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.
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:
Speed and mobility (Speed, Agility and Quickness)
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.
Basic principles exercise physiology and movement theory / functional movement and posture analysis (assessment)
Flexibility and Core training
Balance and reaction (plyometric) training
Resistance - (strength) and speed training (SAQ)
Compose the program (Stabilization phase)
Compose the program (Strength phase)
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:
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.
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:
Barendrecht (region Rotterdam)
* The education at locations marked with an asterix is carried out by our educational partner Sport & People.
The training is concluded with two theoretical exams and one practical 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.
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).
estimated 96 hours
Giving training / own skills
minimum 30 hours
Internship and elaboration of internship assignments
The total study duration is approximately 6 months, with an estimated study load of 172 hours and can be divided as follows.
7 lesson days
Theory exam online multiple choice and written case
3 ½ hours
Lesson days: 5 installments of € 360,00 (excl. Exam costs)
You can also pay in one go with a discount of 55,00, then the costs are € 1.745,- (excl. Exam costs)
Exam costs (theory and practical exams): € 495, -
If you pay in installments than two installments must be paid before the start of the course and the examination costs must be paid at the same time as the first installment payment. (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.
The costs for the theory and practical NASM exam are € 495, -.
With the STAP budget you can follow this training, if it
less than 1000 euros, completely free of charge. The next subsidy round
starts 28th February 2023! Register on time and after registration you
receive your STAP registration certificate from us with which you can
for your STAP budget.
We will register your registration in the STAP portal and
notify you by email when you can complete your subsidy application in
Why EFAA courses?
More than 30 years
more than 25,000 people
Recognized by NL
(EQF/eReps) recognition Europe Active
training online and practical learning