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Course benefits


Learn nutrition from the ground up, both in theory and in a real-world environment


Learn from the industry's best nutritionists, dieticians, sports nutritionists and coaches


Get better results with yourself and your clients as we believe what we teach are true life skills

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Be supported every step of the way with a thriving learning environment and community

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Study with us from anywhere in the world, our courses are delivered 100% online

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Learn on desktop, mobile or tablet with our interactive and dynamic learning platform and app

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When you are ready, take advanced and business modules to enhance specific learning areas


With any of our courses you get lifetime access, so if we do update anything, you'll have access, for life


Graduate the Practical Academy, get insured, and work as a qualified Nutrition Coach

Welcome to the BTN Academy

Everything starts with a vision

The BTN Academy started after one obese and unhealthy man, Ben Coomber, changed his life and reclaimed his health and fitness.

This spurred him on to change the lives of others, training to become a coach and nutritionist. Eleven years later the BTN Academy sits here today as you see it, a leading worldwide authority in the world of nutrition education, empowering the next generation of nutrition coaches to change the lives of others.


We’re here to change lives

We passionately believe learning about nutrition is a life skill, and this is how and why BTN was first created. BTN started in 2009 as a coaching company transforming the lives of our clients, then transitioned into an education company in 2013 enabling us to teach the future coaches of the world, empowering people like you to transform the lives of others. Join us and finish your transformation, and then transform the lives of many others too.


How we teach you

The way a course is delivered is just as important as the content it contains. Too many courses are based on a broken model of teaching: read a book, take a test, get a certificate. Not at The BTN Academy.

Throughout every step of your educational journey with us you'll be supported by Ben Coomber and Tom Bainbridge alongside PhD lecturers, Dieticians, GB athletes and experienced coaches with over 50 years of combined industry experience. We do this via multiple teaching styles including live and recorded webinars, animated videos, case studies, live Q&As, community discussions, text book reading, mini quizzes and full exams (when you look to qualify). We provide a truly immersive learning experience. Our Foundation Course is even certified by REPS and the AfN!

Welcome to the BTN Academy, are you ready to change lives?


Our online courses



Enrol 365 days a year and master the basics. A course for your own learning, or before the BTN Practical Academy

A 10 module AfN and REPS Certified Course taught by Ben Coomber and Tom Bainbridge, designed to give you a complete grounding in the fundamental principles and application of nutrition. The Foundation Academy is beautifully animated and digitally recorded and delivered via our mobile ready education platform. The course is also accompanied by a manual which is a comprehensive course guide that expands extensively upon everything in the course videos.

This course aims to equip anyone, from the beginner to the experienced fitness enthusiast with a complete and thorough understanding of nutrition and lifestyle optimisation for the human body. The Foundation academy prepares you for the Practical Academy but it's not mandatory. We advise anyone who doesn’t have a formal background in nutrition to complete the Foundation Academy before doing the Practical Academy.

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Enrol May or November for 12 months of specialist learning and become a BTN Nutrition Coach

The BTN Practical Academy is a 12 month live and interactive evidence based, practically driven, online nutrition course taught by dieticians, sports nutritionists, university lecturers, psychologists, GB athletes and experienced coaches. Learn the theory and practical aspects of coaching different people in an engaging and supportive way, with live webinars (also recorded), 4 course text books, a members area and supportive community.

During this 12 month nutrition course we delve into coaching specialist populations, advanced body composition, sports performance, obesity, behavioural psychology, hormones, female health, endurance athletes, fight sports and more. With the broadness of the Practical Academy, you will become a competent coach able to work with a broad clientele, resulting in you being a qualified BTN Certified Nutritionist.

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Master your business. Pick a module and learn anytime or get all the modules free when joining the Practical Academy

A modular business course for coaches to up-skill in the areas of marketing, client care, building a gym, social media, client retention, business management, public speaking, and more. Each module is available for sale individually meaning that you can enrol at any time you wish. With each module you will receive a detailed recorded webinar or video on the topic, detailed notes, and action based to do’s to ensure you can learn to optimise and action that area of your business.

As a coach or personal trainer it is no longer enough just to know about nutrition, training and lifestyle management, you need to know how to run your business, market your services, and improve the experience of your clients working with you. After all, you can only help people if they can find you. Pick and choose the module you want to learn, and simply learn via our mobile ready learning platform.

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Our courses at a glance

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Start date Start anytime, anywhere 12th Nov 2018, May 2019 Start anytime, anywhere
Duration Ten 2-4 hour modules 12 months 2 hours per module
Certification AfN & REPS Certified Level 4 nutrition course Fully competent nutrition coach CPD points awarded
Price £350 for digital version, £395 inc. hard copy textbook £1495 in total or £125 per month £25 per module
Or free with the BTN
Practical Academy
Payment method Paid upfront before starting Deposit needed to secure your place, paid upfront or monthly Paid upfront per module,
Or free with the BTN
Practical Academy
Average learning time 2-4 hours per week depending on the module 2-4 hours a week 2 hours per module
Access to e-learning area
End of module quizzes Self-guided homework
Course textbook 360 page course textbook 4 specialist course textbooks delivered during the course Digital notes provided for each module
Lifetime access to the course including updates

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Job and opportunities

On our mission to change lives through nutrition education our students have been inspired and empowered to go on to do incredible things. Students that complete our courses work as nutrition coaches, tutors, speakers in schools and gyms, explore and help local and government policy, join forces with other fitness professionals, get involved in health initiatives and technology, teach level 3 PT courses, have online coaching businesses working remotely around the world, and much more. Learn nutrition with us and there is a whole world of opportunity to impact the world, whether it's simply to help a friend, aid in coaching your clients, or to impact the next global shift in health empowerment.

Student testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it, listen to our graduates, some of whom you’ll recognise like industry famous YouTubers The Lean Machines

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Thanks so much for what I consider to be a life changing course. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with an interest in nutrition and have done, many times already!

Derek Muircroft Practical Graduate


Working with the Body Type Nutrition Academy has expanded my knowledge base as well as totally changed my approach to working with clients. The content is by far the most practical of any nutrition course I have done before and is laid out in away that you can understand and implement it with clients immediately. The weekly calls are all recorded and the ability to catch up at your own pace as made it really easy for any times when I am busy. The best choice of course I have made as a fitness professional and strongly urge any trainers looking to expand their knowledge to get on board.

Odhran McCorry Practical Graduate


I personally wish to thank you all for the kind support and knowledge, you have helped me learn an incredible amount. It's really helped with the many clients I have in their own personal journeys and I’ve got incredible results which could not of been achieved without this course. Since joining the course I've grown my business to be well respected in Edinburgh and was nominated for SFN Expo Personal Trainer Of The Year and since received a position as Assistant General Manager of The Gym Group Hamilton, another step in my career. I'm really happy I made the leap of faith to learn and be mentored by you all.

Andrew McLaughlan Practical Graduate


I chose to study with BTN because I love their approach to education. After following Ben’s work for some time I knew the courses they offer would be perfect for me. I had been working as a Personal Trainer for a few years before I signed up and what I realised is that not only did my clients need help in the gym but also with all things nutrition, lifestyle and mindset. The BTN foundation course, practical and business has left me with invaluable knowledge and skills. I am now able to offer an even better service to my clients, with practical and realistic advice that they can apply on a daily basis to help them achieve their goals. Being part of BTN has connected me with like-minded people who all support one another. There is always someone from the BTN team or the group available to answer questions and offer advice. I would thoroughly recommend the BTN courses to anybody in the fitness industry looking to enhance their skills and knowledge as well as anybody who is on their own personal health and fitness journey. The impact not only on my clients but on me has been entirely positive. I am a better, more confident and empowered coach because of being involved with BTN and this has had a direct impact on those I work with. Ben and his team do an awesome job and I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication to the industry and this course.

Victoria Louise Milne Foundation, Practical and Business Graduate