NASM, Ace, ISSA and other basic nutrition courses seems to be very basic. I need to find a course that is more advanced for someone who already is very experienced helping clients with nutrition. I don’t have a basic nutrition cert. but I don’t want to be wasting my time paying for, and studying things I already know. Any suggestions on how to approach this situation?
It does sound like Karen is right that the RD degree may be what you are looking for. There are classes that are, as you describe them “very basic”, and which do little to increase the scope of practice of a group exercise instructor or personal trainer. What they do is provide some background and terminology to help provide general information on the interconnection of diet and exercise, about which it sounds like you have educated yourself, I assume through reading and self study, while things like analyzing food habits, and setting menus need to be referred to a professional with a degree in nutrition. You might want to search local colleges, or even community colleges to see options available for degree programs. If you have a strong background in food science it will certainly help you to tackle the work of the program.
There is another pathway…. you could look for programs in ayurveda. To practice and teach this is not the same as a degree in nutrition, but rather a different way of approaching food. It is a way of diet many yoga practitioners follow.