Urban Poling Certification Course -- LEVEL 1

INSTRUCTOR: Barb Gormley, director of education, Urban Poling Inc.

DATE/TIME/LOCATION: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019, 11:30am-3:30pm, High Park (Toronto) OR River Grove Community Centre (5800 River Grove Ave, Mississauga)

  • This course is offered live and ONLINE. Visit this link at Urban Poling for details.

  • Or speak to me about hosting a certification course at your facility or for your group.

  • Or contact me to arrange a PRIVATE one-on-one course.

COST: $269.99 + HST

CECS: continuing education credits 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.

DESCRIPTION: 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 5,000 instructors in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. In fact, over the past 15+ years, we’ve certified instructors in each Canadian province and territory. In 2019 the company became international, and there are now certified Urban Poling instructors in the U.S., Australia and the U.K.

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.


  • the Urban Poling Nordic walking technique

  • understanding your poles/how to set up your poles

  • 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

  • starting a series of classes

  • starting your business

  • an introduction to the Urban Poling ACTIVATOR poles and walking technique

  • 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.


  • online course: work at your own pace; live course: 3.5 hours of instruction, including one-on-one feedback and coaching

  • comprehensive 65+ page manual

  • 1 pair of Urban Poling Series 300 Nordic walking poles (retail price $99.99)

  • wholesale pricing on poles and accessories

  • monthly instructor newsletter


I found the course very informative and comprehensive, and the instructor was excellent. Barb 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

Urban Poling Certification Course -- LEVEL 2

INSTRUCTOR: Barb Gormley, director of education, Urban Poling Inc.

DATE: Sunday, June 23, 2019

TIME: 11:30am-3:00pm

LOCATION: River Grove Community Centre, 5800 River Grove Ave, Mississauga, ON L5M 4R8

CECS: 2 (canfitpro)

COST: $115 (includes 2.5 hours of training, certificate/CECs, and copy of The Urban Poling Ultimate Guide to Nordic Walking)

DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed for Level 1 Urban Poling-certified instructors and presents: tips, tricks and techniques for polishing your teaching skills; new poling skills and exercises; class design samples and ideas; and strategies for improving participants’ poling technique and boosting class numbers.

A quick needs assessment sent to registered participants will determine the final agenda. The objective is to have all of your questions answered and issues resolved!

Definite agenda items will include…1) Exercises Galore: dozens of ideas for warm-ups, cooldowns, cardio, muscle conditioning & stretching…all with poles of course! (handout with images and notes included); 2) Managing Diverse Groups (beginners and experienced in one class); 3) Blueprint for an 8-Week Urban Poling Course; 20 Questions (That Every Urban Poling Instructor Must Be Able To Answer) and more

REGISTER: please contact Barb for registration details!


Just wanted to thank you for a great Sunday with all your dynamism and enthusiasm.You made it fun as always, and your tricks and ideas were well appreciated.You are an inspiration to all of us master trainers!
– Peter, Montreal

Thanks again for a wonderful course Barb. You are a amazing teacher, leader and an inspiration. I'm looking forward to implementing all the new exercises and info I learned!
- Caroline, Markham, Ontario