Certificate of Nutrition & Diet:  Healthy Eating Principles  Enrol NowCourse Brochure

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Flexible Short Course in Nutrition, Diet and Menu Planning

The Certificate of Nutrition Course presents a comprehensive introduction to nutrition science and dietary analysis in a user-friendly, easy to understand format.  Direct qualification and accreditation for nutrition and health coaching. 


Course Code NUT01
Course Duration 40 hours self-paced over 6 months (you may apply for extra time if required at no added cost).
Course Delivery Correspondence (distance education) delivery (you do not need to attend lectures or exams).  Printed course materials plus bonus access to ipad, iphone and android-ready online course materials.         
  Highly-accredited and qualified Australian nutrition professionals to support your learning.   
  The Certificate of Nutrition and Diet is open to both Australian and overseas students. 
Course Fee AU $450.00  includes all course materials, texts and examination/assessment fees.  

- Group discounts available for two or more people. 

- 10 per cent discount for Fitness Australia registered members (this course provides a far greater insight into the field of nutrition and health than that covered in your Certificate III or IV in Fitness).  Please click here read our current industry-specific advice for fitness professionals and dietary advice


Course Accreditation

IICT health and nutrition coaching accreditation logo

Students who successfully complete Beck Health & Nutrition's Certificate of Nutrition and Diet course are automatically eligible for accreditation from the International Institute for Complementary Therapists and will be eligible for professional indemnity and business insurance for nutrition and health coaching (including nutritional advice and menu planning).  To find out more about these accreditation and insurance arrangements please check out our information page


  Fitness Australia CEC accreditation logo - nutrition coaching course Fitness Australia CEC-accredited - 15 CEC points.  A 10% discount applies to Fitness Australia members.



Upon successful completion of this course you will be provided with the Certificate of Nutrition and Diet from Beck Health & Nutrition.

Degree Pathways and Advanced Standing

Beck Health & Nutrition courses may offer advanced standing / course credit opportunities for further qualifications in nutrition, however this is dependent on the course that you are applying for.  For example, it is likely that you will receive some advanced standing / credit / recognition of prior learning (RPL) if you are applying for an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine or a degree majoring in nutrition.  All Australian universities and private colleges are required to consider prior learning in relevant areas of study (for example, nutrition) in order to maximise advanced standing / course credit for learners.  This course is not a part of the Nationally Recognised Training system. 


Upgrade to Advanced Certificate of Nutrition & Health

By completing the Certificate of Nutrition and Diet, you are half-way to completing our Advanced Certificate of Nutrition and Health course.  Once you successfully complete your Certificate of Nutrition and Diet you are welcome to undertake one of our nutrition specialisation courses at a discounted rate and receive the Advanced Certificate of Nutrition & Health.  

Course Assessment Open book, un-timed course assessments that you complete in your own time.  


Barely a week goes by without new research surfacing on the benefits or dangers of something in our favourite foods.  One moment fish, meat or dairy are great for our health; the next, a study is published that not only contradicts these findings, but adds a few dire warnings for good measure.  Even eating too much broccoli has been called into question.  So what should we eat and what should we avoid? 

The Certificate of Nutrition and Diet:  Healthy Eating Principles explores…

the latest health and nutrition research and guidelines in a common sense, user-friendly  format.  Understand how nutrition can impact health and vitality while learning practical diet and lifestyle strategies to optimise health and prevent disease. 

This professional, user-friendly nutrition course will provide you with the skills and confidence to make informed decisions about your health and diet.  The Certificate of Nutrition and Diet also provides an excellent insight into the science of nutrition if you are looking to study nutrition at a university level or improve the level of service you can provide.  The course also offers skill and research updates for General Practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, personal trainers, chefs, naturopaths, weight loss consultants, teachers, childcare workers, health food and pharmacy staff or anyone who requires a sound working knowledge of nutrition and health.       

Certificate of Nutrition and Diet: Course Outline

Module 1 Introduction to Nutrition and Diet
Module 2 Digestion and Nutrition
  Focus Point: Obesity (Gastric Lap-band) Surgery
Module 3


Focus Point: Blood Sugar Balance and the Glycaemic Index of foods
Module 4

Protein and Amino Acids

Focus Point: Vegetarian Diets
Module 5 Dietary Fats (lipids)
Focus Point: Blood Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease
Module 6 Vitamins
Focus Point: Antioxidants and Free Radicals
Module 7 Water and Minerals
Focus Point: Nutritional Supplements
Module 8 Energy Balance
Module 9 Body Composition and Health (overweight, underweight, body fat distribution)
Focus Point: Popular Diets - includes discussions on Paleo, Gluten-Free, 5:2, high protein and other currently popular diets
Module 10 Understanding Food Labels and Common Food Concerns
Focus Point: Menu Planning for Specific Health Conditions
Module 11 Nutrition through the life-cycle (introduces key principles of nutrition from pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence and ageing)
Module 12 Nutrition for Optimal Exercise Performance  (introduction to principles of sports nutrition)
Module 13 Putting Nutrition Knowledge into Practice: Using Nutrition Knowledge to Evaluate Nutrition Claims and Advice
  Introduction to principles of dietary assessment
  Focus Point : Making Sense of Health and Nutrition Research 

The Certificate of Nutrition and Diet also covers specific topics such as what to consider when purchasing nutritional supplements, as well as a look at the latest research surrounding our favourite foods (coffee, chocolate, wine, fish, wheat and grain etc) and the skills you need to assess healthy diet and menu plans.

Course Delivery Details

Self paced, correspondence delivery (distance education) (no need to attend lectures or exams).
Study support via phone, email and online from professionally accredited and experienced nutrition, health and education professionals.  Unique to Beck Health & Nutrition is the fact that we have written all of our own teaching resources and the academic support you receive is from actual course developers.  Our academic team are highly qualified nutrition, education and public health professionals.    
Comprehensive, high-quality printed course text to guide you through your studies as well as free access to online, ipad, iphone and android versions of all course materials so you can read and refer to all course materials from your smartphone, tablet or any online computer.    
Learning activities booklets
Online learning and research tools

Course Prerequisites:



Course Assessment:

Open book, un-timed, course assessments - course assessment fee covered in course fee.  

Assessment is a range of short answer, multiple choice and case study questions as well as nutrition and diet analysis section reviewed and analysed by professional nutritionists. 


Course Text:

Beck K, 2015, Certificate of Nutrition and Diet; Healthy Eating Principles (12th edition) , Beck Health & Nutrition, Australia (included in course pack).

Optional online video tutorials - Module by module, student only online video tutorials that can be used to assist understanding of key learning areas.  

Course Tutor:

Registered Nutritionist Kristen Beck - Specialist nutrition educator

Kristen Beck


Postgraduate Diploma of Human Nutrition (Deakin University)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education Studies (Higher Education) (Macquarie University)
Bachelor of Health Science (University of New England)

Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy

Diploma of Nutrition

Diploma of Herbal Medicine
Diploma of Homoeopathy

Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
Registered Nutritionist (RN042) and professional member of Nutrition Society of Australia (http://www.nsa.asn.au/accreditation.php)   

Nutritionist and practising member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society (Member Number: 8542).     

Professional experience

Founder and Director of Beck Health & Nutrition Group

Senior Lecturer in Health, Nutrition and Sports Science at the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS)

Resident Nutrition Expert - Women's Health Magazine

Resident Nutritionist  - Cleo Magazine

Nutrition Lecturer for Westmead Hospital - Professional Development Education for midwives, infant and child health nurses.

Regular TV and radio contributor 


To read more about Kristen's qualifications, clinical, industry and media experience click here.  


What our students say about the Certificate of Nutrition and Diet

"I thought I already had a vast knowledge in the area - with my own dietary problems and in my employment in the food sector - but I was amazed how much I learnt during the course. I have looked for some time for a short course offering up to date information and knowledge that I can use in everyday life. I enjoyed the whole experience... Thank you Kristen!" Maria Natoli, Food Services Consultant, Tender Loving Cuisine.    

"Loved the course.  Can't thank you enough!" Karen Moore, NSW

"I had not done any meaningful study for over 20 years so I found this course a fantastic way to dip my toes back in and see if I still had it in me.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and can't wait to do more study" Alison Warren, NSW.

"Great info, easy to understand.  Just a quick note to say thank you for a great range of courses" Erin Micallef, VIC

"Everything about this course is quality and worth every cent.  The course was easy to understand, yet very comprehensive.  I'm not a highly educated person but I felt very confident that I was totally understanding everything.  I now feel empowered to do a better job for our clients" Robin Tully, QLD

"Great course, easy to to understand and work at your own pace.  Great people, very friendly and helpful" Melisa Potter, VIC  

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course.  The information provided was very clear and concise.  Than you for the opportunity to be able to relay nutritional information on to my personal training clients".  Emma Corbin, NSW.

"This was an excellent course.  I especially liked the way the modules explained each subject with information that was easy to understand.  It was a great way to return to study with no pressure and quality material for support".  Robyn Polkinghorne, WA.  

"This course was really great in helping me decide if a future in nutrition is the right one for me (and it definitely is!).  Thank you for helping me to finally find a career that interests me so much!"Amelia Harris, VIC

"What a wonderful time I had competing this course!" Maria Nayef, VIC

"Thank you! I am much more confident in my knowledge of nutrition" Paulo Rogerio, Brazil.  

"Your courses are really excellent and easy to understand. I learned a lot of new and latest discoveries in the area of nutrition" Dr Elizabeth Manickam, VIC

"A very interactive and well supported course.  Thanks"  Daniel Kent-Smith, London  

"Well done Beck Health.  Thank you so much for giving me an insight into health and nutrition.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and now I have a passion to want to learn more".  Sally, NSW

"Great course, run by perfectionists" Dan, North Sydney, NSW

" Rather than other courses that may have 100 pages but only 50 pages contain relevant information, this course focuses on what we really want to learn" Natalie, NSW  

"The course was a great experience.  I would recommend this course to anybody who wants to gain more knowledge in nutrition.  This course is great for personal or professional use" Carly, Geelong, VIC

"Excellent course.  Just what I was looking for and I really loved it!"  Julie, Ballina NSW

"The course is written in such a way that it makes nutrition easy to understand. It was both useful and relevant; exactly what I was looking for - and more. The sensible approach to nutrition (when there is so much conflicting advice and "information" out there) is so welcome."  Aileen, New Zealand

"I loved the presentation of the course and the course books were so informative and easy to follow. The courses are great and I will be recommending them to everyone I know" Lauren Falkiner, VIC.     

"Thanks for providing a great correspondence course that is full of relevant information at a great price" Erin Dalton, New Zealand.


Accredited Health Coach Course IICT insurance

Students who successfully complete Beck Health & Nutrition's Certificate of Nutrition and Diet course are automatically eligible for accreditation from the International Institute for Complementary Therapists and will be eligible for professional indemnity insurance for nutrition and health coaching, nutritional advice and menu planing.  As we have always maintained, Beck Health & Nutrition courses are designed for professional development and personal interest purposes.  A course from any private provider is not going to provide you with the qualifications required to become a nutrition professional such as a Registered Nutritionist or Accredited Practicing Dietitian (you will need to go to a recognised Australian university for this) however this opportunity is an important development for individuals passionate about health, wellbeing and nutrition to work and access insurance for the tailored services they wish to provide (health and nutrition coaching, nutrition and dietary advice, nutrition and health communications, healthy eating coaching and education) and add professionalism to their work. 



The Certificate of Nutrition & Diet:  Healthy Eating Principles explores the latest health and nutrition research and guidelines in a common sense, user-friendly  format.  Understand how nutrition can impact health and vitality while learning practical diet and lifestyle strategies to optimise health and prevent disease.      


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