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Personal Trainer's Toolkit: Providing Nutritional Advice to Your Clients

Understand how to give effective nutritional advice to your fitness clients, and when this guidance goes beyond your remit.

Healthy Food setting.
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 3 of 8
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Provide nutritional advice to clients within your scope of practice.

As a fitness professional, your clients may expect guidance on nutrition as part of their fitness journey with you, but giving nutritional advice is complicated and often reserved for those with relevant qualifications.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn the skills and knowledge required to encourage your clients to make healthy choices, but also to recognise when this advice goes beyond your remit as a personal trainer.

You’ll learn how to identify the dangers of providing food advice in a fitness setting, and how to support your clients in getting the assistance they need.

Identify trustworthy information sources for fitness and nutrition

You’ll learn how to recognise appropriate information sources to ensure you are giving your clients reputable guidance on nutrition.

You’ll also be able to identify at what point giving nutritional advice becomes unethical and outside of your capacity, and the steps you can take to help refer your client to an accredited professional.

Gain knowledge from specialists at the CQUniversity

By the end of the course, you’ll feel confident in knowing your boundaries as a fitness professional when giving nutritional advice to your clients.

You’ll gain hands-on experience with project-based learning from CQUniversity, and feel equipped with the skills to provide responsible and effective advice and nutrition plans.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

Understand your scope of practice in providing nutritional advice to clients Identify referral pathways to accredited professionals for nutritional advice for clients Recognise appropriate sources for nutritional advice to provide to clients.


  • Week 1

    The Dangers of Providing Nutrition Advice to Clients

    • Welcome to the Course

      Meet your course educators and find out how to get the most out of your course.

    • Australian Dietary Guidelines

      Understanding the Australian Dietary Guidelines and when and how to refer our clients.

    • Check Your Understanding

      Summing up this week's learning with a quick check-in quiz and some reflection.

  • Week 2

    Specific Populations

    • Risks When Providing Nutritional Information

      Risks when providing nutritional information.

    • Check Your Understanding

      Week two check-in

    • Wrap Up

      Summarise what we've covered within this course and submit the final test to gain your certificate.

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Who is this accredited by?

Fitness Australia
Fitness Australia:

This course is accredited by Fitness Australia, a global leader in best practice for fitness professionals.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain your scope of practice in providing nutritional advice to clients.
  • Identify referral pathways to accredited professionals for nutritional advice for clients.
  • Identify appropriate sources for nutritional advice to provide to clients.

Who is the course for?

This course will suit you if you’re a non-medical professional looking to upskill in the areas of nutrition and fitness. It will be particularly useful if you are an existing personal trainer or fitness leader.

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

  • Established

  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

About this ExpertTrack

Turn your passion for fitness into a successful and socially responsible business with specialist advice from CQUniversity.

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