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How do I become a professionally accredited or registered nutritionist?

Last Updated: March 2011

To date in Australia there has been no control or regulation of who can call themselves a nutritionist (therefore it is always wise to check that nutritionists hold relevant tertiary qualifications in the science of nutrition) which makes selecting an appropriate professional training course difficult. This is however changing, with both the Nutrition Society of Australia ( and the Dietitians Association of Australia ( establishing guidelines for registration of nutritionists. Professional training in nutrition routinely involves a comprehensive program of tertiary studies and takes a number of years to complete. Upon graduation students must then apply for acceptance into a recognised governing body and take out professional indemnity insurance. You will also be required to show proof of ongoing education each year in order to continue your registration.

New accreditation and registration guidelines

Professional accreditation and regulation of nutrition professionals in Australia is increasingly reliant upon industry bodies such as the Nutrition Society of Australia and the Dietitians Association of Australia. This industry accreditation requires a degree qualification in nutrition (or a related health science plus postgraduate study in nutrition) as a minimum and does not directly recognise diploma and advanced diploma level courses. Registration and accreditation of nutrition professionals is a very complex area which is constantly changing and evolving. If you have particular questions or concerns regarding this matter please feel free to contact us.

Nutrition Society of Australia - Register of Nutritionists "Registered Nutritionist"

The Nutrition Society of Australia has established a professional registration program that promotes and encourages high standards of training. Inclusion on this register requires a university qualification in human nutrition or a related health or nutritional science combined with at least three years of advanced postgraduate study or professional experience in nutrition. To view the NSA Register of Nutritionists or find out more about registration requirements go to:

Nutrition Society of Australia

PO Box 949

Kent Town SA, 5071 Australia

Telephone: 08 8363 1307


Dietitians Association of Australia - "Accredited Nutritionist"

The Dietitians Association of Australia has developed an accreditation scheme for dietitians and other nutrition professionals. To find out more go to

Dietitians Association of Australia

National Office

1/8 Phipps Close

Deakin ACT 2600

Telephone: 02 6163 5200

Email: nationaloffice@daa.asn,au

Nutrition Training - University or Private College?

When deciding where to study in order to become a 'nutritionist' it is important to consider many factors. The following information has been developed to some study-path options and questions to ask if you are wanting to train as a nutritionist or dietitian.

Time requirements

Generally most professional nutrition courses will take a minimum of three-years full time study to complete (unless you have already completed an undergraduate degree in a related health science).

Course requirements

Most courses will involve such subjects as anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pathology, diagnostics, physical examination, practice managements and counselling as well as nutrition.
Students will also be required to undertake several hundred hours in clinical placement (e.g. a nutritionist's private practice, student clinic, hospitals etc). Nutrition and health qualifications that do not include clinical placement are often not recognised by professional accreditation bodies, which can be problematic as professional membership of accreditation bodies is often vital for attainment of professional indemnity insurance and professional recognition upon graduation.

What to look for when comparing and selecting professional training courses

Qualification upon completion: many private providers and universities offer a range of nutrition training, however it is imperative that you find out what your final qualification will actually allow you to do. This is particularly important if you plan to work in private practice or a clinical setting, as not all courses will actually qualify you to do this. A number of correspondence and online courses also promise qualifications such as "nutritional advisor", "nutritional counsellor", "diet therapist", "nutrition expert", "professional nutritionist" and "weight loss consultant" or similar - please note that, to the best of our knowledge, these qualifications are not recognised in Australia (even if the courses are very expensive).
Academic qualifications of the faculty (academic staff): ensure that members of academic staff have suitable university qualifications in the science of nutrition and/or dietetics. This is generally not an issue in the Australian university system as their Higher Education status means that their academic staff must be appropriately qualified however these standards often do not stretch to all private providers.
Cost: ensure you are fully informed about all costs: including all fees, GST or other taxes, examination fees, clinical and laboratory fees and request some indication of the costs of texts. Private colleges tend to be more expensive than universities in the sense that they charge up-front fees whereas HECS, and Fee Help options are available for public university courses in Australia.
Student support and service level: ask about what support services are offered to students undertaking a course (e.g. what sort of contact occurs during a correspondence course, for example is it online only, or can you speak to your lecturer over the phone? Will the person you will be in contact with be appropriately qualified in their subject area?).
Residential and examination requirements: if you are planning to undertake your studies via correspondence, be sure to check if you will be required to attend any residential sessions (generally a few days each semester where you are required to attend the university for a block of lectures or laboratory sessions). Remember to factor the cost of travel, accommodation and possibly time off work to attend these. Also check how clinical hours are required to be completed and whether there is assistance finding placements with nutrition professionals. Many correspondence courses also require you to attend exams. Make sure you know where your nearest examination centre is.
Mode of delivery: Research constantly confirms that courses delivered completely online have poorer educational outcomes for students. When studying via correspondence it is vital to have complete, detailed information available to you. Beware of distance courses which rely solely or too heavily on note form or presentation formats such as PowerPoint, such media is only helpful if you are in a very well supported lecture environment.

Current Australian training requirements for accreditation or registration as a nutritionist:

Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine: This is the minimum level of qualification you will require in order to practice as a nutritionist in Australia. Accreditation arrangements require the following study load for this qualification: Anatomy and Physiology (135hrs), Biochemistry and Chemistry (100 hours), Diagnosis, Pathology and Pharmacology (300hrs), Nutrition (400hrs), Professional practice studies (160hrs), Communication (30hrs), Supervised Clinical training (100hrs), Safe Practice (15hrs), First Aid Certificate. Accreditation options for advanced diploma level nutrition courses include the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and the Australian Natural Therapists Association. Please note that some accrediting bodies do not recognise qualifications that are delivered completely via correspondence. You will require professional accreditation in order to gain professional indemnity insurance and be able to legally practice as a nutritionist upon graduation from your studies. The Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine is not directly recognised by the Nutrition Society of Australia or the Dietitians Association of Australia nutritionist registration programs. Our professional advice if choosing to undertake the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine is to choose a college or institution that has a degree upgrade qualification option, as it is our experience and opinion that you will require a degree in order to really progress in the nutrition industry (as well as apply for registration as an accredited or registered nutritionist) in the future. We do not recommend any particular provider of this qualification, but encourage you to choose a provider that suits your planned study mode (e.g classroom or correspondence - based) as well as one that offers a direct degree upgrade qualification. Our status as a registered training organisation and our mapping of our courses to nationally recognised qualifications means that all providers of the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine throughout Australia are legally required to give credit for the study you have already undertaken with us and this credit recognition is exempt from any "recognition of prior learning"fees.

In terms of accreditation/registration associated with the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, please also note that registering bodies such as the Australian Natural Therapists Association do not recognise qualifications delivered completely via correspondence/distance.

Degree qualifications: In order to gain recognition and registration as a professional nutritionist by peak bodies such as the Nutrition Society of Australia or the Dietitians Association of Australia you will require a Bachelor of Science or other suitable degree qualification with a major strand of study in health or nutrition science with honours plus a minimum of three years professional experience or ongoing postgraduate level study. A list of Australian University nutrition courses is listed below.

Beck Health & Nutrition courses

Beck Health & Nutrition courses can be used to gain direct credit in the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine at any Australian education provider.
Beck Health & Nutrition courses are designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to nutrition and detail a large range of common nutritional principles and issues. The courses are designed to be completed in approximately 32 hours of study (2hrs per week for 16 weeks) whereas a first semester introductory nutrition subject at an Australian university requires more than 100 study hours (and generally cost in the vicinity of $1800-$2000 per subject). The short-course nature of Beck Health & Nutrition courses mean that they will not qualify and accredit you as a professionally accredited nutritionist or dietitian (as this takes several years of full-time study).
Beck Health & Nutrition courses can be used by health professionals for professional registration points and broadening of current services.
Beck Health & Nutrition courses are especially useful for General Practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, personal trainers, naturopaths, weight loss consultants, teachers and childcare workers, health food and pharmacy staff or anyone who requires a sound working knowledge of nutrition and health.

Australian University Nutrition Degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Currently in Australia you can study nutrition either through a university or a private college. For individuals wishing to study nutrition at a professional level, we have compiled a list of courses and study paths available Australian Universities. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and includes both undergraduate and postgraduate study options. For further information on any of these courses please contact the university or institution directly.

Courses listed here include both nutrition and dietetics degrees. Information regarding accredited dietetic degrees is sourced from the Dietitians Association of Australia. For details regarding programs accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia please go to or for details regarding the Nutrition Society of Australia's nutritionist registration program go to:
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) - Four years

Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia

BSc (Nutrition and Food Science – Dietetics) (Honours)
One year post Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science

Deakin University, Victoria

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics - Four years

Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition

Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition

Master of Human Nutrition

Flinders University of South Australia

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Two years post Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Four years

Griffith University, Queensland

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Three semesters, (18 months) post Bachelor of Science

Monash University, Victoria

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Four years

Queensland University of Technology, Queensland

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Four years

Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science

RMIT University

Master in Nutrition Medicine

University of Canberra

Graduate Certificate in Sports Nutrition

Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition

Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Marketing

Master of Nutrition (by coursework)

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (by coursework)

The University of Newcastle, New South Wales

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Four years

Master of Medical Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) Research

University of Queensland, Queensland

Master of Dietetics Studies

Three semesters (18 months) post Bachelor of Science

University of the Sunshine Coast

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Four years

University of Sydney, New South Wales

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) Honours in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Four years

Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Master of Applied Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Two years post Bachelor of Science

Master of Nutritional Science

University of Wollongong, New South Wales

Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Two years post Bachelor of Science

Master of Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science
Two years post Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Four years

Please contact us if you have further questions.
Disclaimer: Beck Health & Nutrition has taken care to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site. Nevertheless, this information is for general purposes only and Beck Health & Nutrition shall not be responsible in any way for any inaccuracy contained in it, nor for any detriment suffered as a result of reliance on the information. Beck Health & Nutrition makes no representation nor gives any warranty in respect of the quality or accuracy of the information provided.

Nutrition course finder

Principles of of Nutrition and Diet

The Principles of Nutrition and Diet course provides a comprehensive introduction to the science of nutrition and dietary analysis. Now includes new modules on life-span and sports nutrition and offers direct credit into Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine qualification at any Australian college or registered training provider.

Certificate of Childhood and Adolescent Nutrition (0-18 years)

This unique nutrition course combines two of our most popular short courses, Infant to Preschool Nutrition and Nutrition for Children and Teenagers into a comprehensive study of paediatric nutrition.

Sports Nutrition

The Certificate of Sports Nutrition course explores the latest nutritional strategies to optimise and enhance athletic performance. Includes elements of exercise physiology, nutrition, dietary analysis and nutritional planning for athletes.

Healthy Weight for Life

This flexible course presents the nutrition and lifestyle strategies for prevention and management of overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Nationally Recognised Qualifications

Certificate II in Population Health (HLT20907)

Combines study of nutrition with key public health elements to promote health in schools, communities and workplaces. Suitable for teachers, childcare professionals, nurses and individuals planning to co-ordinate simple healthy eating and lifestyle projects in their own schools, local communities or workplaces. To find out more click here

Certificate IV in Population Health (HLT42307)

Unique course combining comprehensive study of nutrition with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to work in population health projects across a range of group, community and workplace settings. To find out more click here

Diploma of Population Health (HLT51007)

The Diploma of Population Health is designed to provide you with the knowledge and qualifications to work in a range of population health projects and programs. It is a unique blend of blend of population health and practical study of current health, activity and nutrition guidelines, projects and policies. To find out more click here.

Beck Health & Nutrition courses offer you:

Flexible, correspondence study (distance education). No need to attend lectures or exams. Study from anywhere in the world at a time and pace that suits you.

Professionally accredited Australian nutrition, health and education experts to answer any questions you may have.

Easy access to academic support via phone, fax, email or online

Complete course pack (including printed course texts and notes) express posted to your door as soon as you enrol*

Course fees cover all course materials, exams/assessments and academic support.*2

Skill and research updates for General Practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, personal trainers, chefs, naturopaths, weight loss consultants, teachers, childcare workers, health food and pharmacy staff or anyone who requires a sound working knowledge of nutrition and health.

Satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are unhappy with your course you may return it for a refund*3.

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