Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC)

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An amazing opportunity from NASM, the world’s most respected name in fitness.


Individualized nutrition
coaching – for any client – any body type.




for navigating real-world situations: grocery stores, parties, restaurants, extended stays at home, and more.


when you help people change lifelong habits for good.


of a career in a growing industry – one where you can make an impact.


How many CEUs can I earn?

You can earn 1.9 NASM CEUs with the NASM Nutrition Certification (NASM-CNC).

How soon can I start?

You can start anytime! Once you begin, you have one year to complete the course and take the exam.

Will a certificate be mailed to me?

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 3-6 months, you certificate will be mailed to PFC and we will contact you for self pick-up or delivery.

What is the NASM-CNC certification renewal process?

Renewal of the Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) is required every two years through completion of the CNC Renewal Exam. The CNC Renewal Exam will offer three exam attempts and will have an enrollment duration of 365 days. The CNC Renewal Exam will recertify the credential for another two years from the new completion date.

What do you mean by “unaccredited”?

The NASM Nutrition Certification is not accredited by a third-party accrediting organization. As such, the exam is taken online from your home computer rather than at a testing facility.

What can a Certified Nutrition Coach do?

The NASM Nutrition Certification is designed for working fitness professionals such as Certified Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors , or Strength and Conditioning Coaches (to name a few). As an NASM Nutrition Coach, fitness professionals can add a new revenue stream to their existing business by providing nutrition coaching to their clients either face-to-face or online

Can I do this program while working full-time?

Yes, you can complete the NASM Nutrition Certification while also working full-time. The study material is 100% online and can be accessed on a computer, or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet. The course can be completed in 6-12 weeks on average if you are studying 8-10 hours a week.

Does the Nutrition Certification apply to vegan/vegetarian and other special diets?

The program applies to all diets including vegan and vegetarian. The course content does not emphasize a “nutrition camp” or a “one-size fits all” approach to eating. Instead, it openly discusses many ways to consume a healthy diet. The end result is that Nutrition Coaches will be able to consider their client’s unique food preferences, religion, family and work obligations, and cultural differences when providing nutritional guidance.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, we offer flexible payment plans for Maybank credit card holders, up to 24 months of instalment without interest.

How much time is required to complete this program?

The program is completely self-paced. Depending on how frequently you study, you could become an NASM Nutrition Coach in about 6-12 weeks with successful passing of the exam.


CEUs: NASM 1.9

The most comprehensive nutrition program we’ve ever offered.

In this state-of-the-art interactive program, you’ll learn how to put your clients on the healthiest route towards their best selves.

As an NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC), you’ll have the relevant knowledge and abilities you’ll need to design and deliver top-quality, individualized nutrition coaching for your clients. You’ll be able to use your nutrition coaching skills to increase success in their health- and fitness-related goals.

Increase your skill set – as well as your market value – as an NASM-CNC.

The NASM Nutrition Certification is a non-accredited certification.  To maintain the certification, you must retake the online certification exam every 2 years.  For more information, visit our terms and conditions.

NASM Nutrition Certification is an excellent complement to NASM’s previous Fitness Nutrition Specialization (program discontinued).

No previous fitness qualifications are necessary to take this certification.

Customer Reviews (32)

“CNC was exactly what was expected and MORE. The science is there! CNC refines the mass information on nutrition for you, so that we who want to help change lives, can simplify the process for our clients. Thanks NASM.”
– Miguel G, TX

“The NASM CNC course packs loads of valuable nutritional information into a format that allow students to comprehend very complex topics in a simple manner. The emphasis on managing behavior change above all the silly trends that are occuring in the fitness and nutrition industry is what I value most from this certification course. I am certainly more confident in being able to navigate an individualized approach to a clients goals without stepping outside of the scope of practice of a nutrition coach. As a certified personal trainer, I plan to leverage the CNC certification to better serve my clients with all of the new resources I have been provided.”
– Cory B, FL

“The NASM Nutrition Coach Certification is an ideal tool for any fitness professional to increase their skill and knowledge base for their clients.”
– Rob K, VA

“This course covers the latest evidence-based research in nutrition. All research is referenced with peer-reviewed journal articles. The content delivery platform works well on a computer and phone. The videos are educational and entertaining. I highly recommend this course.”
– Joseph E, CO

“The content was all inclusive and did not neglect how psychological or environmental challenges can effect the nutritional success of the clients. I loved the videos and the quirky humor! I feel like I had the chance to get to know the virtual instructors through the videos I watched.”
– Stephanie L, SC

“The CNC course is very helpful whether you intend to become a nutrition coach or not because you will learn about nutrition and dieting which you can use in your everyday life. I imagine it would also help you aid your clients if you are a CPT because you will learn how to optimize weight loss and maximize muscle growth.”
– Miguel B, NJ

“The NASM CNC course uses science and evidence based information so you are getting the latest, most up to date, nutritional information. Even when I thought I had nothing else to learn, the course constantly surprised me with new information that is applicable to my coaching needs.”
– Lee B, NY

“The course included every field-related topic you can imagine…from macronutrients to supplement dosages to hydration routines, even detailing on some of the psychology behind client/coach interactions.”
– Cameron B, CT

“I was completely engaged with the NASM CNC course every step of the way. I almost didn’t want it to end. As a CPT It now gives me complete confidence to help further coach the overall and specific needs that my clients currently struggle with.”
– Dana OBrien, NY

“The CNC course was well formatted, which allowed me to fully understand the material. The quizzes at the end of every chapter and videos were very helpful in terms of understanding the material. Thank you NASM!”
– Monica, Morelos, CA

“The course was great in introducing various nutrition related topics with the client in mind. I am more confident in creating plans for my future clients, and I am looking forward to initializing this information for my everyday life as well. The only thing I wish was included in the course, was some business advice in incorporating this from the business marketing side.”
– George, A, CA

“The CNC course is incredibly useful for personal trainers to provide a holistic approach to health and wellness. With all the misinformation available to clients, it’s awesome knowing I can help both in the gym as well as in the kitchen.”
– Jenn L, NJ

“One of the most comprehensive courses out there. I highly recommend you taking this course if you are looking to stay on the forward thinking pathway.”
– Geo D, IL

“I enjoyed taking this course because of the way the content was presented. The quizzes at the end of the chapter help one put all the information to use by challenging the mind to recollect the data.”
– V. Watson, TX

“This course provided me with thorough information from concepts to delivery of concepts and implementation of these concepts”
– Sean C, FL

“Over the course of the last year I had reversed type 2 diabetes, losing 70 pounds, and recovered from two heart attacks. During the process I learned I want to help others to get healthy and share my story. But all I discovered were closed doors as I didn’t have the certification credentials, even though I had the real world experience. So I sought out what was the best nutrition certification program for my skills and experience and I chose your program. I thought it was amazing! It was an excellent complement for my life and I will use this certification to build my practice helping others. Thank you.”
– Jamil H, CT

“The NASM CNC course enhanced the information I have previously studied or taught the last 13 years. It did improve my self-efficacy in knowing that the education I am delivering is on point with the NASM researched information.”
– Julie Snyder, FL

“The CNC course was excellent, it scientifically covered many of the topics that clients talk about in a thorough and measured way. It also provides the framework to move clients along in a flexible, sensible path towards healthy habits and diet.”
– John, B, FL

“It is a fantastic course because it probably teaches every aspect of the fitness nutrition world and the logic thinking ways in this field. This course teaches some academic research methods to think about the fitness nutrition hot topics and I think it is really valuable.”
– Shuang Pang, China

“I found the CNC course to be full of detailed, easily digestible information that I can confidently carry with me in my fitness and health career.”
– Heidi, J, WI

“What are we pretending not to know? This is a question that I want to ask potential clients. Nutrition and healthy living is so important to our overall well being, but we pretend not to know this. NASM’s Certified Nutrition Coach program has given me to the tools to support others in making nutrition and wellnes a part of everyday living. I love reviewing each chapter and building on the knowledge to create an amazing amount of knowledge about nutrition! Thanks NASM! Liz W, Bexley, Ohio”
– Liz W, OH

“This course is informational and user friendly! To anyone interested in expanding their knowledge regarding fitness, this course is for you!”
– Edie W, ID

“This course was great! It really gave me an inside look on all the aspects of nutrition!”
– Christy G, NJ

“Really liked the flow of the course. Information was very easy to understand and the navigation around it was great also.”
– Angelite G, IN

“I can strongly recommend this course compared to other european nutrition educations. This is my 2nd NASM Certification and I am confident that my knowledge will help me to support people to live a healthier life.”
– Kerstin Kolata, Germany

“I found this course to be highly informative, and it inspired me to take other NASM courses. Highly recommend!”
– Jason K, Ohio

“If you are interested in learning more about nutrition, I highly recommend this course. It was interactive and flowed more naturally than other NASM courses. It also dispelled many myths and gave a good context for how to go about implementing techniques in a practical way to benefit your clients.”
– Ameen Khalil B, VT

– Sara A, IL

“This course was amazing! It was very detailed and included a lot of valuable information. The handouts that were included are helpful and will be beneficial to creating nutrition programs. I highly recommend!”
– Angelina S, FL

“I have been a CPT with NASM for 13 now. I have had my own business for 10. This certification, was very well done. Not an easy exam either, but well worth all the information you will receive in this course. Certification 9 now for me, and CEU’s completed. Why just stay a CPT when you can add more commas behind your name and you pay rate”
– Jason, M, CA

“Very complete course.”
– Ana F, FL

“The CNC course was set up in a way that made it really flow. It had many different formats so that you can learn the items in a variety of ways. It also helps you retain the information better.”
– Abigail S, CA

Program Includes

✔ Online Content

✔ Interactive ebook (24 chapters) with embedded

✔ Videos

✔ Downloadable templates and infographics

✔ Knowledge checks (mini quizzes)

✔ Chapter quizzes (15 questions per chapter, unlimited attempts)

✔ 100-Question Practice Exam (unlimited attempts)

✔ 100-Question Final Exam (three attempts, 70% required to pass)

✔ See table of contents and authors

Program Benefits

Change Lives
Receive the latest cutting-edge science in all things related to fat loss, muscle gain, and overall wellness.

Create Lasting Strategies
Learn the psychology behind how we get stuck in dietary patterns – and how to break them.

Learn and Discover
Enjoy an industry leading, immersive experience, making your lessons robust, entertaining, and memorable.

Design and Deliver
Get skilled on how to apply nutrition science and behavior change in the real world to get your clients results.

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