Like many people in this world I have looked at options to get some better training on the nutritional angle. It is clear it is very important.
What I do not like about Precision Nutrition is that it is highly geared toward profit, including having ‘recommended’ supplements. I also do not love the focus on the look of the body, as opposed to the health (I am not speaking of their stated philosophy, which I have not read at length, but of their web site)
The integrative nutrition cert. seems very thorough, though there is that slick marketing again, that is just something that I personally do not find appealing, but that is personal. I do not need a red water bottle with their logo. It is also interesting that a number of schools offer credit for completing this program. Were I doing a program, I might choose this one.
I very much trust ACE, and I think it would be fine to have that.
For my own edification I recently looked at some of the university degree RD programs, to compare what you must study to be a nutritionist, as opposed to one of these programs. I think before any trainer thinks of getting into nutritional advice it is useful to look at these. It is very impressive: chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology“. etc. My question to myself would be if I needed nutritional guidance would I not want to hire a nutritionist? Although, if I were already working with a nutritionist, or not, I might find it helpful if I were also working with a trainer, if they were knowledgeable enough to give me basic guidance. I just think it is tremendously difficult to find a model in which one can make the cost of such a program pay enough to merit it, as opposed to getting something else.
I can see that both your experience and you credentialing are excellent. You have a strong enough background already that taking one of the nutrition like lifestyle programs might be very effective for you. (But I think you should always hold it in mind how your knowledge of training compares to someone who did a quick online ‘certification’ or one that required a weekend’s effort. )
Really interesting question, and one I think many of us are pondering.
I researched background information and reviews on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Every review that I read was negative…curriculum based on opinions and little on scientific, medical or proven facts; legal problems; bias and prejudice toward female employees (of IIN); extremely poor employee morale; high employee turnover…to name a few. Most reviews that I read stated that the “expensive” program does not adequately prepare anyone for any health related career. After “graduating” one is not adequately prepared with the education and background to counsel or coach anyone. I would not trust my health, concerns or needs with a so called “Health Coach” from IIN. Be very careful….do your homework and research this organization thoroughly.
Precision Nutrition is not certified with any accreditation company, specifically in the United States. They are actually a Canadian company focusing most American consumers.
If you pay $1000 for their certificate, you basically get head knowledge and nothing more. They tell you that you can label yourself as “PN certified” which means nothing to most people or employers. PN is great at marketing but I really don’t think their program is that special. They pay affiliates to talk good about their program all over the internet. Just hype. If you have ever read any of their writing, they are arrogant and like to tell you how great they think they are, and really if you are going to spend money to get certified anywhere, you should just stick with accredited fitness companies like ACE.
Don’t get me started on Integrative Nutrition. They have no science basis for most of their curriculum and they use celebrities like Dr Oz to sucker people into paying for a useless program that you can’t use anywhere.
Being a Registered Dietitian takes a long time and much of what you learn is medical and they base some of their learning on USDA standards which are way off. Many RDs don’t follow this and give good advice but some don’t. It would also cost more too.
Best bet is to go with an accredited fitness company certification.
I attended IIN and agree that it doesn’t take a scientific approach, but it DOES provide a ton of wonderful information and resources for clients.
I’m an ACE-CPT, NSCA-CSCS and Yoga Teacher and the tools that IIN provided are very helpful in discussing nutrition with my clientele because they covered so many diverse approaches to nutrition including cultural differences and food choices based on belief systems. I’d recommend IIN to anyone who is open to exploring nutrition through a less traditional lens, but I’d also suggest taking a few nutrition and/or food science courses that provide a more scientific approach. Community College course can be great low cost option.
You can take the PN cert to learn about nutrition if you don’t want to go to school, but it is not equal to going to school and being a real nutrition professional such as a registered and licensed dietitian or a CNS (they require extensive science work and a graduate degree and some sort of supervised practice, like an RD, but they are a minority yet still a legit credential). The training you have to complete to be an RD or CNS (both can get licensed) is just like that of any medical professional but they just do nutrition. Like others have said, PN does great with marketing and getting gyms to count it as a credential that raises pay, but it honestly has no merit for getting you a job in nutrition and you will lack credibility against the 80k+ RDs. You will be competing against people who are RDs who are looking for jobs, people who completed a BS in nutrition and are looking for jobs, dietetic technicians, etc. There are a lot more of them than there are people who have the cash to pay $1000 to John Berardi’s new certification who are likely more qualified.
Those who say that RDs only have medical nutrition training must not be familiar with the program. There are many rotations. 8 weeks are clinical in the hospital, but there are community, counseling, private practice, sports nutrition rotations as well. There is also a CSSD credential for those who have 1500 hours of work in sports nutrition and eating disorders. To go into the field of nutrition and not know when you are working with an eating disorder is not good for the client and puts you at very high liability.