3 Nutrition Certs Worth Biting Into


From Fitness Trainer January/February

American Council on Exercise

Nutrition Certification(s): Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Tools: Hard copy textbook, online lectures, online coaching videos, and online quizzes for evaluation.

Post Cert Perks: Certs don’t expire and CECs on completion of the course is earned. You can also certify as a Health Coach.

Prerequisites: current professional certification in health, fitness, wellness, allied health, or healthcare that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 17024), current license as a health/healthcare professional; current health or wellness coaching credential from an organization accredited by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching


Cost: $$

International Society of Sports Nutrition

Nutrition Certification(s): International Society of Sports Nutrition Sports Nutrition Specialist Certification (ISSN-SNS) *introductory cert Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) *advanced cert

Tools: SNS & CISSN—Hard copy textbook, online study guide, and online exam.

Prerequisites: SNS—18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent,

as well as working knowledge of basic exercise training, general nutrition, sports supplements, and familiarity with the ISSN’s current position papers. CISSN—4-year university degree, typically in a related field, although exceptions are made for those with enough relevant experience.

Cost: $$


National Academy of Sports Medicine

Nutrition Certification(s): Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)

Tools: eBook, online course, online quizzes, and online exam.

Cost: $$

Prerequisites: Those with the requisite background can take the exam without enrolling in the course.

Post Cert Perks: Provide weight loss to performance based clients with valuable handout materials, product discounts, menu planners, and online resources.