Urban Poling (Nordic Walking) Instructor Certification

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As Canada’s leading Nordic walking manufacturer, distributor and educator, Urban Poling welcomes you to become a part of our ever-growing team of instructors.

Urban Poling Inc. has proudly certified over 3,500 instructors in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. In fact, over the past 10+ years, we’ve certified instructors in each Canadian province and territory.

The Urban Poling Certification Course is a comprehensive course (offered both live and online) that teaches course participants the practical skills of Nordic walking and how to teach Nordic walking to others.

You will learn everything you need to know about the Urban Poling Nordic walking technique and be provided with all the materials, tools and support you require to provide one-on-one sessions, group classes and educational demonstrations.

Topics covered include:

  • The Urban Poling Nordic walking technique
  • How to teach the Urban Poling Nordic walking technique
  • Correcting poor technique
  • Warm-ups, cool-downs, high-intensity exercises and muscle conditioning
  • An introduction to the ACTIVATOR poles and walking technique
  • Starting a series of classes
  • Starting your business
  • and more

This course is ideal for: group exercise instructors, personal trainers, recreation/wellness directors, diabetes educators, health care professionals, teachers, walking/hiking group leaders, and aspiring small business owners.

I found the course very informative and comprehensive, and the instructor was excellent. She made the course fun and interesting. I have been to a lot of courses and this one was one of the best. Nordic walking truly does give a great workout!
Kristine, Waterloo, Ontario

The best prepared and supported online course, I have ever taken.
– Margaret Parsons, Ontario

189.99 online or 199.99 live (or as specified).
Re-certification recommended every 2 years with our online refresher course 50.00.

Register Now  Refresher Course Registration
If you don’t see the live course listed below, Contact Us about setting up an onsite course at your centre for as few as four participants (depending on your location). Our fantastic Master Trainers are available to teach across Canada.

City Date & Time Location Presenter


Online access will be provided after registration. The  course can be taken anytime at your convenience and the poles will be shipped directly to you. Mandy Shintani

Sat, Apr 8

8:00 an – Noon

Liquid Gym Training and Therapy Center

34 Stafford Rd, Nepean


Wendi Patterson

Sat, Apr 29,

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

TBD Louise Hickey

Sat, Apr 29,

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Urban Poling Refresher Workshop $56.50 (includes tax)
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, 1490 Richmond Street, London N6G 2M3Email smerkel2@gmail.com to register
Sarah Merkel

Sun, April 30,

1:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Cost: $229.00 (includes tax, a pair of poles, manual and certification)
Email smerkel2@gmail.com to register
 Sarah Merkel
Nova Scotia

Sat, May 6,

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Peak Energy Chiropractic

50 Majesty Ct, Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 0A7

Lisa Dykeman

Sun, May 7

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

River Grove Community Centre Barb Gormley

Sat, Jun 3

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Presentation Language: Cantonese

Location TBD

Jonathan Koo
Calgary Sun, Jun 4,

11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Calgary Winter Club, 4611 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2K 1J7

Email mj@urbanpoling.com to register

 Mandy Johnson

Sun, Sept 17

11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Durham College

Barb Gormley
Nova Scotia

Sat Sept 23

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Peak Energy Chiropractic

50 Majesty Ct, Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 0A7

Lisa Dykeman

Sat, Sept 23

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Louise Hickey

Sat, Oct 14

8:00 an – Noon

Liquid Gym Training and Therapy Center

34 Stafford Rd, Nepean

Wendi Patterson

Live course includes:

  • 1 set of Urban Poles (reg. 99.99)
  • Wholesale pricing on poles and accessories
  • Monthly instructor newsletter
  • Certificate for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) from 9 associations; canfitpro (2 for course + 4 for practicum *), Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging (CCAA), Ontario Fitness Council (OFC) (4), British Columbia Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA) (4), Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association (SPRA) (4), Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC) (3), Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) (3) Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) & YMCA/YWCA upon request.

Online course includes: 

  • All items listed above
  • 2 hours video training and educational content
  • Free shipping of poles included with the course in Canada and the US

Excerpt from the Instructor Certification Course:

Note: Participants should only use this knowledge to work within their professional boundaries as determined by their association and college.


Going uphill

Keep your poles more upright and in front of you. Lean forward slightly, and use the poles to help push you up the hill. If necessary, bend your elbows, but remember to transition back to the straight arm technique at the top of the hill
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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