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10763NAT - CERTIFICATE IV IN NUTRITION

10763NATCERTIFICATE IV IN NUTRITION

NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR

SPORTS NUTRITION ADVISOR | HEALTH & WELLNESS COACH

HOW DOES THE ENROLMENT WORK?

Simply hit the ENROL NOW button and follow the prompts.

Upon completion, a member of the VFA Enrolments Team will be in touch via phone to finalise your enrolment, including payment.

Who IS THE COURSE FOR?

If you’ve always wanted to expand your knowledge of Nutrition, or perhaps upskill, then the Certificate IV in Nutrition is where you need to start.

The Certificate IV in Nutrition is perfect if you already have a career within the Health and Fitness industry, or if you’re wanting to simply increase your knowledge to improve your own, or your family’s nutrition habits.

UPSKILL CURRENT QUALIFICATIONS

Are you a Personal Trainer or Health Coach who needs to expand their knowledge base to not only remain competitive, but be able to provide your clientele with a full-service offering, assisting them not only with physical components of their health, but also the nutritional guidance?

NEW CAREER PATHWAY

Do you have a passion for nutrition and healthy living?
Why not become qualified and help others to improve their lives, whilst living a
meaningful, purpose driven life of your own.

IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF YOUR FAMILY

Parents – do you want to improve the health of your family and instill healthy,
lifelong habits for your children for generations to come?

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Are you tired of sifting through the ton of information available now via the Internet to improve your own knowledge and health? This course will provide you with the fundamental nutrition knowledge to start living a healthier, happier life for yourself.

WHAT ISA NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR?

Nutritional Advisor is a graduate of the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition who can choose to specialise as a Sports Nutrition Advisor, Health and Wellness Coach or both.

Nutritional Advisors can provide fully insured nutritional advice and write individual meal plans for people that have passed the screening risk-stratification process outlined in the Nutritional Advisor Scope of Practice.

WHAT CANA NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR DO?

Nutritional Advisors are frontline advisory staff working with clients who are otherwise healthy yet are looking to improve their health and wellbeing through a positive approach to nutrition. Nutritional Advisors work in gyms, sporting clubs, supplement stores and as independent health coaches across Australia with an aim to make nutritional advice readily accessible for the community.

Nutritional Advisors work with clients to identify health and nutrition goals, and to develop a tailored meal plan to assist in achieving these. Whether the client is aiming to lose weight, improve general health, enhance immunity, reduce stress or improve physical performance, a Nutritional Advisor has the skills and knowledge to help them get there.

CareerPATHWAYS

CareerPATHWAYS

Upon graduation you will be qualified with the titled – NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR.

You will have the option to choose from two electives:

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

HEALTH & WELLNESS COACH
Allowing you to work alongside those in the general public that are looking for social, emotional and physical wellbeing support in relation to their nutrition.

CLICK ON THE BELOW LINKS FOR AN IN-DEPTH VIDEO OF WHAT EACH UNIT CONTAINS

core units

Unit 1: NUTCOM001 – PROMOTE THE CONCEPTS OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN RELATION TO NUTRITION
  • 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.
Unit 3: NUTAPP001 – APPLY THE FUNDAMENTALS OF NUTRITION TO MEET A CLIENT’S DIETARY NEEDS
  • 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.

elective units

SPORTS NUTRITION ADVISOR

Elective Steam Option One – Sports Nutrition Advisor

Unit 1 & 2: SISSSCO307 – Provide Nutrition Information To Athletes And Sisssco309a – Design An Athlete’s Diet

(Student Resource Guide is combined; however, assessments for both units are separate.)

  • Understanding macronutrient and micronutrient requirements specifically for athletes, taking into consideration their unique needs
  • Knowledge of hydration/dehydration and how this can impact performance
  • In-depth knowledge of macronutrient requirements for individual athletes, based on their particular sport
  • Understanding the importance of adequate nutrition before, during, and after an event/competition, including suggested meal plans for each category and suggested timeframes
  • Understanding the benefits of dietary strategies such as carbohydrate loading, and when/if to implement them with athletes
  • Understanding the importance of an athlete’s physique for performance, the factors that influence this and how to accommodate for these factors
  • Utilising diet strategies (refeeds, reverse dieting, diet breaks etc) to cater to athlete’s in-season and off-season requirements
  • Recognising various methods for managing an athlete’s weight (weight gain, fat loss, muscle gain )
  • Applying knowledge of ergogenic aids and supplements to meet the needs of athletes
  • Understanding the signs & symptoms of common nutrition-related issues in athletes, such as nutritional deficiencies, female athlete triad, overtraining syndrome and eating disorders
  • Collecting and analysing information from athletes (including their current training routine) in order to design an effective nutritional plan to suit their needs, training schedule and preparation for competition
  • Understanding how to implement non-nutritional strategies such as imagery, goal setting, self-talk, learning styles and communication techniques with athletes
  • Recognising the importance of additional support personal (such as coaches) to liaise with and potentially refer athletes on to, in alignment with Scope of Practice.

Elective Steam Option One – Sports Nutrition Advisor

Unit 1 & 2: SISSSCO307 – Provide Nutrition Information To Athletes And Sisssco309a – Design An Athlete’s Diet

(Student Resource Guide is combined; however, assessments for both units are separate.)

  • Understanding macronutrient and micronutrient requirements specifically for athletes, taking into consideration their unique needs
  • Knowledge of hydration/dehydration and how this can impact performance
  • In-depth knowledge of macronutrient requirements for individual athletes, based on their particular sport
  • Understanding the importance of adequate nutrition before, during, and after an event/competition, including suggested meal plans for each category and suggested timeframes
  • Understanding the benefits of dietary strategies such as carbohydrate loading, and when/if to implement them with athletes
  • Understanding the importance of an athlete’s physique for performance, the factors that influence this and how to accommodate for these factors
  • Utilising diet strategies (refeeds, reverse dieting, diet breaks etc) to cater to athlete’s in-season and off-season requirements
  • Recognising various methods for managing an athlete’s weight (weight gain, fat loss, muscle gain )
  • Applying knowledge of ergogenic aids and supplements to meet the needs of athletes
  • Understanding the signs & symptoms of common nutrition-related issues in athletes, such as nutritional deficiencies, female athlete triad, overtraining syndrome and eating disorders
  • Collecting and analysing information from athletes (including their current training routine) in order to design an effective nutritional plan to suit their needs, training schedule and preparation for competition
  • Understanding how to implement non-nutritional strategies such as imagery, goal setting, self-talk, learning styles and communication techniques with athletes
  • Recognising the importance of additional support personal (such as coaches) to liaise with and potentially refer athletes on to, in alignment with Scope of Practice.
Unit 3: SISSSCO308 – Support Athletes To Adopt Principles Of Sports Psychology
  • Understanding Sports Psychology and the role of a Sports Nutrition Advisor
  • Understanding important underpinning knowledge of Sports Psychology such as motivation, personality, attitudes and aggression of athletes
  • Recognising traditional and current approaches/models of Sports Psychology to enhance peak performance
  • Understanding strategies for supporting athletes in managing performance anxiety, arousal and stress
  • Understanding and implementing a step-by-step process for assisting athletes in improving their psychological performance
  • Understanding and implementing tools to monitor the effectiveness of implemented psychological strategies and make adjustments if necessary
  • Understanding how to build rapport and healthy relationships with athletes, as well as their support personnel.

HEALTH & WELLNESS COACH

Unit 2: CHCMHS011 – Assess And Promote Social, Emotional And Physical Wellbeing
  • Understanding the difference between ‘mental health’ and ‘mental illness’
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the different domains of health which contribute towards overall wellbeing, including:
    • Social
    • Emotional
    • Physical
    • Cognitive
    • Spiritual and cultural health
  • Understanding how to effectively analyse, enhance and support a client’s social circles and wellbeing, encouraging aspects such as kindness, inclusion and meaningful connection
  • Understanding how to identify a client’s emotional strengths and triggers, and implement counselling strategies to encourage emotional resilience
  • Recognising other aspects that affect physical health outside of nutrition (such as oral and sexual health, comprehensive health checks and food security/insecurity)
  • Understanding practices that constitute ‘culture and spiritual health’, and encourage participation by clients
  • Understanding and implementing strategies to enhance a client’s mental strength and resilience
  • Implementing additional counselling techniques (such as a client-centred approach) to support clients in achieving their goals.

Elective Steam Option Two –Health and Wellness Coach

Unit 1: CHCCSL001 – Establish And Confirm The Counselling Relationship
  • Understanding the basics of counselling and the role of a Nutrition Counsellor
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of how to conduct effective consultations and build a successful counselling relationship
  • Understanding the importance of the following considerations (prior to beginning the counselling relationship):
    • Client expectations
    • Respect for the client’s boundaries and choices
    • Understanding client anxieties and concerns surrounding the counselling relationship and how to manage these (such as stigma, guilt and shame, hopelessness )
    • Building and maintaining rapport
  • Understanding how to modify the counselling process based on individual client’s needs (such as personality, learning style, identity and goals)
  • Understanding and implementing a step-by-step, structured approach to conducting consultations – from the very beginning right to the very end
  • Understanding which circumstances or situations warrant a referral to another Allied Health Professional.
Unit 3: CHCCSL007 – Support Counselling Clients In Decision-making Processes
  • Understanding the importance of decision-making in the counselling relationship
  • Understanding how to support a client through the decision-making process in order to identify a course of action that is most suitable to them and their nutritional concern
  • Understanding how to effectively define the goals of clients and identify potential courses of action
  • Recognising obstacles that can influence decision-making, such as cognitive biases, past experience and need for commitment
  • Assisting clients in analysing the advantages, disadvantages and consequences of potential courses of action, utilising various decision-making models
  • Implementing various counselling techniques to encouraging clients to decide on a course of action
  • Developing support and action plans to ensure clients are cared for and supported appropriately throughout the decision-making process and chosen course of action.

C O S T


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

DISCOUNTED UPFRONT PAYMENT

$3499 total course cost
(this is via bank transfer or credit card through PayPal; however additional fees apply for credit card)

PAYMENT PLAN PRICING

$399 Deposit + Weekly payments terms from $75 per week

$3999 total course cost

D U R A T I O N


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.

D E L I V E R Y


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

W O R K P L A C E M E N T


Work placement is NOT a requirement of this qualification.

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


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

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 can specialise in one of the below elective streams.

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

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

If you wish to complete both elective streams, this will be at an additional cost. Please consult your Careers Advisor for more information regarding pricing.

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.

Exclusive content, research and information from Vast Fitness Academy.

24 hour access to course content.

Online support from our education team and trainers.

CORE UNITS
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

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

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

Why CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Yes, we get it!

There seems to be an array of nutrition courses available on the market at the moment… but what makes this course different?

The 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition is the only NATIONALLY RECOGNISED Nutrition Course at a vocational level in Australia. What does this mean??

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WHAT IS NATIONALLY RECOGNISED TRAINING?

Training in Australia is highly regulated to ensure quality and consistency of training courses. Nationally recognised training means that the course is recognised by relevant industry groups and governing bodies nationwide.

Nationally recognised training is any program of training leading to vocational qualifications and credentials that are recognised across Australia. It includes studying at a public (e.g. TAFE) or private training organisation, completing an apprenticeship, certificate or diploma course. Nationally recognised training courses are listed on training.gov.au.

In other words… this course is REAL and you can legally USE your qualification after you have graduated!

Upon graduation you can register for membership with the industry peak body
Nutrition Council Australia (NCA)

NCA membership will enable you to practise as an Accredited Practising Nutrtional Adivisor (APNA) with full Allied Health Professional Indemnity / Public Liability INSURANCE.

Obtain Allied Health Professional Indemnity / Public Liability INSURANCE for your business in order to legally provide customised / individualised nutritional plans for your clientele.

The course is completed 100% ONLINE so you are able to study anywhere, anytime and on any device.

You will have 12 months to complete the course; however, being self-paced you have the ability to finish it sooner!

Insurance

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 qualify to receive 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.

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