Who is this course for

Nutrition is a science, but its application is an art, and our Level 4 qualification in Nutrition Coaching seeks to help you bridge the gap between the two. This online nutrition course is ideal for current coaches to upskill, for anyone who is looking to move into nutrition coaching as a job or side project, or for anyone looking for the next level in nutrition mastery.

You’ll learn about nutrition, of course, but on top of that you’ll also be given the skills and support you need to work with real people, in the real world, and truly make a difference in their lives. Spanning 12 months and four bespoke textbooks, this online course is taught by dieticians, sports nutritionists, university lecturers, psychologists, GB athletes and experienced coaches, ensuring that the information you’re given isn’t just evidence based, but practically relevant to you and everyone you coach.

No prior knowledge is necessary, though we strongly recommend you check out the BTN Foundation Academy if you’ve never studied nutrition before. We’re available globally and can accommodate people from any time zone, all you need is a passion to master nutrition and the art of coaching.

Features and benefits

  • Know how to work with a diverse range of clients, with completely different goals
  • Massively improve client adherence using the science of behaviour change
  • Truly master the anatomy, physiology and endocrinology relevant to nutrition
  • Improve your client communication, helping you to navigate client barriers
  • Learn how to properly monitor consistency and adherence over time
  • Develop ways in which you can provide accountability, mentorship, and support to the client’s you coach
  • Be able to assess nutrition clients effectively and efficiently
  • Be able to set clients up for long-term, sustainable success
  • Increase your critical thinking skills, so you can keep progressing long after you graduate
  • Join the BTN community, a group of coaches committed to changing lives
  • Learn around work and home life, in your own time
  • Gain a Level 4 qualification in Nutrition Coaching

The Practical Academy is now closed. Please drop your details below to discuss the course and secure a place for the November 19 intake.


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

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.

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.

The course requires 3-5 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 parts if you need.

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.

If you have never studied nutrition before then yes we recommend you do, to master the fundamentals first before we teach more advanced topics. If you have studied nutrition before and feel competent with the topics taught on the Foundation Academy then you can enrol directly into the practical Academy. If you’re still unsure, book a call with us to chat it over via our ‘talk to us’ page.

Yes, we have worked with students in every continent barring Antarctica!

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, our modules in detail.

The BTN practical Academy opens its doors in May and November. The 13th May 2019 is our next course start date, so ensure you enrol before that date to join the next cohort.


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

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