Here are the frequently asked questions on both our BTN Academy courses, The BTN Foundation Academy, and the BTN Practical Academy. Click on the question you have below to expand the answer. And if you have questions after viewing our FAQs, scroll to the bottom to book a call with our Head of Education Tom Bainbridge.

BTN Foundation Academy FAQs

  1. Each module will take 3-4 hours of learning and there are 10 modules. So 30-40 hours.

  2. This course can be done as a stand-alone course for personal interest, as additional CPD to a level 2 or 3 personal training qualification to upskill in nutrition, or as a feeder course to the BTN Practical Academy.

  3. This is an AfN accredited CPD course perfect for self-guided learning or CPD on existing qualifications, but this is not on a qualification framework, but our Practical Academy is an Active IQ qualification in nutrition coaching.

  4. The BTN Foundation Academy goes far beyond 'the basics' and so while we understand that it's tempting to skip past it entirely if you've been interested in nutrition for a while, we would encourage you to take this decision seriously as you don’t want knowledge gaps as you develop. The Foundation Academy covers fundamental topics such as hydration, sleep, supplements, goal setting, understanding food labels, and macro and micronutrients in far more detail than the Practical Academy, and so if you have never studied these topics before then you stand to leave knowledge gaps if you don't consider doing the Foundation Academy first. As such it's recommended you look over the Foundation Academy syllabus in detail when deciding. If, however, you have studied nutrition before and feel confident with the topics taught on the Foundation Academy then you can enrol directly into the practical Academy. If you’re still unsure, read this comprehensive blog on the topic “Should I do the Foundation Academy first?”

  5. If you’re looking to master the fundamentals of nutrition, then this course is for you. We have fitness enthusiast looking to learn more, parents looking to understand food and nutrition, sports players wanting to master their understanding, coaches looking to add to their skills and more do this course. So, if you’re looking to understand what we should eat and how it affects our body, positive lifestyle choices, and the science behind it all, then this self-directed online nutrition course is perfect for you.

  6. Each module is followed by a multiple choice quiz, and upon passing this you will be able to access the next part of the course. At the end of the course is your final assessment, a longer multiple choice quiz that covers content from all of the 10 modules you have studied.

  7. Ben Coomber (BSc, CISSN) delivers the 10 modular video presentations which are blended with animated segments making up the core content of the Foundation Academy alongside the course textbook, written by Ben Coomber and Tom Bainbridge (CISSN). Ben and Tom also support you in our learner’s support community answering your questions about the course content as you learn, and support you in the exam and certification process.

  8. Yes the course is completely self-paced.

  9. Yes, we have worked with students in every continent barring Antarctica because we are a 100% online education company, so study anywhere in the world with us.

  10. Of course, here is the official PDF showing our AfN accreditation for the BTN Foundation Academy.

  11. Click here to view a PDF of everything we teach on the BTN Foundation Academy, our modules in detail.

  12. You can start the BTN Foundation Academy 365 days a year, so when you’re ready to start, sign up.

BTN Practical Academy FAQs

  1. The course will take 12 months to complete. You learn on a week to week basis, involving 3-5 hours per week.

  2. Once you sign up our academy manager Tom Bainbridge will be in touch to welcome you aboard and enrol you into your cohorts members' area where you will be able to access module 1 of the course, view your recommended reading list, take note of key dates including assessment dates and course breaks, and give you the option to liaise with Tom to discuss any knowledge gaps you feel you have which we can help you to fill with recommended learning resources, bridging the knowledge gap before the course starts and getting you fully ready to start.

  3. The BTN Foundation Academy goes far beyond 'the basics' and so while we understand that it's tempting to skip past it entirely if you've been interested in nutrition for a while, we would encourage you to take this decision seriously as you don’t want knowledge gaps as you develop. The Foundation Academy covers fundamental topics such as hydration, sleep, supplements, goal setting, understanding food labels, and macro and micronutrients in far more detail than the Practical Academy, and so if you have never studied these topics before then you stand to leave knowledge gaps if you don't consider doing the Foundation Academy first. As such it's recommended you look over the Foundation Academy syllabus in detail when deciding. If, however, you have studied nutrition before and feel confident with the topics taught on the Foundation Academy then you can enrol directly into the practical Academy. If you’re still unsure, read this comprehensive blog on the topic “Should I do the Foundation Academy first?”.

  4. There are 5 assessments throughout the year, each relating to the modules preceding it. These are open-book written assessments which check your understanding of the theory of nutrition, as well as questions that ask you to apply your knowledge in hypothetical client scenarios. Each assessment is available for 3 weeks at a time, and once opened you have 48 hours to complete it. If you do not pass an assessment you are able to reattempt specific questions after receiving feedback - if it takes you two goes to understand a specific topic but you come out of it a better coach, that's fine by us! All assessments are individually marked and then internally and externally verified to ensure that marking is fair and accurate, meaning that upon completing the BTN Practical Academy you can be confident that you really earned your qualification and are competent to practice.

  5. This course allows you to be insured to practice and work as a nutrition coach, both online and offline, as you will have a Level 4 qualification in Nutrition Coaching through Active IQ.

  6. Yes – the official course title is “The Active IQ Level 4 Qualification in Nutrition Coaching”, which sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework at Level 4, making it a level above the Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification.

  7. The course requires 5-6 hours per week and it’s important for you to stay up to date with your learning, but falling behind a week or two then catching up is no problem. Each module can be completed at any time during the week, in multiple sittings if you need. You are also able to start this course outside of the usual intake times/dates and complete at your own pace, please see the relevant question at the bottom of this list for more details.

  8. The BTN Practical Academy is taught by a diverse team of passionate educators who are all specialists in their areas of teaching. Ben Coomber (BSc, CISSN) teaches the ethical and practical coaching modules, Tom Bainbridge (CISSN) teaches modules that form the scientific theory of the course, Heather Osborn (BSc, RD) teaches population specific modules from a dietetics and intervention perspective, Dr Mark Fogerty (Phd) teaches modules centred on human physiology, Alex Manos (IIFMCP, MSc) teaches areas of functional health, the gut & stress, Will Hawkins (MSc) teaches client psychology and the stages of change, Jessie Mundell (MHK, P.KIN) teaches pre and post-natal coaching, Nardia Norman (BSc) teaches female specific nutrition, Phil Paterson (BSc, GB Athlete) teaches our endurance modules, Chris Kitson (M.Ost, Dip.ITS) teaches injury specific modules, and Dave Croslands (PED Specialist) teaches enhanced athlete awareness. A truly diverse and passionate team all with their own specialities which combine to teach an inspiring, broad and detailed nutrition coaching qualification.

  9. Dr Mark Fogerty (PhD) who is the senior lecturer at Hull University Health Sciences Department is our Internal Verifier, this is an important role that upholds our quality standards and assessment consistency. Our External Verification is overseen by our awarding body, Active IQ. This ensures that our internal teaching and marking processes are well managed while adhering to regulated qualification framework requirements. These verification processes ensure we can uphold our qualification status and ensure all students graduate with a qualification in nutrition coaching in a fair and robust way. Each intake is individually assessed by our IV and EV to ensure cohort standards are maintained.

  10. The webinars are held at 11am on Tuesdays, but they are recorded and available later for you to watch if you’re unable to tune in.

  11. Yes, we have worked with students in every continent barring Antarctica because we are a 100% online education company, so study anywhere in the world with us.

  12. Of course, here is the official PDF showing The BTN Practical Academy as an Active IQ qualification in Nutrition Coaching.

  13. Click here to view a PDF of everything we teach on The BTN Practical Academy, our modules in detail.

  14. Ben Coomber, BTN’s founder, has been a nutrition, fat loss and mindset coach for 13 years, and over those years he has refined a 90 day program that is highly successful in getting people from all walks of life in incredible shape. As a BTN Practical Academy student you will get full access to this program so you can copy, use or be inspired by it. You’ll get access to the website and sales page to copy, the whole 90 day program to edit and use, and a full understanding on how to coach people through a 90 day program 100% online. So if you have ambitions to be an online nutrition coach, this is the perfect added benefit of the BTN Academy for you.

  15. The BTN Practical Academy opens its doors twice per year and in 2020 we start May 4th and November 2nd. We recommend that you enrol as soon as you are 100% committed to doing the course so we can give you a comprehensive education pathway prior to starting and give you time to do the Foundation Academy first if required. Signing up early via a deposit will also guarantee you get our early bird price. If you have any questions you would like answered, please request a call with us or email tom@btnacademy.com who will guide you through anything and work with you on an education pathway between now and starting the course which will guarantee success learning with us prepping you well in advance of starting with us.

  16. As a Personal Trainer you have access to your clients for only a few hours per week, limiting the effect you can have with them. By offering nutrition coaching as an additional service alongside your exercise coaching you open the door to far better results with clients, leading to better testimonials and more clients over time. Nutrition coaching is also something you can offer as a separate service, enabling you to enter the online marketplace.

  17. No, not at all. Every year approximately 40% of our student cohort are non-coaches either doing the course for their own understanding and passion for nutrition, are aspiring to be a coach in the future one day, or wish to combine it with other career or work place skills they have. So as long as you have a passion to learn all about nutrition, you can study the practical academy with us from the comfort of your home.

  18. Of course. When you study with us we want you to enter the course with 100% certainty it’s the right decision for you. If you email tom@btnacademy.com we can give you a selection of modules to choose from so you can study a week of the course. This way you can see first hand what it’s like to study on The BTN Practical Academy getting a chance to read a textbook module, watch a recorded webinar of that module, and see any accompanying documents for that weeks module. Then you can almost test us and get a feel for exactly how the course runs week to week and how you’ll learn.

  19. Enrolling in a course of this nature is an investment in yourself, your career and your future. Our course is extremely comprehensive and sets you up to coach people from all walks of life, so you have to consider the opportunity cost of completing a qualification in nutrition coaching. Most graduates are charging on average £40 per hour or £80 per month for their services upon graduation, and with our partnership with iPT and course mentoring we’ll ensure you are successful after the course finishes to capitalise on investing in yourself by doing this course. So, while it might seem like a stretch now, imagine what you could be earning as a coach with these skills and the business training to make it happen. It’s also why we offer monthly payments or the option to spread the payments over 18 months, hopefully making it affordable for all.

  20. To ensure you are as successful as possible completing this course we pay for you to have access to the Institute of Personal Trainers for one year after the date of your graduation. iPT is a world class resource of business development tools for coaches of all walks to ensure industry success, with many modules being taught by BTN Academy founder Ben Coomber. You can check out iPT to see the value of this after you graduate.

  21. As part of the course you’ll also get free access to our bi-annual conference (for the period you are enrolled on the course, so two free tickets) which takes place in spring and winter in either London or Manchester. We do this to bring our community together, learn in person, get inspired, meet tutors and students, and generally come together to learn in person and share some high 5’s. If you can’t make it as you are an overseas student, or travel is an issue, we record the conference and you can watch it online after the event. But if you can make it, do!

  22. We have 2 course start dates for one key reason, the course can be intensive in its learning volume for some and we want to be able to fully support and mentor all students along the way to ensure you successfully understand everything as you go. The course takes 3-6 hours of study per week, and we always want to ensure students can keep up and manage the learning with their job and other life demands. But if you find you are a quick learner, are highly motivated and want to simply learn at your own pace, quicker than the one year timeline we run on, then we have a master Practical Academy. This means we can send you the books, give you access to our master course, and you can learn at your own pace and take the exams when you’re ready. If you would like to discuss this with us, email tom@btnacademy.com to discuss how this can work, and how we can set you up to start the course now.