Intakes: May, November
Cost: £125 per month, £1625 total Timescale: 12 months

Course benefits


Learn nutrition from the ground up, both in theory and in a real-world environment


Learn from the industries best nutritionists, dieticians, researchers, sports nutritionists and coaches


Get better results with yourself and your clients as we believe what we teach are true life skills

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Be supported every step of the way with a thriving learning environment and community

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Study with us from anywhere in the world, our courses are delivered 100% online, yet still live and engaging

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Learn on desktop, mobile or tablet with our interactive and dynamic learning platform


Nutrition coachThe BTN Practical Academy is a 12 month live and interactive evidence based practically driven online nutrition course taught by dieticians, sports nutritionists, university lecturers, psychologists, GB athletes and experienced coaches.

This 12 month online nutrition course aims to teach nutrition at its most practical level delving into specialist populations, advanced body composition, sports performance, obesity, behavioural psychology, hormones, female health, and much more. With the broad nature of the Practical Academy we will evolve you into a competent coach that can work with a broad range of clientele which will result in you being a fully qualified BTN Certified Nutritionist.

Course syllabus

Nutrition is a science, but applying nutritional science to either yourself or your clients is an art – the BTN Practical Academy is here to bridge the gap. You’ll learn everything you need to know about applied nutrition, from macronutrient recommendations to the impact of alcohol, while also developing an understanding around communication, adherence strategies and instigating change for both yourself and those around you. If you want to know how to structure a nutritional plan and have people stick to it, look no further than the BTN Practical Academy.

Because our course is so long and covers so many different modules, it is advised that you download a copy of our full course syllabus to explore the wide range of topics we cover.

The BTN Practical Academy is accredited by CPD Standards and is therefore worth 50 CPD Points. It also allows you to become insured as a BTN Certified Nutrition Coach with Financial Fitness Limited once you graduate. To find out more, watch the video to the right by course leader Ben Coomber.

How does the course work?

The BTN Practical Academy online nutrition course is delivered in a live and engaging way, via live weekly webinars designed to discuss the theory of any given topic, but to then expand and discuss it’s practical application. Learn from anywhere in the world with a diverse team of tutors all experts in their field. Get the knowledge we have, and the results we get. As part of the course you will get:

  • Access to our online learning platform
  • Access to our online learning community
  • Support from our tutors 24/7
  • 4 course textbooks throughout the year
  • 40 CPD points
  • Certified BTN Nutritionist status
  • Ability to be insured as a nutritionist
  • £10 off any Business Academy modules

Course tutors


BSc in Sports Performance and Coaching
CISSN (Certified Sports Nutritionist)
Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor
CHEK Life Coach and Nutritionist
CHEK Practitioner
Multiple short courses and seminars attended on specialist topics


What is evidence based practice?
The role of a nutritionist
Online group weight loss coaching
Beyond food – stress and client progress
Team sports nutrition


Diet, health, fitness and stress
Coach/PT advanced education
Performance nutrition and supplementation
Body re-composition
Gut health
Personal and professional mindset help
Mentoring on being self-employed/business owner


Level 3 PT
BTEC Diploma in Sports Performance
Bsc Health Science (Ongoing)
Level 3 Education and Training


Critical thinking
Coaching weight loss
Nutritional strategies for maximising hypertrophy
Tracking and monitoring food intake
Food environment and habits
Ketogenic dieting


Critical thinking
Client communication
Learning strategies
General knowledge


Registered Dietitian with the Health Professions council
Member of the British Dietetic Association
Dietitians in Obesity Management qualification in Childhood Obesity


Child nutrition
Nutrition and the elderly


Child nutrition
Family lifestyle changes
Nutrition during pregnancy
Obesity management for adults and children


BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy BA (Hons) Politics Dip
ION NG360 Performance Specialist CAFS
Certified in Applied Functional Science
NLP Practitioner
NASM CPT, CES, PES Premier Diploma in Personal Training
Certification with The Institute of Functional Medicine


Allergies and intolerances
IBS and GI issue management


Autoimmune diseases
Chronic fatigue


BSC in Sports Science and MSc in Sports Performance


Reading research
The stages of change
Weight loss barriers
Effective consultations
Motivational interviewing
Eating disorders in fitness – your role


Client psychology
The process of change
Scientific analysis


BSc in Physical Education
MSc in Human Kinetics


Considerations before, during and after pregnancy


Considered a leading expert in pre and postnatal training


Sport and Exercise Science BSc (hons)
Premier Global Diploma in Personal Training & Sports Massage Therapy
Premier Global Master Trainer Qualification
Level 2 Certificate in Triathlon Coaching


Evidence based workout nutrition for endurance sports


Endurance specialist
Open water swimming
Iron Man


Specialist Biomechanics Coach
Master Trainer for Biomechanics Education
Final year for Masters degree in Osteopathy (Most)


Injury recovery nutrition


Sports rehabilitation and triathlon performance


Body Type Nutrition Certified Coach
Level 3 Personal Trainer (Bodylogic)
Diploma in Sports and Performance Nutrition (Oxford University)
Level 3 Nutrition (Bodylogic)
Certified Advanced PT
Certified Pad work PT
Black belt 2nd dan KickBoxing Instructor with ISKA
Multiple short courses and seminars attended on specialist topics
Working towards UKSCA Strength and conditioning Coach
Working towards CISSN, Sports and Exercise Nutritionist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition


Energy balance and rates of loss and gain
Tracking and monitoring body composition
Effective online coaching
Nutritional considerations for making weight
Intermittent fasting


Improving overall health
Getting fit
Increasing energy
Increasing vitality
Improving body composition
Bodybuilders, physique competitors and bikini athletes
Boxers, Kickboxers, Thai boxers, MMA and grappling athletes


Enhanced athlete awareness


Performance and image enhancing drugs specialist


Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) (Exercise Prescription) 1st Class Hons
Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science (Human Nutrition)
Kresser Institute of Functional Medicine - ADAPT 1


Helping clients with PCOS


PCOS Syndrome


BSc In Sport and Exercise Science
PhD in Exercise Physiology and the Biochemistry of Antioxidant Supplements


The digestive system
Fasted and fed states
Energy systems and protein synthesis


Biochemistry and Sports Nutrition


MSc Clinical and Public Health Nutrition
BSc Biochemistry


Plant based eating
Bonus lesson: Constructive weight control communication


Plant based eating
Food relationships
Body image

What the live learning is like

Every week we teach you live. This is a core part of the BTN Practical Academy online nutrition course because we believe it is highly beneficial to engage with the tutor as you learn the theory and practical application of any given nutrition topic. Don’t worry if you can’t make the live webinar though, we record everything and it gets stored in your online learning platform so you can watch it at anytime, anywhere, while being supported by our dedicated tutors.

Let us give you an example of how we teach live.


University vs. BTN Academy

To become great at your job and know a lot about your trade, do you have to go to university?

You could, but university will cost A LOT, not just for your course fees, but for accommodation, living and generally being away from home. Once you graduate from a nutrition degree there is also no guarantee of work and what you learn can be too much theory and not enough practice. Getting a degree is of course a pre-requisite if you’d like to be a dietician or to work in clinical settings, but if you want to help the general population lose weight, gain muscle and feel amazing, or you want to help someone improve at their sport – it’s a different story and non-university courses are often a much cheaper and easier route into nutrition coaching.

With the BTN Academy you can ground yourself in the building blocks of nutrition with the Foundation Academy, then advance that knowledge and know how to work with real world clients by doing the practical academy. Once you pass your exam and graduate, you can gain insurance and work as a nutritionist online or offline as a stand-alone career path or alongside your personal training or doing therapy. Become a nutritionist with the BTN Academy.

Course pricing

Enrol on The BTN Practical Academy and manage your course payments in easy monthly payments after paying a deposit to secure your place. As we only have 250 places per intake, the course deposit option is only available on the months leading up to the course.

In the 2-3 weeks before the course no deposit function will be available and the full £250 sign-up fee will be payable.

Learn how to deal with a broad range of clients on our flagship 12 month online nutrition course and become a BTN Certified Nutritionist.

Course Deposit Price Month one 11 monthly payments Total payable
Payment, deposit £125 £125 £125 £1625
Payment, no deposit N\A £250 £125 £1625

*NOTE: Before the BTN Practical Academy starts there is a bridging course to ensure your knowledge is at the right level to learn with us for 12 months. Upon paying your deposit to secure your space (we only have 250 available) you will be given lesson 1, several educational documents and an optional 4 book reading list. Thus, please don't leave signing up to the course last minute as you may find the initial work load high to be ready to learn with us. Sign up as soon as you are ready to and get learning straight away with our bridging course.


Don't just take our word for it, here is what our students say...



The BTN academy has been superb, I have learnt so much more in the 12 months than my entire 3 year university degree!! It has totally changed the way I approach my clients nutrition plans and the results are speaking for themselves. They are all getting leaner, healthier, and happier with help from all the knowledge bombs I have picked up from all the coaches on the academy. All the team have such a widespread knowledge on different subjects within their field for you to learn from and take and use in your business and own lifestyle. A big plus is the group of people you are on the course with, we have all shared experiences, fired questions and answers to each other about clients/friends/family members and all got awesome feedback to go away and use. I couldn’t have asked for any more from the last 12 months, it has revolutionised my business and I am forever thankful to BTN. I cant wait to meet up with people at future events and see how everyone is getting on. Cheers Guys

Michael Quirk Practical Graduate


I had been listening to Ben's podcast for about 3 years before I signed up to the BTN Academy as I wanted to do an online nutrition course. I thought 'if the free stuff is this good, the paid stuff must be even better'. And I wasn't disappointed. The course has been amazing, it has made me a better coach giving me an environment where I can ask questions and be supported as I learn, giving me the tools to get incredible results with my clients. I’ve loved the course, and whatever you do next, I’ll be signing up as I continue my never ending journey to be the best coach possible.

Dave Cottrell Practical Graduate


The structure of the course has worked so well for me, whilst running my own business and the wealth of new knowledge has added so much already to my client services.

Annabelle Nunn Practical Graduate


I wasn't sure what I was getting in to when I signed up for the Academy. I was excited to learn more about a topic I was passionate about, but I hadn't properly 'studied' in almost seven years. The Academy has changed my approach for the better with all my clients, turning it into a health first take on hitting goals. The knowledge that I have learnt through the calls has been outstanding, and it has given me the confidence to not only apply it to myself and my clients, but even host talks on the subject too at gyms. It has opened doors for me professionally, and helped to both enhance my own reputation as well as increase the quality of service I am offering to my clients. My year in the Academy has been outstanding, and I would - and have - thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in increasing their nutritional knowledge and education.

Pauric Grimes Practical Graduate


I’m over the moon with what I have received for the price. The coaches have all been approachable and everything has tied in nicely towards the end with the course overview and the case studies in preparation for the exam. Being able to put the calls onto an apple device and learn on the move is great. You are all a credit to BTN and the fitness industry and I have nothing but praise for your work and the course, I’ve loved it.

John Johnstone Jnr Practical Graduate

Start the course now

Ready and excited to start The BTN Practical Academy? Simply click below and secure your place as our course starts on 14th May, 2018. Once you’ve paid your deposit you’ll then get access to the bridging course and pre-reading within 48 hours. Got a question? Download our FAQ’s, or request for us to give you a call so you can talk to us in person about your questions.

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