Course snapshot

A snapshot of the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers

  • Qualification
    Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers (10454NAT)
  • RTO
  • Pre-requisites
    Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210 or SIS40215)
  • Career opportunities
    Certified Fitness Nutritional Coach
  • CEC
    The diploma includes two approved CEC courses valued at 7 CECs (Behaviour change strategies for personal trainers in Trimester 1 and Planning your professional development in Trimester 2).
  • Course pathways
    Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine)

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Course overview

An overview of the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers

An overview of our Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers

Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers (10454NAT) was developed in response to demand from working fitness professionals and in consultation with industry.

The course has been created to enable Personal Trainers to complement clients’ training programs with nutritional and dietary advice to help them achieve the best possible fitness results. 

Graduates of this qualification (who also hold a Certificate IV in Fitness – SIS40210 or SIS40215) can use the title Personal Trainer & Certified Fitness Nutritional Coach™ or PT - Fitness Nutritional Coach in marketing themselves to clients.

Course fees and payment options

Flexible payment options for the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers

  • Standard tuition fees
    $3,997.50 (view fees schedule)
  • Upfront payment
    Includes a non-refundable deposit of $200.
  • Instalment plans
    $200 non-refundable deposit + study load instalment schedule
  • Instalment schedule
    Full time: $97.37 x 39 weeks

Course duration and study options

How to study the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers

  • Delivery mode
  • Study mode
    Full time and part time 1
  • Course duration
    3 x 13 week trimester (full time) 6 x 13 week trimester (part time)

1 Please note: The September & November intakes for the Diploma of Nutrition & Dietetics for PT's (10454NAT) are available in a full time capacity only.

Course calendar

Complete view of intakes available for the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers.

Online intakes

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
22 26 14 16 3 5

Course structure

Full time course outline and competencies for the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers.

Course outline

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Unit Unit Title
MMP510 Meal and Menu Plans
PNS511 Provide Nutrition Support
CBR512 Communication for Building Relationships
CAM514 Coaching and Motivation
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Unit Unit Title
DAD520 Design an Athletes Diet
NEA521 Nutrition Education for Athletes
MWP522 Manage Workplace Priorities
EWC523 Effective Workplace Communication
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Unit Unit Title
LHP530 Leadership in Health Practice
NDF531 Nutritional Diagnostic Framework
WIC532 Work Intensively with Clients

Course competencies

There are 16 Units of Competency designed to cover fundamental nutritional and dietary advice.

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Unit Unit Title
HLTNA301D Provide assistance to nutrition and dietetic services
HLTNA302D Plan and evaluate meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
HLTNA303D Plan and modify meals and menus according to nutrition care plans
HLTNA304D Plan meals and menus to meet cultural and religious needs
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health
CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation

There are 16 Units of Competency designed to cover fundamental nutritional and dietary advice.

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Unit Unit Title
SISSCOP309A Design an athlete’s diet
SISSSCO307 Provide nutrition information to athletes
BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
HLTCOM408D Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively

There are 16 Units of Competency designed to cover fundamental nutritional and dietary advice.

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Unit Unit Title
HLTHIR505D Provide leadership in promoting effective work practices in health
HLTNUT603B Apply a nutritional medicine diagnostic framework
HLTNUT610B Provide basic dietary advice
CHCCW503A Work intensively with clients

Frequently asked questions

FAQs about the Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers.

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 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.
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.
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.

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This page was last updated on: Thursday 16 August 2018