After either having completed the relevant degrees prior, or completing the Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition you will become eligible to register with the Sports Nutrition Association as an Accredited Sports Nutritionist. As an Accredited Sports Nutritionist, you become eligible to insure yourself for sports nutrition programming, meal plans, and supplement program for your clients. This is the only non-dietetic pathway to become ellgible to legitimately able to acces insruance to cover those activities, please refer to the Body’s latest Insurance and Registration Position Statement for any more information.

Registration as a Sports Nutritionist is US$399/year (paid either upfront or a monthly option is available).

Continued education is extremely important however there are no extra CEC or CEU programs that we require our professional members to complete. It is our belief that with our members continuing education is a mutual responsibility, so to keep you up to date with the content and actually receive something for your registration fees, we invest in the future of our members! Providing course refreshers to our members every 6-months, and CPD annually. For members who deregister, reinstatement of registration is available and the reinstatement process is assessed on a case by case process, with fees ranging from US$599 to a full re-enrolment in the certificate depending on the period of time they were unregistered.

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We recommend partnering with Arthur J Gallagher as they are the only insurer who works with us on CPD audit compliance which is a high priority for insurance being valid.

The Sports Nutrition Association uses Arthur J Gallagher insurers for cover of its members, depending on the scope of their business activities. Bodybuilding, powerlifting, and strength & conditioning are all included activities in the insurance.

All insurance is assessed and awarded individually on a case by case instance, so no fixed quotes can be provided. The approximate beginning price for all Accredited Sports Nutritionists and PTs/Coaches (covering all training scope as well) starts around the A$280/year mark for nutrition only and from A$450/year for comprehensive training and nutrition policies.

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Educational Providers, Programs, & Pathway Accreditation Validity within Australia, USA, UK and NZ.

Accreditation Eligibility

Precision Nutrition (and any other certificate 3 or 4 in nutrition or dietetic coaching)

This covers the above and the nutrition for Personal Trainers programs that range from 1/2 day CEC (fitness) Seminars/Courses through to, 3-month programs. These are often (but not always) centred around weight management through behaviours. Depending on the program 0 -1 module of the certificate will be eligible for RPL Credit.

The ISSN Exams (CISSN & SNS)

Programs inclusive of this such as but not limited too Recomp and MP, have merit via their ISSN inclusion, but are fixed systems that only allow education within said platforms, I.e. muscle increases with ‘x’ weight on your 1rm deadlift, and nutrient timing is essential for all hypertrophy. Rather than educating the mechanics of how these things work, and other physiological processes via furthermore in-depth foundational education thus creating a reliance on these fixed systems. The ISSN component is guaranteed to be recognised for 1-2 modules of RPL Credit for the certificate program.

Clean Health (Poliquin, Bio Print etc.)

Are fixed programs like those mentioned above, but do not include the background education from the ISSN Journal, nor any measurable assessment like the ISSN exams. These are not recognised, and hormonal manipulation of nutrition, or somatotype nutrition is not a part of an Accredited Sports Nutritionists’ scope, or any other entry-level allied health or fitness professional for that matter. These programs receive no credit for RPL.

Mac Nutrition Uni(versal)

Is not an accredited university (unlike the name implies), but is a private education provider and provides a very solid framework for global nutrition education. It covers many topics effectively at a fundamental level. It covers some sports, gen pop, and even some chronic disease. Unfortunately however because it is so broad and does touch on chronic disease intervention within Australia the minimum requirement for any registered professional to work with chronic disease is a 4-year minimum, and the Sports Nutrition education is not in-depth enough to meet the minimum compliance of the Certificate. Grads receive 3 modules RPL Credit into the Certificate from MNU.

Bachelor in Health Sciences (nutrition variants)

Depending on the university you study at and how you major, these programs provide in-depth education and clinical practise in specialist population management of nutrition. This mainly focuses on Chronic Disease prevention and sometimes treatment (depending on the degree and level). Some Sports Nutrition electives are available but often so rarely. Grads of these programs are eligible to register as Nutritionists, however, Sports & Body-Composition is not included in their covered Activities, and as such further specific study is required. Graduates of these programs receive 50-70% of the Certificate Program credited through RPL pending academic transcript submission.

Accredited Practising Dietitians

These are graduates of the Masters in Dietetics University Programs within Australia. They are registered with the DAA (Dietitians Association of Australia) and are covered for all populations and clinical treatment of specific chronic disease. Like the undergrad health science nutritionists, sports subjects as electives re the only option to sports specific study during the program so education here may be limited. Total study time of 5 years full-time.

Accredited Sports Dietitians

These are dietitians who have completed their master’s program and have since spent 2 years educating themselves in the field of Sports Nutrition, a total study time of 7-8 years full-time. This is the highest level of accreditation.

Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition

Is the entry-level qualification that provides provisional accreditation (which lasts for up to 3 years) for those members without a relevant health science or sports science tertiary degree (either a Gdip or Bachelors as a minimum). It thoroughly covers the foundations of Applied Sports Nutrition Practise, with no clinical aspects of chronic disease treatment & management, while providing thorough training on the screening referral triage process to allied health specialists where health risk is present. For those members with no prior study in order to achieve full accreditation, they are required to enrol into either a graduate diploma program or relevant university program. The body has been fortunate enough to provide this provisional timeline to allow its members to establish experience practising and thus enabling them to ascertain whether or not this is a long term career for them without accruing tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, or committing to years of study before finding out this isn’t the career path for them.

NB* All graduates of the Certificate are guaranteed entry into the IOPN Graduate Diploma Program.

Graduate Diplomas in Applied Sports Nutrition (The IOPN & IOC)

Is the complete level of the minimum standard for full accreditation as an Accredited Sports Nutritionist. These programs are extensively thorough in their specific coverage of Sports Performance, body composition, and energy availability metabolism. These programs and instituters are of the highest calibre in Sports Nutrition internationally but do not provide any clinical expertise in treating or managing chronic disease. Individuals who complete either of these programs receive full credit and RPL for their accreditations only need to complete the health risk assessment and dietetic referral modules to comply with Australian Standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I call myself an Accredited Sports Nutritionist without being registered? Or Sports Nutritionist

Short answer is no. Accredited Sports Nutritionist is a protected term & mark that in a professional setting carries with it defined liability and responsibility for best practise and duty of care. As does referring to yourself as a ‘Sports Nutritionist’, unless a Professional Association in that field recognises & endorses your professional practice in that capacity – and you are insured to practice it (with it being listed on your insurance PDS) in the countries that require insurance legally – then you are arguably misrepresenting your professional standing.

What are the benefits of being registered?

Additional member area access on the sports nutrition association website which includes; risk screening tools, EA and nutritional calculators, discount to recommended programs & resources, Annual CPD (continuing professional development) which is conducted by the Association for the members, and certificate course content updates/refreshers, discount to the Sports Nutrition United States events, and most importantly eligibility to Register and Insure as a Sports Nutritionist.

How much does registration cost?

US$399/year or US$39 per month

What do I need to do to maintain my registration?

Annual CPD (delivered in October), and practise in line with the body’s Practising Standards and Scope Documents.

What happens if my registration lapses?

If it lapses for up to 0-6 months simply paying the outstanding balance and updating the body and insurer of any relevant information is all that is required. For any period greater than 6-months a mandatory refresher course of $899 (smaller than the certificate) is required to be completed prior to being eligible to renew. This ensures that you are practising with all relevant principles and standards in line with the body’s current stances.


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