Stiftelsen Antidoping Norge


Anti Doping Officer - Certification course for fitness center employees


Certification course – Anti-doping officer

The fitness industry has the potential to play an important role in public health work in the future. Fitness center employees are regarded as role models when it comes to health and physical activity in society. It is important that this image is managed in a good way. As a role model there is a responsibility to be aware of one's own position as a preventer of doping. In line with the demands of the health authorities, it is crucial that professional groups working with public health communicate quality-assured information and carry out documented methods.

To ensure that anti-doping competence is safeguarded, Antidoping Norway (ADNO) has developed a certification course in anti-doping work for fitness centers. The course provides education in both preventive and interventive anti-doping work. Upon passing the exam, the course provides valid certification as an Anti-Doping Officer (ADO) at a fitness center. The certification is valid for 5 years.

In the Clean Fitness Center-program, there is a certification requirement that each fitness center appoints an ADO. The ADO at the fitness center has an important role in the preventive anti-doping work. By carrying out interviews with members concerning doping suspicion, the ADO will be the link between the fitness center and Antidoping Norway. The ADO will also have a central role in the doping control setting, providing support to the Doping Control Officer and supervising the member during the control. Due to this extended responsibility, ADNO wants to strengthen the role of ADO in the clean fitness center program.

The course is led by personnel from ADNO with assistance from external professionals if necessary. The course has both theoretical and practical elements. Participants will have access to relevant research literature in connection with the course. The course duration is a full day, approximately 8 hours, with a multiple-choice exam as final assessment.

The course consists of four modules:
1. Doping agents, methods of use, effects and side effects
2. Prevention and intervention strategies
3. Supplements
4. Doping control

Learning Outcomes:

1. Doping as a public health issue
• Introduction to doping as a public health issue.
• Prevalence, availability, and methods of use.
• The Criminal Code vs WADA-code.
• Classification of different doping agents.
• Effects and side effects of AAS and central stimulating substances.

Learning outcomes:
Have basic knowledge about doping in society, including
• The extent and availability of doping agents.
• The prohibited list for fitness centres in Norway (S1, S2 and S6).
• The potential legal consequences involved in using doping agents.

Be able to explain the effects and side effects of doping agents, including
• Basic knowledge of the structure and function of the hormonal system.
• Effects and side effects of the most used doping agents.

Have basic knowledge of the social and societal consequences of using doping agents, including
• Ripple effects of doping use in local environments and training environments.
• Correlation between doping, violence, and aggressive behaviour.
• Socioeconomic costs of AAS use.

• Be able to navigate the doping list.
• Be able to convey knowledge about legislation and the doping list to customers and members at fitness centres.
• Be able to convey the effects and side effects of the most used doping agents in a nuanced way to customers and members at fitness centres.
• Be able to assess suspected doping use - signs and symptoms.

2. Prevention and intervention strategies
• Introduction to risk factors and protective factors for the use of doping agents.
• Introduction to prevention strategies and principles.
• Clean Fitness Centre program and the role of the Anti-Doping Officer (ADA)
• Introduction of prevention measures that can be implemented in fitness centres.
• Body focus and social media.
• Public health provider? Ethics and contradictions – responsibility towards the fitness industry.
• Reality VS social media.
• The important conversation.
• Handling aggressive conversations.
• Experiences from meetings with doping users.
• Flow chart – from concern to action.
• Characteristics of the doping environment at fitness centres.
• The role of doping preventer and role model.

Learning outcomes
Have basic knowledge of prevention strategies, including
• Knowledge of risk factors and protective factors for doping use.
• Knowledge of systematic prevention.
• Knowledge of ADNO's preventive programs.
• Knowledge of relevant resource persons in your own local environment (e.g., SLT coordinator, police contact)
• Have basic knowledge of interview methodology and concern interviews
• Basic knowledge of how a concern interview can be carried out
• Measures after a concern interview (flow chart)
• Knowledge of how a doping environment is established at training centres
• Knowledge of how doping use evolves
• Knowledge of internal justice in doping environments
• Knowledge of how the ADA can approach a doping environment at fitness centres.
• Knowledge of ethical and moral dilemmas as a doping preventer and a fitness centre employee.

• Be aware of your own role as a preventer and role model in a profession such as PT.
• Ability to reflect and discuss the connection between body focus, social media, and doping use.
• Ability to identify risk-prone training environments/individuals.
• Understand systematic prevention of doping use, and be able to implement simple preventive measures at fitness centres as ADA
• Understand how simple preventive conversations with members and customers at fitness centres can be carried out.
• Ability to reflect on possible measures that may be relevant before/after the concern interview.
• Know how to practice simple primary and secondary prevention strategies in meetings with members at gyms.
• Be aware of your own limitations related to conversations about concerns.

3. Supplements
• Classification of dietary supplements.
• Dietary supplements used in connection with strength training.
• Effects, risks, and needs of various dietary supplements.
• The connection between doping and dietary supplements

Learning outcomes:
Have knowledge of dietary supplements and their effects, and the risks associated with doping, including:
• Understand the effects, needs and risks of the most used nutritional supplements - with a focus on ergogenic supplements.
• Have basic knowledge of the connection between dietary supplements and doping, including
• The gateway hypothesis.
• The motivation for using dietary supplements.

• Be able to communicate the effects, needs and risks of dietary supplements in a nuanced way
customers and members.

4. Doping Control
• Procedure for doping control at the training centre.
• Different sampling methods and equipment used in doping control.
• ADA's role in a doping control.
• Practical implementation of doping control - Dried Blood Spot
Learning outcomes
• Have knowledge of how a doping control is carried out at the fitness centre, and what criteria must be met for this to be carried out.
• Know the differences between the various control methods that are available, and when the various methods are indicated.
• Have knowledge of the mandate and responsibility of an anti-doping officer during a doping control.

• The student must have completed a practical doping control in the course.
• Be able to complete the ADA's part of the procedure for a DBS check.


LLP Category:

Course - Face to Face

Suitable For:

Personal Trainer (EQF L4)

Learning Type:

LLP Category 1

Learning Hours:




At one end of the course, a multiple choice exam is carried out. The test consists of 30 questions from the course content. A minimum of 70% (21 out of 30) is required to pass. The test is assessed as pass or fail. The exam is carried out on the student's own PC/tablet. A diploma is awarded immediately after the exam for those who pass. In case of failure, the student can take the test again one week after the first attempt.