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NASM Certified Sports Nutrition Coach


Become A Sports Nutrition Coach

Become a Sports
Nutrition Coach

NASM Certified Sports Nutrition Coach


Through well-designed performance nutrition, discover how to improve your client’s or athlete’s abilities and expand their training possibilities.


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What Will I Learn

With NASM’s Certified Sports Nutrition Coach course, you’ll be prepared to expand your credibility and career potential from the start. Uniquely designed to help you develop individual nutrition plans for athletes, the CSNC programme lets you operate with an important goal: to optimise performance and recovery in your clients.

With this programme, you’ll develop nutrition plans that enhance performance by blending leading scientific research and objective evidence. From body composition to achieving a healthy bodyweight to understanding individual dieting patterns, you’ll get a comprehensive look at eating for fuel in a sports environment.

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Course Curriculum

A Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification is recommended for this CPD course. Alternately a high level of working knowledge in the health and fitness industry would be accepted for the Sports Nutrition Certification.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Performance Nutrition
Learn to differentiate performance nutrition from general nutrition strategies, and understand the profession of a Sports Nutrition Coach, the skills needed, and the populations they work with.

Chapter 2: Scope of Practice
Understand a Sports Nutrition Coach's scope of practice and professional expectations, and be able to determine when to refer athletes to another professional.

Chapter 3: Evidence-Informed Practice
Differentiate evidence-informed practice from evidence-based practice and determine high-quality sources of information.

Chapter 4: Understanding the Spectrum of Athletes and Performance
Learn to identify where athletes exist within the spectrum of athlete types, and understand needs based on physiological, sociological, cultural, and ethical factors.

Chapter 5: Essentials of Metabolism
Explain aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, and be able to describe energy balance and related concepts.

Chapter 6: Energetics of Performance
Understand the difference between energy balance and energy availability, and determine fuelling requirements for optimal performance.

Chapter 7: Protein
Learn about the function of protein and establish protein requirements in a dietary programme.

Chapter 8: Carbohydrates
Explain the role of carbohydrates for athletes and describe methods for establishing requirements in a dietary programme.

Chapter 9: Fat
Understand the role of fats in sports nutrition and how different sports may rely on fats to a greater extent than others.

Chapter 10: Micronutrients
Describe recommendations for incorporating micronutrients into an athlete's diet and identify common food sources for essential vitamins and minerals.

Chapter 11: Hydration
Communicate appropriate hydration strategies for during and between training bouts to athletes.

Chapter 12: Periodisation and Nutrient Timing
Describe appropriate periodisation and nutrient-timing strategies to optimise adaptations to training, enhance recovery, and to ensure optimal performance.

Chapter 13: Body Composition
Explain the relationship between body composition, athlete type, and performance, and describe methods for assessing body composition.

Chapter 14: Recovery
Identify the three R’s of recovery and their relevance to performance nutrition, and explain the importance of recuperation.

Chapter 15: Supporting the Ill/Injured Athlete
Explain the various levels of appropriate support for illness and injury based on severity and determine when client referral is necessary.

Chapter 16: Supplementation
Assess the athlete’s need for supplementation using a thorough decision-making process.

Chapter 17: Performance Nutrition Assessment and Evaluation
Identify pre-appointment data gathering methods to determine athlete’s baseline status and select appropriate nutritional assessment methods specific to an athlete based on pre-appointment data.

Chapter 18: Fuelling for the Work Required
Determine appropriate dietary and supplement strategies to optimise fuel supply, fuel stores, and fuel utilisation.

Chapter 19: Coaching Process/Approach
Identify barriers to behaviour change, specialist diets, and their influence on adaptations to training, recovery, and athletic performance, and apply appropriate levels of coaching.

Chapter 20: Programming
Evaluate all findings from an athlete's needs analysis and design a nutrition intervention which addresses optimal health and performance goals.

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests. The test is 100, multiple-choice questions. You are allowed to go back and reference the course while taking the exam. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher and you have up to 3 attempts to pass.


  • High-end, digital portal
  • 20-chapter quizzes
  • Custom graphics and illustrations
  • 1 year to complete final exam
  • 100-question practice exam
  • 100-question final exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon passing the end of the course exam, you will become an NASM Certified Sports Nutrition Coach (NASM-CSNC).

You will have 1 year from the day of enrolment to take your final exam.

The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion. You have 3 attempts to pass with a 70% or higher. If you need more attempts, you can call Member Services at 0333 400 0353 to purchase a retest.

A Nutrition Coach works with a more general clientele to develop strategies that address issues like obesity, body composition, ageing, and lifestyle approaches to disease management. A Sports Nutrition Coach specifically works with athletes to educate and provide coaching around performance nutrition within sports. While these two roles differ, they do work hand in hand to provide a well-rounded understanding of nutrition.

Our CNC course helps develop a fundamental understanding of how to serve clients' nutrition needs. Building upon what you learn throughout CNC, the CSNC programme targets a specific client base to help athletes perform and recover more efficiently.

While a Personal Training Certification or fitness credential is suggested, it is not required to take the NASM-CSNC course.

Once you successfully pass your exam, a digital copy of your certificate will become available to you within 24 hours, but in most cases immediately. Within 4-6 weeks, a hardcopy certificate will be mailed to the address you have on your NASM account.

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