Diploma in Performance Nutrition

Nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle and performance goals.

Students who completed APEC's diploma in Nutrition now have access to an accelerated Nutrition degree at one of APEC's partner Universities.

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    The APEC coaching philosophy module provides you with coaching tools to help create a good process of coaching. Having a philosophy gives a coach clear guidance on the objectives that should be pursued and how to achieve them.

    The communication module sets you up to communicate effectively and efficiently with your clients. The module will cover everything from pitch and tone of your voice right through to different communication methods such as para verbal, none venerable, body language and listening skill.

    The behaviour change module is designed to help you break down and understand the different behaviours people exhibit around exercise and diet. The module focuses on soft skill development for coaches to help people break personal habits and attitudes.

    In order to know how food can affect your body and your performance you must first learn how your body breaks down and processes food. This module focusses on the processes and organs the make up the digestive system.

    In this module we will look at calories and the energy balance equation, everything we eat has a caloric value here we explore what that value means and how the body uses calories for energy.

    Carbohydrates are one of the three macro nutrients our body needs. In this module we take an in depth look at carbohydrates and why the body needs them along with some of the common misconceptions around carbs.

    Fats are the second of our three macro nutrients; in this module we take a look at dietary fat its functions in the body and why it is a vital part of a well-rounded diet.

    The final macro nutrient is protein, protein has long been seen as a bodybuilding staple, in this module we examine why protein is important for overall health As well as muscle growth, what protein is made up of and how much protein you should be consuming.

    In this module we explore what makes one food source better than another. We look at how not all calories are created equal and how to ensure that you are getting all you can from your diet.

    Water is one of the most basic human needs, without we would die in a matter of days, in this module we examine the functions of water through-out the body, how much water you should be drinking and also how to identify dehydration.

    Fad diets are a huge part of the nutritional landscape at the moment, most people have tried a fad diet at some stage in their life. In this module we look at some of the most popular fad diets at the moment, the thinking behind the, and also the dangers or side effects associated with them.

    In this module we focus on the female athlete. We look at how the diet can affect your menstrual cycle and vice versa as well as nutritional deficiencies that are more common in females.

    In this module we look at how we can tailor our diet to optimise our performance, we have looked at how the macro nutrients effect our overall health now we will explore how we can utilise different macronutrients at different times can benefit our performance.

    In this module we look at how we can tailor our diet to optimise our performance, we have looked at how the macro nutrients effect our overall health now we will explore how we can utilise different macronutrients at different times can benefit our performance.

    Dehydration is one of the biggest inhibitors to performance in a game situation. In this module we explore why dehydration is so detrimental to performance and techniques and strategies we can use to keep athletes hydrated.

    In this module we explore how the finer details of nutritional programming for performance and recovery. We look into programming techniques and strategies from game day to full season plans detailing how we can put athletes in the best position to perform and improve game after game season after season.

    Sports nutrition is a huge business and unfortunately that means there is a lot of suspect supplements out there that have to be navigated through. In this module we look at some of the most beneficial scientifically backed supplements for performance Aswell as looking at how to identify supplements making false claims.

    Anti-doping is a huge part of sport especially at an elite level. In this module we explore the anti-doping processes athletes will have to go through and also how to identify if a certain food or supplement are banned.

    Diploma in Performance Nutrition

    The APEC Performance Nutrition Diploma stands out as a premier nutrition course in the market, encompassing a wide array of topics including Nutrition for Health, Nutrition for Performance, Health Coaching, and much more. This regulated qualification, upon completion, enables you to obtain certification as a Nutrition coach.



    For coaches who aspire to make a profound impact on the athletes and clients they serve, integrating APEC’s Performance Nutrition course into their coaching criteria is essential. The APEC diploma in Performance Nutrition serves as a comprehensive resource for coaches seeking to elevate both health and performance outcomes through the strategic application of nutrition principles.



    Key Features of Our Course:

    – Comprehensive Coverage: The course delves deeply into various aspects of nutrition, including Nutrition for Health, Nutrition for Performance, Health Coaching, and more.

    – Convenient Online Learning: The entire course, consisting of theory-based learning, can be completed online. It is easily accessible through our acclaimed e-learning education platform, compatible with your phone, laptop, or iPad.

    – Course Content: Throughout the course, you’ll gain knowledge about exercise anatomy, practical insights into nutrition, and techniques for Behavior Change, which are invaluable in guiding your practice when working with individuals.



    Our Course Includes:

    1. Diploma in Performance Nutrition

    2. Certificate in Health Coaching
    2. Certificate in Nutrition for Health
    3. Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance in Sport
    4. Certificate in Supporting Behavior Change
    5. Certificate in Communication


    – Membership with the Royale Society of Public Health (RSPH)
    – A comprehensive library of 75 video lessons, offering a total of 93 hours and 30 minutes of instructional content



    Upon successful completion of the APEC Performance Nutrition Diploma, you not only gain in-depth knowledge but also become certified as a Nutrition coach, equipped to make a positive impact on the health and performance of those you work with.

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    Diploma in Performance Nutrition


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      Course Information

      The APEC Diploma in Performance Nutrition consolidates several certifications into one comprehensive program, integrating essential elements such as Communication and Behavior Change, Health Coaching, Nutrition for Health, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition for Weight Management, and Athletic Performance.


      This integrated diploma equips you with a well-rounded skill set, making it possible for you to embark on a career as a nutrition coach in various sectors, including health, fitness, or sports performance. Furthermore, it offers the potential to establish your own nutrition coaching business.


      Our course encompasses a wide spectrum of topics, covering everything from fundamental dietary concepts to effective strategies for preparing the body for peak performance and optimizing recovery. You will also gain insights into fostering the longevity and overall health of your clients or athletes. 


      Additionally, we delve into a multitude of post-exercise dietary approaches aimed at ensuring consistent peak performance.Crafted by industry leaders and fitness professionals, our course is thoughtfully designed to provide an innovative and impactful learning experience. The skills, knowledge, and behaviors you develop can be immediately applied when working with your clients and athletes, enabling you to make a meaningful difference in their well-being and performance.

      The APEC Diploma in Performance Nutrition adopts a flexible blended learning approach, allowing you to customize your learning according to your schedule and lifestyle. Our cutting-edge e-Learning platform ensures you always have access to the best possible learning experience, with ongoing online support from our education team, regardless of your location.


      The theoretical component of the APEC Diploma in Performance Nutrition is conducted entirely online through our APEC e-learning platform, which includes examinations and case studies. This approach empowers you to seamlessly integrate your studies into your existing commitments and lifestyle.


      Our APEC education platform is designed for simplicity and effectiveness. To facilitate successful learning, we employ a diverse range of tools, including video lectures, online workbooks, and more. Throughout your journey with us, you’ll also receive guidance from your dedicated APEC tutor.


      Course Duration:

      The course is intentionally designed to offer flexibility, allowing you to progress at your own pace. While the average completion time ranges from 2 to 6 months, dedicated full-time students can finish the course sooner. 



      The Diploma in Performance Nutrition is a recognized qualification from the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and aligns with RSPH standards.



      There are no additional fees for certification or exams.


      Payment Options:

      To make payments more manageable, APEC offers various payment plans. For further information on payment options, please contact accounts@apeccourses.


      Upon successful completion of the Performance Nutrition course, you will earn the following qualifications:

      1. Diploma in Performance Nutrition

      2. Certificate in Health Coaching
      2. Certificate in Nutrition for Health
      3. Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance in Sport
      4. Certificate in Supporting Behavior Change
      5. Certificate in Communication


      These qualifications empower you with the knowledge and expertise to excel in the field of Performance Nutrition and make a positive impact on the health and well-being of those you serve.

      Completion of your Performance Nutrition qualification will require you to complete theory assessments.



      Nutrition For Health



      • Multiple choice quiz on the role of a nutritionist – 70% pass mark required
      • Multiple choice quiz on nutrition for weight loss – 70% pass mark required
      • Multiple choice quiz on macronutrient needs – 70% pass mark required
      • Online interactive assignments and quizzes after each module – 100% complete
      • Evidence-based case study on nutrition for health – Pass required

      Performance Nutrition



      • Multiple choice quiz on nutritional needs of athletes – 70% pass mark required
      • Multiple choice quiz on nutritional programming – 70% pass mark required
      • Online interactive assignments and quizzes after each module – 100% complete
      • Evidence-based case study on the general application of nutrition principles for performance/designing a nutrition plan for an elite athlete in season – pass required

      The course offers a comprehensive exploration of performance nutrition, along with insights into coaching philosophy, effective communication, and behavior change techniques. It also focuses on developing and enhancing your soft skills, enabling you to have a meaningful and lasting impact on the individuals you choose to work with. We have meticulously designed this course to be the most comprehensive in the industry, leaving you fully accredited and qualified to coach and work with new clients and athletes.


      Coaching Philosophy

      As a coach, having a well-defined methodology for how you serve each client is crucial. Coaching spans various contexts, each with its unique coaching ideologies. Developing a coaching philosophy serves as a means of setting clear expectations for both the coach and the client, ensuring a more effective and purposeful coaching relationship.


      Behavior Change

      In the realm of nutrition, behavior change is the effort to modify individuals’ personal habits and attitudes toward food, with the goal of preventing disease and promoting healthier lifestyles. A strong understanding of behavior change and effective communication techniques is essential if you want to connect with your clients and athletes and bring about meaningful lifestyle changes.


      Nutrition Principles

      The course delves into the evolving field of nutrition science, emphasizing the critical role of nutrition in addressing chronic diseases, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. It explores newly discovered principles that support the integration of nutrition into our daily lives, reflecting the growing awareness and concern about food, diet, and production methods in healthcare, agriculture, organizations, and society as a whole.


      Programming for Nutrition

      Both acute undernutrition and overnutrition come with significant health consequences. Acute undernutrition can lead to more severe infections, resulting in reduced performance. Overnutrition, on the other hand, can contribute to conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, weight gain, and decreased performance. The course provides insights into addressing and preventing these issues through proper nutritional programming.


      Delivering Nutrition Sessions

      The course equips you with the skills to effectively deliver nutritional solutions once you’ve developed a nutrition program for your clients or athletes. This involves establishing a connection with clients and motivating them both before and during sessions. The training not only covers advanced methods for consistently monitoring and analyzing client progress but also emphasizes making nutrition an enjoyable and sustainable part of their lives.

      APEC adopts a flexible blended learning approach to education, enabling you to complete your qualifications at your own pace and convenience, taking into account your individual circumstances and lifestyle. Through our esteemed e-learning platform, which has received industry recognition, you can now seamlessly complete the entire Performance Nutrition diploma online.


      Online Education

      APEC combines theory-based instruction with online courses, allowing you to initiate your studies on the same day you enroll and progress through the course modules at your preferred pace. Our dedicated team of specialized tutors is available to support you seven days a week, accessible via phone or email.


      Our award-winning e-learning platform is entirely tailored to your unique learning needs. It delivers content through engaging digitized and animated video-led materials, creating an immersive learning experience. To enhance your learning journey, we provide access to a range of online training materials, including online programming software, spreadsheet files, and customer assessment sheets. Furthermore, APEC offers one of the most comprehensive digital libraries in the fields of fitness and nutrition.


      Importantly, there is no strict time limit for course completion, affording you the freedom to progress through the material at your own pace. This flexibility ensures that you can balance your education with other commitments and tailor your learning experience to your specific needs and schedule.

      Upon successful completion of your Performance Nutrition diploma with APEC, you will have the opportunity to enroll with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), further solidifying your professional qualifications and recognition.


      APEC is also dedicated to assisting you in your post-course journey, particularly in securing opportunities within the health sector.


      Career Guidance

      APEC’s commitment extends beyond delivering an excellent educational experience during the course. We are equally committed to helping you maximize your potential in the field of nutrition.

      Upon completing the course, you can schedule a session with our post-course career assistance team. They will guide you through various career opportunities in the health, fitness, and wellness sectors. This includes offering assistance with CV analysis to ensure your credentials are effectively presented.


      Additionally, APEC maintains an internal bulletin board where upcoming positions in health, fitness, and wellness are posted. This valuable resource is accessible to all APEC diploma students, ensuring that you have access to career opportunities within your field.


      Progression Pathway

      APEC takes pride in its commitment to lifelong learning. Following the attainment of your Nutrition diploma, you will be eligible to pursue advanced education degrees in Nutrition and Health Coaching. This pathway ensures that you can continually expand your knowledge and expertise, allowing you to stay at the forefront of your profession and make a lasting impact in the field of nutrition.

      Pricing & Payment

      You can get the complete course for €1199. We offer flexible payment plans and you can sign up with Humm for as little as 51 Euro a month.
      Yes, we provide several payment plans. If it is not available on the website please drop us a message in the message box and we can organise one that suits you.

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