Diploma in Performance Nutrition

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

APECs strength and conditioning diploma is now part of an accelerated degree into year 2 of a health science course

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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.

If you’re a coach looking to make the biggest impact on your athletes and clients you work with then APEC’s Performance Nutrition course should be an essential part of your coaching criteria. The APEC diploma in Performance Nutrition is a complete guide for coaches looking to improve health and performance through nutrition.

75 video lessons (22h 58m)

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Diploma in Performance Nutrition


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The APEC diploma in Performance Nutrition combines the certificates: Communication and Behaviour Change, Nutrition for Health, Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance in Sport into one integrated diploma. With our Diploma in Performance Nutrition, you can start working in the health and fitness industry as a nutrition coach or even start your very own nutrition coaching business. 

We focus on everything from the principles of nutrition, effective ways to prepare your body to be at its best performance, all the way to optimal recovery strategies. Along with learning various post-exercise nutrition methods to ensure peak performance, learn how to take care of the longevity and overall health of your clients.

Our course is specifically designed by industry leaders and fitness professionals to be an innovative and effective learning experience whereby the skills, knowledge and behaviours developed can be utilising straight away with your clients and athletes.

The course incorporates blended learning methods that enable you to base your learning around your own schedule and lifestyle. With our industry-leading e-Learning platform, you can always be sure that you have the best learner experience as well as constant online guidance from our education team no matter where you are.

The APEC diploma in Performance Nutrition theory is completed entirely online via the APEC e-learning platform with assessments and case studies. This method allows you to fit your learning around your other engagements and lifestyle without any hassle.

The APEC education platform was designed to make learning easy. We utilize a number of different resources from video lectures to online workbooks and much more so that our students learn effectively. You will also have support from your designated APEC tutor throughout your time with us.

Course Length: The course is designed with flexibility in mind so that you can complete it at your own pace. While it takes an average of 2-6 months, students can learn in a full-time capacity to complete it in as little as 4-6 weeks.

Entry Requirements: N/A

Accreditations: The Level 5 Diploma in Performance Nutrition is aligned with the standards of RSPH and accredited by Focus Awards. 

Cost: €1399. No extra fees for certification or exams.

Offer & Payment Options: APEC offers flexible payment plans from as low as €51 a month to make payments manageable.

What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of the Performance Nutrition course, you will qualify with:

  • 20 CPD points and entry onto Focus Awards register with Level 5 Status
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Behaviour Change
  • Level 3 Certificate in Nutrition for Health
  • Level 4 Certificate Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance in Sport
  • Level 3 Certificate in Wellbeing
  • CPD in Business Skill
  • CPD in Professional Practice
  • CPD Nutrition
  • Free online programming software

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


Level 4 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

Level 5 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

In addition to an overview of performance nutrition, this course also trains you in coaching philosophy principles, communication and behaviour changes. The course also helps you develop and enhance your soft skills so that you can create a great impact on those with who you choose to work. We have created the most comprehensive Performance Nutrition course in the industry which will leave you fully accredited and qualified to go out and start coaching a whole new client base.

Coaching Philosophy

Having a well-defined approach for the way each client is served is a crucial part of being a coach. As coaching is used in a wide variety of areas, there will also be a wide variety of coaching philosophies. The development of a coaching philosophy is a way to set expectations for the coach and the client.

Behaviour Change

In nutrition, behaviour change is about the efforts put in place to change the personal habits and attitudes of people, in order to prevent disease. Behaviour change is also known as social and behaviour change communication.

Nutrition Principles

Healthcare, agriculture, organisations and society as a whole is now starting to look at food, diet and processing production methods in new ways, with newly found awareness and concern. Nutrition science is a relatively recent field of study, with research on the role of nutrition in chronic disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancers only taking the centre stage in the last two or three decades.

Programming For Nutrition

Both acute and chronic undernutrition and overnutrition come with significant health consequences. Acute undernutrition will lead to infections being more severe which results in a decrease in performance. Overnutrition on the other hand can lead to diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol, weight gain, and underperformance.

Deliver Nutrition Sessions

After learning how to design a program for your client, the course will then teach you how to effectively deliver nutritional strategies. This includes building rapport with clients and motivating them both before during and away from sessions. The course not only includes advanced techniques for measuring and assessing client progress accurately but also teaches how to make nutrition enjoyable.

APEC offers a blended learning approach to education, which allows you to complete your qualifications at your own time and pace depending on your personal circumstances and lifestyle. You can now complete 80% of your Performance Nutrition diploma online with our award-winning e-learning platform.

Online Learning


APEC provides theory-based learning associated with online courses. This enables you to start learning the same day you enrol and begin working through the course modules at a pace suitable to you. APEC’s team of dedicated tutors provide you with support and guidance, all 7 days a week via phone or email.

Our award-winning e-learning platform is completely custom built and is tailored to your learning needs. The platform provides learning in the form of digitalised and animated video-led content. Online training tools such as online programming software, excel files and client assessment sheets are also provided to help you with your learning. Finally, APEC has one of the most extensive digital exercise and nutrition libraries to help you with your understanding of movement skill.

You are not obliged to complete your course in any time frame, giving you the privilege to complete the course at your own pace, whether it be taking as little time as possible, or as long as you want.

Upon completion of your Performance Nutrition diploma, you will be eligible to register with Focus Awards.

APEC also provides post-course support to help direct you toward employment with a large gym chain or with one of our many successful students who now run and operate smaller bespoke gyms after finishing their education with APEC.

Career Support

At APEC, we go the further mile in helping our students. We are not just focused on providing you with great service during the course, but we also want to help you give your nutrition career the best start possible.

Once you have finished the course you can arrange a consultation with our post-course career support team who will guide you through different career options.

The career support team will assist you with CV analysis, and will also help you get your CV into the hands of corporate and bespoke gym owners. Guaranteed interviews and upcoming health, fitness and wellness jobs will be posted on our internal message forum available to all students studying APEC diplomas.

Progression Route

After completion of your Nutrition diploma, further education diplomas in Strength and Condition, and Health Coaching at level 5 and 6 will become available to you. APEC pride themselves on their further education approach.

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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