Nutrition Course for Exercise Professionals

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Nutrition Course - 15 CECs - Fitness Australia

The Nutrition and Diet course presents a comprehensive overview of nutrition science and dietary analysis in a user-friendly, easy to understand format that is specifically tailored for the needs of Registered Exercise Professionals in Australia.

This course is accredited by Fitness Australia for 15 CEC points and is suitable for Personal Trainers, Gym Instructors and Group Exercise Instructors.

Course Code:  NUT08

Course Title: Nutrition and Diet

Course Duration: 40 hours self-paced over 6 months (you may apply for extra time if required at no added cost).

Course Pre-requisite:  You must hold a Certificate III in Fitness (or higher) in order to be awarded Fitness Australia CEC points.

Course Delivery: Distance and Online Delivery (you do not need to attend lectures or exams).  Complete, printed course materials express posted to you anywhere in Australia plus bonus access to ipad, iphone and android-ready online course materials.
Highly-accredited and qualified Australian nutrition professionals to support your learning.

Course Fee: AU $405.00 – includes all course materials, texts and examination/assessment fees.

Group discounts are available for two or more people – please email us for more details:

This course provides a much greater insight into nutrition science than content typically covered in your Certificate III or IV in Fitness qualifications.

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

Course Credits: This course can be used as direct credits towards more advanced courses offered by Beck Health & Nutrition.

Course Certificate: A personalised certificate with details of your Fitness Australia CECs will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Rationale: 
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? Nutrition and Diet for Exercise Professionals is a tailored course developed specifically to help you gain knowledge and confidence in the area of nutrition both for personal use and when working with your fitness clients to maintain healthy eating patterns.

Nutrition and Diet for Exercise Professionals: Course Outline
Module 1 Introduction to Nutrition and Diet
Module 2 Digestion and Nutrition
Focus Point: Obesity (Gastric Lap-band) Surgery
Module 3: Carbohydrates
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: Dietary fats and cholesterol
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
Module 11: Nutrition through the life-cycle (introduces key nutritional principles and priorities 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
Focus Point : Making Sense of Health and Nutrition Research

Nutrition & Diet for Exercise Professionals also covers the latest research surrounding some of our favourite foods (coffee, chocolate, wine, fish, wheat and grain etc).

Course Delivery Details
Self-paced, correspondence delivery (distance education) (no need to attend lectures or exams).
Study support via email, online classroom and phone 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 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, 2016,  Nutrition and Diet for Exercise Professionals (2nd 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 (M.Hum.Nut., B.H.Sc)

Masters 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 (
Nutritionist and practising member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society (Member Number: 8542)
Nutritionist and member Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
To read more about Kristen’s qualifications, clinical, industry and media experience click here.

The Nutrition & Diet for Exercise Professionals course 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, maintain healthy body weight and implement Dietary Guidelines in a practical and motivating way.

This course can be used for credit towards more advanced nutrition courses offered by Beck Health & Nutrition.  This course is almost identical to our Certificate of Nutrition & Diet course, but contains additional fitness-specific information regarding scope of registration as a Fitness Australia Registered Exercise Professional and referral requirements and pathways.

What our students say about Nutrition & Diet for Exercise Professionals course: 

“Nutrition is a very grey area of study.  The course made a big effort to give structure and direction for students looking to write a plan.  Great course and timely information” Dominic Hoskins, Fitness Australia Registered Exercise Professionals.   

“I liked that the course was provided in a printed booklet format so I can refer back to it for future reference.  The language used was easy to understand and follow.  Thank you for the reply piad envelopes and the very quick postage of materials” Rebecca Sheehy, Fitness Australia Registered Exercise Professional.  

“It was great that I was able to complete this course quickly and have the assessment marked quickly to help me obtain additonal CECs for my Fitness Australia registration.  Thanks for your assistance in helping me achiev this”.  Cassie Lawler, Fitness Australia Registered Exercise Professional. 


To enrol online (secure credit card payment or EFT payment options) please enrol online here

Fitness Australia Approved Nutrition Course - 15 CECs