Qualification
AIF CERTIFIED NUTRITION COACH
Study Modes
Online
Duration
16 WEEKS

Course overview

The Nutrition Coach course from the Australian Institute of Fitness equips fitness professionals with the skills to give clients up-to-date nutrition information, within their scope of practice.

Using the latest evidence-based principles, students learn nutrition for optimal health at every age, for weight management, and for performance and muscle growth.

With a major focus on motivational coaching skills, learn to empower clients to make great nutrition choices as part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Expand your nutrition knowledge – as well as the range of services you can provide to clients – with Nutrition Coach.

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Who this course is for

  • Fitness professionals who want their clients to make great nutrition choices through real, cutting-edge motivational coaching strategies
  • Those who want to develop the sound nutrition knowledge needed to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle

Benefits

With obesity rates in Australia on the rise, more people than ever need assistance with making healthy nutrition choices.

From day one, you will be exposed to the latest, evidence-based nutritional principles and practices, and learn how to use motivational coaching strategies to empower clients to change their behaviours around nutrition.

Our Coaches

The Australian Institute of Fitness’ Nutrition Coach course has been developed by some of Australia’s leading dietitians, and other highly qualified health and fitness experts.

All Coaches have relevant qualifications with specialised knowledge and skills in nutrition, as well as a teaching qualification.

Career opportunities

  • Nutrition Coach
  • Multi-skilled Personal Trainer
  • Multi-skilled Massage Therapist

Training & assessment

Delivered online, students implement practical strategies from day one. Assessment includes a combination of online quizzes, case studies, role plays and a video submission.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, students must have a keen interest in nutrition, meet the Australian Institute of Fitness’ acceptance criteria, and have access to a laptop or tablet and internet.

Study areas

Module 1: Nutrition and coaching essentials for optimal health

  • Purpose of food
  • Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Food myths
  • Religious differences
  • Macronutrients
  • Food groups
  • Nutrient Reference Values
  • Current state of Australians
  • Read and interpret food labels
  • Healthy cooking techniques
  • Pregnancy
  • Role and importance of supplements
  • Vegetarians
  • Food intolerances and allergies
  • Identify specific needs of chronic disease
  • Introduction to nutrition coaching
  • Scope of practice
  • Connect with your client
  • Client’s previous experiences
  • Identify unhealthy behaviours
  • Evaluate if client is ready for change
  • Tailor your approach

Module 2: Nutrition and motivational change for weight management

  • Obesity and body composition
  • Healthy obesity
  • Drivers of weight gain
  • Energy balance
  • Process of weight change
  • Risks of rapid weight loss
  • Guidelines for weight management
  • Set successful nutrition goals
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing
  • Motivational interviewing in practice
  • Recognise the impact of thoughts on behaviour
  • Boost motivation for change
  • Track nutrition change
  • Structure a nutrition coaching session
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Hunger and appetite
  • Cravings
  • Food addiction
  • Relapse
  • Stay accountable
  • Weight loss diets
  • Drugs and surgery for weight loss
  • Understanding disordered eating
  • Recognise impact on body image

Module 3: Nutrition for sports performance

  • What is sports nutrition?
  • The importance of a balanced diet
  • Role of protein
  • Role of carbohydrates
  • Importance of fluids, sweat and dehydration
  • Meet nutrient requirements for active people
  • Nutrition before, during and after performance
  • Goal setting, training cycles
  • Role of supplements

FAQs

Still have questions? Check out more FAQs here or speak with our friendly Careers Team on 1300 669 699

What are the entry requirements at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

Each student must meet our acceptance criteria and age requirements before studying with AIF. The AIF acceptance criteria assesses the skills and values of each and every student, such as punctuality and attitude, ensuring we are bringing the best people into the industry. We also verify you have the tools required to succeed, necessary written and verbal communication skills, and are committed to your goal.

How old do I have to be to study at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

You must meet the age requirements for the course you intend to study. To study a Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) you must be at least 16 years old on your course commencement date. For a Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210) you must be at least 17 years old on your course commencement date. To study for a career in massage with AIF, you must be at least 18 years old on your course commencement date.

How much does it cost to study at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

Tuition cost varies depending on course, study modality and applicable scholarships. We have multiple payment options available, including Study Loans, which our Careers Team will discuss to find the option that suits you.

How often do courses start at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

If you want to study on campus with AIF, we typically have multiple courses running at a time, along with new intakes launching regularly. Additionally, our Online modality commences every second month. With our variety of modalities and course start dates, you can start studying how you want, sooner, with AIF.

What modes of study are available at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

At AIF, you can choose to study in the way that suits you. We have full-time or part-time options available for on-campus study. Alternatively, study online with our self-paced online modality, as well as Online Plus+, our guided online option for those who prefer more interaction with their coaches and peers. Some courses are available online-only and some are on-campus only: check out more information about the qualification you are interested in for details on the study options available.

Does AIF help you get a job once you have completed your course?

With AIF, you’ll receive the support you need to position yourself for success in the fitness industry. Our Career Scouts ensure our students have the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding fitness industry roles and connect you with job opportunities with our many Career Partners. You’ll also have access to regular industry presentations and our famous F.I.R.E nights (Fitness Industry Recruitment Expos) where you can meet key industry employers and secure a job or trainer experience placement. You can also find job opportunities from our Career Partners on Australia’s best fitness careers website, fitnesscareers.com.au.

What makes our eCampus options superior to other online learning?

For us, experience is everything. That’s why our students regularly score our course experience at over 9 out of 10. Our unique eCampus platform allows you to study in your own space, at your own pace. With access to virtual classrooms and interactive webinars, you’ll have the best tools and knowledge to succeed as a fitness professional. That’s why our online course boasts a graduation rate almost 4 times higher than the industry average.

Who is going to be coaching me and what experience do they have?

When we ask our students what they love most about their experience at the AIF, our Coaches continually rank as a standout feature of the course. We believe this is one of the reasons our students regularly score our course experience at over 9 out of 10. Our highly qualified team of Coaches bring passion and commitment to their teaching, ensuring all areas of learning are delivered in a fun and engaging way. They have many years experience working with a huge range of personal training clients, from elite sportspeople to those new to fitness, and many also present at fitness conventions and write for reputable fitness resources. Check out our coach profiles here to find out more about our coaching team!

WHY CHOOSE US

Here's why more
students learn with AIF

Train where the BEST train

Follow in the footsteps of the people who set the standard. Our graduates help us to keep raising the bar in the industry so you can rest assured that our training is the best of the best.

Fulfil your BEST potential

Be the best you can be and build your best career with our Career Head-Start Service™, providing unrivalled access to working opportunities. Become an industry leader.

Be part of the BEST Community

We are a community of leaders, past, present and future. Access our content, news, events and extra-curricular course and career upgrades.

The BEST facilities & support

We help our students to become their best every step of the way. With the tools & facilities you need to succeed and Support Plus™, our Coaches are available when you need and how you need.

“I honestly wish my time wasn't over at the campus because I loved the experience, the coaches, and my class so much. Being at the Australian Institute of Fitness has absolutely changed my life!”

Lauren Patterson
AIF graduate, Social Media Influencer and Fitness Blogger

“My experience at the Australian Institute of Fitness was nothing short of amazing! The facilities were impeccable, course information engaging and most importantly the learning aspect was made fun with great people”

Jenna Douros
AIF graduate, Social Media Influencer, Oxygen Cover Girl and Gold's Gym Ambassador

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