Ready To Truly Master The Art And Science of Nutrition Coaching?

Nutrition is a science, but its application is an art. Our Level 4 qualification in nutrition coaching seeks to help you bridge the gap between the two so that you can truly help others change their lives, and be qualified to do so.

With the four course textbooks, dedicated webinars and weekly Q&A support sessions you’ll learn about nutrition and coaching from dieticians, sports nutritionists, university lecturers, psychologists, athletes and experienced coaches, ensuring you get the right balance of hard nutrition science, practical application and real world experience.

No prior knowledge is necessary, though we strongly recommend you check out the BTN Foundation Academy if you’ve yet to master the fundamentals of nutrition. The BTN Practical Academy has always been comprised of 50-60% health and fitness professionals looking to upskill and gain a nutrition coaching qualification, 20-30% looking to do nutrition coaching as a side project or complement an existing job they have, and 10-20% of people just here for their own advanced learning.

The course can be done from anywhere in the world and can accommodate people from any time zone; all you need is a passion to master nutrition and the art of coaching. You can choose to enrol today and study at your own pace.

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The Benefits of The BTN Practical Academy And Studying To Become A Nutrition Coach

  • Coach a diverse range of clients with completely different goals
  • Improve client adherence using the science of behaviour change
  • Increase your critical thinking skills and understand nutrition research
  • Truly master the anatomy, physiology and endocrinology relevant to nutrition
  • Improve your verbal communication skills, effectively overcoming client barriers and objections
  • Learn how to properly monitor consistency and adherence with clients
  • Be able to assess nutrition clients effectively and efficiently
  • Be able to set clients up for long-term, sustainable success
  • Choose to learn with a cohort (every May and November), supported by live webinars, or learn at your own pace for maximal flexibility
  • Learn from a range of specialist tutors and be supported the whole way
  • Learn around work and home life, in your own time
  • Know you are learning from a credible, certified industry training provider
  • Gain an internationally recognised Level 4 qualification in Nutrition Coaching and become a world class nutrition coach

What Does a Week of Learning Look Like On This Course With BTN?

What Added Bonuses Do You Get?

  • Get assessment tools, documents, and plans to use with clients so you have all you need to successfully coach others. Keep these as they are, or edit and brand them as your own
  • Get FREE access and use of Fat Loss for Life, Ben Coomber’s online 90 day body and mind transformation program so you can coach online once you graduate using his exact system
  • Get FREE access to iPT, a globally used resource for coaches so you can advance your career and business
  • Access the BTN Business Academy as soon as you enrol, a suite of modules on all aspects of running a successful coaching business
  • Access to over 10 advanced workshops from past graduates on how they have succeeded post course so you can follow in their footsteps
  • Our four hardcopy textbooks sent to you upon enrolment that underpin the four key stages of learning on this course, detailed in our brochure

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How Do We Compare To Other Nutrition Courses?

If you did both the BTN Foundation Academy and The BTN Practical Academy and compared us to other nutrition courses, this is how we would compare:

Benefit BTN PN MNU
AfN Certified Foundation Course
Regulated qualification level 4 - -
Course text books 5 3 0
1-2-1 mentorship throughout
Free career and business training
Free lifetime access to course and updates
Qualification externally regulated
Peer to peer learning and accountability
Weekly live webinars
Free 90 day online coaching system
Option to study now, or in co-horts

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Who teaches on the course?

Throughout the course of The BTN Practical Academy you will be taught by an array of specialist tutors, ranging from PhD researchers, lecturers, and dietitians, to athletes and experienced coaches, giving you the best learning experience possible.

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If enrolling on our intake dates the course will take 12 months to complete, if doing the course in your own time, at your own pace, then it could take more or less time depending on the time you can devote to it. You’ll learn live on a week-to-week basis, involving approx. 5-7 hours per week of total study time. This is of course highly flexible, meaning you can study around a busy life and choose study hours that work for you. It’s also not a problem if you take a 1-2 week break as you can read ahead and/or catch up again afterwards.

Whereas the cohort-led course has you learning to a weekly schedule, watching live webinars when you can attend, and completing assessments at certain times, the self-paced course allows you to work through the course as quickly or slowly as you’d like, using recorded versions of the webinars and attempting assessments when you’re ready. The other difference is in the Facebook group – cohorts have their own dedicated group with everyone being at the same place in the course, and self-paced learners join a larger group containing everyone using this approach. Beyond this there is no difference to the quality of the content or level of support available to you!

Once you sign up, our friendly team will be in touch to welcome you aboard and make sure you feel welcome! Roughly 4 weeks ahead of the course starting, you and your fellow learners will be enrolled into your cohort’s members' area where you will be able to access module 1 of the course, take note of key dates including assessment dates and course breaks, and liaise with Tom, our Head of Education, to discuss anything you need to in order to feel ready to go. At this time, you’ll also be welcomed into your cohort Facebook group and have the opportunity to meet your fellow learners and get to know each other.

If you sign up to complete the self-paced option, you will be enrolled within 24 hours Monday-Friday. Please note that we are closed at weekends and so if you sign up in non-office hours, you will be enrolled Monday. At this time, you will be able to gain access to the course, your books will be shipped, and you can get started.

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, while you’ll be OK to complete the Practical Academy, your knowledge may end up lacking in practice. 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?”.

There are 5 assessments throughout the year, each relating to the modules that have just been taught, meaning no big scary exam at the end of the course. These are open-book, written assessments which check your understanding of the theory of nutrition, as well as asking questions that ask you to apply your knowledge in hypothetical, real world client scenarios. We’re not testing your ability to memorise facts and science, we’re testing your ability to coach people.

Each assessment is available for 3 weeks at a time meaning you can pick a time that suits you, and once you open the exam you have 48 hours to complete it so you can take plenty of breaks if needed. If you do not meet the criteria to 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 as a qualified nutrition coach.

This course allows you to be insured to practice and work as a nutrition coach, both online and offline, as you will have an internationally recognised Level 4 qualification in Nutrition Coaching through Active IQ. After you graduate the world is your oyster, you could work 1-2-1, start online groups, work in your local community, work in corporate well-being, deliver talks, work in a gym or studio, the list is endless. To be inspired with your future potential after the BTN Practical Academy, and to give you ideas, here’s founder Ben Coomber discussing career options as a nutrition coach in a 20-minute lecture. Click HERE to find out more.

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. When comparing courses it’s important to take note of this as a certification that isn’t covered by a regulating body may not mean much.

The course requires approx. 5-7 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 so you can always fit your personal development around your day to day. You are also able to start this course outside of the usual intake dates and complete it at your own pace, please see the relevant question at the bottom of this list for more details on starting the academy early.

The BTN Practical Academy is taught by a diverse team of passionate educators who are all specialists in their areas of teaching meaning you’re always learning from the best. 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 Fogarty (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.

Dr Mark Fogarty (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 meaning that everyone who completes an assessment will have their attempt marked fairly and impartially. Having this in place lets you know that this isn’t a pay-to-pass course where certificates mean nothing, and that your assessment will be marked to the same standards as everyone else’s.

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.

The live webinars are held at 11am on Tuesday, every week, but they are recorded and available a few hours later in your student members areas for you to watch at your convenience. Watching the webinar live allows you to ask questions during the teaching, but by no means does missing it limit your ability to learn and partake in the course. We have students on the Practical Academy in most time zones around the world, so this course is built so you can learn at any time, from anywhere.

Yes, we have worked with students in every continent barring Antarctica because we are a 100% online education company. So long as you have an internet connection, you’re good to go!

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

Click here to view a PDF of everything we teach on The BTN Practical Academy.

Ben Coomber, 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 at helping people from all walks of life eat, live, and feel better. 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. A business in a box.

The BTN Practical Academy opens its doors twice per year. We recommend that you enrol as soon as you are 100% committed to doing the course in order to secure your place and manage the pre-reading before the first live webinar. Signing up early 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 who will guide you through anything and work with you to discover any areas you may benefit from reading up on before the course begins.

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. A huge part of our teaching is also centred around behaviour change, a fundamental skill to master if you want the best results with all your clients.

No, not at all. Every year approximately 50% of our student cohort are non-coaches either doing the course for their own understanding and passion for nutrition, or to use it as a full or part time job alongside or instead of their current career. So 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.

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 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.

The BTN Practical Academy might seem expensive if you just look solely at the raw cost, but look at what you are getting, not just now, but in the future. 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. Most graduates charge on average £30-40 per hour or £80-120 per month for their services, meaning the course pays for itself extremely quickly. Also, to help your future, our partnership with iPT and course mentoring will ensure you are successful after the course finishes. Finally, we have 12 and 18 month payment options to help you spread the cost in a way that suits you.

To ensure you are as successful as possible upon 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.

This is a really common sentiment, and it's extremely understandable for two reasons.

  • Biology is hard 
  • Biology is often taught in a way that isn't very engaging

We can't promise that the more in-depth anatomy and physiology on our course is easy, but we can promise that we make it as engaging as possible, deliver it in multiple different styles, limit it to only what you NEED to know, and are continually on hand to help and support your understanding. Our course is a million miles away from "read this in a book then recite it in an exam or you fail" so don't worry if you don't consider yourself to be scientifically minded.

The barrier is almost always in the teaching, not in the student, and we make it our mission to support you however you need us to.

First, the question(s) we need to ask are, who do you want to coach or how do you want to use your qualification, how much do you want to spend, and how fast do you want to do it? A nutrition degree is expensive, takes 3 years, and is often very focused on theoretical concepts, rather than real world practical coaching. Our Practical Academy is a Level 4 Qualification in Nutrition Coaching, is only £1875, and is all taught online over 1 year or less. So long as you don’t want to work in a hospital or professional sports team (for which you’d need a degree and HCPC or other registration), a qualification like ours is perfect. After our course you’ll be able to get insured to work in private practice, in groups, online, in the community, and in many other nutrition settings, and so if you’d like to help people eat well and feel awesome, we have all you need with our Level 4 qualification in Nutrition Coaching.

This is a question only you can answer, because both options are excellent though they match some peoples’ preferences more than others. To help, consider the following:

Completing the course alongside a cohort will mean that you’re learning at the same pace as 150 other people, meaning that it’s easier to ask questions of each other and benefit from the questions of other people who are learning all the same things that you are. You will also receive an email from us on a weekly basis with the live webinar link, meaning that you’re being spurred on to keep up with the course. This does, however, mean that the course starts at certain times of the year and you can only go as fast as the schedule does, and because you are on a schedule you need to keep up! Finally, with this option those who are able to tune in at 11am GMT can catch the webinar live and ask all the questions they have (all webinars are recorded for playback anytime).

On the other hand, the self-paced option means that you can learn as quickly or slowly as you like, take breaks when you’d like to, and of course start any time during the year – whenever you’re ready! Here you’ll miss out on learning alongside other learners who’re studying the same topics as you at the exact same time (though you ARE supported by a Facebook group of other people on the course + our tutors), and of course the webinars aren’t live they’re all recorded.

In short, one is far more flexible, the other benefits from being guided at the same pace as others. The best one for you…just depends on you. If you’re struggling to decide, book a call with Tom our Head of Education to chat it through.

Most courses available online are certifications, meaning that a course provider has written a course and the associated assessments themselves, and then they hand you their own certificate upon graduation.

This isn't necessarily always a problem, but it could be. What if the course isn't evidence based? What if the provider just lets anyone pass who pays for the course, or the assessments are so easy that you don't have to even learn anything to pass them? Who do you complain to if the company doesn't do their job? Does anyone recognise this course as legitimate?

Regulated qualifications like the BTN Practical Academy are externally assessed and sit upon a government framework, meaning that we worked with a qualification provider to produce assessments suitable for a level 4, and that all of our marking and delivery is quality controlled and 3rd party verified. This means you have the confidence that this isn't a pay-to-pass course and so if you gain the qualification, you have earned it. It also means that you have a guarantee that if any marking seems unfair, or if the course isn't provided as you feel it should be, that you can speak to our awarding body (Active IQ) instead of simply hoping we take you seriously!

(To be totally clear, this has never ever been necessary, but it's good for you to know!)

This also means that this course is recognised everywhere, rather than only by people who know who we are - something that you don't typically get with certifications.


  • Module 1: Course introduction/What is evidence based practice?
  • Module  2: What is health?
  • Module 3: Critical thinking
  • Module 4: Reading research - What do we need?
  • Module 5: The digestive system
  • Module 6: The fasted and fed states
  • Module 7: Energy production and protein synthesis
  • Module 8: Coaching weight loss - The stages of change
  • Module 9: Coaching weight loss - Barriers and addiction
  • Module  10: Coaching weight loss - Nutritional programming
  • Module 11: Case study - Weight loss client
  • Module 12: Nutritional strategies to maximise hypertrophy
  • Module  13: Effective consultations
  • Module  14: Tracking and monitoring body composition
  • Module 15: Tracking and monitoring nutrient intakes
  • Module 16: Effective online coaching
  • Module  17: Food environment and habits
  • Module 18: Group online weight loss coaching
  • Module 19: Stress and your clients' progressModule
  • Module 20: Motivational interviewing
  • Module 21: Alcohol
  • Module  22: Case study - Shift worker
  • Module  23: Evidence based nutrition for endurance sports
  • Module  24: Assisted athletes
  • Module 25: Team sports nutrition
  • Module 26: Coaching bodybuilding competition preparation
  • Module 27: Nutritional considerations for making weight
  • Module 28: Female clients
  • Module 29: Pre and post natal clients
  • Module 30: Case study - Crossfit athlete
  • Module  31: Intermittent fasting
  • Module  32: Child nutrition
  • Module 33: Helping clients with diabetes
  • Module 34: Helping clients with PCOS
  • Module 35: Injury recovery nutrition
  • Module  36: Ketogenic dieting
  • Module  37: Allergy, intolerances and the immune system
  • Module 38: IBS
  • Module  39: Plant based nutrition
  • Module  40: Elderly clients
  • Module  41: Eating disorders in the fitness industry
  • Module 42: Case study - PCOS
  • Module  43: Case study - Female client with multiple barriers
  • Module 44: Exam preparation/Final Q&A

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