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.
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.