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Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor™

Professional Diploma Level 5

Accredited by CPD. Endorsed by YMCA Awards (CYQ’s new brand). Approved by IICT and underwriters for membership and insurance.

Who is this for?

  • Sports coaches and personal trainers
  • From beginner to elite athletes
  • Team sports athletes – tennis, football, rugby, hockey
  • Those preparing for marathons, triathlons, cycling, rowing, martial arts events
  • Powerlifters and bodybuilders
  • Anyone interested in cutting-edge scientific methods
5/5
I've done many courses which are online based e-learning and I can honestly say... the best.
Sarah Gleave (Lincoln, UK)
5/5
I recommend it to anyone who may be considering studying diet and nutrition from amateurs to professionals!
Gerard Gallacher (Renfrew, Scotland)

Can I lose weight without losing muscle? Are sports drinks necessary? Whey protein or casein? What and when should I eat on the competition day? Can I carb-load without fat gain? Supplements… or food?

Learn to answer these questions and engineer a personalised nutritional programme:
  • Endurance
  • Power and strength
  • Weight (fat) loss
  • Weight (muscle) gain
  • Competition
  • Fuelling muscles before, during and after exercise
  • Building / repairing muscles
  • Replacing sweat losses

31 units • 90 CPD hours • video • worksheets

Course overview
  • Introduction to nutrition for physical activity
  • Nutritional recommendations for your client
  • Building a personalised diet plan for your client
  • Analysing your client's food diary and fluid intake
  • Planning a training diet
  • How the body stores energy
  • Carbohydrates: Fuel for exercise
  • Protein and amino acids: Muscle repair and growth
  • Body fat and essential fatty acids for performance
  • Introduction of hydration strategies
  • Micro-nutrients: Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Good carbs, bad carbs, and the glycaemic index of foods
  • Calculating and fine-tuning your client’s carbohydrate requirements
  • Carb loading methods for endurance events
  • Fuelling muscles before exercise: How to plan a pre-exercise diet
  • Fuelling muscles during exercise: How to plan a training diet
  • Fuelling muscles between workouts: How to plan workout meals
  • Fuel after exercise and recovery: How to plan a post-exercise diet
  • Building and repairing muscles: Role of protein and amino acids
  • Protein for muscle strength, recovery and performance
  • Calculating your client’s protein requirements
  • Planning a Weight Control Diet: Weight (fat) loss, weight (muscle) gain, and weight maintenance
  • Replacing sweat losses: Effects of hydration on performance
  • Hydrating before, during and after exercise
  • The science of sports drinks
  • Pre-competition nutrition: Optimum nutrition for peak performance
  • Nutrition strategies on the competition day
  • Planning a competition eating programme
  • Dos, don'ts and must dos as a Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor
  • Legal, Insurance, Tax and Professional Considerations
  • The science of supplements, performance enhancers and engineered sports foods A to Z: Effectiveness, side effects, who should take them, scientific research. Includes anabolic steroids and prohibited stimulants (bonus worth £59)

Grab your FREE Graduation Bonus!

Only for students who complete the Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor course. A special bonus pack with the science of supplements, performance enhancers and engineered sports foods (worth £59!)

Get certified without delay

Upon graduation you’ll have instant access to your very own Certificate in PDF format, issued in your name, signed and dated. You can save it, print it or share it with someone else.

When you join, you'll also get:

  • Unlimited online access to your course lessons
  • PDF files for all key materials – you can open, save or print these at your convenience
  • Ready-to-use templates for your clients: nutrient calculators, meal planners, food diaries, health questionnaires and legal forms
  • Interactive, automatically graded online quizzes which you need to complete before moving onto your next module
  • A fully automatically graded final exam (Score > 80% and you have passed…. No retake fees!)
  • Interactive questionnaires and polls – add your voice and see what your fellow students say
  • Glossary, conversions guide and additional resources with examples, science or reference research
  • Instant PDF certificate upon completion signed and dated by your certification director
  • Achievement badge to display on your website, business card and marketing materials
  • 24/7 access to the Learner Services portal
  • Free graduation BONUS materials
  • And none of it expires!

Certified Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional™

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Business in a box.

Tools to personalise programmes
Templates for immediate use with clients

Earn while you learn.

A complete coaching blueprint
Planning materials to equip your practice

A complete blueprint for you.

  • Science-based nutritional plans: per training volume, gender, weight, metabolism, athletic goals
  • Competition diets for peak performance (from short to prolonged events)
  • Covers team sports, endurance, strength and power, bodybuilding, weight control
  • Hydration strategies used by elite athletes and world-class champions
  • Engineered sports products (from lite waters to protein shakes)
  • Food diary analyses and recommendations
  • Advice from the International Olympic Committee and world-leading scientists

Certified Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor™

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Learn from any device!

  • Touch-friendly
  • No installation of other software required
  • Uses HTML5 and CSS3 (no Flash)
  • Loads quickly even over slow connections
  • Automatically adjusts for mobile devices

Advanced interactive polls

  • Anonymously share with your classmates
  • Fun way that incorporates your learnings
  • Live data and presentation of results
  • Help us focus our research and updates

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Have any questions?

There are no entry requirements other than being at least 16 years of age and a willingness to jump in, learn your way around, and have fun!
Once you have successfully completed your training and purchased the optional SkillsActive Professional Add-on Module, you will receive 6 REPs CPD points. In order to redeem your REPs CPD points, please record them in your online REPs portal. Please note that this applies to Level 3 Qualified REPs members only who have joined by 1 December 2016.
No, there are no fixed deadlines. Our programme allows you to be 100% in control of your own time. In other words, you are in charge of your own study agenda. This puts you in the driving seat and increases the enjoyment of your learning experience. What’s more, you have lifetime access to your course, which means that it is yours forever to keep, including all future updates and new content!
No special operating system is required. You need a computer and internet access. Upon registration, we help you navigate the online system and also provide access to our 24/7 Interactive Learner Services portal.
At the end of each module, there is a multiple choice quiz based on the readings and lesson materials. The purpose of the quizzes is to enhance your retention of the material. You are permitted to refer to the module lessons and other notes during the quizzes. There is no time limit and you have an unlimited number of attempts to take the quiz. You will see feedback on your correct and incorrect answers after you pass. At the end of the course, there is a final theory exam (online), covering what you have learned in all modules. Upon successful completion of your final exam with a final score of 80% or above, you will receive your certificate.
Absolutely! The course is packed with Downloadable Client Materials and Session Handouts that will help you establish or expand your nutritional practice. Your final module covers the key professional, legal, tax, and insurance considerations in order to set up your practice. In there, we also provide you with downloadable legal templates for you to print and use as soon as you start seeing clients. We also offer an optional, premium Clinic Toolkit™ packed with intelligent forms to help start or enhance your practice.
It depends on how quickly you would like to complete your certification. You can study for as many hours per week as your work and social life allows. The guided learning hours to complete this training are 90 hours.

Some of our students finish in six months, and those with work commitments may take a year or longer. There’s no expiry date to complete the training.
Everything we’ve detailed above these Frequently Asked Questions is included in your price! You’ll have the choice to select optional add-ons (entirely up to you if you want them or not), such as a printed course pack by post or professional add-on registration modules for CPD and YMCA Awards. Not all of our graduates seek to evidence a professional recognition, so we’ve made it optional and those who don’t need it won’t have to pay extra. We also offer an optional, premium Clinic Toolkit™ packed with intelligent forms to help start or enhance your practice. Contact us if you require further information.
No pre-requisite of any science background is required. High school level science can be helpful. No prior experience and/or educational paperwork are required.
The entire course is online. You can download and print all of your materials, including your client worksheets and planning tools. Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, in addition to your online access, we can courier your course pack once you’ve registered your course for an additional fee. Upon registration, you’ll be given this option so you can instantly order your course pack.
You can do it as quickly or slowly as you wish. Our program allows you to be 100% in control of your own time. In other words, you are in charge of your own study agenda. This puts you in the driving seat and increases the enjoyment of your learning experience.
No. Instead, you are presented with learning checks built into each module, guided Skills Lab™ tasks, worksheets, student games and polls, practical self-assignments and online tests. This way you won’t feel stuck over the composition and marking of written tasks. What’s more, your study time is reduced so you can concentrate on what really matters: Applying your newly acquired knowledge to real life situations!
No, there are no additional fees to retake your final theory exam. In fact, you will be able to retake it instantly (online), without any further administrative steps. You are permitted to refer to the module lessons and other notes during your final exam. There is no time limit and you have an unlimited number of attempts to take it.
No, there are no fixed deadlines and you can take as long as you need to complete it. You can finish it in a few weeks or in a couple of years, at your own pace. Plus, you have lifetime access to your course systems and materials, both before and after graduation, including all future updates and new research. This way, you’re supported with content that is current and fresh throughout your entire practice. If you have a gift voucher, we suggest you redeem it as soon as possible – and then start your course lessons whenever you are ready later on.
Yes. It has been accredited by CPD (the official certification service for Continuing Professional Development, which carries both UK and International recognition), endorsed by YMCA Awards (previously Central YMCA Qualifications/CYQ), the UK’s leading and longest-established awarding body for health, fitness and wellness qualifications, and approved by IICT (the International Institute for Complementary Therapists) for professional membership and insurance. You can find out more about our awarding bodies HERE.

Certified Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor™

Get started today for $2500 or $250 monthly
Download the full curriculum

We asked our new joiners...

Have you taken any health, fitness or nutrition courses in the past?
“Yes” answers include: Personal Training (L3), BSc Degree (Hons) in Sport & Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Health & Social Care, Nursing, BSc Sports Therapy, Advanced Clinical Sports Therapy, BSc Health Sciences.
* Data as of 24 March 2014
I know that getting educated on nutrition will allow me to help recognise others' needs and provide them with the correct solutions. I am improving people's lives by helping them live healthier so that they can enjoy life to a better degree.
- Marketer of nutritional ready-to-drink beverages
Finished Sports and recreation course Level 5, but did not get enough information. For that reason I started to research about nutrition courses. I hope to become qualified nutritionist and set up my own goals for myself .
- Bingo assistant becoming nutritionist
I work part time as a fitness instructor and have wanted to do a nutrition course since becoming qualified. I want to have the knowledge to help myself achieve my goals, as well as helping other people and being able to advise them properly.
- Football Coach
Decided to put knowledge behind my experience. To improve myself and to be able to help my family and others better.
- Zumba Fitness instructor
I wanted to learn more about diet and nutrition to help myself and my students.
- Tae Kwon Do instructor
Completed a standard Nutrition Advisor Course and looking to increase my knowledge, especially regarding aerobic exercise and muscle gain, for myself and to advise others.
- Business owner
I've just completed my Level 2 Gym based PT and Level 3 PT, I've already done Nutritional Advisor Level 3 but want something more sports specific.
- Personal Trainer
I own a natural health clinic and shop. We have just started to stock protein powders and sports supplements. I want to improve my knowledge of sports nutrition, so that I can offer informed advice to customers.
- Medical Herbalist
Currently qualified for Level 3 and have undertaken a nutrition course but would like more knowledge in nutrition , to be able to give nutritional advice.
- Carer
5/5
I enjoyed everything about this course, one of the benefits is you work from home in your own time so it's very flexible. The downloadable print outs were very helpful as well.
Tracy Brown (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
5/5
Enhancing my knowledge by getting the science behind my own understanding and use. Also, the further reading and client handouts ref material etc are very beneficial to my existing practice.
Scott Pirie (Croyde, Braunton, UK)

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