I am new to the industry and have recently discovered my love and passion for fitness and nutrition over the last couple of years. I have a bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, and I currently work in retail.. but now I want to head in the direction of fitness, nutrition, and wellness. After researching, there seems to be so many options for certifications, I don’t know where to begin! What is the most accredited online certification program for nutrition and wellness? So far I have looked at ACE, NASM, AFPA, and Institute for Integrative Nutrition (which cost a lot more than the others and takes more time, but may be worth it?) I would love all the advice I can get!
Hi there! Im a PhD student in cancer research in Germany however my dream is to open my own business where I can provide a range of services to improve the quality of life of patients. So, I do not intend to stay in academia… since I am not a qualified nutritionist, I am looking for distance learning programs which will provide me with a degree/diploma/certificate that is recognized in europe to work as a nutrionist. If you have any idea or recommendation, I will be really happy to hear it!
In your case, instead of going with one of the expensive certs, you’re much better off going with a nutrition certification that is designed for people like you in mind who are passionate about health and fitness, don’t have experience yet, and want to start their own practice teaching clients how to get in shape, lose weight, and achieve their ideal physique. The best nutrition certification in this case would be one like Venice Nutrition. Especially if you want to start your own small business, you are going to want to do a certification that teaches you how to set up and grow your own practice, as well as offer support to someone who is just getting started. The Venice Nutrition Certification also has a nationally recognized nutrition expert at its head, Mark MacDonald, who is on the national news every week giving health and fitness advice, which is a huge bonus when you are looking for clients. You can show them his videos to build trust and show them who you are connected with. If you just tell someone you have a certification from ABC Certificate, it will mean nothing to them. Make sure you do a certification program that is going to give you the knowledge and tools to help you grow your business.
I know this post is old but im currently in the exact same boat you were in! I have my degree in communications but bave been working retail and cant stand it anymore. Ive been really wanting to get into fitness and nutrition as well because i love it but have no clue where to start. What did you end up doing after all??
Props to you for wanting to join such a beneficial industry! I think the best thing you could do is contact an experienced health and nutrition coach like Jereme in Salem, Oregon. You don’t have to be certified to do what you want to do, but it does help to have some experience with someone who’s been through the crucible. Here’s his website: http://www.rootfitnessandnutrition.com/
I know I am late as well but I have a few questions. I’m currently getting my Bachelor degree in health and wellness. What are my career options with a 4 year degree? I am not interested in the fitness, mostly coaching or assisting in healthy eating and nutrition. Any ideas? I would love to branch out on my own but would like a clinical setting first. Possibly a hospital or outpatient center. Thanks