Certificate of Nutrition & Diet

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Get Certified in Nutrition: Flexible Course in Nutrition, Diet and Menu Planning

The Certificate of Nutrition & Diet Course presents a comprehensive study of nutrition science and dietary analysis in a user-friendly, easy to understand format.  This online nutrition course allows you to access accreditation and insurance nutritional advice, writing meal plans 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 Distance & Online Delivery (you do not need to attend lectures or exams).  Complete printed course materials plus online, downloadable course materials included in course price.
Constant study support from highly-accredited Australian nutrition professionals.
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 are available for two or more people or enrolment into more than one course at a time.

– 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.  Please note that in order to receive Fitness Australia CEC points (and receive the discounted Fitness Australia member fee), you must enrol into our Nutrition and Diet for Exercise Professionals course.  This course will provide 15 CECs from Fitness Australia and contains identical nutrititional content, learning outcomes and accreditation options as the Certificate of Nutrition and Diet course, but also includes fitness-specific, tailored content.

Course Accreditation Beck Nutrition Courses - Accredited by IICTSuccessful completion of the Certificate of Nutrition & Diet course provides automatic eligibility for accreditation and insurance from the International Institute for Complementary Therapists for nutrition and health coaching, nutrition advice, meal planning (including providing nutritional advice and tailoring individual meal plans for body composition and exercise performance purposes).  To find out more about these accreditation and insurance arrangements please check out our information page.
Successful completion of this course provides the Certificate of Nutrition & 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.  Credit is however dependent on the qualification 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, self-paced course assessments that you complete in your own time.
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?

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 nutrition and dietary choices.  The Certificate of Nutrition & 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, health and nutrition bloggers, social media professionals, 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 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: 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, ketogenic 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 & Diet also covers specific topics such as what to consider when purchasing nutritional supplements, as well as a look at the latest research into different foods and substances (gluten, dairy, coffee, chocolate, wine, fish, wheat and grain etc) and the skills you need to assess, analyse and develop healthy diet and meal plans for clients or personal use.

Course Delivery Details
Self-paced, distance and online course delivery (no need to attend lectures or exams).
Constant study support (phone or online) from highly-qualified Australian nutrition 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 and education specialists.
Comprehensive, high-quality printed course materials plus online access to all course materials and optional video tutorials.
Course Prerequisites: None
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, 2019, Certificate of Nutrition and Diet; Healthy Eating Principles (15th edition) , Beck Health & Nutrition, Australia (included in course pack).

Optional online video tutorials – student-only online video nutrition course tutorials that can be used to assist understanding of key learning areas.

Course Tutor:


Kristen Beck


  • Master of Human Nutrition (Deakin University)
  • Deakin University 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • 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.

What our students say about the Certificate of Nutrition and Diet:

“Fantastic course.  I found it very easy to follow as well as being very informative.  I will certainly be studying more with Beck Health & Nutrition, I really enjoyed going back to study”.  Charmian Bridge.

“I would recommend this course to anyone, it was fantastic”.  Charlie Fowler

“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.

“I thoroughly enjoyed your course,  it was easy to follow & understand, as well as very informative. I look forward to doing more of your courses in the future.  Thank you!” Lynda M.  

“Having the exam marked by a person instead of a computer was fantastic.  Having a person read and interpret the answers so all relevant detail was included really helps.  I have just enrolled for another course and looking at another 2 as I loved the course” Deanne Catton, VIC

“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.

Beck Nutrition Courses - Accredited by IICT

By successfully completing Beck Health & Nutrition’s Certificate of Nutrition and Diet course you will be automatically eligible for accreditation from the International Institute for Complementary Therapists and eligible for professional indemnity insurance for nutrition and health coaching, nutritional advice and menu planning (designing tailored meal plans for clients and groups). 

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.  This course also offers direct credit into our Advanced Certificate of Nutrition & Health course.

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