valid until 31-07-2024

If you pay in installments than two installments must be paid before the start of the course. (other terms as agreed on invoice.)


  • 7 days of classes
  • Textbook NASM (English) *
  • Online NASM content with learning videos *
  • Registration in the European Register for Fitness Professionals (EREPS - level 4) for the 1st year.

* these you will receive on your first lesson day.

  • NASM
  • Europe Active
  • European standards
For substantive questions and assistance during the course or question for the tutor, please contact one of our study coaches at studiecoach@efaa.nl.

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Why EFAA courses?

  • More than 35 years of experience
  • Already trained more than 35,000 people
  • Recognized by NL Actief
  • European (EQF/eReps) recognition Europe Active
  • Official training partner NASM
  • Combination training online and practical learning
  • Locations throughout the Netherlands
  • Affordable combination and total packages
  • Payment in installments possible


in 10 installments of
(or at once 2.240,002.040,00)

The 'Midsummer' discount is valid until 31-07-2024

This promotion will run for another

locations & start dates