Intakes: May, November Cost: £125 per month, £1495 total Timescale: 12 months

Course benefits


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


Learn from the industries best nutritionists, dieticians, researchers, 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

It's our 5th birthday launch, and we're celebrating! Balloons

What is the BTN Practical Academy

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.

This 12 month online nutrition course aims to teach nutrition at its most practical level delving into specialist populations, advanced body composition, sports performance, obesity, behavioural psychology, hormones, female health, and much more. With the broad nature of the Practical Academy we will evolve you into a competent coach that can work with a broad range of clientele.

Course syllabus

Nutrition is a science, but applying nutritional science to either yourself or your clients is an art – the BTN Practical Academy is here to bridge the gap. You’ll learn everything you need to know about applied nutrition, from macronutrient recommendations to the impact of alcohol, while also developing an understanding around communication, adherence strategies and instigating change for both yourself and those around you. If you want to know how to structure a nutritional plan and have people stick to it, look no further than the BTN Practical Academy.

Because our course is so long and covers so many different modules, it is advised that you download a copy of our full course syllabus to explore the wide range of topics we cover.

The BTN Practical Academy is accredited by CPD Standards and is therefore worth 50 CPD Points. It also allows you to become insured as a BTN Certified Nutrition Coach with Financial Fitness Limited once you graduate. To find out more, watch the video to the right by course leader Ben Coomber.

What's included in our 5th Birthday Launch

Here's everything that's included in the BTN Practical Academy throughout the 12 months you'll spend with us, and what we've added this year to offer even more and celebrate our 5th Birthday...

Receive 44 modules of learning throughout the 12 months, a truly in-depth course covering a vast amount

Graduate after the course as a nutrition coach, enabling you to coach others and change the lives of others

Comes with 4 course textbooks, more than any nutrition course in the world, our dedication to in depth education

Join 1000s of like-minded students from all over the world in one learning community, creating a network for life

Get access to our 90 day online coaching system Fat Loss for life, learn and experience how we coach

Get free access to the whole of our Business Academy, helping you grow your coaching business

Get workbooks, coaching documents & systems to use with your clients and to aid in your personal development

24/7 access to the tutors so you can ask anything you need to, maximising your success potential

1-2-1 skype time for anyone struggling with what we teach, again, we've got your back 100% of the way

Free ticket to the bi-annual BTN Conference while you are a student on the course. Come join us in person for some live education

All modules and textbooks are accompanied by audio recordings so you can read, watch, and listen to maximise learning

Free 12 week offline group coaching program that you can use to run your own educational slimming club, but better

Join us live

Every year we stage two BTN Conferences, a chance for our students past and present to come together, learn, connect and experience a deeper, more inspiring day of learning with Ben, Tom and a selection of our tutors and past students (we ask graduates to come speak about their experiences and coaching post graduating – probably the best part of the conference, we love to hear the success stories).

While you’re enrolled on the BTN Practical Academy you’ll get free tickets to attend. Why? Because we’d love to meet you, connect with you and help you on your journey as much as possible. If you can’t make the conference don’t worry. It is an added bonus for our students and we record the talks and put them in your online education zone. The conference is close to an airport and train station, hopefully enabling as many students as possible to join us.

Course tutors


Ben Coomber (BSc, CISSN)

Teaches coaching skills, supplements, WHO, team sports, IIFYM


Tom Bainbridge (CISSN)

Teaches critical thinking, student mentor


Heather Osborn (BSc, RD)

Teaches child nutrition, obesity and food environment


Alex Manos (IFMCP, MSc)

Teaches digestive health, stress, allergies and intolerances


Will Hawkins (MSc)

Teaches eating disorders, statistics, adherence, addiction


Jessie Mundell (MHK, P.KIN)

Teaches female health


Phil Paterson (BSc, Athlete)

Teaches endurance diets, supplements


Chris Kitson (M.Ost, DipITS)

Teaches nutrition for injury


Simon Herbert (DipSn, DipN)

Teaches TDEE, TCA cycle, alcohol, fight sports

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Dave Croslands (P.E.D Expert)

Teaches enhanced athlete awareness

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Mark Fogarty (PhD)

Teaches digestion, fasted and fed states, energy systems

Experience the live learning

Every week we teach you live, which many other courses don’t do. This is a core part of the BTN Practical Academy online nutrition course because we believe it is paramount to engage with the tutor as you learn the theory and practical application of any given nutrition topic. But, don’t worry if you can’t make the live webinars, we record everything and it gets stored in your online learning platform so you can watch it at anytime, anywhere, while being supported by our dedicated tutors.

Let us give you an example of how we teach live.


University vs. BTN Academy

To help people with their nutrition do you have to go to university?

In short, no. You could, but university will cost A LOT; not just for your course fees, but for accommodation, living and generally being away from home. On top of that a degree can often be too theory based with insufficient practical work focused on actually coaching real people in the real world. If you want to be a registered nutritionist or dietician then university is a necessity, but if you want to help normal people improve their health and body composition through implementing healthy food choices and realistic lifestyle changes, the picture changes. We would highly recommending reading our blog if you are considering this decision, which discusses the pros and cons of degrees compared to our course.

Other things might be on your mind, like can a nutrition coach give out a diet plan? You can read about that here HERE, and building on this HERE you can read our perspective on what every nutrition coach needs to know and why, and lastly HERE you can get in-depth insight into a past student our ours and his journey from client to coach himself.

New course, more added

This November 12th 2018 were going big and offering our best deal yet. If you enrol this November you'll get access to our Business Academy (worth £500) FREE, as well as Ben Coomber's Fat Loss for Life Coaching system (worth £150) for FREE, giving you £650 of extra education, and if you choose to do the BTN Foundation Academy first before you start the Practical Academy you'll save another £150. These new and improved extras to our course are to ensure you become a world class coach and have everything you need to be a success. That's all we're here for, to make you a successful coach and change lives.

What you get Old BTN Practical Academy New BTN Practical Academy University Course
Course textbook(s) (extra cost)
Live webinars
Live in person teaching
24/7 support
Free Business Academy
1-2-1 mentoring
Free 90 day coaching system
£150 off Foundation Academy N/A
COST £1,625 £1,625 £22,500

Course pricing

Enrol today and save big as we’re celebrating our 5th Birthday

Ready and excited to start the BTN Practical Academy with us and become a certified nutritionist? The course starts 12th November 2018, with our next BTN conference being on Sunday 11th November (which you’ll get a free ticket to attend). Simply click below on the option that suits you and if you also want to do the BTN Foundation Academy. There are only 250 places on our Practical Academy, so be quick.

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PA (instalments) £250 £125 x 11 £115 x 11 Pay (hardback) Pay (digital)
PA (full) None £1495
(£130 off)
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PA+FA (instalments) £500
(save £145)
£125 x 11 £115 x 11 Pay (hardback) Pay (digital)
PA+FA (full) None £1840
(£180 off)
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*NOTE: Before the BTN Practical Academy starts there is a bridging course to ensure your knowledge is at the right level to learn with us for 12 months. Upon paying your deposit to secure your space you will be given module 1, several educational documents and an optional reading list. Because of this please don't leave signing up to the course last minute as you may find the initial work load high to be ready to learn with us. Sign up as soon as you are ready to and get learning straight away with our bridging course.

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Student testimonials

Don't just take our word for it, here is what our students say...



The BTN academy has been superb, I have learnt so much more in the 12 months than my entire 3 year university degree!! It has totally changed the way I approach my clients nutrition plans and the results are speaking for themselves. They are all getting leaner, healthier, and happier with help from all the knowledge bombs I have picked up from all the coaches on the academy. All the team have such a widespread knowledge on different subjects within their field for you to learn from and take and use in your business and own lifestyle. A big plus is the group of people you are on the course with, we have all shared experiences, fired questions and answers to each other about clients/friends/family members and all got awesome feedback to go away and use. I couldn’t have asked for any more from the last 12 months, it has revolutionised my business and I am forever thankful to BTN. I cant wait to meet up with people at future events and see how everyone is getting on. Cheers Guys

Michael Quirk Practical Graduate


I had been listening to Ben's podcast for about 3 years before I signed up to the BTN Academy as I wanted to do an online nutrition course. I thought 'if the free stuff is this good, the paid stuff must be even better'. And I wasn't disappointed. The course has been amazing, it has made me a better coach giving me an environment where I can ask questions and be supported as I learn, giving me the tools to get incredible results with my clients. I’ve loved the course, and whatever you do next, I’ll be signing up as I continue my never ending journey to be the best coach possible.

Dave Cottrell Practical Graduate


The structure of the course has worked so well for me, whilst running my own business and the wealth of new knowledge has added so much already to my client services.

Annabelle Nunn Practical Graduate


I wasn't sure what I was getting in to when I signed up for the Academy. I was excited to learn more about a topic I was passionate about, but I hadn't properly 'studied' in almost seven years. The Academy has changed my approach for the better with all my clients, turning it into a health first take on hitting goals. The knowledge that I have learnt through the calls has been outstanding, and it has given me the confidence to not only apply it to myself and my clients, but even host talks on the subject too at gyms. It has opened doors for me professionally, and helped to both enhance my own reputation as well as increase the quality of service I am offering to my clients. My year in the Academy has been outstanding, and I would - and have - thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in increasing their nutritional knowledge and education.

Pauric Grimes Practical Graduate


I’m over the moon with what I have received for the price. The coaches have all been approachable and everything has tied in nicely towards the end with the course overview and the case studies in preparation for the exam. Being able to put the calls onto an apple device and learn on the move is great. You are all a credit to BTN and the fitness industry and I have nothing but praise for your work and the course, I’ve loved it.

John Johnstone Jnr Practical Graduate