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How To Become a Nutrition Coach

How do you become a Nutrition Coach?

To become a nutrition coach you can complete a Level 3 nutrition course, this is the perfect alternative for those looking for a career in Nutrition. Our Nutrition Courses are created for those who have a professional interest in Nutrition. So on this page, you'll learn how to become a Nutrition coach through our nutrition courses online.

We also do offer a combined course Elite Personal Training with RSPH Nutrition if you are looking at how to become a fitness and nutrition coach.

In order to become a Nutritionist you need a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition or a related bioscience degree, this Nutrition Qualification will last three years.

Registered nutritionists use the letters RNutr after their name and registered dieticians use RD.

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Become a Nutrition Coach in 5 Easy Steps

Step 1

Choose a Nutrition Course

It is important to find a nutritional course that gives you an industry recognised nutrition qualification. Future Fit Training offers a choice of two nutrition diplomas, as well as individual short courses, to give you the knowledge and skills needed for a career in nutrition. Explore our choice of different nutrition courses and pursue you journey to become a nutrition coach with our accredited nutrition course.

Our courses will qualify you to work with a range of people and give you everything you need to set you up for a long, profitable and successful career as a Nutrition Coach. Through clear, structured online study, our nutrition qualifications are designed to integrate with your current lifestyle.

Level 3 Nutrition & Weight Management Course

Ideal for people who want to provide nutrition advice to clients and run their own clinics.

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Level 4 RSPH Nutrition Course

Ideal for people who want to provide expert nutrition advice to specialist groups.

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Level 5 Nutrition Course

Ideal for individuals looking to increase their understanding of nutrient metabolism.

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Step 2

Get Insured

To practice safely and cover your business, you will need to obtain Professional Liability Insurance.

To help get you started Future Fit Training have partnered with Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers.

We provide our graduates with an application upon completion.

Step 3

Decide How You’ll Operate

Before you start your career in Nutrition you will need to decide how you wish to operate. Will you be offering one-on-one sessions, group sessions or be a mobile coach?

The path you choose will determine the best venue for you – whether it be a spare room in your house for smaller sessions or hiring of room in a community centre or church for larger group sessions.

Step 4

Promote Yourself or Your Business

Marketing yourself includes both online and offline marketing. In today’s world having an online presence is key, this includes creating an engaging and informative website and setting up a key social media presence on platforms where your target audience will be found (Facebook and Instagram).

In addition, it is good to have resources that you can use whilst networking and promoting your business locally (posters, flyers, business cards).

Our courses include our unique Career Accelerator Package which contains all the information you need on how to effectively market yourself and grow your client base.

Step 5

Keep Developing Your Skills

In today’s market, it is vital to keep upskilling your offering, to ensure you meet the needs of your varying client base, and stay ahead of the competition.

Future Fit Training offer short  nutrition courses that allow you to enhance your knowledge that you have learnt on your course.

Here are our four most popular masterclasses:

Eat to Gain Masterclass
Food Allergies and Intolerances Masterclass
Diabetes Masterclass
Motivational Communication Masterclass

What qualifications do you need to become a Nutrition Coach?

You will need a relevant Nutrition Coaching qualification such as:

Typcially, these course would cover topics like:

  • Nutrition for various groups such as those involved in Sports & Exercise, older adults, and pre and post-natal woman
  • Key behavior change and coaching concepts
  • Vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based diets

Top Tip

When picking your nutrition coaching qualification, you’ll want to ensure that it is independently accredited by an OFQUAL-recognised awarding organisation. This will give you a better opportunity of securing jobs both in the UK and abroad.

Our Level 4 RSPH Nutrition Course is accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and you will be eligible to become an RSPH member once you have completed the qualification. This allows you to put the letters MRSPH after your name.

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What is the difference between a Nutrition Adviser, a Dietician and a Nutritionist?

The nutrition profession encompasses many levels of expertise and a wide variety of career possibilities.

Nutritionists and dieticians have very similar job roles and there is considerable overlap in what they do. In general, dieticians tend to be more clinical and more involved with working with people with diet-related medical conditions. Nutritionists are more likely to work in research, the food industry, community projects and preventative health. However, you do find nutritionists who work in hospitals and dieticians who work in the food industry. Dieticians and nutritionists normally have degree level qualifications.

In addition to nutritionists and dieticians there are nutrition advisers, health trainers, personal trainers, wellness coaches, slimming group leaders and weight loss coaches who all practice nutrition to varying degrees and can have a number of possible qualifications.

Most members of the general public will only get referred to a nutritionist or dietician if they have a relatively serious health problem, yet there are millions of people in the UK who are overweight and suffering the consequences of a poor diet. Nutrition advisers are often much more accessible to the general public and have all the skills needed to advise and motivate individuals on how to eat better, move more, lose weight and improve their health.

When embarking on a career in nutrition it is important to choose a course with a reputable training company. Many companies sell poor quality training courses in nutrition that are not evidence-based and not recognised by any official awarding body. We are proud to have our courses independently recognised by the Association for Nutrition and awarding organisations such as the Royal Society of Public Health. This means that our students can have full confidence that their training is of the highest quality and will fully equip them for working in the nutrition arena.

What are the possible earnings for a Nutrition and Weight Loss Adviser?

You can earn £25-£40 an hour from one-to-one consultations or £80+ an hour running weight loss classes.

How will I be able to advertise my business to potential clients?

Our Nutrition and Weight Management Course contains a lesson dedicated to marketing your services as a nutrition adviser with lots of useful advice on promoting your business.

What level of insurance do I need?

Our graduates can obtain insurance to practice as a nutrition adviser from Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers at a cost of £53.00 per year. You can request an application form, once you have graduated, from Student Support.

Can I work for the NHS?

Yes. In addition to nutritionists and dieticians, the NHS employs a range of health professionals that provide nutrition advice including health trainers, dietetic assistant practitioners and community food workers. You can search for jobs on the NHS jobs website using ‘nutrition’ as a keyword. Tip: ensure that you tick the box to search the whole advert rather than the advert title. This will ensure you see all of the most relevant results.

What is my job title going to be?

You can advertise your professional services as a Nutrition and Weight Loss Adviser or Consultant. You won’t be able to call yourself a dietician or nutritionist as this implies you have a relevant degree level qualification.