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Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers (10454NAT)

Become a Certified Fitness Nutritional Coach with Australia's first and only nationally accredited qualification of its type for qualified fitness professionals.


Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers - 10454NAT

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Career opportunities

Certified Fitness Nutritional Coach

On campus study

Not available

Online study



3 x 13 week trimester (full time)
6 x 13 week trimester (part time)

Study load

Full time, Part time

Upfront payment


Instalment plan

Full time: $300 deposit + $94.80 x 39 wks
Part time: $300 deposit + $47.40 x 78 wks

Course overview

FIAFitnation introduces the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers (10454NAT), a ground breaking, nationally accredited qualification for qualified Personal Trainers.

The qualification was developed in response to demand from working fitness professionals and in consultation with industry stakeholders to create a course enabling personal trainers to provide dietary and nutritional advice to clients.

Graduates of the course will be in a position to enhance their services to clients and achieve the best possible fitness results through nutritional and dietary advice to complement client training programs.

Learn from the best, industry expert Teresa Cutter

FIAFitnation has collaborated with Teresa Cutter, The Healthy Chef, an FIA alumnus, to produce a series of videos for the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers (10454NAT).

Acting as our newest guest lecturer, Teresa demonstrates basic cooking techniques and provides wholesome recipes within this four-part video series.

The full version of these videos are available to students who enrol in the diploma, and are used throughout this industry-recognised qualification.

Get a sneak peek at this course content and see how Teresa roasts a chicken, creates a super salad, bakes gluten-free banana bread, and whips up the perfect omelette.

Course details

Upfront Payment


Instalment Plan


Full Time Payment Plan
$300 deposit payable immediately on enrolment.
Weekly repayments of 94.80 x 39 wks.

Part Time Payment Plan
$300 deposit payable immediately on enrolment.
Weekly repayments of $47.40 x 78 wks

Standard Course Fees

Course Duration

3 x 13 week trimester (full time)
6 x 13 week trimester (part time)


View entry requirements.
Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Fitness – SIS40215

Course Brochure

Download the course guide.
The course guide contains information on all of the current courses available at FIAFitnation.


Graduates can obtain insurance with the following companies:
JLT Sports Insurance
Marsh Advantage Insurance
Guild Insurance

Career Outcomes

Provide dietary and nutritional advice to clients to complement training programs as a Certified Fitness Nutritional Coach ™

Terms & Conditions

Course intakes, calendars, sessions and business seminars

Online intake dates (2018)

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Course information

Learn more about the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers - 10454NAT.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this Diploma actually complement my Personal Training business?

As a Personal Trainer, you’ll know you can’t work off a bad diet – and that’s why being able to talk about nutrition with clients is so important. With this Diploma, you can offer much more than the average PT and stand out from the crowd. In addition to prescribing client exercise programs, you can diversify and offer premium services such as nutrition coaching, provide meal plans, discuss diets and analyse client’s current eating patterns.

With your expanded knowledge, you can attract new clients and keep current clients for longer.

Why was this course devised by FIAFitnation in the first instance?

There is no other qualification in Australia like this – designed specifically for Personal Trainers to help their clients smash goals by focusing on nutrition, not only exercise. We know the combination of the two is crucial to getting results, and that’s why we’ve created this government accredited course – to help Personal Trainers like you get client results.

What can I call myself when I graduate?

You can use the title Certified Fitness Nutritional Coach™ when promoting your new expanded service offering.

What can I do when I graduate?

Our graduates are in hot demand – why pay a Personal Trainer when there’s the option of a Certified Fitness Nutritional Coach™ who can cover both exercise and nutrition and get better results? Graduates can offer one-on-one nutrition consultations for Personal Training clients, and also deliver nutrition workshops for groups, cooking skills, shopping tours, pantry clean-ups and online nutrition coaching to complement training programs – the sky is really the limit.

How does online learning work?

With online learning, you’re the boss. You get your course content, submit your assessments and receive your grades through our online learning platform. So you have the flexibility to study wherever you are; on a train, in a café, at home, the choice is yours. You can fit in study around your life - in between clients, before work or when the kids are asleep. Think of the platform as your online campus, it has everything you need but is more convenient. 

What will I learn in the course?

This unique course combines content from a range of disciplines; nutrition, coaching, health, business and communications. The Diploma is jam packed with interactive learning materials focusing on meal planning, food labelling, behaviour change, food marketing, cooking skills with celebrity chefs, analysing food diaries, macro and micronutrients, latest nutrition research, environmental impact of food choices, organic foods, portion sizes, marketing your business online and weight management research. Staying on top of current food and nutrition trends is important – you need to know more than your clients do! The course will also teach you how to critically analyse trends and diets, such as the keto, paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, paleo diets and intermittent fasting.

Who can I register with?

Graduates are able to register with Physical Activity Australia

Completion of this course qualifies graduates to obtain 6 PDP points with Physical Activity Australia.

Do I need to buy a textbook for the course?

Yes, the prescribed textbook is Understanding Nutrition. This book is available in hardcopy from Wellspring Bookstore or as an e-book.

There is also a recommended reading list outlining reference books, textbooks, blogs and websites that may be useful for your studies.

Can I switch from full Time to part time, or part time to full time study load?

Yes, absolutely, once you have finished a trimester, you can change your study load from either part time to full time or full time to part time. The flexible nature of online learning means that it can change as your needs change.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The course is structured into three 13-week trimesters (including a one week mid trimester break). The course can be completed in three trimesters full time or six trimesters part time.

How many hours do I need to study per week?

  • 22-24 hours for a full time load
  • 11-12 hours for a part time load

Do I need to do a written exam?

There are no formal written exams for this course. Assessments are all online and take the form of short answer responses, social media posts, case studies or videos demonstrating your understanding of the learning material.

How do I apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)?

RPL recognises any of your prior knowledge and experience and measures it against the Unit of Competency or Unit of Study that you are enrolled in. If successful in your application, you may not need to complete all of a training program as you already possess some of the competencies within the Diploma. To apply for RPL, email our Educational Pathways team with details of the Unit of Competency or Unit of Study requested.

What insurance can I get with this course?

We’ve got your back. Insurance is essential in the fitness industry and you need to be covered for all the additional nutrition services you can offer. That’s why we’ve organised with Marsh Advantage to offer graduates insurance for both fitness and nutrition qualifications.

What support will I get while studying?

When you enrol in the Diploma, you’ll be joining a whole community of staff and students who can offer support when you need it. You’re not alone – you will be allocated a personal Online Tutor who is available via phone, email or for a face to face appointment. Your Tutor will guide you through your studies and answer any questions you have. The Student Support Team will get you started in the course and will also be there to assist throughout the entire time you’re studying with us. When you graduate, the support keeps going – we offer assistance with job placement, networking and online coaching opportunities and careers advice.

How do I connect with other students?

We have an active private Facebook group where students interact with each other, ask questions and find out how graduates are using their qualifications in the field. Job opportunities and latest research findings are also posted here and students can message their support team and tutors as well.

Is the course accredited?

Yes. It is a Diploma level qualification accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is the government national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Are there entry criteria for the course?

Yes. Successful completion of a Certificate IV in Fitness - SIS40210 or SIS40215 is a prerequisite for enrolling into the Diploma. Upon enrolment students will be asked for a certified copy of both their Certificate IV in Fitness - SIS40210 or SIS40215 qualification and Academic Record.

Can I write meal plans?

Yes, the course includes units on planning, evaluating and modifying meal plans for your personal training clients. You will have the opportunity to practice writing meal plans for yourself, your family and friends as part of your assessment.

Can I analyse a diet diary?

Yes, you will learn how to analyse your Personal Training clients’ diets and how to suggest changes and make recommendations.

Can I prescribe supplements?

No. To prescribe nutritional supplements, you need to hold a Bachelor’s degree, for example, the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) from FIAFitnation’s sister college, Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Who will be my teachers – do they know their stuff?

The team behind the development and teaching of the course is super qualified. We have nutritionists and chefs, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and scientist and sports nutritionists who are continually developing the course to ensure you receive cutting edge and industry leading information.

Are there any pathways to other courses after I complete the Diploma?

Yes. Graduates of the Diploma can gain credits into the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) offered by Australia’s leading health and wellness educator and FIAFitnation's sister college, Endeavour College of Natural Health.

What is the difference between this Diploma and a Bachelor in Nutrition?

The program is at a diploma-level and allows you to work autonomously, and in collaboration with other allied health professionals. After completing this Diploma, you can undertake more advanced qualifications at an undergraduate (Bachelor) level. In degree programs in nutrition or dietetics, students would usually study advanced topics such human physiology, biochemistry, genetics, health conditions and diseases related to poor nutrition and the impact on health. A Bachelor degree allows graduates to prescribe supplements, request pathology tests, identify contraindications associated with drug-nutrient interactions and to register as a Nutritionist. 

This page was last updated on: Monday 23 April 2018

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