Certificate in Dietary Counselling: Functional Sports Nutrition
This ITEC accredited course is ideal for those wishing to learn the very latest theories in sports nutrition to sports and fitness professionals and enthusiasts. Students are given practical knowledge on all elements of diet and nutrition in order to advise clients in formulating individualised healthy eating programmes with a focus on maximising physical performance. This course is based on the principles of functional medicine, which has moved sports nutrition into a new and exciting era including a greater understanding of how underlying physiological imbalances impact performance, the importance of individualised dietary programmes depending on both the type and level of activity being undertaken and the vital importance of the micronutrients (as well as the macronutrients) in maximising physical performance. This approach clearly demonstrates that optimum fitness is not possible without underlying optimum health and that intensive exercise unsupported by tailored dietary and supplement regimes may actually be detrimental to both health and performance.
- Start seeing clients and earning immediately – we provide you with 4 comprehensive dietary counselling programmes and paperwork to get started in business straight away
- Receive your ITEC Diploma in Diet and Nutrition for Complementary Therapists – avail of an option to take the ITEC exam (for those with an existing complementary therapy qualification only)
- Get listed on the IHS website as a Sports Nutrition Dietary Counsellor – get client referrals without having to develop your own website
- Practice in confidence - Practitioner insurance options available on successful graduation
- Continue on with your studies – fast track onto the IHS Diploma in Nutritional Therapy
About the Course
The format of this course is modular, allowing you to direct the progress of your learning. You can choose to complete it entirely as a taught course, as a blended learning course with the option to attend lecture weekends of your choice or entirely via e-Learning, where structured home study allows you to complete each module in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, should you choose to do so. Mutually agreed goals and milestones ensure that you will remain focused while still allowing you flexibility.
Those who choose to enroll on the in-class course, starting in September 2013, can choose to complete an extra module to graduate the first year of the Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, allowing the option to continue on with the diploma course if they choose to do so. e-Learning and blended learning students will be required to complete short bridging modules and assignments in order to fast track onto year 2 of the diploma.
This ITEC accredited certificate course consists of five modules in total. Most modules can be completed by attending lectures or via e-Learning. For e-Learners, there is one module on coaching skills where you will be required to attend a weekend of lectures and training.
The course covers an array of vital nutritional knowledge including: the therapeutic qualities of food, dietary functions of minerals and vitamins and their deficiency and toxicity symptoms; the nutritional requirements of athletes and sports enthusiasts, energy production and requirements of different athletes, nutrition for sports related conditions, the use of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements as well as special nutrients. This course is a perfect adjunct to any role in the fitness industry or any healthcare therapy and will enhance your own health as well as your current or future practice.
This certificate is a lifelong learning course and students are accepted on to this course through a combination of academic qualifications and relevant life experience.
(i) Normal minimum entry requirements
The minimum academic entry requirement for this course is a grade C at Junior Certificate or 4 GCSEs grades A to C (preferably including a science subject). Equivalent international qualifications will also be accepted.
(ii) Prior Learning and Prior Experiential Learning
Applicants with Prior Learning and Experiential Prior Learning will also be considered. All knowledge, skills and competencies accumulated through life and work experience will be considered.
All applicants will be interviewed to determine their suitability for the course.
How to Apply
Training is an investment in your future. As with any investment it is important to identify what you wish to gain and which course will be most suitable for your needs. The Institute staff will spend time speaking with you to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right decision. We recommend you attend one of our regular open evenings to find out more about the course structure, content and career opportunities.
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