Certificate in Dietary Counselling Nutrition and Health
This ITEC accredited and FNTP recognised course is ideal for individuals who wish to gain a practical knowledge of diet and nutrition in order to advise clients in formulating long term and sustainable healthy eating programmes for weight loss and to improve general health and wellbeing. It is also ideal for those that want to improve their knowledge of diet and nutrition in order to benefit their own health and that of their families. We examine food from farm to fork and discuss exactly how food is grown, processed and nutritionally depleted and the cumulative effect this has on health. Students are then taught how to analyse a client's individual needs and instructed how food, nutrients, supplements and herbs can be used to counteract the health problems associated with modern lifestyles and promote optimum health. Cooking demonstrations show students first hand how to incorporate healthy eating cooking skills and ingredients into meals and snacks for both them and their future clients.
With approximately 450 hours guided learning hours, including 9 lecture weekends (in the region of 1 per month between September and June), tutorials, home study and assignments, the IHS Certificate in Dietary Counselling programme offers students practical training in key areas specifically designed to ensure IHS graduates have a unique and diverse set of skills allowing them to work successfully with a broad range of clients over a number of consultations. Skills developed during the course include dietary analysis, body composition analysis and health coaching. Our dietary analysis training is done using the very latest and most comprehensive dietary analysis software available, body composition analysis includes caliper training (Dublin in-class students only) and in-depth training covering other key body measurements and their links to health and disease. Our health coaching skills are based on the dynamic and fast growing field of health and wellness coaching from the US, whereby students are trained in the most effective ways of improving client compliance, ensuring clients take responsibility for their own health, establishing how ready they are to change and then helping them overcome barriers to change. Students are organised into 'buddy groups' to allow them to practice key coaching and communication skills with their peers within a supportive environment and cooking demonstrations show students first hand how to incorporate healthy eating cooking skills and ingredients into meals and snacks for both them and their future clients. All of the above are designed to produce confident and competent graduates ready for a successful career as a dietary counsellor.
We also provide all graduates with a custom-designed pack of 4 comprehensive dietary counselling programmes and associated paperwork which can be used with clients as soon as they graduate. All IHS dietary counselling graduates will also be included on our database of IHS practitioners and included on the IHS website. These elements make the IHS Dietary Counselling qualifications the most comprehensive and practical in Ireland.
This course is recognised by the Federation of Nutrition Practitioners. Graduates can become members of FNTP and benefit from the services and support of a registering body and obtain practitioner insurance. See www.fntp.org.uk
for more details.
- Develop practical, marketable skills designed to enhance your practice - including health coaching skills, body composition analysis (caliper training for Dublin in-class students only), dietary analysis and cooking demonstrations
- Start seeing clients and earning immediately – all consultation paperwork, client fact sheets and 4 custom designed comprehensive dietary counselling programmes provided to graduates to help them 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)
- Register as a professional Dietary Counsellor with the FNTP (Ireland and the UK) - receive the benefits of your own registering body to support you in practice
- Get listed on the IHS website as a Dietary Counsellor – Get client referrals without having to develop your own website
- Practice in confidence - Practitioner insurance options available on successful graduation via FNTP
- Continue on with your studies – Fast track onto the IHS Diploma in Nutritional Therapy or the IHS Diploma in Diet, Health and Wellness Coaching
About the Course
You can choose to complete this course entirely as an in-class taught course, blended learning with an option to attend lecture weekends of your choice or solely via e-Learning, where structured home study allows you to complete each module in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. With the help of your personal tutor, mutually agreed goals and milestones are agreed to ensure that you will remain focused while still allowing you flexibility.
Those who choose to enroll on the in-class course, starting again in September 2013 in both Dublin and Cork, 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. All graduates can move straight onto the second and final year of our Diploma in Diet, Health and Wellness Coaching if they prefer.
All e-Learning students will be assigned an experienced Nutritional Therapist to guide and mentor them through the programme. Online tutorials and forums are provided so that you receive the support that you need.
If taken as e-Learning, a timetable of in-class lectures is given to each student at the commencement of their studies so they can decide if and when they would like to attend lectures, workshops, cooking demonstrations etc for a small fee.
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This ITEC accredited certificate course consists of five modules in total. There is one compulsory taught module on coaching skills where e-Learners 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, bowel flora and health, weight loss, functions and sources of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients, the use of nutritional supplements, coaching skills, dietary and body composition analysis, utilising online nutrition tools and clinical practice. It is a perfect adjunct to any therapy and will enhance your own health as well as your current or future practice.
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Nutrition for sports related conditions: Immune dysfunction, free radical production, injuries, stress, digestive issues
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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.
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€2695 in-class (not including Nutritics dietary analysis software or optional ITEC fees)
€1995 e-Learning (not including Nutritics dietary analysis software or optional ITEC fees).
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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.
To enrol you will need to complete the application form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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