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Nutrition Adviser FAQs

There’s a lot to consider and you’re bound to have some questions. We’d love to hear from you, but you might just find the answer here: Click on your question from the list below:

General

Equipment

Paying for your course

Assessments and certificates

Upon completion

How can I afford my training?

Future Fit Training has affordable and flexible payment schemes that mean you can spread the payments over time to suit your individual needs.

Depending on your personal circumstances, help may be available from government funded agencies, including community-based projects and job centres. There are also a range of specialist industry-related schemes for those leaving the armed forces.

Go to Funding your course for more information about how to afford your training.
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Do I pay for the course/diploma in full when I book?

You can pay for your course or diploma in full, or choose from an affordable and flexible payment scheme to suit you. You can pay a deposit and then the balance; pay by monthly instalments or by company invoice. Future Fit Training acts as a credit intermediary and only offers credit products form Omni Capital. Credit is provided subject to age and status. Credit finance is an option but payment can also be made in full. Terms and conditions apply. Go to Funding your course for more information about payment options.
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Are there any disadvantages to paying by instalments?

When paying by instalments you must ensure that you have banked enough in advance to cover the cost of the next course you wish to study in your diploma. You will also incur a small staged learner fee with each payment. This information does not apply if paying via Omni Finance. 
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I’m having problems with my shopping basket, what should I do?

If you're having any technical issues with your shopping basket, call us on 0800 458 1388 or 01329 829444 and speak to one of our career advisers. The office is open Monday to Thursday 09:00 to19:00 and Friday 09:00 to 17:00. 
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How do I know you’re the best training provider for my course?

  • Our team of experienced and highly qualified tutors make your training rewarding and fun
  • We have over 20 years' experience in the training industry
  • We are ISO 9001:2015 registered by the British Standards Institution
  • We offer you affordable and flexible payment options
  • Our flexible training format allows you to train at your own pace and in your own time
  • You will receive unlimited support throughout your training

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How old do I have to be to take a course with you?

You will need to be at least 16 years of age to take a Future Fit Training course. For more information on course entry requirements and admissions please contact one of our career advisers, who will be happy to answer any of your questions.
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Is there a deadline to complete my training?

Each individual module within your training programme has a specific deadline or timeframe for completion that must be achieved in order to pass. You will have 3 years from when you purchased to complete all your courses. The aim of the deadlines are to encourage you to succeed and ensure that you become qualified.
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What happens if I fail my assessments?

In the unfortunate event that you fail an assessment, don't worry. We will fully support you to get back on track with your training and we'll do our utmost to ensure your reassessment is a success. Reassessments may be subject to a small fee - speak to one of our Training Co-ordinators on 0800 458 1388 or 01329 829444 to find out more.
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When will I receive my certificates?

Once you have completed your course(s) you will receive a certificate within 8 weeks.
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Will my diploma be professionally recognised?

Our nutrition courses are certified by the Association for Nutrition, the professional association that defines the standards for the training, practice and continuing professional development of nutrition professionals. 

Our Nutrition and Weight Management course is endorsed by VTCT.

All of our courses are recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals and carry REPs CPD points for those who are registered with REPs.
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Do you give me support for my online programmes?

Yes. Our extensive Technical Support team is on hand by phone and email to answer any questions you may have about your training to ensure you are always fully supported and on track.
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What kind of equipment do I need for the online part of my course?

All of our courses will run on Windows-based PCs, Apple macs and iPads. We test our courses in a range of browsers but for best results we recommend that you use the latest version of Google Chrome.
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Do I need any work experience or prior knowledge before starting my course?

No prior knowledge or work experience is needed to study any of our courses.
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What can I do once I have completed a School of Nutrition diploma?

You will be fully equipped to work as a nutrition and weight loss professional. You can help individuals improve their diet and lose weight through one-to-one consultations or by running weight loss classes. Working this way give you an enormous amount of flexibility – you can choose your working hours and fit work around your other commitments. You can also choose where you work – it could be from home or the local village hall.

Alternatively you can use your nutrition skills in a range of job roles such as a community food support worker, dietetic assistant or health trainer.
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What sort of backgrounds do Future Fit Training students have?

Our students come from a range of different backgrounds and they choose to study nutrition for a variety of reasons.

Some students are looking for a complete career change and they decide to study nutrition because it is something that has always fascinated them.

Many work in unrelated areas such as health-care or catering but feel nutrition knowledge would be beneficial to their current job role.

Others are fitness professionals who want to be able to advise their clients on diet, weight loss and sports nutrition.

Some are holistic therapists who want to expand the services they offer.

A lot of students just want to study nutrition for their own interest.

Read our Graduate Success Stories to find out about our students’ backgrounds and what they have done after graduating and let their success inspire you!
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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.
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What can I call myself?

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.
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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.

It is important that those wanting to practice as a nutrition adviser should choose a reputable training course. 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 that our Nutrition and Weight Management course is accredited VTCT and certified by the Association for Nutrition. 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.
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How do I set up and run a successful weight management clinic?

Our Nutrition and Weight Management Course contains lesson plans and resources for running an 8-week weight management course. This can be used with both groups and individuals.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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What can and can’t I do with a School of Nutrition diploma?

You will be able to offer advice to adults who are generally healthy and need help improving their diet and losing weight. You can run your own weight loss consultancy offering individual or group sessions to help people to successfully manage their dietary intake and achieve health and weight loss goals.

If you complete our Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management you will also be able to advise on sports nutrition, pre and post-natal nutrition as well as childhood nutrition.

You won’t be able to work with individuals who need specialist dietary advice due to a medical condition. This is the role of a dietician.
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How easy is it to complete a diploma when I work already?

All of the School of Nutrition courses are online which means that you can study at a time and pace to suit you. If you can spare just 6 hours per week you can complete the Diploma in Weight Loss Management in less than 20 weeks. If you have more free time to study, then you can complete the diploma in a much shorter timeframe.
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