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TURN YOUR PASSION into a profession





If you’re looking to upgrade your skills and knowledge, extend your current Scope of Practice, make more money from your existing clients AND open up new client opportunities, then our 10763NAT – Certificate IV In Nutrition is what you’ve been looking for.

The 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition is the ONLY Nationally Recognised Nutrition Course below University level in Australia – meaning that it is REAL and you can legally USE your qualification after you graduate! This is a cutting-edge qualification that equips Personal Trainers (and others in the health and wellness industry) with the practical skills & knowledge to give out legal nutrition plans and advice that actually delivers results for their clients.

What exactly does the course cover?

The 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition includes both elective streams. Students will graduate with the knowledge and ability to specialise as a Sports Nutrition Advisor, Health and Wellness Coach or both.


  • The first unit sets the foundation of the course by outlining all the factors that can contribute to overall health and wellness.
  • The course then dives head-first into the inner workings of the human body. The fundamentals of biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology are explored to give students a thorough understanding of the many processes and systems that are ultimately affected by the foods we eat.
  • Students are introduced to the mandatory screening tool which they will use in practice to identify whether or not a client is within their Scope of Practice.

Then the real education begins.. or as we like to say: the fun!

  • The role, function and chemical make-up of macronutrients and micronutrients is covered in detail, as well as the various sources of food which contain all of these nutrients, and what conditions can arise with dieting nutrient deficiencies. This information is also presented in a way that students can easily apply what they are learning to meet their clients needs and goals.
  • The recommended intake for each nutrient is outlined, before understanding how the body absorbs, utilises and processes nutrients.
  • One of the BEST parts of this course is the practical application it provides: students are taken through a step-by-step process of how to develop tailored nutrition plans taking all aspects of their individual clients into consideration and are taught how to monitor, analyse and modify these plans based on changing client needs and progress. This unit is VERY helpful!
  • Digestive health and psychology: two very important considerations for your clients, and two whole units dedicated to these subjects. Gain a comprehensive understanding of all things digestive health and why it’s important as well as how nutrition affects the mind! (FASCINATING stuff really!)
  • Lastly, supplements are part of most people’s every day, and some clients may require them for optimal health. Learn how to develop individual supplement plans for your clients, in a safe and legal way!
  • Sets the foundation for, and introduces, the entire nutrition course
  • Defining the concept of ‘health’, including:
    • Dimensions of holistic health (social, mental, spiritual, physical, emotional)
    • Determinants of health (genetics, income, education, environmental factors )
    • Differing perspectives of health, between the general population and Health Professionals
    • Preventative vs curative health
  • Non-nutritional factors that impact nutrition (age, gender, culture )
  • Understanding community-based health promotion
  • Recognising and utilising valid/reliable information as a Health Professional.
  • This unit directly aligns with the following unit ‘Design a Nutritional Plan for an Individual’, whereby this unit provides the background knowledge, and the following unit then applies this knowledge to successfully design an individualised nutritional plan
  • Understanding exactly what nutrition is, and the role of a Nutritional Advisor
  • Basic scientific overview of the chemical makeup of food (i.e. amino acids, fatty acids )
  • Understanding metabolism and how food is transformed into energy
  • Deatailed explanation of macronutrients, including:
    • The role of macronutrients and their chemical make-up
    • Macronutrient content of certain food sources
    • Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs) of macronutrients, taking into consideration physical activity levels, gender and age
    • Additional aspects of specific macronutrients (i.e. fibre, glycaemic index, quality of protein )
  • Detailed explanation of micronutrients, including:
    • Categories of vitamins and minerals
    • The role of micronutrients in the body
    • Micronutrient content of certain food sources
    • Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs) of micronutrients
  • Basic introduction to digestion and absorption of nutrients (explained in more detail in NUTEST001 – Assist in Establishing Positive Digestive Health)
  • Calculations for individualising a client’s nutritional plans, including:
    • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and Estimated Energy Requirements (EER)
    • Estimated Protein Requirements (EPR)
    • Estimated Fluid Requirements (EFR)
    • Plus, further instructions on how and when to use these calculations (explained in more detail in NUTDES001 – Design a Nutritional Plan for an Individual)
  • Knowledge of dietary trends and myths, serving sizes, cooking techniques, and how these can affect an individual’s nutrition.
Unit 2: HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status

(Combined unit and assessments with HTLAAP001 – Recognise Healthy Body Systems)

  • Understanding and identifying a healthy functioning body
  • Understanding the steps to confirming a client’s physical health status
  • Exploring the fundamental aspects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry, & how this is relevant for Nutritional Advisors
  • In-depth understanding of human body systems and how they relate to nutrition
  • Understanding homeostasis and its role within the human body (including pH, fluid and electrolyte balance)
  • Introduces the industry-endorsed Risk Stratification Screening Tool (RSST), which is a mandatory tool for all Nutritional Advisors
  • Understanding the need to refer clients outside the Scope of Practice to other Allied Health Professionals, including a step-by-step process on how to do so
  • The importance of client-centred questionnaires for confirming current health status
  • Tools to calculate a client’s current body composition, ideal body weight and adjusted ideal body weight.
Unit 7: NUTCOM002 – Advise Customers On The Use Of Nutritional Supplements And Ergogenic Aids
  • Understanding the difference between supplements and ergogenic aids
  • Understanding the importance of a ‘food first approach’ and only implementing supplements when/if needed
  • Identifying common types of supplements on the market, their benefits, indicated use, and relevant dosages
  • Understanding how lifestyle factors, conditions and medications influence clients’ need for supplements
  • Understanding how to identify the quality of supplements and accurate interpretation of label reading and quantities
  • Recognising banned/illegal substances as well as supplements recommendations outside the Scope of Practice for a Nutritional Advisor
  • Recognising industry trends, myths and common misconceptions surrounding supplements, and presenting of accurate education to clients
  • Gaining practical skills and knowledge on developing a legal and individualised supplement protocol for clients.
Unit 6: NUTPSY001 – Analyse And Apply Principles Of Psychology And Behaviour Management
  • Introduction to psychology and its relevance to a Nutritional Advisor
  • Understanding common perceptions of nutrition, health and body image
  • Understanding what influences behaviour and how to implement strategies for positive behavioural change, and how to monitor progress in this behavioural change
  • Comprehensive understanding of motivation and how motivational theories/concepts impact behaviour (i.e. extrinsic vs intrinsic motivation)
  • Understanding which specific nutrients affect mood, emotions and behaviour
  • Practical strategies for overcoming negative self-talk, cravings, stress and mindless eating, and how to incorporate these with clients
  • Understanding and applying the principles of communication and common counselling techniques for effective consultations
  • Recognising traits of major mental health disorders and understanding when to refer clients to a Clinical Psychologist or other Allied Health Professional.
Unit 4: NUTDES001 – Design A Nutritional Plan For An Individual
  • One of the most practical units in the course! Provides a step-by-step guide on how to develop an individualised meal plan, using the following steps:
    • Analyse a client’s current intake (based on a client’s food diary)
    • Identify a client’s current intake of essential nutrients (using the calculations from the previous unit NUTAPP001 – Apply the Fundamentals of Nutrition to Meet a Client’s Dietary Needs)
    • Compare a client’s current intake to recommendations and make adjustments accordingly
  • Understanding the concept of ‘functional foods’ and ‘superfoods’ and when to incorporate these into a client’s diet
  • Understanding the difference between organic and conventional foods
  • Gain the necessary skills to successfully implement nutritional plans in a consultation process, and understand when to schedule follow up appointments and obtain client feedback
  • Understanding the importance of goal setting for client success
  • Provision of example meal plans for common client goals, including step-by-step guides for each how each plan was created.
Unit 5: NUTEST001 – Assist In Establishing Positive Digestive Health
  • Introduction to digestion, what a healthy digestive system looks like and the relevance of a healthy digestive system to a Nutritional Advisor
  • Identifying the various components of the digestive system and their function – from the oral cavity to the large intestine and all accessory organs in between
  • Understanding the entire digestive process, and how it works in synergy with other body systems
  • Understanding all factors that contribute to optimal digestive health, including:
    • Hormone control
    • Stomach acid and pH balance
    • Bowel transit time and how to test this (whilst remaining within Scope of Practice)
    • Characteristics of a client’s stool, using the Bristol Stool Chart
    • The essential role of gut bacteria
  • Exploring factors that can negatively impact digestive health, such as poor diet, stress, dehydration and bacterial imbalances
  • Understanding the difference between food allergies and food intolerances
  • Understanding the relationship between digestive health and mental health
  • Thorough understanding of a Nutrition Advisor’s Scope of Practice in relation to digestive conditions.

Once graduates have completed the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition, they qualify to register to become a member of Nutrition Council Australia.

Once graduates have completed the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition, they are qualified to apply for Allied Health Professional Indemnity / Public Liability insurance and can become a member of Nutrition Council Australia.

This membership allows graduates to legally practise as an Accredited Practising Nutritional Advisor. Accredited Practising Nutritional Advisors work with clients to identify their specific needs and goals, as well as provide them with detailed nutritional advice and individually tailored meal plans to assist the client in achieving those needs and goals.


We have convenient payment options when enrolling with Vast Fitness Academy (VFA).
Our course pricing is as below:


Reduced from $4999 down to $3999 total course cost (Saving $1000)
(this is via bank transfer or credit card through PayPal; however additional fees apply for credit card)


$4499 total course cost

$249 Deposit + Weekly payments terms from $75 per week


You will be given 12 months from the date of enrolment to complete your course.

However, this course is self-paced so can be completed in a shorter period if desired.


This course is delivered 100% online and is self-paced.


Work placement is NOT a requirement of this qualification.


Students are required to be over the age of 18 in order to enrol in the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition.

WHAT WILL I BE CALLED? Nutritional Advisor Vs Nutritionist

In accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), 2013, Version 1.3, graduates of 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition are classified within the Unit Group 2511 (Nutrition Professional), under the Occupation Level of a ‘Nutritionist’ (ANZSCO 251112). *The above ANZSCO Identifier Code can be verified by CLICKING HERE

For membership categories Nutrition Council Australia has chosen the title Accredited Practising Nutritional Advisor (APNA) for graduates of the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition, despite their Scope of Practice being the same as a Nutritionist.

As such, the terms ‘Nutritional Advisor’ and ‘Nutritionist’ can be used interchangeably, as they hold the same ANZSCO Occupation Level.

The 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition is for motivated people who want to

Transition their passion for Nutrition into a meaningful career.

Work in the health and wellness industry and work with people.

Improve the health of wellness of Australians

Improve the health of themselves and their family

Completing the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition will equip students with detailed knowledge of nutrition, and the practical skills to work with clients to develop nutritional plans and provide relevant advice on their dietary requirements. Nutritional Advisors will have the ability to specialise in one, or both of the below elective streams.

Allowing you to work alongside athletes, sporting teams, and anyone who is seeking performance-based nutritional advice.

allowing you to work alongside those in the general public that are looking for social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

Students must be over 18 years of age to enrol in the 10763 NAT Certificate IV in Nutrition.

A super simple list!

Computer/Laptop and basic computer skills

Internet access and basic internet researching skills.

Meet our enrolment acceptance criteria – including demonstrating satisfactory levels of language, literacy and numeracy.

Willingness to commit to long term online study.

10763NAT Certificate IV in Nutrition

Up to 12 months flexible time to study whenever you like.

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Online support from our education team and trainers.

NUTCOM001 Promote the concepts of health and wellbeing in relation to nutrition
HLTAAP002* Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP001* Recognise healthy body systems
NUTCOM002 Advise clients on the use of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids
NUTAPP001 Apply the fundamentals of nutrition to meet a client’s dietary needs
NUTPSY001 Analyse and apply principles of psychology and behaviour management
NUTDES001 Design a nutritional plan for an individual
NUTEST001 Assist in establishing positive digestive health
*These two units are combined to accelerate your studies

SISSSCO307 Provide nutritional information to athletes
SISSCOP309A Design an athlete’s diet
SISSSCO308 Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology

CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision making processes
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship